Eco Churches

Horsham Eco Churches encourage and inspire other churches on their Eco Church journey, to share ideas and find out more about caring for God’s world, using resources from A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme.

Horsham Eco Churches September 2021 News

Registered Eco Churches                    

Brighton Road Baptist Church – Silver Eco Church Award 
Holy Innocents Parish Church, Southwater 
Holy Trinity Church, Horsham                         
Holy Trinity Church, Lower Beeding
Horsham United Reformed Church
St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Roffey
St. Margaret’s Church, Warnham
St. Mark’s, Holbrook – Silver Eco Church Award
St. Mary’s Church, Horsham
St. Nicolas’ Church, Itchingfield
Trafalgar Road Baptist Church, Horsham

Free Eco Church registration, survey and resources help you care for God’s earth in five key areas:

Worship and teaching 
Management of church buildings
Management of church land
Community and global engagement
Lifestyle

The survey takes into account whether or not your church has buildings or land.  Save and update your survey at any point. Collect points and consider further actions to gain points towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Eco Church Award. For example, switching to a green energy company or using Fairtrade tea and coffee. 

Complete the Eco Survey to gauge where your church currently is, you may find you already qualify for an Eco Church Award!
 
OUR VISION is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. Help us bring that vision to reality by participating in Eco Church.
 
A ROCHA UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to mobilising Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment.
 
TOGETHER WE CAN leaflet can be adapted and used by your church or community group, print double sided A4 and fold to an A5 leaflet. 
 
Climate change can seem overwhelming but together we can do simple things to help our planet and reduce our bills.
 
CREATION CARE AWARDS SCHEME encourages households to make changes to care for God’s earth, the online questionnaire and printable certificates recognise progress made, and resources provide ideas for your next steps towards Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
 
A webinar with Bishop Ruth Bushyager (Bishop of Horsham), Revd. Dr Dave Bookless (Director of Theology, A Rocha International), Annabelle South (St Paul’s Action on Climate and the Environment) and Helen Stephens (Church Relations Manager, A Rocha UK) launched the scheme, exploring topics including:
 
  • Why we, as Christians, must care for God’s creation.
  • How our household and personal actions can make a difference.
  • How the Creation Care scheme can help you better care for God’s earth.
Creation Care Information, Video and Webinar:
https://creationcare.org.uk/
 

 

OTHER WEBLINKS 

 

JOINT STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.

Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby urge everyone to play their part in ‘choosing life’ for the future of the planet.  

In a joint statement, the Christian leaders have called on people to pray, in this Christian season of Creation, for world leaders ahead of COP26 this November. The statement reads: ‘We call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavour to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us.’

The joint declaration strikes a clear warning – ‘Today, we are paying the price…Tomorrow could be worse’ and concludes that: ‘This is a critical moment. Our children’s future and the future of our common home depend on it.’

The three Christian leaders spoke against injustice and inequality, saying: ‘We stand before a harsh justice: biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and climate change are the inevitable consequences of our actions, since we have greedily consumed more of the earth’s resources than the planet can endure. But we also face a profound injustice: the people bearing the most catastrophic consequences of these abuses are the poorest on the planet and have been the least responsible for causing them.’

The statement calls on people to:

  • Pray for world leaders ahead of COP26
  • For individuals: To make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet, working together and taking responsibility for how we use our resources
  • For those with far-reaching responsibilities: To choose people-centred profits and lead the transition to just and sustainable economies

Read the full statement here:

Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch | The Archbishop of Canterbury

 

A FAIRER EASTER FOR PEOPLE & PLANET
 
West Sussex County Times column by Fairtrade Horsham and blog by Horsham Eco Churches for Sussex Green Living. 
 
THE 12 Rs OF CHRISTMAS
 
West Sussex County Times column by Horsham Eco Churches for Sussex Green Living. How we can enjoy a greener, more sustainable Christmas. 
 
Horsham Eco Churches at the Kinder Living Home Show