Looking to the Year Ahead
Prayer for the Conference in the Context of the Church Calendar
Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June, 2019
The dates of the 2nd Fair Trade Faith Conference and Noelene Martin Memorial Lecture were chosen to fit in with John Bell’s visit to this part of the globe.
The day before the Conference commences, Thursday 30th May, 2019 is Ascension Day and the commencement of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Saturday of the Conference is International Children’s Day. Three weeks earlier, Saturday 11th May, 2019 will have been World Fair Trade Day.
Loving and Eternal God, we thank you for the placing of this Conference in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. We thank you that the fair trade movement is spread across all denominations of your Church. We pray that our concern for others expressed through fair trade might be a way of drawing together people from various expressions of Faith as we all seek to worship and serve you the One God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We pray for children.
Lord Jesus, once a child, you showed a special concern for children, inviting them to come to you, threatening a millstone round the neck and into the well for anyone who thwarts the wellbeing of a child.
We thank you for childhood. For the fun and joy experienced by many children, for the learning and growth, the exuberance and wonder of discovery.
We thank you that you instructed serious narrow minded adults to become like children.
Yet, even today, many children are forced to work in deplorable and dangerous conditions. Victims of the greed of respectable-looking corporations, children toil, out of sight, hidden on farms and in jungles.
Lord, forgive us, for many a chocolate bar has been won at the expense of young children who will never taste the product of their exertions.
As we pray for child labourers around the world, motive and inspire us to take creative action in our churches and groups to free these little people. AMEN
Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1924, 1959)
The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. He (sic) shall not be the subject of traffic, in any form.
The child shall not be admitted to employment before an appropriate minimum age; he shall in no case be caused or permitted to engage in any occupation or employment which would prejudice his health or education, or interfere with his physical, mental or moral development