The start of a journey
In recent months I’ve written about my intention, with PCC ‘s support, of registering Holy Trinity in two organisations – Eco Church and Inclusive Church. Well, I’ve used the time of lockdown to get us started on that journey …
In the early summer several of us completed an Eco Church questionnaire covering various parts of church life. I input the results onto Eco Church’s system to get our initial assessment, and we now have a bronze award. That’s great – to be honest it’s not that hard to achieve, but it tells us where we are now and gives us a baseline from which to build.
The questionnaire has five sections, each scored separately: Worship & Teaching (we got gold), Buildings (silver), Land (bronze), Community & Global Engagement (bronze), and ‘Lifestyle’ (bronze). I guess our next step is to start working on those three bronze areas before updating the questionnaire to see how we’ve progressed! Hopefully I’ll be able to report a silver award at some point in the next year or two.
As for Inclusive Church, I wrote them a brief summary of our church affirming our general alignment with their values. And PCC passed the ‘Inclusive Church resolution’ …
‘We believe in church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.’
Our parish’s name goes forward to the Inclusive Church Trustees meeting in September … I hope that we’ll be registered as a member. After that, it’s a matter of all of us at Holy Trinity ensuring we practice what we preach!