by Helen Garton
A fair trade tea service
Tea is vitally important to the livelihoods of more than 20 million people across the developing
world. How often do we think about them when we make – or drink – a cup of tea? Does our
choice of favourite cuppa contribute to their wellbeing – or not?
The idea behind this service is to make tea the focus of the worship from the start, rather than
serve it afterwards as often happens.
The theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is “The Big Swap” and to start people thinking about
how they might swap the familiar for the new, the service begins where worship often ends, with
a blessing, and ends where services normally start, with a call to worship and to action.
Part of the action will involve the Make It Fair campaign leaflets, so make sure you have plenty
of these leaflets - and some pens for people to fill them in.
You may also find it useful to download a copy of the booklet: The People Behind Your Cuppa.
Youll find it at www.traidcraft.org.uk/churchresources
Have some fun with this service! If at all possible, it would be good to serve tea as part of the
service so you will need to think about the layout of the worship space: e.g. with people sitting
round tables. You might also want to offer fair trade coffee and biscuits, etc.
Please consider taking up a special offering to support
the work of our charity Traidcraft Exchange.
Collection envelopes (ref: 51520) and collection boxes
(ref: 50588) are available from 0191 497 6445
Remember! Gift Aid can add an extra 28p to every £1
Help support our work
This service has been written specially for us by Helen Garton, of the United Reformed Church.
As well as being an ordained minister and a widely published creator of worship resources,
Helen has also worked in the tea industry.