Eco Church

Creation matters because it is God’s creation. So how do we care for creation?

Eco Church is one way of demonstrating that we care for God’s earth. It’s an award scheme, developed by A Rocha UK, to help churches to ‘go green’ in all areas of church life – see www.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk

In 2017 we embarked on our Eco Church journey, having gained the backing of the PCC.  In September 2018 we were presented with our  Bronze award, and in September 2019 we were presented with Silver. In August 2021 we were awarded a Gold Eco Church award, only the twentieth such award.
 

To gain our awards we had to complete a variety of actions in five key areas of church life:
Worship and Teaching
Management of Church Buildings
Management of Church Land
Community and Global Engagement
Lifestyle

Among other things, for Land, we drew up a new management plan for the churchyard, including managing it for wildlife (also see our Churchyard page). For Buildings we calculated our carbon footprint and  changed light bulbs in the hall and church to LEDs.

Watch a YouTube clip here to find out more about Eco Church in Winchester diocese, or this YouTube clip to see examples of other churches on the Eco Church journey:

You can find out much more about eco issues on the EcoChurch Southwest website: www.ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk

Plastic has been much in the news recently, and there is plenty around to help us act. You can fill your water bottle for free using the Refill scheme – see https://www.refill.org.uk/refill-scheme/refill-new-forest/ including outside St Thomas!  You can find out more about local sustainability initiatives organised by Transition Lymington, including recycling, Repair Cafe and Green Week 2021, here: New Forest Transition Lymington