St John's Church has been a Fairtrade Church since 2005.
This means that we use Fairtrade tea & coffee after services and for church meetings. We also use other Fairtrade products whenever possible during the year and promote Fairtrade Fortnight.
The Fairtrade Group at St John’s are part of the campaign to maintain the Fairtrade Town status awarded to Woodbridge in 2008. Fairtrade Town is an official title awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation to towns, cities, villages & boroughs that have met certain criteria regarding the use and awareness of Fairtrade.
Why? Because God loves justice
Psalm 99 pronounces that "God loves justice". Purchasing Fairtrade products and campaigning to make trade fair allows us all to be part of bringing justice to this world. As disciples of Christ we are called to live the way of Christ, by standing with the marginalised, giving food to the poor & drink to the thirsty, and clothes to the naked. St John’s involvement in the Fairtrade movement is an expression of our discipleship as we make intentional choices about how we shop, campaign for change, donate money and serve others in practical ways.
Our choices can make a difference
Adam and Eve’s choice in the Garden of Eden to be disobedient led to a terrible consequence for them.
Our choices & decisions can also have a great effect on those around us. By making the right choices we can help to give freedom and a way out of poverty for farmers & producers in developing countries.
This is because through Fairtrade farmers receive a better price for their goods and also receive an additional premium that they can choose to spend where it is needed. This premium gives them choices that they otherwise would not have, the choice of how to best invest in their community or business for a brighter future.
We try to take more care with our choices, and choose Fairtrade. "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8.
Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk for more information about the Fairtrade Foundation. Or to find out more about Fairtrade in Woodbridge go to www.fairtradeforwoodbridge.org.uk.