Nailsea Methodist Church (NMC) was awarded Eco Congregation status in February 2011 and 2014. The first award was presented to the church by Mary Colwell, environmental writer and BBC broadcaster in June 2011 at a service celebrating God's creation.

The Eco Congregation scheme has now been replaced by the Eco Church scheme but continues to be organised by Arocha uk.  NMC will be applying for Eco Church status in 2017.

The basis of the Eco Church scheme is similar to Eco Congregation. Participating churches will have:

  • undertaken an environmental check-up or audit; and

  • undertaken activities or initiatives in each of the following three areas:

1.'spiritual': worship and teaching — linking environmental issues with the Christian faith e.g. through services, children's work or an adult home group
2.practical: practising what is preached e.g. an energy saving, churchyard or recycling project
3.mission: reaching out — worked with or through their local community on environmental issues e.g. a litter pick, project with a school or other community group, gaining positive publicity.

 NMC has been working to improve its environmental standing since an environmental away day held in May 2007. Through projects, teaching, and worship it acknowledges that we all have our part to play in caring for the earth that, as the Psalmist declares (24), belongs to God.

For more information on the things that have been done, please contact the church office. They will put you in touch with those involved.