St Stephen’s Eco Group

Our Eco vision

St Stephens acknowledges that as we believe in a creator God, so we have a responsibility to look after the world God created and this is reflected in St Stephen’s four vision statements:

  • Love God
  • Love one another
  • Love our neighbours
  • Love our world

Building on earlier ‘green’ initiatives, a church Eco Group was formed in the summer of 2021 to explore how St Stephens can improve its impact on the environment and its stewardship of global resources.

In preparation for our 2021 Autumn Creation Care sermon series, the congregation were encouraged to consider a wide variety of #EcoWins, suggested in the church’s weekly newsletter and online. The goal was to encourage our church family to reduce or improve their impact on the environment. Ideas ranged from creating a simple insect feeding station or switching plastic pens for pencils to going on a litter pick.

The Eco Group continues to engage the congregation with #EcoWins and occasional family Eco Challenges, informing the congregation to enable them to make environmentally-friendly choices.

As a finale to the 2021 Autumn Creation Care sermon series (which included inspiring eco initiatives from members of our own congregation and a Nature Walk Challenge for families during the school holidays) St Stephens has registered as an Eco Church with the international organisation A Rocha.

A Rocha UK (ARUK) is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to equipping Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment. St Stephen’s has also made a Creation Care Declaration and commitments. You can read this here:

The Eco Group welcomes new members, either on a regular or occasional basis, as St Stephens embarks on its Eco Church journey. You can get in touch with the Eco team by contacting the church office.