Fairtrade steps for Cambuslang Parish
Cambuslang Parish Church marked the recent Fairtrade Fortnight by taking further steps towards becoming recognised as a fairtrade church.
The parish are now hopeful of being officially recognised in the near future, with a group within the church working towards the aim.
As well as using fairtrade tea and coffee after services and at meetings, parishioners were also involved in a special event for the cause.
After their communion service at the start of March, they held their Big Fairtrade Brownie Brunch, complete with brownies and other tasty snacks that all contained at least one Fairtrade ingredient.
The brunch highlighted the Fairtrade fortnight theme which was the Big Fairtrade Breakfast, highlighting the fact that the foods people eat and drink for breakfast depend on farmers and producers from all over the world, many of whom may not earn enough to feed their own families.
Buying products with the Fairtrade logo guarantees that those producers are being paid a fair price for their goods.
To be officially recognised as a fairtrade church, a church must use Fairtrade tea and coffee, then move forward into using other products like sugar, biscuits and fruit and finally promoting fairtrade events, such as the recent brownie event.
According to Cambuslang Parish’s deacon, Karen Hamilton, helping that cause taps into the heart of what the church should be about.
She said: “We want to become a fairtrade church because it means justice for everybody.
“The people should get the benefits of the crops they produce, and we want the church to be good and fair, as well as trying to educate as much as we can.
“We’re aiming to use as much of the fairtrade items as possible, and our Fairtrade group have been excellent at helping with that.
“I think the Fairtrade group are being positive and taking steps forward to make the church more of a fairtrade church.
“It’s about educating people that farmers who produce the food or crops we use should be given a fair deal.
“I think more people are getting used to fairtrade ideas now, because the product is much more available than it used to be.
“When Fairtrade came around at first it was usually only available at fairtrade stalls and was expensive, which would put people off, but you can find it much more easily now.”
More than 7,500 churches from a range of denominations have worked to have their support of fairtrade officially recognised by achieving Fairtrade Church status.
Trading places Cambuslang Parish Church is aiming to be a fairtrade church