One of the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion is
‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’
and at St John’s we’re determined to get better at this.
We’re working towards getting Eco Church accreditation, which is a project from A Rocha UK, a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to mobilising Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment.
We have carried out the Eco Church survey, which looks at five main areas of church life:
Worship and teaching
Management of church buildings
Management of church land
Community and global engagement
We will be looking to improve our performance in all five areas, so that we acknowledge the need to care for creation more in our worship and teaching, manage our buildings and land in a more environmentally friendly way, engage more with the community and the rest of the world on environmental matters, and individually change our lifestyles so that we treat the world with more respect.
We care about creation (a) because God made it and said that it was ‘very good’ (Genesis 1.31), and (b) because Christians are called to care about the most vulnerable, and the climate crisis affects the poor more harshly than the rich. We would be delighted to welcome those of all faiths and none to join us in our work!