Our Eco Church

Eco Church

This spring, St James Church registered for Eco Church. Eco Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that they care for God’s Earth. To earn an Eco Church Award each church completes an online survey collecting points in five key areas of church life. These are: Worship and Teaching, Management of Church Buildings, Management of Church Land, Community and Global Engagement and Lifestyle. When enough points are gained in each category the church can then submit their survey and apply for a bronze, silver or gold Eco Church award.

We are very proud to say that St James has already been awarded an Eco Church Bronze Award. 

Some of the things we have done which have helped to earn our award include: regularly praying for God’s creation, looking into ways we can improve our church building to reduce energy use, looking after the wildlife in our churchyard, twinning one of our toilets to enable a new toilet to be built in a part of the world that has no access to proper sanitation, and promoting the use of eco-friendly, Fair Trade and plastic-free products to our congregation.

Encouraged by our Bronze Award we now hope to address some of the more challenging aspects of the survey and work towards Silver!

Churchyard Conservation Project Autumn Working Party

Saturday 20th November from 9am

Volunteers needed to rake leaves, weed graves, sort out the compost heap and tidy the churchyard for winter.  Plenty of cake, tea and coffee for all volunteers and finishing with our usual soup.

Protecting God's Creation

Christians should be leading the way in taking practical steps to heal out plant and protect its people.  It is our responsibility and privilege to care for God's creation.

Our day to day choices and attitudes are often driven by our culture and lifestyle preferences and not for the world.

The science is clear because of human activity we see effects like species extinction and climate change and we need to choose to move forward with hope, accept the enormity of the problem and take responsibility.

Caringforgodsacre.org.uk works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate and care for, and enjoy burial grounds and graveyards.   

Our team have worked tirelessly over the past few years to ensure the biodiversity in our churchyards is thriving.  

Alveston has a vast wealth of species identified in our Summer species count, and offers essential refuge to native wildlife.


We hope that this will get us all thinking, and talking amongst ourselves and encourage us to be more aware of how our actions may impact on God’s creation. We may feel that buying one unwrapped cucumber isn’t contributing a lot, but if we all undertake to change the little things, collectively we CAN make an impact!


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