Chelmsford Cathedral
Greening the Church

On the 13th June 2020, Chelmsford Cathedral hosted its first ever online conference: Greening the Church. The aim of the conference was to learn about environmental issues and to hear about the Eco Church Scheme run by A Rocha, a Christian environmental charity. Occurring during an international pandemic as it did, focused the minds of the participants and presenters, as we considered how we might imagine a new, greener world, post-lockdown. There was a sense that there was a unique opportunity to make lasting changes.

The day was recorded and all the videos from the day can be viewed online here.


Conference Programme

Live Worship from Guy Harlings Gardens with Rev’d Imogen Nay 

Welcome from Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden and Chair of the Diocesan Environment Group

A Postcard from the Church in Polynesia

Sarah Wiggins who leads Climate Campaigns for Tearfund - Key note speaker

Helen Stephens from A Rocha talks about the history of Eco Church and why it's important.

St John's Moulsham with Rev'd Gemma Fraser on getting to Silver Eco Church Award

Q&A  Hosted by Rev'd Andy Griffiths with Sarah Wiggins, Jessica Hall, Rev'd James Gilder and Rev'd Imogen Nay

Worship with Rev'd Andy Griffiths - Agape Meal/Lovefeast

Jessica Hall on Christian Aid’s Climate Justice Campaign

Rev'd James Gilder with more stories from around the Church of England and guidance on being an Eco Church.

Wild Worship Experience with Rachel Summers closing with a blessing from Mother Susan Sayers


A Facebook Group, Greening the Church - can be joined here where you can join in the conversation, sharing ideas, resources and practical advice. 


Silver Award winner

Chelmsford Cathedral is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Eco Church Silver Level. Elizabeth Marshall said on obtaining the award; 'We have been working on this for some time, making changes in the way we care for our buildings and in our practices as a community. As work has needed to be done, the Works Committee have kept sustainability high on their agenda: for example, in the Chapter House, dual flush lavatory cisterns, auto shut off taps and movement sensitive lighting have been installed. Lights have been changed to LED, we have reduced our plastic usage and increased recycling. Refreshments provided for lettings are Fair Trade and hospitality uses Fair Trade tea and coffee. We have much more that we are doing to help play our part in achieving Net Zero by 2030 although in the current financial climate this may be a challenge in some areas. Gradual changes which we are all making soon become a regular pattern, so we continue to make our Cathedral a green environment, caring for creation and being good stewards of God’s earth'.


Further Information and Useful links:

A Rocha- Eco Church


Christian Aid

Chelmsford Diocese



Canon Imogen Nay

Rev'd James Gilder, Diocesan Environmental Officer

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