We are a Fairtrade Church because we are concerned about poverty reduction. The scheme allows us to engage in global responsibility. As Christians we have the opportunity to be prophetic and call others to action.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.


As part of our commitment we will:

1. Use Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar for all meetings for which Christ Church has a responsibility.
2. Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as biscuits, or fruit.
3. Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight- and through other activities whenever possible.

We regularly sell Traidcraft products in the church, normally on the first Sunday in the month.

We also supported Fair Trade Fortnight in March with a stall in Rayleigh High Street giving away free samples of Fair Trade products along with information. There was a great deal of interest from passers-by (particularly in the chocolate tasting) and many people were keen to find out more about how they could buy fairly traded goods.

It is our aim to work towards Rayleigh becoming a Fairtrade Town, and we are activley working towards this goal.