Gate Food Bank

Buchlyvie Church supports the Gate Food Bank, with a collection point in the Church.

The Alloa Gate Food Bank was started in 2010 in response to an increasing number of people we saw who were facing a crisis situation. Operating through referrals from statutory agencies as well as other charities and local faith communities they provide fresh and non-perishable food to those facing hunger.

The Food Bank responds the same day and can tailor the food parcels to particular needs, such as those with no access to cooking or for those with young children.

For more information, please visit www.the-gate-charity.org

The Church also hosts a Reverse Advent Calendar in December. This year (2018) the proceeds will go to Start Up Stirling. Previous years donations have been to Start Up Stirling and the Lodging House Mission in Glasgow,

Giving

Over the past 3 years, members of the Church have donated to the following Charities.

Strathcarron
CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland)
Farm Africa
Lady Haig Poppy Fund
RAF Benevolent Fund
Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society 
Blythswood Care
YES Tanzania
Christian Aid Refugee Fund
Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Fund
National Amyloidosis Centre
Edinburgh Global Partnerships
Cambodian Community Dream Organisation
UNICEF Light for Syria appeal

Fairtrade

Buchlyvie Parish Church aims to use Fairtrade goods wherever possible. Fairtrade coffee and tea are available when refreshments are provided. The church encourages support of Fairtrade, wherever possible. Fairtrade is available available through www.fairtrade.net .

Although Traidcraft have reduced their range, they still sell a wide variety of Fair Trade goods, see https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk or the print catalogues in the churches. If you take one of these home, please return it for others to use. Goods may be ordered postage-free from Fair Trader Rae Wilson, via Margaret Sparkes, mgtsparkes@btinternet.com of 01360 850492. 

The Church also supports Fairtrade through the sale of Kilombero rice. Buchlyvie and Gartmore Churches in partnership with the local schools have successfully completed four 90 Kg Kilombero Rice challenges.

Blythswood Care

Buchlyvie Parish Church support the Blythswood Care shoebox appeal. The 2019 appeal has now ended.