Eco Congregation and Fairtrade Church

Eco Congregation

Our 20:20 Vision Statement adopted in 2009 has six objectives to implement, one of them being “to strive for a fairer, greener world – by expanding our mission projects, by becoming a Fairtrade Church, and becoming an Eco Congregation”. We have a committee, which reports to our Church Council, entitled Eco Matters, which has the responsibility to deliver this promise. 

Our first Eco Congregation Award came in 2011 followed by our second in 2014. The scheme which is managed by A Rocha has now become Eco Church which provides bronze, silver and gold status, and we are now working towards these. Our purpose in taking part in this, is not primarily to win an award but to use the award system to concentrate the attention of our Church on becoming responsible for our planet. Both individually and corporately, we are wanting to ensure that we honour the fact that “The Earth is the Lord's".

For our Harvest Festival Celebrations in 2015, we focussed on the Tearfund project "Toilet Twinning" and during that year raised enough money to purchase 3 toilet blocks for schools plus 8 toilets in villages, in the Third World. This project continued into 2016, and as a result of support from Church Groups and individuals another 3 toilet blocks and 8 toilets have been twinned. To date we have raised over £2400.00.

 

Fairtrade

Our 20:20 Vision Statement adopted in 2009 has six objectives to implement, one of them being “to strive for a fairer, greener world – by expanding our mission projects, by becoming a Fairtrade Church, and becoming an Eco Congregation”. We have a committee, which reports to our Church Council, entitled Eco Matters, which has the responsibility to deliver this promise.

 

Our daily coffee morning at Victoria uses Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar and all Church groups that meet both on our premises and in members’ homes e.g. house groups, are encouraged to do the same. Community groups that use our premises have a paragraph in their letting agreement, stating that we are a Fairtrade Church, and they are asked to use appropriate products. We subsequently became a Fairtrade Church in 2011.

Fairtrade Fortnight— The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight February 27th – 12th March 2017 is “Put Fairtrade in your Break.”

Your actions as a shopper in making choices could change the lives of farmers and workers. Join thousands of others across the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put “  Fairtrade in their break and take exploitation out.”

As usual the Girls` Brigade is promoting Fairtrade with  displays on the window sills in the Victoria centre of Keynsham Methodist Church. There will be two Fairtrade stalls during those weeks—Thursday 9th March after Shoppers Service and following the morning Service at Victoria on Sunday 12th March.  In addition to this as our Church is open for coffee each morning from 10 am – 12 noon over the Fairtrade Fortnight and we as a Fairtrade Church promote the use of Fairtrade coffee and tea to be served each morning, we are “Putting Fairtrade in Your Break.” During the Fairtrade Fortnight the donations will go to Fairtrade.                                                  Thank you for your support