In order to keep ourselves as a church active in social justice issues and to reflect the Lord’s concern for justice and peace in his world we have the Social Responsibility Group.
This group has written letters to Make Poverty History, Stop the Traffik and to support persecuted Christians; produced leaflets on Climate change and on Fairtrade items sold at local stores; pushed the PCC for St Ed’s to be a Fairtrade church; developed a parish link with Niassa; written Christmas cards to prisoners of Conscience and prepared worship for Christian Aid and One World Week, and more…..!
During Fairtrade fortnight we turned the church into a Fairtrade Café. We also held a cake competition. Cakes entered were made with at least two Fairtrade ingredients. Members of the Management team of our local Budgens store very kindly came to judge the competition, and donated some of the prizes. Below are some pictures:
We are also active supporters of Christian Aid and join in with Christian Aid Week, the Christian Aid tea and other events during the year.
The group is developing its activities beyond merely the scope of St Ed’s to become more of a focal point for those concerned for social justice issues within Taverham and Thorpe MarriottLocal organizations working within Norwich
As a church we also support other Christian groups and charities working within Norwich. These include the Magdalene Group working with prostitutes in the city, the Matthew Project working with those suffering from drug and alcohol addictions, Pregnancy Crisis, Norfolk helping those for whom pregnancy has become a trauma, and the St Martin’s Housing Trust working for the re-housing of the homeless
We also have two teams who take part each month in the Norwich City Soup Run that has been organized for many years by the Salvation ArmyMissionary Links
In 2007 Paul, the Rector visited missionary friends in Kigali, and a link has developed between St Edmund’s, Taverham and various projects and Pastors in Kigali and elsewhere in Rwanda. This is a passion which has been taken up by the wider community who also have an interest in the recent history of genocide and of the subsequent rebuilding within Rwanda. From visiting the country it is clear the churches are playing a leading role in restoring people’s dignity and hope, and introducing projects that are effective in providing long-term development.