Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 runs from 21 February to 6 March and we are all being invited to ‘Choose the World You Want’ with an online festival with films and talks and even tasting events, as well as being encouraged to keep on looking out for the Fairtrade mark on the things we all buy.
Cumbernauld Old is a Fairtrade Church and our worship service on Sunday 27th February will have a bit of a Fairtrade ‘flavour’ to it. So please join in and ‘Choose the World You Want’ this Fairtrade Fortnight.
Once again everyone at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been very generous with their donations at last Sunday’s Harvest Thanksgiving service. All these packeted and tinned goods are going to our local Food Bank, Thanks again to everyone who donated.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is a Fairtrade Church and, when we are able, serve Fairtrade teas and coffees after our services and occasionally have Fairtrade goods available to buy. Earlier this year we were able to pass on some of the donations we received to a number of charities through our connections with Gavin’s Mill. One such charity was Transform Burkina and they wrote to us to say how our donation made a difference there…
“Many thanks for your kind donation to Transform Burkina which you made via Gavin’s Mill Gifts. It has been as especially difficult year globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic and although Burkina Faso has not been hit as hard as other countries directly by the virus, the indirect effects of a national lockdown on such a fragile economy have been widespread. This has meant your donation has been more valuable than ever.
“All our projects have continued – the Bethanie Health Centre in Ouagadougou continues its vital work based in an informal settlement on the edge of the capital, our clean water projects have increased and we are currently in the process of creating new clean water supplies for three villages in the north of the country and our two agricultural projects are growing, with students learning the basics in farming techniques and then being given a starter pack of seeds and tools to start farming themselves.”
We won’t be able to do our usual fund-raising for Christian Aid Week at Cumbernauld Old this year, no house-to-house collections or envelopes left on pews or available to hand onto neighbours, but just as the work of Christian Aid hasn’t stopped throughout the Covid-19 pandemic neither has the need for its work to be supported. In fact, that need becomes greater as more people are pushed into hardship
This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day. From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people in the poorest communities are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water. Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms. Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.
No envelope? No problem! What we have done is create an e-giving page, a place where you can donate to Christian Aid under the ‘banner’ of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. Just click here or on the logo below to find out more and to donate. Thank you very much for your support. It is greatly appreciated!
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated Easter eggs for the House of Bread food bank at Cornerstone. Everyone has been so generous and we are genuinely humbled by the number of donations received.
There is still time to drop eggs at the Manse as we will be taking them to Cornerstone on Sunday afternoon. Likewise, if you wish to make a cash donation to the food bank, please pop the money in an envelope, seal it and drop it through the Manse letterbox. We’ll take the monetary donations up to Cornerstone when we are dropping off the eggs. Thank you once more!