New Eco Church Officer for Wales

Delyth Higgins has joined A Rocha UK as their Eco Church Officer for Wales. A Rocha works to protect and restore the natural world by equipping Christians and churches to care for the environment as a regular part of their individual life and church mission.

Delyth joins at a time of increasing demand for Eco Church as more churches seek support to take practical action on caring for God’s earth. She will provide a presence here in Wales to coordinate events and networks and to promote the Eco Church scheme – we look forward greatly to working alongside her.

Delyth is Welsh-speaking and lives in Swansea. Previously she has worked with Renew Wales, the national programme which supports community groups to take action on climate change.

A Rocha UK aims to widen and deepen its reach in Wales and there is the hope that more churches of different sizes and denominations will register for Eco Church. From large churches in growing cities to small rural chapels and parishes, Delyth hopes to encourage many churches to become Eco Churches. Local churches will benefit from shared learning, support, ideas and resources and from speaking with those who are currently following the scheme. There are already some new Eco Church resources available in Welsh, which Delyth will build upon as well as being able to offer talks and events in the Welsh language.

Delyth says: “Since moving house three years ago, I have become even more aware of nature and take an interest in watching the huge variety of birds that come into the garden and the beautiful views towards the mountains in the north – through the changing seasons. I am looking forward to meeting the people around Wales who have, who are and who will be embarking on the Eco Church scheme and, in particular, building relationships and networks amongst churches throughout Wales so that they can learn from, support and encourage each other.”

Helen Stephens, Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK, said: “ We are keen to promote and embed Eco Church more deeply across Wales recognising that there are unique challenges in different parts of the country. So we are delighted to welcome Delyth Higgins to A Rocha UK to expand and deepen the work of Eco Church in Wales when there has never been a more urgent time for the Church to play its role (along with other sectors of society) in caring for this precious planet. She brings insight and wisdom from her years at Renew Wales which has already seen her work with churches on the issue of climate change and having lived in Wales for all of her life, has a deep understanding of the culture. She is joining a very busy Eco Church team and I look forward to working with her.”

If you would like to contact Delyth, please email her on delyth.higgins@arocha.org 

All welcome to join us on Zoom on Wednesday 14 September from 7.30pm to 9pm for an evening of information, discussion and inspiration with Delyth. To register and obtain the Zoom link, please email Jason Askew.

Thanks to Eileen Newington, Synod Green Advocate