Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Churches: February 2009 Newsletter

Fairtrade Fortnight - 23 February - 8 March
Plans for Fairtrade Fortnight are well underway - read about the Great Trade Debates taking place around the UK,
check whether there is a
producer partner visiting your area and get ideas for events you can organise from our action guides. Download these and other new resources, including our event guides, quizzes, web banners from here.
Don't forget to promote your events through the
online calendar on the Fairtrade Foundation website and keep an eye on the website to find details of how you can enter the Fairtrade Fortnight Awards to win a prize for your Fairtrade Church, Diocese or other grouping. Please also send any details of events to the Leigh and Southend campaign, details below.

Go bananas for Fairtrade - 6 March - 7 March
Get your church involved in the Go Bananas for Fairtrade event - helping us break the world record for the most people eating a Fairtrade banana over a 24 hour period.
Read more about why Fairtrade bananas are important and register to take part here. Don't forget to order inflatable bananas, T-shirts and more to make your event a huge success.


Do you already use Fairtrade Coffee/Tea/Sugar and Communion Wine at your Church?

Please let us know – we can add you to our website and into our online directory.
Did you know that your church can register to be an Official Fairtrade Church and receive a pack and certificates to help you promote and celebrate your achievement? Visit this link to find out more: Become a Fairtrade Church. There are also links to Worship resources and creative ideas to include Fairtrade in your church below.
Since our last Church e-newsletter in the October 2008 it is exciting to hear that more churches in our area have registered with the Fairtrade Foundation. Great stuff. We know there are many more churches which use Fairtrade – just register with the Fairtrade Foundation and let us know too!
Registered Churches:
St Saviour's C of E
St Mary's
St Luke's
Shoeburyness & Thorpe Bay Baptist Church
Crowstone St Georges URC
Cornerstone URC
Southchurch Park URC
Bridgewater Drive URC
Avenue Baptist
St Mary the Virgin
St Stephen's Church
Whittingham Avenue Methodist Church
Christ Church C of E
Leigh Road Baptist Church
West Leigh Baptist Church
Eastwood Baptist Church

Shhhh! NO Don't keep it quiet.
Publicise your events that use Fairtrade
If you have any events coming up where Fairtrade products will be served, used or sold – please let us know. We can help your church with promoting the event via our website
www.leighfairtrade.org.uk just email info@fairtradeleigh.org.uk with your news and events. That goes for all of Southend too!

Traidcraft worship resources
Download the new worship resources from Traidcraft - and find out how Fairtrade is making it happen for mango farmers in India. Packed with prayers, reflections, sermon material, event ideas, children's activities, a PowerPoint presentation, and a DVD featuring the farmers' story, the pack has all you need to get your congregation really involved in Fairtrade Fortnight.
You can find more prayers and download lectionary readings for Fairtrade Fortnight on
www.fairtrade.org.uk/faiths

Fairtrade and Trade Justic
You buy Fairtrade products, why not go one step further?
We need to change the unfair trade rules that keep them in poverty. The European Union is now pushing for unfair trade deals with over 100 countries which will put big business above the interests of people in developing countries.
Find out more and order briefings and postcards to ask the new EU trade commissioner to stop pushing unfair trade deals on poor countries here.


1 comment:

Patrick Dodd said...

Greetings. If there are any churches, groups or organisations that would like to have a speaker come and present on fair trade, please feel free to drop me an email - patrick.dodd (at) shared-interest.com Shared Interest is the world's only 100% fair trade lender and we have members and ambassadors throughout the country that are very happy to spread the good word about fair trade.