Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 : Ready for a Fairtrade Break?
Fairtrade Fortnight is from 27 February to 12 March. Fairtrade Fortnight is a yearly, fun filled and awareness raising of Fairtrade.
The vast majority of churches in the Bangor Diocese and the Church in Wales have pledged themselves to do all that they can to support, promote and shop Fair Trade. Goods that carry the Fairtrade mark ensure that farmers and communities all over the world get fair pay, decent working conditions, and proper facilities – like schools, clinics, roads and toilets.
The Fairtrade Fortnight’s campaign this year is ‘It’s Time to put Fairtrade in your Break’.
This is an opportunity to celebrate and have fun whilst reminding ourselves about the importance of Fair Trade. You might like to have a get together after church and serve Fair Trade food and/or a Fair Trade drink (you are probably already doing this if you are reading this!) or serve cakes made from Fairtrade and locally produced ingredients. Shove Tuesday – Tuesday 28th February falls within Fair Trade Fortnight – so you could use Fairtrade ingredients to turn a pancake gathering into a Fair Trade Break!
There are many resources, including leaflets, sermon ideas and prayers, available on the Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Wales websites at:
Here are some prayers relating to Fair Trade and trade justice that you may like to use.
Andy Hawkins and Lis Perkins, Fair Trade Champions, Diocese of Bangor.
Bishop Andy thanks Archbishop Barry
Today – his 70th birthday – marks the retirement of the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan.
He has been Archbishop of Wales for almost 14 years and is the longest serving Archbishop in the Anglican Communion. He has been a bishop for 24 years, being Bishop of Bangor for 7 years, before his translation to the Diocese of Llandaff.
Commenting on Archbishop Barry’s retirement, the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, said, “The Church in Wales is today saying farewell to the person who has been at its heart, proclaiming the Gospel and Jesus’ love, for so many years.
Before becoming bishop of this Diocese, Archbishop Barry, had served here as Warden of Church Hostel (Bangor University Chaplain), Archdeacon of Meirionnydd and Rector of Cricieth.
Throughout his ministry he valued honesty from himself and others. Despite the challenges and pressures of the important offices he held, he always retained the pastoral heart of a caring and loving priest, even when he disagreed with people theologically.
The way in which he lovingly cared for his wife Hilary during her illness until her untimely death last year, and yet continued to minister Christ’s love throughout is an example to us all.
On behalf of the Diocese of Bangor, I wish to thank Archbishop Barry for his ministry and we shall be praying that his retirement will be long and fulfilled.”