St John’s Church, Rownhams gains first Eco Church Silver Award in Winchester Diocese!

On Sunday 17th September, UK A Rocha Conservation Director, Andy Lester, presented the Silver Award to St Johns Church, Rownhams congregation in a special Celebration service. A small steering group have worked hard with the Vicar, the Reverend Julian Williams’ backing, to show that we as a congregation are doing what we can to look after Gods earth, just a little bit more

The Ichthian young people’s group performed a powerful drama depicting a forest fire and unhelpful animals that mocked a humming bird which was trying to extinguish the fire one drop of water at a time.

The message echoed throughout the service was that every action counts, in everyone doing what little we can, to look after God’s earth.

The congregation were given an acorn to hold as Andy Lester asked us to think what a hard journey it is for one to grow into an oak tree: only 1 in 10,000 grows to maturity and it takes 50 years before it produces acorns! He encouraged us to think how we could take the opportunity to flourish by doing one more thing as we ‘Go for Gold’.

 

To move from Bronze (gained last year) to Silver, we have grown food in the churchyard allotment with produce going to Basics Bank, promoted Eco Church, committed to pray for an A Rocha project, celebrated Earth Hour and held a sale of unwanted Christmas presents.

‘Going for Gold’ is a huge challenge. We have produced an Individual Lifestyle Eco Survey, asking the congregation to take part so we can all see how we’re doing and perhaps do 1 or 2 more actions to live more sustainably in our damaged and fragile world. This is for the sake of future generations and for those many people in the world who are suffering dreadfully from the effects of climate change. (The link is www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TQEH3 for those church members who haven’t done it yet and would like to).

After a wonderful service, led by Liz Roles, who recently completed her BCM course for leading services, we enjoyed some delicious cake, followed by a Bring and Share lunch.

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