A Fairtrade Celebration
A Service of Celebration of Fairtrade was held in Southwell Minster on Saturday 25 February to herald Fairtrade Fortnight 2023. The Fairtrade Foundation is now 31 years old and works to rally a global community of millions – farmers and workers, supply chain partners, retailers, shoppers, schools and governments – to pay fair prices and uphold fair production standards and practices.
St Giles’ Church is Welcoming Owls in Cropwell Bishop
St Giles' Church, Cropwell Bishop have been working hard on biodiversity in their churchyard. 12-year-old Alex has been leading the way. He has made a box for tawny owls from recycled wood and painted it. With 1 in 7 of the UK’s wildlife species is at risk of extinction, churchyards are important habitats. Across England, it is estimated that 10,000 churches have churchyards. That’s the area of a small national park. It’s a precious resource which can make a huge difference to
The Diocese Earns Our Bronze Eco Award
We are delighted to be able to announce that the diocese has achieved Bronze Eco Diocese status with A Rocha UK, the Christian environmental charity. This follows on from Jubilee House’s Silver Award during the summer.
Jubilee House Earns its Silver Eco Award
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 Churchyard Blossoms
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.
Jubilee House Earns its Bronze Eco Award
Jubilee House has received its A Rocha UK Eco Bronze Award in recognition of our efforts to care for God’s earth.
“Beating the Bounds” on Rogation Sunday
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 Hayton get their Bronze Award
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
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.
St Wilfrid’s Journey to their Silver Eco Church Award
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