London’s Anglican churches are engaged in a concerted effort to snatch the green gong – the Eco Church award.
Ever since the launch of A Rocha UK’s Eco Church initiative earlier this year – when St Paul’s Cathedral scooped the first Bronze Award – the Diocese of London has been encouraging its congregations to embrace the scheme.
As a result, a further 16 churches in the diocese have registered with Eco Church – with seven in Ealing Deanery alone, where A Rocha UK’s office and Wolf Fields community reserve are located. Two more Bronze Awards have been confirmed for St Mary’s, Hampton, and St James’s, Piccadilly. St Mary’s received its award from A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins during a recent Sunday service (pictured).Read more...
On a fact-finding visit there last month (June), A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins viewed A Rocha Canada’s (ARC) work of reconnecting people with God’s world. He toured a deprived area of Vancouver, where ARC promotes community gardening.
‘Over the last four years, ARC has developed a network of nearly 40 community gardens linked to local churches,’ Andy explained, ‘with around 400 people directly involved, and many more benefitting indirectly.’
Community Gardens Mobiliser Queenie Hewitt (pictured with urban gardener Jason Wood of SoleFood Street Farms) told him it was ‘wonderful’ to see. ‘Through learning about God’s creation – soil, seeds and seasons – city dwellers are being reintroduced to the wonders of nature,’ she said.
‘The simple act of regularly tending a small food plot ... Read more...
A Rocha UK’s national team based in West London need an intern to engage with supporter relations and communications.
‘This role is for someone who’d love to get others on board with a good cause and learn how charities work,’ said Operations Director Steve Deall. The successful candidate will have a key role as part of the front-of-house team, working closely with senior staff and multiple departments.
‘If you want to take supporter engagement to the next level – while gaining valuable experience and connections in the NGO world – this role could be for you,’ he explained. For more information contact Steve.
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That’s the total number of youngsters who’ve been engaging with A Rocha UK’s ‘environmental encounters’ across West London this spring and summer – by taking part in events at Wolf Fields and Minet.
Wolf Fields is a former ‘drug den’ transformed into a nature reserve by A Rocha UK staff and volunteers. Minet was another derelict area changed into a country park.
‘It’s been a bumper season for us at our two sites,’ said Environmental Education Officer David Melville. ‘The weather has been brilliant. Children across both sites have been learning about habitats, species and plants through exploration, interactive games and song.’
A favourite activity among four to five year-olds remains the highly popular ‘bear ... Read more...
Eco Churches are ‘springing up all over the place’. That’s the view of A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio as her team launch an online map to show the extensive cross-country coverage of the charity’s award scheme.
From the Isle of Man to Margate, from Hexham to Hampshire, any of the 300 registered churches can be identified by pins on an electronic map (pictured right).
Supporters can back this growing movement by donating online (quote EC201605 in the comments box) or giving by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).Read more...