Carrville is a Fairtrade church

We believe in promoting fairness, justice and equality for all, and because of this we are happy to be a Fairtrade Church. We use Fairtrade products (such as coffee, tea, biscuits and paper products) on the premises as well as running a weekly Fairtrade stall. 

Fairtrade Fortnight – Make it Happen.

Two billion people – a third of humanity – still survive on less than $2 a day. Unfair trade rules keep them in poverty, but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too. Fairtrade is a people’s movement for change that aims to tip the balance of trade in favour of poor producers. We all need Fairtrade more than ever and we all have the power to create positive change for people and planet. Details about fairtrade are available from the Fairtrade Foundation.

As part of our church mission we support and raise money for local and international good causes. Listed here are some of the charities we currently support or have done in the last few years.

During 2019 Marie Curie was the charity we chose to support through a variety of fundraising activities. It provides care and support through terminal illnesses. Marie Curie help individuals and anyone affected by a terminal diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life, and to support individuals to keep their independence and dignity for as long as possible.

The Leprosy Mission

This charity is an international Christian development organisation, transforming and empowering the lives of people affected by leprosy in around 30 countries across the world. Their goal is to eradicate the causes and consequences of this disease. They are motivated by God’s love and concern for people affected by leprosy, and address the physical, social, economic and spiritual needs of individuals and their communities. All their services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice. 

Compassion UK

Compassion is a child-centred Christian charity. Carrville Methodist Church is linked to the Project Centre at Yirga Centre, a hillside town in Ethiopia, home to approximately 30,000 people.
Our church sponsors two children, Abenzer and Natianael, and members of the congregation support additional children. Compassion UK provides Christian training, health care and learning opportunities. It does not cost a lot of sponsor a children, but it makes it possible for them to have a future. 

Operation Christmas Child

Keep your eyes open for a sturdy shoe box during the year for use in the annual Operation Christmas Child each November. Just a normal-sized box is needed, with a separate lid, covered with attractive paper. That’s the hard part! The rest is easy. Any bits and bobs a child would like to receive. Don’t worry about the fact that the child may already have the things you put in. The kids who receive these boxes have nothing. They may live in disused railway trucks, on rubbish tips or in orphanages. Cuddly toys and sweets are unknown to them.

Toilet Twinning

This is a joint imitative run by TearFund and Cord. Our church have raised money to twin the four toilets in the church building with a toilet in a country with whom these organisations have links.

People’s Kitchen

This charity works to support homeless and vulnerable people on the streets in Newcastle.

Durham Youth for Christ

The church supports the local Durham Youth for Christ in the work they are doing in the local area.