St Helen's Eco Church
St Helen's has received a Bronze Eco Church Award.
Please click on the above to learn more.
St Helen's Church is supporting all its environmental efforts with a regular monthly gathering for families called Eco Church.
This is from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on the 4th Sunday of the Month
and includes nature study, crafts and a shared meal during which Thanksgiving thoughts and prayers are shared.
Please text Ali ( 07500 007437) if you would like to take part so that we know the number attending for food.
There is also an Eco Church morning work party that meets for about an hour on the second Sunday of the month after morning worship at St Helen’s.
A time to get hands-on involvement in the environmental activities in the churchyard.
Please Contact Ali for more details.
At our gathering on Sunday 22 September, Jackie from IOW Hedgehog rescue came to talk to us about the suitability of our graveyard habitat for hedgehogs and how we might encourage them to come and stay.
We also decided on the location of a pond which we will be following up with our groundsman.
Our August meeting took the form of a Plastic Awareness Afternoon.
It was a lovely time with great company, lots of brilliant ideas and creativity.
Revolution in a sunny garden with tea and cake!!!!
In July we walked to the old church on the Duver for a Sea Service on the beach. There was storytelling, fried fish and bread, and a sea baptism with our new archdeacon, the Revd Peter Leonard, presiding.
At our May gathering we planned our display for the flower festival at the church in June.
Back in April a wonderful time was had by all, with lots of good work done to the Labyrinth and a well deserved soup and delicious banana cake for reward.
This is a group that is looking forward, challenging the status quo and developing a new language for our faith through and with our care for this evolving planet.... and of course enjoying fellowship too.
We are now on our way to achieving our Gold Award. Together we have done so much...
- We have surveyed our churchyard, created a natural recreational space (labyrinth) and hold a regular Eco Church meeting.
- We have put things in the Parish News, attended fayres, gone on Lobbies to London and have an active Haven Eco-Church website.
- We are praying for the earth and its natural habitats, and some of our liturgies and special services have that focus.
The things we have yet to achieve are listed in this table.
St Helen's church is the only church at this time registered on the Isle of Wight as an Eco Church. The details below show what an Eco Church is trying to achieve in collaboration with A Rocha and the Eco Church Network.
Churches complete the unique online Eco Survey about how they are caring for God’s earth in different areas of their life and work. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco Church Award – the more your church does, the more points you get!
If your score doesn’t gain you an Eco Church Award straight away don’t worry – the idea is to complete further actions in order to gain the points necessary for an Award. For example, you can switch to a green energy company or start using Fairtrade tea and coffee supplies to gain Eco Church Award points.
The survey takes you through five key areas of church life:
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
There are three levels of Eco Church Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to qualify for an Award you must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to your church (some churches do not have buildings or land). Once your Award is confirmed, you will receive a certificate and plaque from A Rocha UK to mark your achievement.
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. Part of the worldwide family of A Rocha organizations committed to conservation action as an expression of Christian mission, we work collaboratively with others who share our passion for the planet and its people, and our desire for their mutual flourishing.