We were delighted to receive A Rocha’s Silver Eco Church Award this Sunday. It was presented by Bishop Keith to Rosie Pugh, in recognition of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact for the sake of our and future generations.

On receiving the Award, Rosie shared a few words with us;


Psalm 24 verse 1 says;  The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it’

As people who live in it, we have a responsibility to look after it, to take care of this place God has made our home. 

This award shows that churches all over the country are trying to do just that, and we can be proud and pleased to count ourselves amongst them.

This is award is a testament to the hard work of people who have made the environmental impact of our church a top priority. We have to thank and acknowledge the St Mary’s Eco Group – for all they have done to help us achieve this award.

Although the Eco Group have worked hard to ensure we were eligible for this award,  they couldn’t have done it alone. The Eco Group championed the cause, but each member of St Mary’s has played a part in making this happen.

Rosie Pugh

Changed minds and changed hearts doesn’t happen overnight and we are lucky in this church to have such strong links with people that make us aware of our impact, like the Eco Group and A Rocha. This award and plaque doesn’t mark the end of the journey, or a job done. It marks a journey we can be proud of, but of which there are many more steps to travel. There is still a long way to go, a lot to do be done. Together we can be a much bigger and better force for good than alone. With prayer and perseverance we should continue on, determined to look after this wonderful world that God has entrusted into our care.

The plaque will be displayed with the previous two awards St Mary’s has received, on the lectern at the front of church, unifying our previous achievements and recognition with our future commitment to continue to make a difference for good.

In addition to receiving the award, we are delighted to share the news that a new bench has been installed in the Eco Garden. The bench is made from recycled church pews and provides a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the Eco Garden from.
The vision for the space was to make a quiet, peaceful spot, in the busyness and bustle of our small town, where nature would be preserved and left to thrive. It’s a great spot for quiet reflection and prayer, and with the new bench a perfect place to spend a couple of minutes enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Do explore the Eco Garden, which is open and accessible to all whilst the car park is open (around 8:00am – 9:00pm). The garden can be found at the bottom of the church car park.