Eco Circuit

The Methodist Church has worked with A Rocha UK to develop Eco Ciricut. In March 2019, Methodist President, Revd Michaela Youngson, commended the Eco Church award scheme and the adoption of Eco Circuit by the Methodist Church.

The award affirms the Circuit’s attention to the care of God’s creation and encourages the adoption of Eco Church by churches in the area.

Eco Circuit status will be given to your Circuit when it has:

  • Registered its intent to become an Eco Circuit

    Please use the registration form here.

  • Commissioned an individual or group to coordinate progress within the Circuit

    To encourage and report on progress within the Circuit.

  • Written an environmental policy

    This should include, where appropriate, points on travel, the environmental performance of Manses (re: Methodist Church standing order guidelines on Energy Performance Certificates) and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions

  • Gained the appropriate levels of local church registrations and Awards for Eco Church

    Circuits of 1 to 10 churches
    Bronze Eco Circuit: at least 15% of local churches awarded
    Silver Eco Circuit: at least 30% of local churches awarded
    Gold Eco Circuit: at least 60% of local churches awarded

    Circuits of 11 to 100 churches
    Bronze Eco Circuit: at least 10% of local churches awarded
    Silver Eco Circuit: at least 20% of local churches awarded
    Gold Eco Circuit: at least 40% of local churches awarded

  • Achieve the relevant award for Circuit House / Office (where appropriate) and land (where appropriate)

    In the Buildings category for its Circuit offices (where appropriate) and Land (where appropriate)

  • Embedded environmental issues in ongoing training

    Have sought to ensure that environmental issues are embedded within the curricula of ongoing presbyterial and local preacher education and support (1)

  • Managed Circuit investments ethically

    With due consideration to the environmental implications / opportunities of such investments, taking into account the climate change investment policy of the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church and the resources available within the Ethical Money Churches project. (2)

  • Worked with other Circuits and or faith groups

    To encourage greater environmental action, including promoting Eco Church as a helpful tool

  • Established the habit of recording and celebrating individual environmental initiatives

To register your intent to work towards Eco Circuit status, please complete the online registration form here. After completing the registration process you will receive two copies of a letter outlining your commitment to work towards Eco Circuit status. Both copies should be signed by your Circuit Superintendent and Circuit Lead or equivalent, and then one copy returned to the Eco Church office and the other retained for display in the Circuit office.

When your Circuit has fulfilled these criteria (check list here), you can apply for your Eco Circuit Award by completing the application form here.

1. For example, by ensuring that local preachers have access to materials to support theological reflection on our care for God’s creation. See the Methodist church Worship: Leading & Preaching course, Singing the Faith Plus, and Eco Church “Worship and Teaching” resources.

2. Where there are circuit of district reserves under investment, these are frequently invested thorough the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church. The districts and circuits should be aware of the potential for positive investment to encourage a transition to a sustainable global ecology and the Churches’ role in this respect.