Eco Church is 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.

The Diocese of Winchester is one of only four Anglican dioceses in the UK which have achieved Eco Church accreditation. Their aim is for 100% of churches in the diocese to do the same.

WinACC will do all we can to support churches in Winchester District. We can supply materials, quizzes, games for community events, ideas, speakers (see examples) - just get in touch with us at winacc@winacc.org.uk.

This is what A Rocha UK writes about Eco Church:

A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, both as a response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and as a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world. Underlying all we do is our biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to the care of human society.

We work collaboratively with others who share our passion for the planet and its people, and our desire for their mutual flourishing. We draw on the insights and skills of people from diverse cultures, both locally and around the world. We work in partnership with a wide variety of organisations and individuals who share our concerns for a sustainable world.

Since we believe that caring for God’s earth is a necessary part of Christian discipleship, engaging with Christians and churches is at the heart of our strategy. Our primary means of such engagement is Eco Church – our new, web-based award scheme designed to motive and resource churches in establishing caring for God’s earth as an integral part of their everyday work and witness. 

Eco Church is the successor to Eco-Congregation for churches in England and Wales and is run by A Rocha UK in partnership with Christian Aid, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, and Tearfund. 

Our vision is for the new scheme to create a vast network of churches as local centres of creation care in the community – shining beacons of hope for a brighter environmental future. 

So, how does Eco Church work? 

At the heart of Eco Church is a unique, online surveythat enables churches to both record what they are already doing to care for God’s earth, and to reflect on what further steps they can take to that end and then act accordingly.

The survey covers all areas of church life: Worship and Teaching; Management of Church Buildingsand Land; Community and Global Engagement; and Lifestyle.  It challenges churches to act in respect of the songs they sing and of the food they serve; of the energy they use and of the ethics of their investments; of the wildlife that finds a home on their land and of the water that flushes their loos; and so on… 

Accompanying the survey is a  new suite of online resources to help churches undertake the actions recommended in each of the five areas covered by the survey. These include: sermon outlines; youth materials; guides on food co-operatives and looking after church land in wildlife-friendly ways; and a lifestyle audit.

 Go to the A Rocha Eco Church website