Traidcraft is a public limited company based on Christian principles of fair trade, justice and caring for the environment. It works with co-operatives and small businesses in developing countries where workers earn fair wages and use traditional skills and methods. In buying from Traidcraft we can help the poor and disadvantaged in many parts of the world.
Traidcraft sells a wide variety of products: clothing, food, spices, tea, coffee, craft gifts, jewellery, accessories and recycled paper products. A wide range of goods is always available at the Mustard Seed shop in Faringdon, and from stalls held in our churches after Sunday Mass. Catalogues are also available and goods may be ordered.
We always want helpers – both to run the stalls at the churches, as well as for the Mustard Seed, which is staffed by the churches of Faringdon on an entirely voluntary basis.
This Association supports missionaries active in many countries throughout the world. Keeping an APF box in your home is a valuable way of contributing to their important work.
This runs in the summer, during the school holidays, and it is organised by the four Faringdon churches working together as a team. It caters for children aged 5 – 11 years.
The way in which we apply our Christian principles to the issues around us – both local and global – is of vital importance and is a sign of the vitality of a Christian community. As well as trying to understand more about justice and peace issues we also organise activities such as letter writing, direct action and support for other local action groups.
The ecumenical association is well established and promotes a unified Christian witness as well as a response to local issues and needs.
This is run as a Christian response to the perceived need to give support to families. Projects include a breakfast club for junior school children; a group for first time mothers; a drop in centre for mothers and toddlers; computer training courses; an after school club.
Collections are made for the local Food Bank. This is run by the Faringdon Family Centre, and comes under the work of Churches Together in Faringdon. The chair of the Family Centre, Mairead Boyce, lets the community know what is needed when asked to do so. People are welcome to donate at any time should they prefer.