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Ecochurch Journey at Great St Mary's

prickly visitor to a churchyard (Click to enlarge)

prickly visitor to a churchyard

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2017
Over nine different churches were represented at this evening at Michaelhouse in January. It was held to highlight A Rocha's Ecochurch programme, an online resource designed to help churches explore ways of greening their lives, as individuals and as a church community

Great Saint Mary’s Environment Group hosted an evening showing excerpts from the film, "Before the Flood" a gripping and informative documentary featuring Leonardo de Caprio.  This was followed by a talk called “Our Ecochurch Journey” given by members of St Paul’s Hills Rd, Ecochurch Committee.

They described how, as a church they had decided to take on the challenge of working for a Bronze Ecochurch award.  It wasn’t really about achieving the award, they said, but gave them a goal and some signposts.

The Ecochurch survey and supporting resources (all free and online) are designed to equip the church to express care for God’s world in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation. See

How often does a local ecologist come to church to talk about wildlife?

Have you considered toilet twinning? 

These are some typical questions raised by Ecochurch. The St Paul’s team stressed the importance of enlisting the vicar’s support, and raising awareness in the church.

At St Paul’s, at the start, the congregation were each given a seed to sow: a simple act of nurture, noticing and wonder.  From small seeds, a mighty tree can grow.

If you would like to join the Ely Diocese Environmental Newsletter and find out about similar talks and events, please email