The fifth Mark of Mission within the Anglican Communion is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. We are all called to care for Gods creation.

We all have a part to play in responding to climate breakdown, both individually and together as churches and as a diocese. On this page we have gathered a range of resources to help with that response. We are encouraging all parish churches to sign up to Eco Church, we have a selection of resources for worship and study for both individuals and groups, and our diocesan environmental plan provides a context for the support we offer. We hope you find what you need here. For further information, please contact david.primrose@lichfield.anglican.org

Diocesan Environmental Advisory Group (DEAG)

The Diocesan Environmental Advisory Group brings together colleagues from parishes and diocesan departments to promote environmental concern and sustainable practices across the diocese. It is convened by David Primrose (Transforming Church and Communities Enabler) and supports our Environmental Team of Richard Clarkson (Diocesan Environmental Officer) and his colleagues Emma Cooksey, John Polhill and Steve Hollinghurst.

Environmental Policy

Our current work is shaped by our Diocesan Environmental Policy. You can find more information and resources from the Church of England's National Environment Programme here

The long-term goal is net-zero-carbon for church life. In particular, some practical advice for parishes is available from the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division of the Church Commisionners. Do note that implementing some recommendations will need Faculty permission - contact your archdeacon or the DAC for advice.

Become an Eco Church

As part of our efforts to become an Eco Diocese, all parishes in our diocese are encouraged to register for Eco Church. Eco Church is A Rocha UKs award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for Gods earth

Register with EcoChurch at www.lichfield.anglican.org/ecochurch

One of our most useful partnerships in becoming an Eco Church, as part of a pilot arrangement with our diocese, is that with Caring for God's Acre (CfGA), who are providing a range of services to churches with churchyards. Without additional cost, churches will be able to:

  • attend a series of conferences around the Diocese covering practical and statutory aspects of churchyard management
  • receive specific advice from CfGA about community engagement and volunteer groups
  • get support and advice from CfGA with applications for external grant funding

For more information contact: Harriet Carty harriet@cfga.org.uk

CfGA provide two regular resources for the diocese: a monthly article that can be used in parish magazines: editors who might like to include this should contact Simon Jones. An example of these is How Does Your Churchyard Grow?, available to read is a recent example

The other is a seasonal colour publication, Lichfield Diocese Lychgate which can be found online or paper copies can be requested by emailing david.primrose@lichfield.anglican.org.


Websites, Resources and further reading

Diocese of Leeds have compiled a list of Study Courses on Christian Care for Creation.

New resources for Creationtide - including daily reflections written by Richard Clarkson - are now available on the Church of England website here. In addition to the existing materials there are now some new liturgies and a daily actions and reflections sheet thanks to the DEO Liturgy Group.

There is further information, resources, publications and material available on our Environment Resources Page.

To view Diocese of Lichfield Environmental Champions Face Book page and join the group click here

Page last updated: 15th July 2020 10:10 AM