Green Communion on 5th February can help mark Eco Church’s first anniversary
A year ago, St Paul’s Cathedral was turned green for the launch of Eco Church, the award scheme for churches wanting to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s Church. A Rocha, who run the scheme, are asking churches to hold a Green Communion on 5th February as part of their worship. Many churches have signed up and started their journey towards an Eco Church award. If you are interested in encouraging your church to think about living more sustainably but don’t know where to begin, Eco Church offers a very good starting point. If your church has signed up, it would help the Environment Officer to know: email@example.com.
A Rocha, the worldwide environmental ministry behind Eco Church with Tearfund, Christian Aid, the Church of England and the Methodist Church, has put resources on their website to help with the Green Communion: http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/introducing-green-communion/
Environmental damage affects the world’s poorest communities most. Care for the environment is a mark of generously Living God’s Love and ‘treading lightly on the earth’ is one of the Anglican Communion’s five marks of mission.
Three cheers for an excellent result
Good news for the beginning of the year from David Nye, DBF Chair
“Very many congratulations to the huge majority of parishes who have paid all or almost all of the parish share request for 2016. Collectively, you have paid over 95% of the amount requested and that is the highest percentage since 2003. A special word of appreciation goes to the deaneries of St Albans, Rickmansworth and Welwyn Hatfield where 100% was paid by all parishes; and several
others were very close. You generous contributions, and many people do give sacrificially, enable the work of teaching and preaching the gospel to be sustained in all parishes of the diocese.
If at all possible, please do continue to pay the Parish share monthly because that means there is sufficient cash each month to meet stipends, salaries and other expenses. And one further plea. We, and indeed the National church, do rely on returns of parish Mission Statistics because these are used in planning for the future in all sorts of ways. Those returns for 2016 were due in by 27 January 2017: please do make sure those for your parish have been submitted.
As always, please do ask if you would like someone to come and talk to your PCC or deanery about money matters and ways in which the Board of Finance may be able to help.”