St Hugh’s, Old Brumby, Scunthorpe has been awarded a Bronze Eco Church award and The Haven (formerly known as Westcliffe) has just received its Silver award.
For those starting out on their Eco Church journey, who may feel daunted at what is required, ordinand Jenny Camm wants to encourage everyone that it’s not as hard as you might think.
“I was on placement in Nettleham, as part of my formation training,” she says. “The team who are there thought this would be a great mission project. Richard Crossland, Vicar and Rural Dean, is indeed looking for the whole Deanery to get this award. We had the whole congregation involved, produced an action plan, including having a day in May making bug hotels, and much more – and then it all had to stop!”
“Reflecting on this,” she adds, “I realised that my own church, St Hugh’s, was already doing most of what was required.”
The Eco Church awards help you look at what you do in worship and teaching, with your buildings and land, community and local engagement and our lifestyle – what do we do that has a positive effect on wildlife, the needs of the world and its people.
Jenny continues – “We have just had LED lighting installed in our church buildings, our toilet is now ‘Twinned’ with one in Uganda, we use recycled toilet paper, have screens for many services, and cut down paper use in many other ways too. We manage the green area around church for the benefit of the local wildlife and community.”
Vicar, Cameron Martin explains “We regularly address the issues of renewal of creation and social justice in line with the fourth and fifth marks of mission that has been adopted by the worldwide Anglican Communion. In the words of Pope Francis – ‘To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love – is to open up a horizon of hope.’ Global Engagement is very important to me and as a church we support Fairtrade, WaterAid and Tearfund. We have links to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, have a monthly Ramblers group, do regular pilgrimages including St Cuthbert’s Way and St Hilda’s Way last year, have outdoor services and generally encourage people to appreciate the countryside.”
“It hasn’t been a big stress for the congregation to do this,” Jenny concludes. “It was harder to agree to move to recyclable cups for coffee rather than plastic. We switched because we thought that was right, but now we’ve decided to go back to washing up the china ones as that is even more eco-friendly!”
“We will definitely be going for Silver award when we get back into church again.”
The Church of England, as part of its Annual Returns, is currently carrying out a Energy Footprinting exercise. Perhaps that will be the trigger for your own church to look at becoming an Eco Church? And the national church has set itself a target of becoming Carbon Neutral by 2030. That may seem a real ‘stretch goal’ but, as a certain supermarket chain says – ‘Every little helps.’
Great news: St Hughs Church and The Haven( Church of the Reconciliation) has been award the bronze and Silver awards respectively for Eco Church.
Colossians 1:16 New Living Translation (NLT)
for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
One of the five Marks of Mission for the Anglican Church is “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the church”.
To become an Eco church we are encouraged to look at ways in how we to express our care for God’s world in our worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings in:
Worship and teaching
Management of church buildings
Management of church land
Community and global engagement
We now aim to work towards gaining our Silver and Gold awards: look out for more details over the coming months.
For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies.
Lord of all, to thee we raise, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise
Cameron writes: It’s with great sadness that we heard of the death of Trevor Rubery. We mourn his loss and ‘May he rest in peace and rise in glory. ‘
We send our and the congregations deepest sympathy to Jennifer and the extended family. And pray that Jennifer and the family may know God’s presence and comfort. 🙏😇
Once Cameron heard the message from Jennifer via Margaret Barnes about Trevor Rubery in hospital with the corona virus , he tried calling Jennifer on her mobile but did not get to talk to her. He phoned the Hospital Chaplain who informed him that Clergy are not allowed to visit the hospital. Cameron requested him to get a message to Trevor and Jennifer assuring them of the clergy and congregation prayers during this difficult time in their lives and offering our prayerful support and support in general that they may need . The chaplain said he would do so by getting the msg to the ward sister ASAP. May God come alongside Trevor and bring him comfort and Jennifer his peace that passes human understanding. 🙏😇