North Bedfordshire Circuit The Methodist Church


Social Action Mission Stream

The Social Action Mission Stream is concerned with the Church being a good neighbour to people in need, challenging injustice and caring for the environment. Our intent is to challenge and support churches of the North Bedfordshire Circuit in fulfilling this mission by sharing good practice.

Fairtrade

We are a Fairtrade circuit.
With 75% of our churches granted Fairtrade status we were formally granted a certificate issued in favour of North Bedfordshire Circuit dated 7th June 2019.

The Fairtrade organisation was started by Christians who recognised the unfairness of free trade and sought to address this for the benefit of the least rewarded - the growers. This is about a fair price for a fair crop but also to provide support organisations. These give agricultural and community advice to enable more sustainable communities to evolve and prosper and support producers facing the impact of climate change. To receive the Fairtrade premium there are conditions which include health and safety standards and exclusion of child labour. Certification is independently verified.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With one simple choice you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life eveyone deserves.


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Recycling

Recycling can have a number of benefits –
  • it protects the environment from excessive dumped rubbish
  • it supports charities bringing real benefits, either financial or practical, to the organisation or its clients
  • it makes us think about what we use and how we use it
You can help
  • by supporting these collections, either by directly contacting the church representative or arranging listed items to be brought to the circuit meetings for collection.
  • Alternatively start your own collections and support charities that you know of. Then let us know so that we can advertise it around the circuit.
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Long Life Food Collection

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons.

The Revd. Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference in 2014 said "Why are new foodbanks opening across the country every few days when this is one of the wealthiest nations in the world? When we hear stories about the increasing need for foodbanks, we are bound to respond and to obey Jesus' command to love our neighbour - supporting foodbanks is one way of doing this."

The following churches act as collection points for in-date long life foods for redistribution: Ampthill, Flitwick, Haynes, Kempston East, Park Road, Priory, Sharnbrook, Willington.

Foodbanks such as The Trussell Trust will also gladly accept financial support.


The Refugee Crisis

Refugees

"When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don't take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord, your God." Leviticus 19:33-34

In the face of the large number of refugees currently displaced, our Christian understanding that we all have a common identity in God is as important as ever. We have a key role to play in highlighting the on-going plight of refugees and displaced people and must affirm a human response to the crisis.

We currently face a global refugee catastrophe of unprecedented nature, with 65 million people being forcibly displaced worldwide. These people often face traumatic experiences as they try to make their way to safety.
As Christians, we must recognise that we are all made for goodness, and that human dignity of refugees is intimately connected to our own. We must acknowledged that there is no outsider, as neither geographic nor legal status can deny access to God's family.
Find out more on the webpages of The Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church.

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For more information or to suggest a Social Action Stream Campaign,
please contact Marian Blyth at marian.blyth@btinternet.com

Charities

These are charities supported by our circuit or the Methodist Church. For more information, click on the logo or follow the web address.

Action For Children www.actionforchildren.
org.uk
Christian Aid www.christianaid.org.uk
Fairtrade www.fairtrade.org.uk
Street Angels www.bedfordstreetangels.
org.uk
TWAM www.twam.uk
Tel: 01473 210220





Environmental

FSC
www.fsc-uk.org



CAP www.capuk.org