Climate Change

Tearfund has recently issued a 'Church Climate Change Challenge’, which gives congregations like ours the opportunity to become Climate Change Champions. We can, as a church, agree to make changes to our lifestyles and become more energy-efficient. Our PCC can 'on our behalf' enter the Climate Change Challenge.

Lawyers Christian Fellowship

Witnessing to the Gospel at home and abroad

Fair Trade

Why we have Fairtrade Coffee at St. John's...

... and why you should think about buying it for home.

Just watch Black Gold. According to a review in The Times, "Black Gold threatens to do for the multibillion- pound coffee industry what Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me did for fast food: shock consumers into thinking again about what they are buying’.

Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers. For more information, visit

Gordon Wilkinson

Banana Bonus

Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have decided to switch all their bananas to Fairtrade certified. Sainsbury's sells over a million Fairtrade bananas every week. The decision has been greeted with great enthusiasm by the farmers from the Windward Islands, Colombia and the Dominican Republic who will benefit from these increased sales.

The growers are hoping to use the Fairtrade premium to improve facilities in the local community.

Fair Comment magazine


The Fight for Freedom

FREEDOM! Do you have it? Do you enjoy it? I expect you think 'yes'. But if you didn’t have it, would you fight for it? And if you could not fight, would you live in hope that someone somewhere would fight on your behalf?

On 25th March 2007 the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade was commemorated in many countries around the world. Did you see the production of 'Cargo’ at Chequer Mead or elsewhere? STOP THE TRAFFIK (administered by the Oasis Charitable Trust) used this anniversary as a catalyst for an initiative to cry for freedom for every human caught in trafficking. The conviction that freedom is a human right drove both black and white abolitionists in the 18th and 19th centuries. That same conviction drives the STOP THE TRAFFIK coalition in the 21st century.

Various sources have reported that

Over 12 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide. Of these, nearly two and a half million are as a result of human trafficking.

Over one million children are trafficked each year.

Human trafficking is the third largest source of income for organised crime, (generating seven billion dollars per year) exceeded only by arms and drugs trafficking.

Are you prepared to join the fight for their freedom?

If so you could represent St John’s and act as a link with the STOP THE TRAFFIK coalition (managed by a Steering Group including Children on the Edge, Global Angels, Love146, Oasis Trust, Tearfund, Virgin Unite and World Vision.

John Grainger