Eco Church

In recent years, as part of their ministry within God’s Creation, a number of churches in Devon have been actively engaged with addressing the challenging environmental crises we face in the world. These projects include developing churchyards to support more wildlife, using or producing greener energy, re-discovering creation care in our Christian tradition, registering as Eco-congregations or Fairtrade churches, and promoting local food for church events.

Hope Baptist Church in Plymouth (pictured right) was the first church to receive the Devon Eco Church certificate in September 2014.

As of 2017, we are now encouraging churches to apply for A Rocha's Eco Church award. Already, 40 churches across the denominations in Devon have achieved the award.

A Rocha Eco Church award

If you’re looking for practical guidance on how your church can actively demonstrate that Christians care for God’s earth, then explore the Eco Church scheme run by the charity A Rocha. This is an initiative which enables your church to assess its ecological footprint and apply for an award in recognition of what you are doing.

A free online survey and supporting resources are designed to equip your church to express your care for God’s world in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation.

The actions you take will count towards a prestigious Eco Church award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Complete A Rocha's Eco Survey to gauge where your church currently is in relation to the three different levels; you may find you already qualify for an Eco Church Award!