Webteam: November 2017
Romsey members have been congratulated for reaching a significant milestone in their care for the planet — with a silver Eco-Church award.
The campaigning charity A Rocha UK, a Christian organisation working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, gave the church members a wooden plaque and certificate at a service on Sunday.
The plaque, appropriately made from a recycled church pew, will hang alongside the bronze award the church had already earned.
"We were thrilled to get the silver award," minister the Revd Gareth Hill told the Advertiser. "As Christians, we believe that care of God's world is crucial and we do what we can to minimise our carbon footprint.
"We use green energy suppliers and, in our refurbishment scheme, worked hard to be as energy-efficient as we could. Our weekly notices have eco-tips in and our worship reminds us that it is, after all, God's world and not ours."
Members of the church's Eco-group, led by Professor John Evans, keep the focus on the subject and encourage worshippers to involve themselves in community projects such as litter picking and clean-ups. The church also recently held a film night that drew people from the community to see Leonardo di Caprio's Before the Flood.
The silver award presentation was made during morning worship when the guest preacher was Romsey Advertiser columnist Andy Lester.
Andy is Conservation Director for A Rocha, who run the national Eco-Church scheme — an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God's earth.
There is a gold award but, as only three churches anywhere have achieved it, Romsey Methodists may be waiting a while before they celebrate that one.
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