Eco-Congregation Overview


In May 2006 the environmental group IDEA (Improving Davyhulme's Environmental Awareness) was launched at Christ Church in Davyhulme. The purpose of IDEA is to promote awareness of local and global environmental issues within the community. Through regular promotional activities and links with the local schools, nurseries, youth and voluntary organisations the IDEA team aims to encourage energy saving, recycling, waste reduction, less car use and a choice of healthy life style with a low global impact. This supports the aims of the Church of England ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ initiative.

IDEA’s work with the local church community resulted in the successful achievement of eco-congregation status for the church in 2008, one of only 100 churches in the whole UK to achieve the award. A second eco-congregation award was made in 2011 and a further third award is anticipated in 2014.

What is Eco-Congregation

Eco-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.
The programme is operated in several different countries through independent organisations; in England and Wales it has been run since 2007 by A Rocha.

Eco-Congregation developed from a partnership between the Government funded environmental charity ENCAMS (which runs the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign and the Going for Green brand) and the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. It aims to encourage churches to consider environmental issues within a Christian context and enable local churches to make positive contributions in their life and mission.

Eco-Congregation has received endorsements from many denominations and church leaders. Participating churches are drawn from a variety of denominations.

The modules which make up the programme are:

  • Module 01 - Church Check-up
  • Module 02 - Greening worship
  • Module 03 - Theology and Environment
  • Module 04 - Children and Creation Care
  • Module 05 - Young People and Environmental issues
  • Module 06 - Resources for small groups
  • Module 07 - Greening the church building
  • Module 08 - Greening church spending
  • Module 09 - Churchyard conservation
  • Module 10 - Lifestyle Issues
  • Module 11 - Community Matters
  • Module 12 - Global neighbours
  • Module 13 - Manage your carbon footprint

The Eco-Congregation office for England & Wales is now housed with the Sheffield Groundworks Trust:
Eco-Congregation (England & Wales)
c/o Groundwork Sheffield
The Innovation Centre
217 Portobello
S1 4DP
0114 263 6421