In November 2019 St Mary’s Church registered with the Eco Church Scheme which is an A Rocha UK project. More details of the scheme can be found on their website https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/
As a member of this scheme St Mary’s has completed the Eco Survey which covers different areas of how the church contributes to God’s earth in different areas of its life and work. The answers we provided collect points towards an Eco Church Award – the more any church does, the more points they get! There are three levels at which an award can be made, they are bronze, silver and gold.
The survey covers five key areas of church life:
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
From the initial survey St Mary’s Church, Billingsley already achieved ‘silver’ for the management of church land and ‘bronze’ in its teachings and worship.
With a little more work it is hoped that we can achieve a bronze award overall in the near future.
Do watch out for more news, events and information over the coming weeks as we make progress.