FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2017: MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY - SUNDAY 12 MARCH
Having the perfect cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers who produce the treats we enjoy during our breaks are struggling to make a living. However hard they work to provide the products we depend on, they still aren‘t paid what they deserve. In Kenya‘s coffee and tea-growing regions one in three people live in poverty, while tea pickers in Malawi earn less than £1.46 a day. This is not enough to provide decent food, education or healthcare for their families or invest in better farming.
Whether in the UK or in Malawi, no one deserves to be short-changed for a hard day‘s work. When we reach for the cheapest products, we could be feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem, but we can make a conscious choice to be part of the solution and support trade that is fair. Adam Gardner, from the Fairtrade Foundation said: “Farmers get a better deal when they sell their crops on Fairtrade terms. This leads to a higher and more stable income and can help them break the cycle of poverty they are trapped in. Through Fairtrade, farmers can invest in better farming and earn more money for their crops, and make sure their children are fed and can go to school. Communities can invest in clean water and clinics, improving everyone‘s health.”
During Fairtrade Fortnight, every time you have a break at home or at work, sample some Fairtrade products. There are plenty to choose from including tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit, wine, beauty products and gold. To find out where to buy Fairtrade products in and around Kirkcudbright, sign up to our Facebook page – Kirkcudbright Fairtrade Group. Each day during Fairtrade Fortnight, and weekly thereafter, we‘ll publish the names of businesses who offer Fairtrade goodies. If your business would like to sell or use Fairtrade goods just go to the Fairtrade Foundation web site and look under Buying Fairtrade.
Join us for a Fairtrade Coffee Morning
on Saturday March 11th from 10.00am to 12 noon
in the Parish Church Hall
We use locally produced milk and eggs so you will also be supporting local farmers.
Pancake Party on Tuesday, 28th February between 5.30pm and 7.00pm in the Church Hall.
Bring your favourite pancake topping along with a willingness to join in with what is going on. This is intended to be a fun evening for the whole congregation, and friends too if you want to ask others along, and will begin the ‘Party, Pray and Worship Together in Lent’ initiative.
Please let Ann Morgan or Marian Dixon know, as soon as possible, if you able to help in any way.
Thanks and every blessing
On January 6 several elders took the opportunity to join Marian Dixon in a study of the Wise Men who played their part at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. We really know little of them but they showed great determination and courage in carrying out a long journey far from home.
After opening worship, we took part in a series of puzzles and light-hearted tests which required thought and co-operation. Through these we came to understand the connection between the Magi and our Church today. The demands made on these men, their determination, their reverence and response to their vision should provide an example for us too. We must work together, help each other and listen to those around us to achieve a caring, Christian Church.
It was a rewarding experience for us to join together in fellowship in the comfortable surroundings at the Borgue Hotel guided gently by
PARTY, PRAY AND WORSHIP TOGETHER IN LENT
In response to comments by individuals, a proposal to Play, Pray and Worship Together during Lent was taken to the Worship Group meeting on Monday 23rd February. The aim of the proposal is to begin to resolve some of the difficult issues which have been identified within the life of the church. After much discussion at the worship group meeting it was decided to forward the following proposal:’ To Party, Pray and Worship Together in Lent to the next Kirk Session and Congregational Board meeting for their discussion and hopefully their approval.
Should it be approved it will give us an opportunity for everyone connected in any way to Kirkcudbright Parish Church to do three things:-
Party together – by meeting at the beginning and end of Lent to celebrate our unity in Christ
Pray – by concentrating both our individual and corporate prayer time on the future work and needs of the church.
Worship – more regularly as one congregation whilst not losing the varied worship styles which are an important part of our regular worship.
Party: Shrove Tuesday 28th Feb. Pancake Party
Pray: Encourage, and make opportunities for us to pray together. Making the church available for people to come together to pray.
Wednesday: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, March and 5th, 12th April 6,00pm - 6.30pm.
Saturday:: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, March and 1st, 8th, 15th April 10.00am - 10.30am.
A prayer plan, with prayers focusing on all areas of church life, be available for those who wish to use it, either corporately or individually both in church and at home
Worship: 3 joint services 5th March, 2nd April, 16th April (Easter Sunday) beginning at 10.15am this would be half way between usual times and therefore not necessarily be seen as an extension of the usual joint services.
Party: An Easter Egg Hunt on either 16th or 17th
A suggestion was also made that some people might choose to fast during Lent.
Please consider the above proposal and let your elder know what you think. The leadership of the church will be better informed when it comes to making their decision
Rev Marian Dixon
KIRKCUDBRIGHT FAIRTRADE GROUP
Thanks to the generosity of the people of Kirkcudbright, the Kirkcudbright Fairtrade Group has been able to donate sufficient money to buy 6 ploughs for women rice farmers in Karonga, Malawi, where, up till now, they tilled the land mostly by hand. Small farmers in Karonga, many of them women, produce Kilombero fairly traded rice. Kilombero Rice is one of the products distributed by Just Trading Scotland, based in Paisley, a fair trade organisation working with smallholder co -operatives, seeking to provide sustainable incomes and wellbeing for smaller farmers, producers and their families.
“Your incredible donation of not just one plough but of over 6, will not only help to reduce the toll of manual labour, but will also help to increase food productivity and will enable mothers and fathers to spend more time being parents to their children. On behalf of the farmers of Malawi, Thank You!” - (Letter from JTS)
In July this year we completed our 7th 90kg Kilombero Rice Challenge. Each 90 kg you have bought enables a farmer to send a son or daughter to secondary school for one year.