St Francis has recently received a Silver Eco Church award from A Rocha, the Christian eco charity. This award recognises the achievement St Francis has so far made to become greener. We have now just started to work towards the Gold Eco Church award.
Our spirituality of creation
As part of the global church, we at St Francis are called to care for the whole of the Earth in the way that God intended. We are committed to seeing all of God’s created Kingdom not just survive, but thrive.
Our journey has been inspired in part by the spirituality of St Francis, our Patron Saint. He sought to live in harmony with the created world and saw that so much of what was made could be good, blessed and holy. In St Francis’ song, ‘Canticle of Brother Sun’, we are called to cherish what God has made.
This year some of us have begun to train as bee keepers, and we have helped look after some hives belonging to our trainer Ian Campbell from Newcastle & District Bee Keepers Association. Next year we hope to start our own colony! Here is a video with some images and film clips of what we've been doing!