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

All the work we do under the Eco Church banner will count towards an Eco Church award. There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. In 2017 the PCC agreed that St Thomas’ should start on the Eco Church journey. In September 2018 we were awarded our  Bronze award, and in September were awarded Silver. Now we are going for Gold!

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. 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 the scheme in Lymington, and other local sustainability initiatives such as recycling, litter picking, and Transition’s 2020 vision here: https://lymington.com/lymington-life/environment