Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

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Mar 282016

fairtradeFairtrade Fortnight, 2016 in Angus Presbytery

During Fairtrade Fortnight in 2016, various churches across the Presbytery hosted Big Fairtrade Breakfasts. They varied in scale: Forfar East & Old had a buffet spread with all manner of ‘goodies’ and managed to include bacon rolls, to support local farmers and bakers; Letham church had a variety of breads, some of them homemade and some toasted and included delicious toppings such as jam and honey; Barry church did something simple, yet effective, by serving their usual Fairtrade tea and coffee along with chunks of Fairtrade bananas. All three of these churches’ efforts now appear on Fairtrade’s Big Breakfast Map of the UK.

Activities organised in Arbroath showed how Church of Scotland churches worked together but also how the Church of Scotland worked with other denominations in order to further the Fairtrade cause.

  • At Arbroath: St Andrew’s a regular ‘Ladies Who Breakfast’ monthly breakfast was held as a specifically Fairtrade Breakfast with 35 women in attendance who, as well as enjoying their breakfast, were able to make purchases from a Fairtrade stall.
  • St Andrew’s and Arbroath: Old & Abbey also had another Sunday morning Big Breakfast and worked to support Fairtrade along with St Thomas’s RC church at their Hunger Lunch at which £190 was raised from the sale of Fairtrade goods sourced from the Fairtrade shop in Brechin;
  • St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church served Fairtrade drinks and home baking at the Ordination of their new Rector.
  • St John’s Methodist Church served Fairtrade banana muffins and other Fairtrade baked goods in their Church Café.

The Glens and Kirriemuir Old worked in partnership with the Kirriemuir Fairtrade Forum in the running of a ‘Taster’ Evening. Folks had a chance to taste various Fairtrade products including coffee, wine and chocolate provided by the local Co-op . There were also various cooked savoury dishes and baking to sample. Kirriemuir Fairtrade Shop: ‘Elemental’ provided a stall at this event, the star of which was ‘Black Mamba Chilli Dip’ which left samplers speechless!

In another of the Angus burghs, Montrose, there is a growing awareness of how just buying one Fairtrade item along with your regular grocery shop can make a big difference. At Montrose: Old and St Andrew’s Church, a Youth Task Group leader deals with Fairtrade, involving youngsters of the church who therefore grow up realising that it’s good to help struggling farmers and producers in other countries. In addition, the organisation: Montrose Churches Together supports the Montrose Fairtrade Forum.

But it wasn’t all about eating and drinking. In Carnoustie: Panbride Church, during ‘With the Youngsters’ the children were shown a typical breakfast table and items which might be consumed, all of them fairly traded, of course, and from all over the world.


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Oct 052015

fairtradeIf your experience of Fairtrade produce is some bland coffee or tea, then maybe it’s time to think again. There is now no shortage of quality products, even beyond tea and coffee, that carry the Fairtrade mark.

Even better, why not spread the word about how good Fairtrade products are, and how they benefit producers, by having a coffee morning or afternoon tea dedicated to Fairtrade products. Make sure to get everyone involved as well. Here’s one from a little earlier in the year:

A hectic but successful Coffee Afternoon was held in East & Old Parish Church, Forfar. It was a joint venture between E & O and Primary 3 youngsters from Strathmore Primary School for which Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin is Chaplain. The young people had made chocolate crispy cakes, with – of course – Fairtrade chocolate. One popular feature was the dunking of banana chunks into a chocolate fountain. There was also a Fairtrade themed presentation with posters and garlands made from labels taken from Fairtrade produce. A good turnout of parents, grandparents and church folk enjoyed all of this. There was home baking on sale, too, some of it made from recipes produced by Angus Fairtrade Zone Steering Group. In the space of an hour over £300 was raised, money which went to Strathmore Primary School. The teachers were delighted that the young people had made such a great start on their Eco-awareness journey.

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Disability Sunday 2015

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Jun 152015

The Presbytery of Angus is encouraging its congregations to consider the ‘accessibility’ of its worship. Sunday, 30th of August, 2015, is being suggested as a focal point for this work. Congregations are being asked to mark this as “Disability Sunday” and to consider how its services might be made more accessible to those in its community who have disabilities.

A recent presentation to Presbytery offered some suggestions and guidance, and the information pack from last year’s “Disability Sunday” can be downloaded below. It is hoped that many congregations will be encouraged to consider this as a summer project and, from that, develop a longer-term strategy of inclusiveness.

Information pack from 2014:

Disability Sunday Info Pack – pdf version

Disability Sunday Info Pack – doc version

Fairtrade afternoon

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May 202015

On the 27th of May, a Fairtrade Coffee Afternoon will be held in East & Old, Forfar from 2pm. This event is being run in conjunction with P3 pupils from Strathmore Primary School. The little ones are very excited at the prospect of making chocolate crispy cakes! Also on offer will be delicacies produced by E&O’s team of brilliant bakers. Some of this baking will be done using recipes from Angus Fairtrade Zone Steering Group’s recently produced booklet.

Big Day Out 2015

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Mar 032015

Plans are now well advanced for the Big Day Out on the 9th of May 2015.

The Presbytery of Angus is pleased to host this event once again. It will be a day of worship, challenge, encouragement, fellowship, and much more.

More detail, as it emerges, is available on the Big Day Out website. You can also use the site to book tickets for the event. The cost is £10.00 and includes a sandwich lunch.

Messy Church and Beyond

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May 122014

On Sunday, 11th May 2014, Angus Presbytery hosted a short conference session about Messy Church.

The aim of the conference was to introduce Messy Church to those who may not have heard of it; to provide an opportunity to exchange ideas; to consider what needs to be thought about if Messy Church is to have a lasting impact.

The afternoon was well supported from across the presbytery area and beyond, and much fruitful discussion was had.

Some notes from the afternoon can be downloaded here:

DOCX format of Notes from MC+Beyond 11.05.14

PDF format of Notes from MC+Beyond 11.05.14

Moderator visits Havilah

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Aug 232013

On the 22nd of August, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, visited the Havilah Trust addiction support centre in Arbroath. She was met by the Rev Dr Martin Fair, minister at Arbroath St. Andrew’s Church, and staff at the Havilah project.

You can read the full details of the visit on the Church of Scotland website.

New website launched!

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Aug 132013

The Angus Presbytery website has had a makeover and has been relaunched.

This relaunch puts in place a number of facilities which will allow the website to grow as a resource.

At the moment the information it contains is somewhat sparse, but we hope that, in time, it will become a useful resource for presbyters, congregations, and others who are looking for information about the Church of Scotland in Angus.

Please bookmark the site and check back for updates.