Canford Magna Parish Church Receives an Eco Award

 Canford Magna Parish Church is a Grade 1 listed building situated on the northern edge of the Borough of Poole and is in a conservation area. It has been a centre of public worship for nearly 1,000 years, and continues to provide a loving environment for worship, teaching and exciting programmes for all ages not simply through Sunday Services but also weekly activities such as it’s ‘Kingfisher’ events working with other bodies such as the RSPB. It has just received a Bronze Eco Church award from A Rocha UK, an organisation that promotes caring for the creation and the environment. The Rector, Revd. Chris Tebbutt received the framed certificate from David Morgan, Chair of the Salisbury Diocesan Environmental Group, at the end of a morning worship service, showing the church’s commitment “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

 It is only the start of a journey to make the church eco-friendlier. The web-based survey that needed to be completed is an excellent tool to help churches make an audit of five areas, “Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community Engagement, and Lifestyle.” It is a survey that prompts action, and it is easy to see areas in the life of the church where changes, however small could easily be made. Having achieved the Bronze Award, the church is asking, “What can we do to not only improve our rating, but care more for the beautiful area in which the church building is situated, so that everyone can enjoy what God has given us?”