Fair Trade at St Andrew's
God says, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58: 6)
As a church we are committed to the Christian principles of justice and love in the way we spend our money, just as in every other aspect of our lives. So St Andrew's is a signed-up Fair Trade Church
Fair trade has been represented at St Andrew’s since 1986 with a Traidcraft stall and the PCC has passed a resolution to purchase fair trade wherever possible.
How does this affect St Andrew’s in practice? All the tea and coffee used by the church on Sunday, and the wines for Alpha and other church events are fairly traded; the lavatory paper, too, is bought from Traidcraft. The monthly stall
provides an opportunity fo church members to buy fairly traded goods not yet available in the supermarkets and reminds us of our responsibility to our neighbour:
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? (James 2: 16)
The annual Fair Trade Dinner is a time to celebrate God's goodness together and to enjoy some of the vast range of delicious fairly traded foods available, and to find out more about how it all works.
If you want to have a fair trade talk in your group, or to introduce fair trade to your school/workplace/college/neighbours, St Andrew's Traidcraft Group can provide a speaker and/or resources. To find out more, fill in the enquiries box below.