Fairtrade and your Church

 

 

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         “Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help people who are in trouble. 9 Stand up for what you know is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help.” Proverbs 31:8-9

 

 

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    Fairtrade and your church

Simply by making a choice to use Fairtrade products you can make a real difference to the lives of people across the world. Fairtrade is not charity or aid; it is simply about empowering communities to build their own successful futures.

 

 

Lots of churches already support Fairtrade and many have Fairtrade status. Maybe your church has – but is it up to date?

To achieve Fairtrade status, all you have to do is:

 

  • Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which you have responsibility
  • Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
  • Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight (26/2 to 11/3) and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible

Churches in the area have organised community meals, shown films about producers, invited speakers, held activities for young people, organised tea, cake or wine-tastings, made bunting and much more. It can be great fun as well as making links with communities around the world. And it will make a real difference.

It’s really good to encourage the groups which use your church to use Fairtrade too. You could encourage them to use Fairtrade products when they book.

Local groups try and organise a range of activities during Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 26th Feb to 11th March. The theme for 2018 is Fairtrade Opens Doors – Come On in.

Check out this site for ideas

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There are loads of great free materials plus films and action booklets to help you organise a coffee morning or tea party plus excellent worship materials

Using Fairtrade products  

You can find tea, coffee etc in most supermarkets. If you want larger supplies there’s a list of links on this website.  There are lots of ‘ethical’ brands around – do look for  the Fairtrade mark.

Speakers

Locally there are a number of very keen speakers for Fairtrade and we are happy to visit groups and schools to raise awareness of issues that many farmers struggle with in the global south and how Fairtrade offers a solution.

We do this mostly by telling stories about individuals and families. Stepping into another person’s shoes can show us what we have in common – whoever we are, wherever we are from.

And when we can connect to a person through their story – from celebrating their successes and understanding the challenges they face, to hearing about their hopes and dreams – we often feel moved to act or think differently. For a speaker contact your local group – details below.

The local website and Facebook page

The other events we organise will be on these. We hope to have stalls and coffee mornings, a Fairtrade meal and to give out free bananas in Portsmouth and Havant.

Please use the website and Facebook page to inform people if you are holding an event.  We would be really pleased to hear from you to advertise your event and celebrate it afterwards with photos.

Selling Products

A number of churches promote and sell Traidcraft products: gifts, food and household products that are all Fairtrade or directly sourced from farmers and crafts people across the world. If you’d like to do the same, talk to Jenny Owens – see below.

Non- food products you can use

There are lots of Fairtrade products you could use like cleaning materials, candles and cotton products. Readily available from Traidcraft.

You might also consider:

Fairtrade Communion Wine

Poterion specialises in providing Fairtrade Communion wine direct from South Africa, or have a look for the Fairtrade logo on wines from local suppliers.

Fairtrade Wedding rings

Maybe you could encourage people to support the movement to source precious metals fairly, so you can feel sure that the jewellery we treasure is mined without causing environmental devastation and exploiting miners. Find out more here.

Cred in Chichester, for example, are pioneers of ethical jewellery, sourcing precious metals from mines with responsible practices in Peru and Uganda. And Fairtrade gold rings are now available in Argos.

 

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Contacts  and information

For more information about becoming a Fairtrade church

You can sign up for a churches newsletter too. 

All the local Fairtrade groups welcome volunteers too. To find details of the groups

Join our Facebook group Fairtrade South East Hampshire

For local Traidcraft information:  Jenny Owens 023 9246 5215

Thank you for your support – we look forward to working with you

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