Aspiring to leading edge earth care

All Saints in North Baddesley are committed to living and worshipping in a way which doesn’t damage the climate

All Saints in North Baddesley is committed to ensuring it minimises its environmental impact. It’s on the leading edge in the Church of England as one of the first 180 parish churches in England to obtain a bronze award from the independent ‘Eco Church’ certification scheme.

The driving force behind caring for the earth at All Saints is Tony, an extraordinary member of the congregation who also works to ensure North Baddesley’s parish church remains a Fair Trade Church. Tony with the church council and congregation are working to ensure that the church progresses to obtain its Silver award as soon as possible.

During Lent 2019 we will be thinking more about extending the Eco Church scheme across all the churches in this group or Benefice.

We’ll be looking at ways in which we can all play a part in saving our planet. For us, it’s not optional – it’s part of the foundation of our faith:

Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.

The Bible: Genesis 1:26-28 The Message (MSG)

Revd Victoria went on to say:

We hope that in the coming months we can think more about what we do as individuals and together as Churches to do our bit to care for our planet. There are plenty of ways we can easily make changes that make a real difference. We will be working alongside Eco-Church at A Rocha as a Benefice to make sure that we are doing all that we can to be good stewards of God’s wonderful creation.

The Eco Church certification touches on everything we do from the energy we use in churches, the things we purchase and use, and land we hold in trust (like the burial ground at St John the Baptist). The way this work is led by Tony – who isn’t a priest, or employed by the church is an example of how much the church depends on the volunteer effort of the whole congregation.

At General Synod in February 2019 Sir Tony Baldry said
“It is the aim of the Environmental Working Group’s 3-year plan to reach 2000 Eco Churches and 30 Eco Dioceses by 2022” General Synod is the representative decision making body for the whole of the Church of England.

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