A Silver Eco Church award for Hesketh Bank Methodist Church, Lancashire
Hesketh Bank Methodist Church, Lancashire, has been awarded with a Silver Eco Church Award. David Beattie of A Rocha, presented the award to Peter Cawthorn, a local preacher at the Church.
Eco Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who wish to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. Set up by A Rocha UK, it is run in partnership with Christian Aid, The Church of England, The Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Tearfund.
The scheme takes the form of an online survey that looks at worship and teaching, buildings and land, how churches engage with the local community and in global campaigns and the personal lifestyles of church congregations. Awards are given at bronze, silver and gold levels.
Hesketh Bank Methodist Church is one of a number of churches to gain the silver award. The Church was was assisted by having a brand-new building that was opened in early 2017.
This enabled the Church to receive an award in a short space of time. The new building was constructed as part of a wider scheme of affordable housing. A housing association demolished the old place of worship, which had stood empty for many years, to make way for six new apartments for affordable rent, and eight houses. The aim of the Church is that this new building will act as a hub for the local community.
Contact: Karen Taylor, Eco Church Coordinator, Lancashire District