Above are some of the Fair Traded goods that members of the Church buy each week from the church Fair Trade Stall, after the morning service.
During Lent 2004, we used the Bible Study Material recommended by the Diocese, which was about "Justice & Care". One of the Study sessions was "Fair Trade".
We found out that the way that we trade makes some countries richer, and others poorer--about the injustice, for example, of a coffee picker in Brazil earning about £1.20 per day--just enough to buy some bread and meat--while the coffee he picks is sold for £200.
We found out that the top ten British Supermarkets have a turnover equal to the income of the worlds poorest 35 countries.
We decided to form a group within the Church to help promote awareness of all this within the church, and to run a Fairtrade stall, so that members could buy fair traded products, with the Fairtrade logo on the packaging,