Eco Church and A Rocha
A Rocha UK's work comes from the fundamental belief. that looking after the world, in all the different forms that takes, is a core part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The gospel is good news for all the earth!
As part of A Rocha UK's Eco Church initiative we undertook an ecological audit of all our church activities, covering five key areas of church life:
Worship and teaching
Management of church buildings
Management of church land
Community and global engagement
The aim is to celebrate the steps we have already taken and to work on further actions we can build into our church life.
To date we have conducted an energy audit of our church which is leading to actions to reduce our energy consumption. We suggest ideas or tips for reducing our personal impact on the environment and hold regular creation themed services, though you will notice prayers for our damaged environment come up most weeks.
For the near future:
Surveys of plant, insect and animal life in our churchyard offers great potential for celebrating the flora and fauna on our doorstep and managing them sympathetically to create a life-giving community space for our village.
Build on our commitment to Fair Trade and to using less damaging cleaning materials around the church
Make our events more environmentally friendly (starting with our design of craft for our children’s services)
Chalfont St Giles Church is a registered Bronze award Eco Church.
This means we consider sustainability and the environment in everything we do, encouraging our church members and wider community to do the same.
Did you know that 22% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from our homes with heating and electricity accounting for about 50% of this?
How much energy do you use?
Could you reduce your energy consumption?
Could you reduce your energy costs?
Useful sources of information include:
A handy guide to energy saving.