A Rocha UK displayed their award scheme at CRE just after the Eco Church appeal fund was launched by CEO Andy Atkins. He had urged supporters to back the campaign and so help equip thousands more churches to become eco-friendly.
‘We’re delighted at the demand for Eco Church,’ said Andy. ‘Now we need to raise funds to respond effectively.’ News of the Eco Church appeal fund accompanied the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s Root & Branch magazine.
Supporters have been encouraged to donate online (at www.justgiving.com/arochauk – quote EC201605 in the comments box so your donation can boost our work with churches). People have also been advised that they can give by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use the code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).
Interest in Eco Church certainly surged at CRE. All those who registered with Eco Church at the four-day event in London’s ExCeL (17th-20th May) received free toilet hippos to launch a tide of environmental concern among their own congregations. Many enquirers engaged with Eco Church’s online survey using iPads available on the CRE stand. Others took material away – often in bulk – to give to church leadership teams back home.
A Rocha UK had also helped organise CRE’s first ever Eco Street zone. ‘It was a whole new thing for CRE to have an environmental focus,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.
Northamptonshire-based Brace Design had created the stand, which offered a stunning visual guide to A Rocha UK’s range of environmental work – from running nature reserves to equipping churches.