Silver Eco Church Award

Community, Worship, Culture

Photo: Henry Uniacke

Cathedral, Isle of Man, has just been awarded a silver Eco Church Award. In order to qualify, we had to demonstrate our care for the world in 5 areas:

  • Through worship and teaching
  • How buildings and land are cared for
  • Engaging with the local community
  • Supporting global campaigns
  • Challenging the personal lifestyles of members of the congregation

These were achieved in a number of ways such as, using low energy light bulbs, careful use of paper, composting and recycling and using apples from the trees at the ‘Big Table Café’, where all are welcome for Monday lunch, regardless of their economic circumstances.

Earlier in the year the Cathedral hosted an exhibition supporting Harry Owens’ visit to Burundi to provide training and support to bee keepers and members of the congregation regularly support Disaster Emergency Appeals through collections outside Shoprite.

Rosemary Clarke, the Cathedral’s Eco rep, says: “Young people across the world are demanding change, and the Cathedral challenges us to alter our behaviour.  I know I need to do more.  It’s great to have been given the award, but it needs much more effort to go for gold!”

In the Island, Trinity Methodist Church, Douglas and the Abbey Church, Ballasalla have already achieved their bronze awards and are working towards silver, they together with the Cathedral join 500 churches and cathedrals across the UK working towards these Eco Awards.

The scheme is operated by A Rocha, in partnership with Christian Aid, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, Tear Fund and the United Reformed Church; it is supported by many other groups.  Their vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving our neighbours and following God faithfully. Going forward, September is ‘Creationtide’ within the Church of England, the Cathedral Isle of Man grounds are being transformed into a series of gardens telling the story of Christianity’s engagement with Manx culture since its arrival in the 5th century.  Visible are everything from a keeill to an apple cloister, from a wavy lawn to the illustration of well-known fables, from a snail mound to a Franciscan sensory garden, each ‘room’ reflects part of our history.  A stumpery and bug hotel provide protection for wildlife.

All are welcome to come and take a look.

For those interested in learning more contact or call 844830

Regular Services Calendar


8.30am Eucharist
10.30am Worship with Eucharist
3.30pm Choral Evensong (during term time)


9.00am Morning Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
5.30pm Evening Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
9.30am Eucharist (Wednesday and Holy Days)

The Cathedral hosts special services to celebrate events in the community, and the seasons of the Church year. Click here for more details.

Opening times

You are always welcome in the Cathedral, whether for worship or just to look around, learn more about the history, or perhaps simply to enjoy some quiet time on your own.

The Cathedral is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

We are open all year round, though opening hours may vary slightly on Bank Holidays and Holy Days.

Cathedral Isle Of Man Events

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Sung Evening Prayer

23/10/2019 17:30

Cantor led congregational singing of evening prayer in the choirstalls.

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Choral Eucharist

27/10/2019 10:30

Setting: Mass of the Quiet Hour (Oldroyd) | Anthem: Holy is the True Light (Harris) | Voluntary: Processional (Mathias)

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Choral Evensong

27/10/2019 15:30

Responses: Oades | Psalm: 119 vv 1-16 | Canticles: Morley Fauxbourdons | Anthem: Close thine eyes (Plumbstead) | Voluntary: Cornet Voluntary (James)

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Gardeners Club

28/10/2019 10:00 - 16:00

An opportunity to get fit and help make a difference. Turn up anytime between 10am and 4pm  

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Cathedral Isle Of Man News

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Wachet Auf!

A very special end to our 2019 season of concerts.

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Music Outreach

Workshop on Manx Music and Movement.

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Our Eco Church

Statement, mission, policy & ways to help.

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Cathedral special services

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