St Edwards Church, Eggbuckland, Plymouth

We held a green communion service to celebrate the launch of St. Edwards as an Eco-church. We had guest speaker, Dr. Hilary Marlow, who spoke about our responsibility as Christians to be good stewards of the Earth. We used A Rocha prayers and liturgy which made the service very moving and powerful.

High Street Baptist Church, Tring

We celebrated with a ‘Green Communion’ on Sunday 12 February as the second of two ‘Global Mission’ Sundays. We were delighted to welcome Simon and Elaine Brown to our service and Simon gave a wonderful children’s talk and was interviewed, chat-show style by our minister Revd Andrew Cowley, as part of our morning worship service. We had a display area with information about Eco Church and our local Transition group and in the afternoon we screened the Leonardo DiCaprio film, ‘Before The Flood’.

Holy Trinity Church Northwood

(not a Communion Service) Eco Church Service and monthly Family Service: worship songs; reading from Genesis Chapter 1; prayers from Eco Church website. In the middle of the service making activities for all ages: bird feeders; bird boxes; hedgehog homes; bug hotels. We also celebrated reaching our Eco Church Bronze Award and made plans for our community garden. We all had a wonderful time. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

St Paul Old Ford

St Paul Old Ford in Bow, east London, registered with Eco Church last September and held their first-ever Environment Sunday on 5 February, which included celebrating Green Communion. Songs and prayers had been carefully chosen to tie in with the theme, and the congregation all joined in an act of eco commitment. It’s early days on the church’s eco journey but they were excited and encouraged to discover after the service that they’re eligible for a Bronze award already! The photo shows St Paul’s ‘eco champion’, Maxine Morgan (left), with vicar Revd James Hughesdon and the speaker at the service, Jean Morgan.

Trinity Lewes, 10.00 a.m. Southover, Congregation

Trinity Southover used the Green Communion service as an opportunity to formally present one of 3 bronze awards* to the Rector Steve Daughtery. Presenting the award is Martin Pett the Trinity Eco-church coordinator then from the left is also Shirley Darlington, David Melville, Karin Pett and Mary Boyum. *The other two churches in Trinity being Trinity St Johns and Trinity South Malling.  

Nailsea Methodist Church

We celebrated the first anniversary of Eco Church launch with the suggested green communion on the theme of the earth is the Lord’s. First creating a tableau in the order of creation with people carrying the different features to the table during the singing the Francis of Assisi hymn, All creatures of our God and King. The sermon was how to live out of gratitude and with generosity to others (2Cor 9:11).

St Johns Southall

St John’s Southall celebrated Eco Church’s 1st Birthday on Sunday 5th February with a service, Green Communion and the presentation of our Bronze Eco Church Award. Our songs, crafts, liturgy, prayers and sermon all focused on God’s beautiful world and our need to love it, care for it and see that as part of our discipleship and community life in action.

St Mary’s Long Ditton

This was the first time we had a Green Communion and the liturgy was very powerful. You will need to look very carefully (or magnify in) to see the glow lights on the altar that the children are placing. Note the glow necklace and glow lights on the Rector’s fingers!