FAIRTRADE SHOPPING COMES TO ST. PETER`S!
Way back in 2004, St. Peter`s was awarded a Certificate from the Diocese of Blackburn, dated 5th November, and signed by the then Bishop of Blackburn, to confirm that we had passed the Fairtrade Resolution to:
use fairly traded tea and coffee at church functions
encourage church members to purchase fairly traded products
develop a witness in the area of trade justice through prayer, worship, study and action.
We have certainly `ticked` the first box, and now the time has come to take our Fairtrade Resolution a step further.
Plans are in place to offer the opportunity to buy Fairtrade products in church after Sunday morning services, and at other appropriate times.
Many of us already support Fairtrade in different ways, along with other churches. We`re familiar with the philosophy and ethos of `fighting poverty through trade`.
We are fortunate to be living in a lovely rural area, and are familiar with the local farming community.
This makes the following Fair Trade facts all the more poignant:
one in four people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than one pound a day
50% of the world`s wealth is owned by just 1% of the population
50% of hungry people are farming families
three quarters of the world`s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
more than 9 out of 10 farms in the world are family farms.
Now we have the chance to make a positive response and a practical difference.
St. Peter`s Fairtrade stall will be launched after our morning service on Sunday 13th November. Please come and spend.
KNITTERS AND NATTERERS
If you were a fly on the wall of Dorothy Crook`s home on a Friday afternoon, what might you see and hear?
You`d certainly hear the clickety-click of knitting needles, and the gentle murmur of conversation, interspersed with a few chuckles or giggles. What would you see? You`d see a wondrous array of garments in production, growing steadily into warm jumpers and cardigans, all to be sent off to keep children warm in the cold winters of Africa, under the umbrella of Greenfields Africa, or even nearer home.
But Greenfields, a Christian charity, does more than keep children warm, as we have learnt from Barbara and Brian Hatton, who live in Shropshire, but have another life among the Xhosa community in Africa. With the aim of helping poor African communities to become self-reliant` Barbara and Brian have developed Greenfields in many other different and practical ways: through healthcare. welfare and education projects. If you `google` JIGGERS you`ll find out about just one of the painful afflictions which results in children missing their education.
But we also have the chance to meet Barbara and Brian in person, at Dorothy`s home on Friday 18th November, in the afternoon. Anyone is welcome, just let Dorothy know if you`d like to come along…..as she plans to offer us a cup of tea and a bite to eat.
Dorothy’s Scone and Cuppa Day
raised £1,030 for Life NoW!
Dorothy would like to offer thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to make this such a fantastic event. The sun shone, the sky was blue, there was lots of laughter and fellowship and the generosity of people was overwhelming.
Life NoW is extremely grateful to Dorothy for hosting this event and for the amazing amount of money raised. It shows what can be achieved by coming together and sharing our gifts and talents.
Life Now is a charity seeking to build a hospice for young adults with life-limiting, life-threatening and end-of-life conditions in the North West. More information can be found on the website www.lifenow.org.uk.
The Natty Knitters!
On 30th October Dorothy Crook, with her continuing generosity, hosted a lunch to celebrate the first anniversary of The Knitting Group. The Group had been set up to support the Greenfields Africa ‘Mama Bag’ Project, which distributes baby clothes to the poorest families in remote areas of Uganda and Kenya.
Dorothy and Carol at the Celebration
Barbara and Brian Hatton, Trustees from the Greenfields Africa Charity, attended the lunch and a letter has been received from them which thanks everyone for their generosity and kindness. At the lunch £85 from the ‘Donations Tin’ was given to the Charity and those attending spent £144 on cards and gifts, making a total of £229 from the day.
Barbara and Brian Hatton, Trustees
They said the knitted items were beautiful and will be valued and admired in Kenya, as well as keeping the babies warm and snug. They are hoping to meet again with members of the Knitting Group in 2016.
Although, as reported previously, there has been much nattering, there has also been a lot of knitting as evidenced by the fact that having started with a huge store, we are now running out of wool!
So please have a good rummage in cupboards and if you have any spare wool, needles or patterns please bring to church, as we are we are embarking on a new drive of knitting more baby clothes for Africa!
You can also help by knitting baby clothes at home and donating these via Dorothy.
Knitting Sessions are held on Friday afternoons from 1pm - 4pm.
If you would like to attend or help in any way please contact:
Dorothy on 01254 610130.
Meanwhile Keep Knitting!
Greenfields Africa ‘Mama Bag’ Project
This Project distributes baby clothes direct to the poorest families in remote areas of Uganda and Kenya. The clothes not only provide comfort and dignity for babies who would otherwise have only rags to wear, but they also help in the fight against AIDS, TB and infant mortality in that they are used as an incentive for mothers-to-be to attend antenatal services.
The Knitting Group, established last November, is flourishing! I would like to thank everyone who has donated wool and who has knit items for distribution. Over 100 items have been produced including hats, blankets, cardigans and teddies! Very shortly these items will be sent to the Mama Bag Project and also to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Burnley General Hospital.
The Knitting Group meets every Friday from 1pm- 4pm at 9, Amber Avenue.
A small donation of £1 is requested to go towards the shipping costs.
Refreshments are provided.
The afternoons are very enjoyable with much chat and fellowship!
If you would like to attend please contact: Dorothy Crook (Choir Member) at church, on 01254 610130 or 9, Amber Avenue, Blackburn, BB1 9RS and indicate if you require transport.
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