Church and Earth
In February 2016 the PCC held a preliminary discussion about EcoChurch. The launch of Eco Church was examined in this podcast from Share Radio - which at 20m15s contains an interview with our own PCC eco-advocate Deborah Colvin. St James's is working towards reducing its energy consumption and towards raising awareness of the steps we can all take to lessen the harm our hunger for energy does to the planet. We'll be publishing more about our progress below. See also our eco-library and eco-blog for more. You can email Deborah here.
St James's is delighted to have achieved an Eco Church Gold Award. We are only the fourth recipient in the country of a gold Eco Church Award
Andy Atkins, the CEO of A Rocha UK, a Christian conservation charity, presented us with a plaque on 14 October 2018 in recognition of our "care for God’s earth in their everyday work and witness” across five categories: worship and teaching; buildings; land; community and global; and lifestyle.
St James’s won the award for initiatives that included attempting “to use renewable energy, reduce their carbon footprint, create wildlife-friendly areas such as a pond and wetland habitat on their land, and encourage outdoor worship and teaching”.
As an inner-city church in the heart of London, we hope that it will encourage other urban churches to realise how much they can care for nature and our environment regardless of their location. The three previous winners of a gold award are Hilfield Friary, Dorset; St Catherine’s, Burbage, in Leicester diocese; and St John’s, Leven, in Scotland.
Read about our journey towards becoming an eco-church