Sustainability and our churches

Church buildings have stood at the heart of our rural communities for centuries, shaping the villages themselves and serving the communities living in these landscapes. As populations, work and lifestyles have shifted, and affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, people’s spiritual lives and ways they worship have evolved, and we recognise that what people need from our church buildings has changed.

The Coastland Churches have recently worked with Heritage Lottery Funded project, Rural Churches for Everyone, to assess the openness and sustainability of the church buildings in our care. Each church has an action plan with short and long term goals that will improve the outlook of our buildings for generation to come. You can find out more about this by exploring our church pages.

When we talk about sustainability, we are focusing on four main strands:

  • ENVIRONMENT: we strive to be environmentally sustainable, working towards meeting the Church of England’s carbon Net Zero target, and, more locally, to protecting and enhancing the ecological value of our buildings and churchyard.
  • CONSERVATION: we aim to be sustainable in the true sense of conservation, which is “the responsible management of change”, preserving the heritage value of our churches and churchyards while seeking to enhance and reveal their significance and use.
  • SOCIALLY sustainable: by providing a resource which is accessible and attractive to large sections of the community, and being creative about how we use and offer the church space.
  • ECONOMICALLY sustainable: in terms of covering the costs of mission, social outreach, and maintenance, while maintaining healthy reserves for future projects and unforeseen challenges.

We want to be active and prayerful in our thinking about sustainability. We believe that our church buildings are both valuable heritage assets and hold great missional potential; we want to use them for the benefit of our communities and to the glory of God.

We want to be able to use our resources to respond to need by loving service, to encourage and champion reconciliation and healthy community, and strive to safeguard the integrity of creation.

The work of sustainability planning is ongoing, but it is something we take seriously - both locally in our context here and as part of the national church.

Each church within the Coastland Churches group is beginning to explore the Eco-Church award scheme as a way of making small but significant changes to the way we use and manage our buildings and grounds. Some churches have also been successful in completing the Aspire Award - congratulations Alnmouth, Embleton and Newton!

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