A Rocha UK Regional Event – 9th Nov

A Rocha are running a special regional event at the Village Centre, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, on Saturday, 9th November 2013, starting at 11.30am.

George Lings, the Church Army’s Director of Research will be joining them for the day, as well as Ruth Valerio. They will be leading inspiring meditations around the theme, ‘The Sacred Spaces that People Occupy.’

Places are limited please book by contacting A Rocha Office Manager, Maria Masih, on 0208 574 5935 or email maria.masih@arocha.org.

CEL Weekend Retreat – 18-20 October 2013


Experiencing the sacred through connection with the natural world at Ringsfield EcoCentre, Ringsfield Hall, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8JR

For details see: http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/4674For enquiries about the Retreat please ring Chris Walton – 07881 941 296 or email GreenEditor@aol.com


Earthing Faith Gathering – 10 Oct 2013


The Autumn 2013 Earthing Faith gathering will take place in Milton Keynes with a focus on food and sustainability. The gathering will link locally, reflecting on a theology of food, and focus globally by exploring diocesan link projects in South Africa and discussing the impact of the Enough Food for Everyone If campaign, as well as hearing from World Vision on environmental footprint issues.

There will be an opportunity to connect with the MK Justice and Peace Network, MK Christian Environment Group, the Well at Willen and World Vision, as well as buy fruit, veg and plants produced on the MK Christian Foundation Urb Farm project.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Rev Liz Baker from the Well at Willen
  • David Frost from World Vision
  • Maranda St John Nicolle Diocesan World Development Officer

Time: 7.30-9.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2013

Venue:Christ the Vine Community Church, Jonathans, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, MK6 5EG

Poster: contact us for printed versions or download here

Register your intention to join us by completing the form below:

Church energy audit scheme launched

St. Peters Church

  • Does your church struggle to keep the heat in your building during the chilly winter months?

  • Would you like the building to be warmer, more welcoming AND cost less money to run?

The Diocese of Oxford and the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) have developed a grant scheme to provide churches with expert energy efficiency advice tailored to their building, aiming to help PCCs to save money and run buildings more sustainably.

The scheme is restricted to 24 churches in Oxfordshire, and churches are invited to apply for the first round of the grant scheme by the end of October 2013.

“This scheme is such good news! Increasing energy efficiency in church buildings can seem a daunting project. We need to juggle the different comfort levels for a variety of users with the historic nature of our buildings, whilst keeping costs down.

“Now, thanks to this joint scheme, we can offer churches in Oxfordshire access to expert advice, tailored to their buildings and use, which will make them more comfortable and energy efficient, and reduce not just the carbon footprints of our church buildings, but also energy bills.”

Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher

Further information

* Update – Nov 2013: The scheme is now full and we are currently closed to new applications. Register an interest by contacting TOE2 and the Diocesan Environment Officer, using the details below, and we will alert you when the scheme re-opens for new applications. *

The scheme is adminstered by TOE2. To apply complete the application form and return it to Fiona Danks at TOE2.

For further information contact Fiona Danks at TOE2 on 01865 883488 (Wed and Thurs only), email toe@oxonrcc.org.uk or visit www.trustforoxfordshire.org.uk.

To discuss audit options for churches outside Oxon contact Matt Freer, the Diocesan Environment Officer.

How the scheme works

The scheme will provide a grant towards the cost of an energy audit that will be carried out by qualified staff from Sustain (www.sustain.co.uk), who will make a site visit and then write a report with detailed recommendations of ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Sustain is a carbon reduction company which advises on practical ways to reduce energy and carbon emissions. They have extensive experience of carrying out  energy audits on a wide range of buildings and have particular experience of working with listed buildings and historic places of worship. Sustain will work with the DAC to ensure recommendations are in line with current guidelines.

The total cost of each audit is £660. The available grant is £540 – and so the church is asked to provide the balance of £120.

In the case of very small churches (Electoral Roll below 30) an additional subsidy will be given by the Diocese of Oxford to halve the cost (ie the church only pay £60).

Following an audit, churches may apply to TOE2 for a grant of up to £5,000 to support any of the recommended improvement works.

> Printable version of this information

This grant scheme has been made possible thanks to the support of: the Patsy Wood Trust, the Beatrice Laing Trust and Charlie Laing.

www.oxford.anglican.org/environment | www.trustforoxfordshire.org.uk

Photo: St. Peters Church by JonoTakesPhotos, on Flickr

Do the Math film in Oxford – 24th Sept

There will be a FREE screening of the Do the Math film at the UPP on Cowley Road at 9pm on Tuesday 24th September to which everyone is welcome.


The film, made by 350.org, is a compelling, fast-paced 42 minute documentary about the grassroots movement that is emerging to fight climate change and the fossil fuel industry. It is upbeat and inspiring, proposing powerful solutions and urging ordinary people towards organised action in the epic struggle of this century.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about ways to take action against climate change with invited speakers from exciting Oxford-based campaigns and groups including the UK Tar Sands Network, Global Power Shift and Climate Outreach and Information Network. I will be launching a campaign to persuade the local authority to pull investments out of fossil fuels (working along the lines of the divestment campaign that helped dismantle the apartheid regime in South Africa). I hope people will feel inspired to sign up to groups and join campaigns.

There is a facebook event here for those of you who enjoy that kind of thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/208575845978242/?context=create

The screening is organised by Al Chisholm and sponsored by the handmade cosmetics shop LUSH

Fragile Earth Missional Community – 5th Oct

CHRIST Church Abingdon will be launching its new Fragile Earth Missional Community on October 5th at 7.45pm with a harvest evening.

Sample a selection of delicious homemade desserts, sip on some locally produced apple juice and relax in the company of good friends and music. The highlight of the night is our speaker Ruth Valerio, who manages ‘Living Lightly’ at A Rocha and is author of ‘L is for Lifestyle’. Please reserve your place by emailing the church office on office@cca.uk.net, or do get in touch if you require further information. The event takes place at New Barn, Christ Church Abingdon, OX14 1PL

If you can give a donation on the night to help  cover costs that would be very welcome, please pay what you can, we would just love you to be there. Any profits from the evening will be split between A Rocha (arocha.org) and Earth Trust (earthtrust.org.uk).

Wild & Precious – Sat 12 Oct 2013