What do St Paul’s Cathedral, York Minster and St John’s, Hurst Green, have in common?
The answer? They are all Eco-Church Bronze Award winners!
Members of the congregation – young and old - recently came together to celebrate being only the fifth church in the country to be awarded the newly-launched Eco award, for their environmental work.
Eco-Church is an A Rocha UK project, run in partnership with Christian Aid, The Church of England, The Methodist Church and Tearfund.
The small rural church of St John’s in the Ribble Valley has focused on caring for creation for over 10 years, achieving three Eco-Congregation awards, prior to their latest achievement.
Activities undertaken have to encompass practical projects, worship, global and community engagement and lifestyle.
At St John’s, work has included churchyard management for wildlife, regular Eco activities for families, an annual Creation Sunday service, promotion with the community on Fair Trade, and the installation of a composting toilet last year.
Speaking today about the award, Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev. Julian Henderson said: “I am delighted to hear that St John’s has scooped this top award. They are certainly in illustrious company!
“All across the Diocese, in urban and rural areas, there is fantastic work going on to ensure our Vision of ‘Healthy Churches Transforming Communities’ is lived out in many different ways.
“This church has a real heart for caring for the environment and doesn’t just talk about it – it takes practical actions that make a real difference in many different ways.”
For further information on green church initiatives visit www.arocha.org.uk.