Eco Church

at St James Church

“The Lord God place man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”

(Genesis 2:15 New Living Translation)

Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s  award scheme for churches in England and Wales. We have taken our first steps in identifying how we care for God’s earth. 

We have undertaken an online survey to find out how we score against five areas of church life:

·         Worship and teaching

·         Management of Church buildings

·         Management of Church Land

·         Community and global engagement

·         Lifestyle


Our current score:

Since Spring 2018 a small working party are now assessing our Garden of Eden and how we can improve our care for God’s world here in Woodley.  We will be working for global and local changes to protect the environment and encouraging all church users to alter their lifestyles to better care for the world around them both locally and globally.  Initially we will be looking into the areas of worship and teaching, land and lifestyle towards achieving a Bronze Eco Church Award.

New members are welcome to join us, as we continue to work towards our Bronze Eco Award. Please email us here

For more information see our Eco Church Facebook page .

Eco News:

Eco Church Noticeboard

Over the last year 18 months we have offered advice, hints and tips to helping you be more environmentally aware.  We have shared news on our attempts to be better environmental citizens at St James. 

We have covered topics including: making our travel more environmentally friendly, wiser use of water, considered food waste, Carbon Footprint, looking at heating and lighting – renewable energy, led lighting etc. – check out the Eco Church Archive.

This September our church will be reflecting on Creation Care in our Sunday services:

22nd September “The Bible and Creation Care” based on Psalm 65 and      Genesis 9:1-17   God made the world and everything in it.  What does this mean for us?

29th September “Becoming Better Stewards” based on Leviticus 25:1-7 and Revelation 22:1-5 What can we practically do to take better care of God’s world?

Share your ideas with the group  – email us just click here! Remember to look at the St James Eco Church page on Facebook.

Local Environmental Events:

6 September 2019 19.00 “Bat Walk and Talk” organised by Earley Environmental Group at Maiden Erleigh Interpretation Centre, Instow Road – limited space so booking is essential.

28 September 2019 “On the Road Together” 10.30 – 16.30 Immaculate Conception Church Hall, Beeches Green, GL5 4AA . Booking via Green Christian.


Here are some links you might like to look up:

The Church of England “The Environment and Climate Change” 

Plastic-less Living 

Earley Environmental Group 


Oakwood Forest Church 

Green Christian  

Climate Stewards 

Energy Saving Trust


“Creation Care; A Biblical Theology of the Natural World” by Duncan Moo and Jonathan Moo

“Planetwise; Dare to care for God’s World” by Dave Bookless

“Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism” by Ruth Valerio

“Christ the Heart of Creation” by Rowan Williams

“Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living” by Nick Spencer and Robert White

Previous Eco ideas:

You can find an archive of previously published Eco ideas here.