The Arden Marches Churches are registered with A Rocha Eco Church and are working towards Eco Church accreditation. An ‘Eco Group’ has been gathered from across our churches to help us develop in our care for God’s earth by
- better managing the church estate from an ecological perspective
- engaging the wider community through the churches’ grounds and a shared interest in our local environments
- approaching ecological issues through our teaching, worship, mission and discipleship
- supporting one another to increase our environmental awareness and actions.
2021 – time for change
While the pandemic may be at the top of everyone’s minds, the climate emergency remains the biggest threat to the world. Here in the Arden Marches, we are embarking on a journey of exploring together, and committing to change what we can, to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. Each month for the rest of the year, we will be focusing on one area of concern and action, and one member of the Eco Group will lead us in thinking through the concerns, our options, and our response.
February – Lent Plastic Challenge – Starts 17th February
This guide has been reproduced from the Church of England’s 2019 Lent Plastic Challenge. The world has changed a lot since then, and not all the suggestions will be possible in a Covid lockdown and you may need to be creative. On the other hand, the pandemic has increased our reliance on disposable plastics (PPE, cleaning materials etc) and so the need has never been greater to wean ourselves off this unsustainable way of living. Perhaps have a go and see if you can at least manage two of the suggestions per week, and use the Sunday mini-reflections to help you think more deeply about how caring for the earth deepens faith, and how faith worked out in practice means caring better for our world.
Download: Lent Plastic Challenge