Sustaining the environment is one of the synod’s mission criteria. To encourage churches to go green, we are registered as a synod with Eco Church, an award scheme from A Rocha UK, and each church received an Eco Box to celebrate the URC’s 50th anniversary. In 2023, we were delighted to achieve an Eco Synod Bronze Award in recognition of the commitment to creation care demonstrated by our churches and the synod overall.
The Eco Box includes twelve sheets, one for each month and starting in April. The box aims to stimulate devotions, Bible study and action, along with offering intergenerational activities and pointers to other campaigns and initiatives. You can download the full annual Eco Box booklet or by month:
|April: New Life||October: One World|
|May: Getting Out||November: Remembrance|
|June: Buy Local||December: Green Christmas|
|July: Plastics||January: Gardens|
|August: Holiday||February: Show the Love|
|September: Harvest||March: Deserts|
In 2022, the URC adopted the target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. To support this aim, the synod’s Environmental Steering Group have created guidance to help churches achieve net zero. An accessible Widgit version is also available. The synod is also a partner with Climate Cymru, an active network of nearly 300 organisations from every sector in Welsh society, and a movement of over 13,000 individuals from across Wales, who are concerned about climate change.
We are delighted that the following churches have achieved Eco Church Awards:
|Barry Uniting Church||Silver|
|Hope & Market Square, Merthyr Tydfil||Silver|
|St John’s URC, Buckley||Bronze|
|Tyddyn Street, Mold||Bronze|
|Uniting Church, Sketty||Silver|
|Beulah URC, Cardiff||Silver|
|Libanus URC, Brecon||Bronze|
|Christ Well URC, Swansea||Bronze|
|Dan y Graig Church, Risca||Bronze|
|City URC, Cardiff||Bronze|
|Abergavenny URC, Abergavenny||Bronze|
Eileen Newington, of Beulah URC in Cardiff, is the Green Advocate for the synod. Please contact Eileen via email to let her know that your church has registered for Eco Church and if you would like any support in responding to environmental issues.
Eileen is developing a network of Eco Friends to help churches prioritise creation care. Click here for more information about Eco Friends. Eileen would also be pleased to receive your feedback about the Eco Box resource. Eileen’s presentation from the Autumn Synod meeting and accompanying notes are available to download.
Visit the worship page to explore ‘Caring for Creation’ resources for events and services, including links to organisations referred to in the presentation. Click here for the Synod’s Environmental Policy.
A series of Synod Eco Church webinars, with guest speakers, are available on YouTube.
‘And God said, “Take care of . . . yourself”‘ with Caroline Pomeroy, Climate Stewards
‘And God said, “Take care of . . . the land”‘ with Rosie James, Cardiff Council Parks Service
‘And God said, “Take care of . . . your buildings”‘ with Michael Hodgson, Chris Atherton and Claire Boot