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Carlops wins Gold Award from Eco-congregation Scotland


Carlops has become the first church in Scotland to win a Gold Award from Eco-congregation Scotland under the revised, more rigorous award scheme introduced last autumn.  The Church’s Eco Group applied for the award in November and received news of success in mid-January 2018.


The assessors’ letter of award is copied below.






15th January 2018



Dear Rennie,

Many thanks to you and your team at Carlops Parish Church for your comprehensive application for a gold eco-award.  I am delighted now to confirm that the assessors recommended that Carlops Parish Church should receive an Eco-Congregation Gold Award.  You are the first congregation in the whole of Scotland to achieve this level of award – so well done for being trail-blazers! 

The application describes a wide-ranging and interesting variety of action embedded in the life of the congregation.  It is very encouraging for us to see a congregation like yours that is incorporating care for creation as an integral part of its work and worship.  

Not only is the award for your inspirational and innovative work in creation care but it also recognises your consistent and sustained support for Eco-Congregation Scotland over many years. Thank you! 

The assessors particularly identified the following for commendation: 

  the thorough approach to planning, implementation and ongoing evaluation of your Development Plan;

  the regular inclusion of environmental concerns in worship;

  the cooperation with the Community Council and Village Centre Management Committee;

  the circulation of the Church Newsletter to all homes within the parish;

  your proactive approach to recycling, responsible travel and energy use;

  your charity work and promoting Fair Trade and Christian Aid;

  the patio-garden project, another example of working with others to benefit the community;

  the involvement of the congregation in lobbying MPs and MSPs, to express opinion on issues such as Climate Chaos, Global Poverty and Climate Justice;

  the overall impression of an imaginative and creative church, fully committed to environmental issues.

With all awards, we ask the assessors to make recommendations which we hope you might find useful as you continue to develop your creation care work.

  With so much activity already in place, and with your exemplary approach to planning, our assessors simply wanted to encourage you to continue as you are doing, but never to become complacent as we face ever-increasing and urgent threats to the wonderful world in which we live. 

  As a specific recommendation, the assessors would encourage you to explore ways to extend what has been achieved so successfully at Carlops by working together with your linked congregations, perhaps on a joint project around climate change and climate justice topics. 

We hope you find these suggestions and recommendations useful in your ongoing work.

Please let us know about any arrangements you are making for the presentation of the Award and if we can be of any help with this. We hope you enjoy celebrating your achievement and our congratulations to you, the Eco Group and the congregation, on achieving this well-deserved Award!

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,


David Bethune 

Programme Co-ordinator, Eco-Congregation Scotland



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