Eco Church

Our Church and the Environment

Colossians 1:15-17

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

St Ann’s and St Aldhelm’s have a strong history of recognising the connection between our Christian faith and caring for God’s creation, whether by trying to make ethical decisions in our own lives or campaigning on environmental issues.

In November 2021, we formed an Eco Church team, which has the following goals:

  • To encourage biodiversity within St Ann’s churchyard, balancing environmental needs with those who visit the churchyard for reflection, mourning and prayer.
  • To work with the DCC on matters where there are environmental concerns, to improve disposal of waste and recycling and use of environmentally friendly products.
  • To encourage changes in lifestyle in our congregation and in the community.
  • To encourage ‘God’s Green Fingers’ project at Tumbledown Farm to be at the vanguard of creation care, modelling food security, nutrition, community well-being, and sustainability.
  • To achieve recognition via A Rocha Eco church awards and to link with Eco diocese.

The A Rocha awards evaluate the behaviour of our Churches in the areas of Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community and Global Engagement and Lifestyle. We are very pleased to have gained recognition for the achievements of both Churches with Silver awards.

St Ann’s Silver award.

St Aldhelm’s Silver award.

Our Eco Team

The team consists of Nick Clarke, Jane, Brackenridge, Jon Orrell, Lis Orrell, David Winterburn, Margaret Horton, Liz Bartlett and Nigel Dilkes. Do come and talk to us if you’d like to join the team.

Please play your part by:

  • Making responsible decisions in your personal life such as reduce, reuse, recycle, saving power and water, buying fairtrade, supporting biodiversity and making good choices in transport
  • Supporting the Church in making responsible decisions too

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Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements.

Mark Wardell

Home delivery is like the public transport of groceries. Instead of having 20 odd cars make their way to the supermarket – one van drives around delivering to everyone in the area (and many supermarkets are upgrading to an electric fleet, too). Additionally, it means you’re less likely to impulse buy which can help to reduce any waste food.