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Eco Church Great Progress!

The Church in Westcott has been awarded a Silver Award! 


Eco Church is an environmentally aware scheme, run by global Christian charity A Rocha UK, which helps us look at all aspects of how we walk on God’s earth, and to take seriously our responsibility to love our neighbour, locally and across the globe.
 
At the heart of it is the belief that we have a God-given responsibility to care for all creation.  Eco Church helps churches do that.  There’s an online survey that helps us assess what we’re already doing to care for God’s earth, reflect on what more we can do, and act accordingly.  It’s designed to help us make our responsibility for caring for God’s earth an integral part of our everyday work and witness.

And, new for 2021, Creation Care  is a companion award scheme, for households!
Go to the ‘Household’ section to register yours. When it asks you about church affiliation, Holy Trinity, Westcott is registered so you should be able to find it in the drop down menu. A great way for us all, as families and individuals, to monitor how we’re doing in caring for God’s earth.
 
We launched our bid to become an Eco Church in January 2017 and we’re thrilled that we've achieved our Silver Award and are busy working towards Gold! 

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As we look deeper into the actions we need to take to help us move on towards Gold, we've launched Eco Challenge Westcott to help us work together through the things we can all do, as individuals, to make changes in our lifestyles…some small, some more significant…. which really can make a difference.


Our Eco Cafe is suspended for the moment but you can still catch up with some of our previous themes here:

Switching to Renewable Electricity
Writing Good Campaign Letters & Emails
Recycling
Sustainable Christmas
Local Directory for Sustainable Living
Fossil Fuel Divestment

Full details of our Eco Challenge Westcott targets can be found in our leaflets:

Six Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions & Six Ways to Reduce Plastic Use

If you'd like to sign up to receive emails about Eco Challenge Westcott, or if you have suggestions or questions for us, please do get in touch.

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning, or Wednesday morning.

Where and When - Sunday Morning

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We meet at Holy Trinity Church (find us) on Sunday mornings.  There are two Sunday Services to choose from:

The 8:30 am Book of Common Prayer Communion Service

This is a traditional service, with organ-led traditional hymns.  It is a beautiful and peaceful way to begin your Sunday morning.  The service lasts about 45 minutes.

The 10:15am Parish Service is either a service of Morning Worship, or Communion. 

This is a more informal service, with a mixture of traditional hymns and modern worship songs.  The service usually lasts about an hour.  This service is also livestreamed on Zoom.  You won't be able to use your camera or microphone, but will be able to see, hear and join in with the service, from the comfort of your own home.

Mask wearing is no longer mandatory in church, but there are designated seating areas for those who prefer to wear masks.

If you feel unwell, please do not come in person - join us on Zoom at our 10:15am Sunday services.

For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space (if you're driving) and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our Welcome Team who will answer any questions you might have about the service, and help you find a seat.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after both services. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to pause and reflect before heading home. All refreshments are free.
Accessibility: There is wheelchair access to the side of the church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. 

Where and When - Midweek

On Wednesday mornings, at 10am, there is a small, friendly and informal Communion Service, held at St John's Chapel (find us).  There are a choice of sofas or chairs to sit on.  The service usually starts with a song (unaccompanied but joyful!) and lasts about 30 minutes.  Refreshments are usually served afterwards.  
Parking directly outside St John's is limited, so if you want a guaranteed parking space, it is a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes early.  However if you are able, there is on-street parking available in Furlong Road or St John's Road.  A warm welcome awaits you!

Getting Connected

Small Groups
While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some mornings and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Do get in touch with us if you'd like to know more about any of these services, or if you have any other questions about coming along to church.


We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.