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Traidcraft at Baildon Methodist Church

Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft are the UK's leading fair-trade organisation.  They run development programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaign in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice. [...]


An extract from an article by Professor Ivan Reid [Diane France's father] based on his experience in leading a group of British young people on a tour of Poland, together with a group of English speaking Polish youth, in 1967.  The full article was first published in several languages in the magazine POLAND in 1968 [...]

By | 2017-11-30T14:26:36+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Ashley France Blog Posts, Blog, International|0 Comments

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: October 9th 2016: Refugees

Jeremiah crops up this week in the lectionary;  chapter 29 is about how to survive and thrive in a foreign country when you are a refugee.  He must be the only prophet that people have ever listened to because the success of his exhortations became the success of the Jewish diaspora of which Nazis are [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: October 2nd 2016: Babylon

We have all heard Psalm 137, either from the Bible, or in the last track ‘Babylon’ of Don Maclean’s 1971 album American Pie, the 1978 Boney M hit ‘Rivers of Babylon’, or maybe in ‘By the Rivers Dark’ (2010) by Leonard Cohen.  The recurring theme of how people feel when exiled from the land they [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: July 10th 2016: Mending the Nation

The story of the Good Samaritan is well known and, right at this moment, we are all called to be good Samaritans.  The question is: who is the wounded traveller?  It seems to me that there are so many wounded fellow travellers bleeding right here on our doorsteps that the list is almost too long [...]

From Bethlehem with LOVE

UPDATE: BAQOUN CHRISTIAN DANCERS FROM BETHLEHEM Tickets are now available to see the Baqoun Christian Dance Group from Bethlehem.  Performances will be at several venues in Yorkshire between 16th and 27th June 2016. The group is made up of 16 young Christian Palestinians from the Bethlehem district of the West Bank.  Their visit will offer a unique opportunity [...]

By | 2017-11-30T14:26:45+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Baildon news, Fellowship, International, Mission|0 Comments

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 3rd 2016 Low Sunday

We celebrate Easter this year overshadowed by events in Europe, and at home, about Europe.  A small and unrepresentative sect of Islam, disowned by most Muslims, has taken to seducing young men and women to destroy themselves and many other people by means of suicide bombs.  In the same way, Christians indulge in terrorist violence [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 31st 2016 Parables for Baildon

The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 is widely known and its message is widely ignored. Who, in this story became a neighbour to the man attacked by robbers? The one who showed him kindness. The story spawns many lines of doggerel: “Love isn’t love ‘till you give it away”; “Love is a [...]


Thanks again to all who donated to MSF in our recent collection to support the work with European Refugees in the Mediterranean.  This raised over £900 which was sent immediately to MSF. UPDATE ON THE WORK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN Extracts from an article of 30 September, by Guardian reporter, Patrick Kingsley on board one of [...]

By | 2017-11-30T14:27:06+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Baildon news, International, Mission|0 Comments