Money Makes Change

ECCR – the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility – is a Body in Association with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

It produces a range of resources for individual and church use which may be particularly useful at this time. The links below are from its website https://www.eccr.org.uk/.

Money Makes Change is ECCR’s programme for individuals and churches.

The way we spend, save and invest money has a huge impact on the world around us. Loving our neighbours and protecting God’s creation means taking seriously what we do with all our resources, not just the money we give away.

Money Makes Change is building a community of people passionate about connecting faith and finance. Come and get involved! Watch our introductory video (below), explore the resources below or check out our upcoming events.

Programme Resources

Start a conversation in your church about faith, money and a fairer world! We have a range of resources for you to use, and more coming soon. Do get in touch if you have any questions or feedback on the resources.

Interactive Workshop

The interactive workshop resource gives you everything you need to explore how the choices we make around money can change the world for the better. The resources include a leader’s guide, PowerPoint slides, worksheets, resources to go deeper and video content. 

If you’d like to experience a taster of the workshop and some of what it has to offer, you can watch a recording of a Taster Session we held online on 18 June 2020 (see below). 

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Action Starters

Money Makes Change encourages Christians to take practical action to make a difference. We’re working on a series of Action Starters to help individuals and churches do just that! These are below:

Charity Bank Accounts – ethical options

We are working on more Action Starters, but if you have any ideas as to what we should focus on next, please get in touch!

Messy Money

Messy Money helps people of all ages think about faith and money through creative, hands-on activities, storytelling and prayer. It is a joint resource produced with Messy Church. Find Out More

Guided Prayer Resource

Take some time to be still and reflect on your faith and finances with our Money Makes Change guided prayer resource, which combines a guided reflection with reflective music and images.  Find Out More

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Falmouth & Penryn Churches Together publishes Annual Report

The FPCT Annual Report 2019-20 is now available following approval at the AGM on 22 July. The 44-page report provides a wealth of detail on the work in some two dozen areas of mission in which local churches engage together. It includes the final version of a major piece of work last year on Our Vision and Purpose, Ways and Means Under God – although the pandemic will mean immediately revisiting that in the light of newly changed priorities!

The report is available online here; printed copies will be available later when we have suitable means of distributing them! ‘Pre-order’ by email and we will get them to you as soon as possible.

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Climate Sunday – churches together for Climate Change

By Jac Smith, Truro Diocese

There is much talk about the three pandemics raging around us: Covid-19, racism and climate change. Covid-19 came upon us very quickly and is impossible to ignore. Racism, too often ignored, has sadly been with us for far too long, while climate change is the noisy elephant in the room. Only when the noise stopped as the planet paused during lockdown did the world get a glimpse of how life could be if we did something about this third and most dangerous pandemic.

How will Climate Sunday make any kind of difference?

As Christians within churches, in the buildings, on zoom, Facebook, or however we now ‘do’ church, we have a very urgent and pressing call upon us to be the change we want to see. Climate Sunday is an initiative launched by a broad coalition of Christian charities and denominations, urging all churches to be a voice, together, in the critical year ahead.
Climate Sunday hope that every church community will lead one or more Climate Sunday services from the beginning of Creationtide in September through to November 2021 when the COP26 takes place. Prayer changes things, and so does action. As well as the Climate Sunday resources, Truro Diocese is also offering a Greening Worship Workshop, during August to help with the creative process.

Simply put the invitation from Climate Sunday is to do one or more of three things:

1. Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.
2. Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long-term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.
3. Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26. The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5th September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26.

To register for Climate Sunday visit the website: www.climatesunday.org

Climate Sunday is being organised by the Churches Together in Britain & Ireland’s Environmental Issues Network (EIN). This gathers the environmental ‘leads’ of the major denominations, some Christian orders, and the Christian environmental and relief and development agencies. Member organisations which have already given their formal backing to the initiative include CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, Operation Noah, Climate Stewards, Eco-Congregation Scotland, Green Christian, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Baptist Union of Wales, the United Reformed Church, The Church of Scotland, Cytûn (Churches together in Wales), the Union of Welsh Independents and the Church in Wales.

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Information to help village halls reopen updated

National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published updated information to help village halls reopen in light of new government guidance.

Since 4 July, England’s 10,000+ village halls have been allowed to reopen. But government rules on social distancing, as well as the activities that are permitted to take place in these community buildings are complicated and frequently changing.

Many village halls are run by local volunteers, most of whom are not familiar with interpreting complex legal guidance. Thankfully, help has been on hand from a network of county-based village halls advisers who have been able to explain the new rules using information sheets prepared by ACRE.

The charity first published information to help village halls reopen in June and was met with an overwhelmingly appreciative response. However, at the time it was not clear what sports and performances would be allowed by the government, as well as requirements relating to the numbers of people that could gather in these premises. ACRE sought clarity on many of the questions raised by village halls committees with government officials.

Version 4 of the Re-opening Information Sheet for Village Halls has been issued 20.07.20, to reflect the Government information at 20th July and anticipates changes at 25th July and 1st August. The changes mainly reflect the Government guidance around the opening of performance and sport venues, which are reflected in revision of Appendix D (Management of Social Distancing – a risk based Approach) and new appendices J and K, which summarise key points as they are most likely to affect village halls and similar facilities, such as allowing yoga, keep fit, rehearsals and live performances.

Social distancing has been a common cause of confusion and updated Government guidance for individuals was released on 18th July, including specific guidance that seated wedding receptions for up to 30 are permitted from 1st August. Further guidance about social distancing is given at the end of Appendix D, rather than in Section 2.2, and we hope this clarifies where responsibility lies. There are consequential tweaks to the Special Conditions of Hire (i.e. to the reference on social distancing, to remove the ban on performances, add an optional condition on compliance with any governing sport guidance). Other changes to Appendix D answer common queries e.g. about hiring for children’s parties, children’s entertainers, toddler groups, games. ACRE’s aim is that as further easing of lockdown takes place further changes to the Information Sheet are likely to primarily be in Appendix D, which should be easier for everyone to keep up with.

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Information Sheet – Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure Updated 20.07.20

Sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment for re-opening Village and Community Halls Updated 20.07.20

Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers Updated 20.07.20

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Walk, Pray, Talk

Be inspired to connect with God and your friends as together you step out in prayer for your community.

Walk, Pray, Talk is a five-part resource that will help you to explore the connection between the place you inhabit in the everyday, your Christian faith and your God-given purpose as you follow Jesus into His world.

Through each of the five sessions you will explore prayer through themes of being people of God, present to God and people, participation, and caring for a place.

We really want to encourage you to get out and about praying for your local community. We believe you will thrive as God’s people, together, in your places, in a new way.

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Keep KitKat Fairtrade

Did you know that Nestle plans to stop making KitKat with Fairtrade cocoa and sugar? All details on www.fairtrade.org.uk.

This decision will mean a loss of almost £2 million in Fairtrade Premium each year for co-operatives in Cote d’lvoire, Fiji, and Malawi, representing 27,000 small scale producers. The Fairtrade premium (paid to co-operatives) as well as the guaranteed minimum price for their produce, provides a real lifeline for some of the world’s poorest farmers.

I know that, like me, many of you support the principles of Fairtrade and make a point of buying Fairtrade certified chocolate (and other products) whenever you can. And we do this because we know that the Fairtrade certification scheme guarantees those who produce the cocoa and sugar cane for our chocolate, receive a fair price for their produce, even when world markets collapse. This is vital, considering that a West African cocoa farmer earns on average 74p per day- less than half a living income and only a few pence more than the cost of a KitKat. The Fairtrade Premium, which the producer communities themselves, decide how to spend, has enabled communities during this pandemic to act quickly to protect themselves against the effects of COVID-19 with protective equipment, hand sanitisers, awareness raising and support for sick families.

The Nestle organisation turned in a profit of 13.7 billion Swiss francs in 2019. Yet its actions in withdrawing from its 10-year Fairtrade partnership with Ivory Coast farmers will result in fewer schools, water pumps, health centres and other vital services for their communities, and greater poverty and hardship, during a global pandemic.

It is not clear what will happen to the cocoa co-operatives after this change. There is no transparency or clarity about what Nestle might offer to replace the Fairtrade advantages. For this reason, the co-operatives in the Ivory Coast have written that they do not want to move away from the Fairtrade system.

In Malawi and Fiji, Nestle, will stop buying their cane sugar altogether, so not only will farmers lose their Fairtrade Premium, but also their market. The impact on farmers will be very severe.

If, like me, you feel that KitKat bars should remain Fairtrade, please add your voice by signing the online petition: http://chng.it/wj84wfGmHf

Pat Fitzpatrick

Coordinator of Fairtrade Falmouth Steering Group

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Farm Work Welfare App – a new app to tackle modern slavery in rural areas

Every year, hundreds of migrant workers get placed in UK fields against their will and exploited by ruthless criminal gangs. It is hard to get exact numbers on the scale of rural slavery. However, we believe it is growing in line with the overall increase in modern slavery.

That’s why we have developed the Farm Work Welfare App (FWWA) – it is an easy to use app, designed to support both farmers and pickers and tackle labour abuse and modern slavery in the farming, horticulture and food production sector.

It provides farmers and pickers with the information they need to avoid criminal organisations and navigate the challenges of seasonal employment. It contains lots of practical information and signposting on existing protections such as the GLAA Licensing Scheme, document verification and the rights of workers such as freedom of movement and right to work.

For pickers, it aims to help them understand their rights and what to do if they are being exploited. It also has a report function to encourage members of the public who live or work in rural areas to be alert to the signs of exploitation that may be in plain sight. Any information gathered will be processed by the Modern Slavery Helpline and help identify hot spots, enable criminal investigations and most importantly, victim support.

Bishop Alastair Redfern, former Bishop of Derby and Chairman of The Clewer Initiative, explains: “Unfortunately, the normal pressures faced by the farming, horticulture and food production industries have been exacerbated by restrictions on movement due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. It’s a perfect storm and that’s why we are so keen to raise awareness of this innovative new app.”

The app can be downloaded from Apple and Android app stores and is available in Albanian, Bulgarian, English, Lithuanian, Romanian, Polish, Chinese (Mandarin) and Vietnamese.

Our ambition is that it will help everyone in the sector know what ‘good’ looks like and will become a key source of information on the recruitment of seasonal workers, particularly post-Brexit.

App available now from Google Play! Coming soon to iOS App Store.

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Meet Bishop Hugh

Posted by Truro Diocese on Sunday, 19 July 2020

The new Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, took to Facebook Live on Sunday.

He was talking with Richard Best from the diocesan communications team, who asked him about his life to date and the journey that led him to join us in the Diocese of Truro, and also his hopes for his ministry here. Additionally, Richard asked him questions sent in for the occasion by people throughout the diocese.

It’s hoped this will provide people with a chance to see and hear from Bishop Hugh, and get to know him a little, at a time when the possibilities for physical gatherings, meetings and visits are limited.

It is hoped to hold a welcome service once larger groups of people can be safely accommodated.

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The Cornwall We Want

The Cornwall We Want – LIVE

Posted by Cornwall Council on Thursday, 16 July 2020

The COVID-19 emergency has shown that we are Stronger Together in Cornwall. So, let’s develop a shared vision for the future of Cornwall to make sure that our joint efforts to recover from the impact of the pandemic help us on the way to the Cornwall we Want for future generations.

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Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive

Make a bee line to the new Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive to share ideas, chat, and bee inspired to help tackle Climate Change. 🌳🐝

Welcome to the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive

Find out how you can help Cornwall become carbon neutral | Learn what other people are doing

Be inspired by articles from guest bloggers | Share ideas so we can tackle climate change together

Be one of the first 20 people to add your idea to the Hive Ideas Bank and be in with a chance to get your own copy of the Carbon Buddy Manual.

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