Churches complete the unique online Eco Survey
about how they are caring for Godís earth in different areas of their life and
work. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco Church
Award Ė the more the church does, the more points we get!
If the score doesnít
gain you an Eco Church Award straight away donít worry Ė 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:
of church buildings
of church land
and global engagement
It takes into account
whether or not your church has buildings or land, and you can save your survey
responses at any point and return to update them as your church completes
The free, Eco Church resources will give lots of support and advice about
how to make the changes your church needs to become an Eco Church. There are
three levels of Eco Church Award Ė 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). You can see when you have gained sufficient points in each
Eco Survey category by looking at the points gauges that appear on screen with
the Eco Survey questions. The gauges will change colour as your points
accumulate to reflect the level of Award you have achieved.
If all the relevant
gauges turn bronze, you have achieved a Bronze Award; if they all turn silver
you have achieved a Silver Award, and so on. However, if just some of your
gauges turn silver while the others turn bronze, for example, you have achieved
a Bronze Award (rather than a Silver Award) because that is the level you have
achieved in all the relevant areas.
Once all the gauges on
your Eco Survey indicate that you have enough points for an Award, you can apply for
your Award by downloading and completing the Award Application
Form. For Bronze and Silver Awards we will require confirmation from your
church leader that they have seen and approved the Eco Survey responses
provided on behalf of your church. Additionally, for Gold Awards we will
arrange for an Eco Church Assessor to visit your church to see and hear for
themselves of all that youíve been doing to care for Godís earth across the
areas covered by the Eco Surve.
Once your Award is
confirmed, you will receive a certificate and (optional) plaque from A Rocha UK
to mark your achievement.
St Johnís has already
earned an award under the Eco Congregation Scheme and the plaque is in the Link. We are now transferring to the Eco Church
Scheme and already have enough points to claim the Bronze award. Very little needs to be done in order for us
to achieve the Silver award.