St Helen's Eco Church
A wonderful time was had by all in the sunshine at the April Ecochurch gathering, 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.
Join us on the 26th May as we plan our flower festival display for the church in June.
St Helen's has received a Bronze Eco Church Award.
Please click on the above to learn more.
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.
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.