The Diocesan office, Jubilee House, has just received its’ Silver Eco award from A Rocha UK as a result of our work to improve biodiversity in the grounds. It was only a few months ago that our office received the Bronze level Eco award. Spurred on by this, our team have been busy installing bird feeding, bug, and hedgehog stations on the land around the office. We are delighted that Jubilee House has received its’ Silver Eco award!
St Peter & St Paul’s Shelford have created a flourishing churchyard as they do their part to care for creation. In 2019, the PCC was presented with a report from a firm of arboriculturists about the condition of the trees in the churchyard which implied the need for sums of money which they didn’t have. But then lockdown struck, and nothing happened.
Today is Rogation Sunday – a traditional service that asks for God’s protection of the agriculture industry, livestock, and crops. In England, it occurs during the planting season. The three days following are considered Rogation Days, where Christians are encouraged to fast and pray ahead of Ascension Day. The tradition involves the incumbent walking the boundaries of the parish – which called “beating the bounds” – praying the Great Litany as well as psalms and asking for God‘s blessing for well-being
St Peter's Church in Hayton has become the latest in our diocese to earn their A Rocha UK Bronze Eco Award. Churchwarden Rita Smith said: "We are proud to have been awarded our Bronze Eco Award. Our initial thoughts when we were first shown the self assessment form for completion was horror. But, once over the panic, it was easily completed. Being a rural church with a very small congregation and limited resources, we were pleasantly surprised to qualify for the Bronze
Churches Count on Nature runs between 4-12 June 2022 and covers churchyards across England and Wales. It will see communities and visitors making a note of the animals, birds, insects, or fungi in their local churchyard, and the data will then be collated on the National Biodiversity Network.
Recently, St Wilfrid’s in Calverton has been presented an A Rocha’s Silver Eco Church Award. The church originally achieved their Bronze Award during the lockdown as it was a positive thing they could be working towards during a difficult time and something they could work together to achieve. Revd Sam Hustwayte reflects on their journey to Silver: “The journey began back in 2019 when we decided as a church that we should create an environmental policy that would reduce our use
We are pleased to announce that Robert Cleave, a member of Bishop’s Council and Finance Committee, has kindly agreed to volunteer up to two days a week as DEO to provide additional resource.
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church Awards require the churches who apply to demonstrate their commitment to caring for creation, ranging from optimising energy efficiency to discussing climate change in sermons. Recently, the diocese has reached the 5% threshold of Bronze Award churches which we need to achieve a Bronze Eco Diocese Award. More than 50 of our churches are working towards their Eco Church status now, of which 16 have at least a bronze award. St Patrick’s Nuthall achieved their silver