Gospel choir sings in support of Traidcraft

October 07, 2016

A service with gospel music from Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir highlighting the work of the fair trade pioneers, Traidcraft will take place this weekend (Sunday 9th October - 6pm), in the heart of London’s West End at St James’s (Anglican) Church on Piccadilly.

Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir have featured on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 and at London’s Jazz Cafe and are partnering with Traidcraft to help raise awareness of the fair trade organisation’s annual “Show You Care” campaign.

Rachna Purdie, Senior Investment and Relationship Manager at Traidcraft, will address the congregation at the service, speaking about the organisation’s life-changing work with communities across the developing world.

Rachna said: “We’re delighted to partner with Soul Sanctuary and St James’s for this service. We’ll be sharing stories of our pioneering work to help some of the world’s poorest people through fair trade and the choir have chosen songs that reflect the social justice theme.

“We’ll also be telling people about our annual “Show You Care” campaign which encourages more consumers to shop with thought and love, buying fair trade products in the lead up to the festive period to help people in some of the world’s poorest countries to trade their way to a better future.

“St James’s Traidcraft stall will be open so there will be an opportunity to sample some of our handcrafted products, made by artisans around the world.”

Alison Beck, from Soul Sanctuary, said: “We’ve been singing gospel music at St James’s for more than two years and we’ve been looking at thoughtful and creative ways to make people more aware of our evening Eucharist services which are part of St James’s “Sundays at Six” rolling programme.

“Traidcraft is a great partner for a service at St James’s. The community here have been buying fairly traded goods from Traidcraft for many years and it’s great to be able to help them in their mission to tackle poverty through fair trade.”

St James’s Rector, Reverend Lucy Winkett, who will be leading the service, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the transformative work of Traidcraft in this service. Thanks to our team of volunteers, St James’s holds a Traidcraft stall fortnightly in church after Sunday morning services, and daily in our courtyard market during Advent, to encourage people to buy ethically sourced Christmas gifts.

“Sunday evening’s service will infuse the vital campaign for justice for those in the developing world with the beauty and energy of great gospel music.”

The service takes place on Sunday 9th October at 6pm at St James’s Anglican Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL.

For more information about St James’s “Sundays at Six” programme visit: http://www.sjp.org.uk/sundayssix.htm

For more information about Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and their mission to share gospel music beyond its usual home in Pentecostal Churches visit: http://soulsanctuarygospel.com/ and if you want to see them in action, check out the video below...