KitKat is to drop the Fairtrade Foundation’s logo after ten years.
It’s makers, Nestle, plan to alter arrangements for sourcing ingredients. The Fairtrade label guarantees that the farmers behind a product get a set minimum price as well as a financial bonus.
The URC is one of many organisations to protest. The Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill, Immediate-past Moderators of the URC General Assembly, and the Revd John Proctor, outgoing URC General Secretary, said: “The United Reformed Church is strongly committed to supporting and endorsing fair trade, and we regard very highly the work of the Fairtrade Foundation. The recent news from Nestle is deeply disappointing. Our luxury – chocolate – has been other people’s lifeline. Cutting some of these connections would leave a very sour taste indeed.”
To have your say with the makers of Nestle to keep KitKat Fairtrade, sign this petition.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has just launched a Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds to help the most vulnerable communities in the world fleeing from conflict and instability who now face the new deadly threat of Covid-19.
The DEC Appeal aims to protect people from the virus in the world’s five most fragile states, plus Afghanistan, the most fragile state in Asia, and the world’s largest refugee camp, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The UK-wide appeal is being driven by urgent humanitarian need – but also by “good sense”, Alexander Matheou, British Red Cross, Executive Director of International told journalists at the appeal’s press launch.
“We’re not safe until we’re all safe,” he said. “The world is interconnected. We need to help each other in this time of need.” You can read more here.
Trinity has donated £250 from the £2,000 raised from last year’s Gift Day for Disaster Appeals. This donation will leave a balance of £800 as donations have already been made to Syria, Yemen, floods in North Pakistan, the Big Give (UK) and Christian Aid, since the start of the year.
The main business of this Assembly was worship and the inductions of Assembly-appointed officers. Namely, the Revd Dr John Bradbury as URC General Secretary, and the Revd Clare Downing and Peter Pay as Moderators of the General Assembly.
The event included contributions from ecumenical partners, including Hannah Brock Womack who was prevented from taking up her Fourth Presidency with Churches Together England due to being in a same-sex marriage, and the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, former President of the Methodist Conference.
The URC also held a digital version of Mission Council – the executive body of General Assembly – on 10 July. Items discussed included: the URC’s safeguarding strategy 2020-2025, pastoral supervision following the outcomes of the Past Case Review Learning Report, and the future of Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today, the URC’s focus of lifelong missional discipleship.
Please join us for a few minutes each Wednesday, between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community.
Pray for our community of Trinity, as we support one another through group meetings, such as the virtual coffee morning, and through individual personal contacts.
Pray for those who have lost their jobs and are now facing what may be an extended time of unemployment.
Pray for Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda (World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle)
Next week’s theme is URBAN LIFE
We are looking for entries from all the congregation.
This week’s theme is
Send your creations – art, music or literature – on our weekly theme to Sarah Elliot*. We’ll then post them on our website/social media accounts and there will be a display in the Mansel Road Centre later in the year.
*If you don’t have Sarah’s contact details please email email@example.com
Jesus told a story about a sower; it’s a parable that points to God who is Lord of soil and seed alike. So how does your garden grow?
Our service is led by Revd Dominic Grant; the Bible readings are Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23 and Isaiah 55.10-13.
With thanks to Andrew our director of music, with soloist Grace and Trinity’s choir; to Elizabeth our Bible reader; to Christine who leads our prayers of concern; and to Sarah for our Junior Church resources.
Please aim, if possible, to start watching the video at 11am on Sunday so that, even in our separation, we can be sharing together in worship. However if that’s not possible or convenient for you, do make use of the video at whatever time suits! If you would like to follow the text of the service, you can read/download it by clicking here.
You’ll find below links to a Bible story, notes/discussion/ songs, activities for the 11+ group, colouring, puzzles and activity sheets for younger children, and other resources.
The General Assembly of the United Reformed Church takes place on Saturday 11 July at 10.30am, including the inductions of the General Secretary, the Revd Dr John Bradbury, the Moderators of the General Assembly, the Revd Clare Downing and Peter Pay, and contributions from around the URC.
Next week’s theme is GROW