Eco Church

As Christians our care of creation is part of our worship – our response to God’s overwhelming love for us and His awesomeness in creating such an amazing world.

God has entrusted us with looking after the earth, and all the life it contains.

Genesis 1 v 28
God saw all He had made and it was very good.

Psalm 24 v 1
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.

Colossians 1 v 15-17
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Our eco journey so far…

We formed the St John’s eco team in April 2021, with the remit to follow the guidelines set out by the A Rocha Eco Church scheme. This was established in 2016 and provides a framework and toolkit to mobilise churches to care for creation as a central part of Christian mission and lifestyle.

The team consists of Valerie Collings, Ruth Clinch, Sally Horrell, Mike Lidstone, Sarah Omond and Mick Young. Do come and have a chat if you would like to join us or know more about eco church.

Our eco vision:
To work together as a church family, raising awareness and encouraging lifestyle changes, which respect our beautiful earth and all who live on it;

Our eco mission:
To guide the church through the A Rocha Eco Church process and, along the way, inspire people to start or progress their own eco journeys;

Our eco values:
To love, care for and value all humanity, all living creatures and the environment.

As a church community we endeavour to reuse, reduce, repair, repurpose & recycle;

We provide recycling opportunities for empty medication blister packs and used biros, felt tip pens and marker pens;

In our church grounds, we endeavour to follow sensitive gardening/mowing regimes which allow nature to flourish;

#nomowmay – this area is now being managed as a wildflower area

In the summer, our young people undertook a beach litter pick before enjoying the delights of beach games and swimming;

Regular Creation Care Prayer Meetings are held

Helpful Websites:
  • A Rocha equips churches and inspires individuals and families to care for God’s earth
  • Tearfund is a Christian charity with over 50 years of experience in international development. Working with local church partners, they seek to help communities move out of poverty and equip them to survive the devastating effects of climate change.
  • Operation Noah is a Christian Charity working with the Church to inspire action on climate change
  • Creation Care encourages households to care for God’s world, provides steps to help people on their eco journey and enables them to map their individual progress.
  • 24-7 prayer on climate change gives practical guidance on praying effectively for climate change
  • Toilet Twinning Climate change is disproportionately affecting the poorest communities around the world. Toilet Twinning works with these people to provide access to toilets, clean water and hygiene kits.