Circuit Webteam: September 2018
On Sunday 16 September Stroud Methodist Church were presented with the Eco-Church Silver Award during their morning service.
The award was given by Gloucestershire County Councillor Rachel Smith, a member of Stroud Methodist Church and an active campaigner for good environmental practice across Gloucestershire to the church's 'eco-champion' Elaine Sharp who had gathered all the necessary data for the award over the summer.
The Eco-Church scheme considers every aspect of the church's life, from worship and teaching to buildings, land use, engagement with the local and global community on ecological issues, and the lifestyles of church members. Elaine says, "As we completed the online questionnaire we recognised that we were already responding to many of the environmental issues identified by the Eco-Church survey, from regular awareness-raising in Sunday services, to special events and work on the building to make it more energy efficient. We also have a church allotment which has helped to encourage the growing of local food and the participation of church members.We are delighted with the award but recognise that we still have more to do if we want to go for the Gold Award. As part of going further we are currently looking into car sharing for Sunday morning worship.
Eco-Church is a national award scheme, run by the Christian environmental charity 'A Rocha', designed to help churches express their care for God's world in every aspect of the church's life, using an online eco-survey.
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