The Fairtrade group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank you for your generous purchases from our monthly stall. Since April we have bought hundreds of pounds of fairly-traded goods provided by Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie. Your kind additional donations of money, amounting to £40, have also allowed us to buy four gifts from Gavin’s Mill’s catalogue:
A concrete ring used in well-building to help farmers in Malawi
Life-saving medicines for up to 5 people in Burkina Faso
A clean accessible water supply for one person in Burkina Faso
200 metal water ladles for Water Harvest in North-West India
We have recently received certificates from Gavin’s Mill, attached to the poster in the Church foyer, thanking you all for your kind generosity. Your donations have helped some of the poorest communities in the world at Christmas – Faith in Action.
This year, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be supporting Fairtrade Fortnight when we will be inviting people to ‘Come On In’ and see what Fairtrade is all about.
Put simply, Fairtrade is about ensuring producers and workers in the developing world get better prices and decent working conditions; it therefore supports local sustainability and fair terms of trade.
The latest edition of enews from the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland covers such diverse subjects as homelessness, a toilet-twinning charity initiative, Bible-study material for Lent and Fairtrade Easter Eggs. There is also a review of the Moderator’s Christmas visit to Bethlehem.
Looking forward to Lent, which starts on 22nd February, the Church and Society Council has prepared Bible Study and discussion material to encourage people to look at current issues and consider how to be ‘salt and light’ in our communities. The 6 topics are: Fair Trade; One Scotland, Many Cultures; Mental Health; The Internet; Nuclear Weapons; Money Matters? The leaflets and Bible studies are all free to download or can be ordered from their office.
Before that, the period from 28 January to 5 February is Poverty & Homeless Action Week and there is news about a series of online resources calling on people throughout the churches to show solidarity with people who are pushed to the edge of our society.
Read the full newsletter at Church and Society – January 2012