Caring for Creation

The United Reformed Church is committed to caring for creation and adopted a new Environmental Policy in 2016, that was updated in 2019.

Help is available for URC congregations wanting to deepen and strengthen their care for God’s creation, in worship, decision-making, and wider community engagement, through the ecumenical initiatives Eco Church and Eco-Congregation Scotland.

If your congregation is in England or Wales: If your congregation is in Scotland:

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Green Apostles
Many Synods have also appointed a 'Green Apostle' whose role is to provide information, support and encouragement to the Synod and local churches in this area. Contact us to find out if your Synod has one.

Eco Church in England and Wales

Eco Church covers five themes, which will help make a real difference in your church life:
• Worship and teaching
• Management of church buildings
• Management of church land
• Community and global engagement
• Lifestyle

Getting your church started
A simple online ‘Eco survey’ will help you work out how you’re doing, and give you ideas of what to focus on next. You may find out that you qualify for a Bronze award straight away; if not you’ll get ideas of what you can do to improve your score. Progression to Silver and Gold awards comes through engaging your church leadership and finally from having an independent audit of what you have achieved.

There are plenty of resources on the site which can be useful for elders meetings, church meetings or in services or with youth and children’s work.

Eco Synod
Eco Synod is an award programme that helps Synods to look at their own environmental impact as well as encouraging local churches to participate in Eco Church. Synods progress partly according to the number of congregations in their area achieving the Eco Church award at different levels. Synods currently registered and working towards an Eco Synod award are: West Midlands, Wessex, South West, East Midlands.

Next steps
To get started go to to register.

Here is a further encouragement from URC's Youth Assembly 2018:

Eco-Congregation in Scotland

Eco-Congregation Scotland is a movement of Scottish church congregations committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission. The vision is for a Scotland that cares for God’s creation, now and forever.

More than 10% of all Scottish churches are now taking part and there are over twenty local networks, run by volunteers, who encourage and help each other to do more to help the environment locally and globally. This is all supported by a small staff based in Edinburgh.

Eco-Congregation Scotland has three strands:
Spiritual living - Making the link between environmental issues and the Christian faith
Practical living - Taking practical action in the church and in the home to reduce our environmental impact
Global living - Influencing attitudes and take action in the local or global community on issues like climate change

Eco-Congregation Scotland can help you with:
• online resources and a regular newsletter
• keeping you in touch with news and information
• assessing congregations for the Eco-Congregation Award
• running local networks of eco-congregations
• training volunteers from congregations and local networks

Next steps
For more information visit the Eco-Congregation website.