Eco-CongregationEco-Congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith, and respond in practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals, and in the local and global community.

Eco-congregation is overseen by the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Click here for more info on the Environmental Issues Network.

Aware of our responsibility as stewards of creation, we formed a "Green Team" in 2005, led by Sally Cashen, and in Autumn 2006 we became the first Anglican Church in the Diocese of Chester to receive an Eco-congregation award.

Activities include conservation in St Bridget's Churchyard; green themes in worship, study groups and children's work; recycling; raising awareness of green issues among the congregation.

Environmental issues influenced the design of the new community centre which opened in May 2012. This included solar photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, underfloor central heating, new more efficient boiler and high levels of insulation.

Look at the file at the back of St Bridget's Church for more details.

As part of the programme, Sally produces a monthly "Green Sheet", with suggestions about living a more eco-friendly life, and distributes it to the congregation.

Sally Cashen writes:

Sometimes we may be preaching to the converted through our green sheets or you may disagree with the items, but please don't let that stop you from passing them on to your friends, and spreading the information, it may lead to healthy discussion!