The Harvest Fair at HBC this year maintained its focus on Fairtrade to support the producers of the food we eat but with an eco twist as climate change is affecting those producers’ ability to grow the crops. There was the usual selection of delicious cakes made from fairtrade ingredients and the Headington Fairtrade shop selling some of their products, including Christmas cards, as well as the opportunity to swap your old toys or swish your unwanted clothes.
Wow Science presented a demonstration on the increased effect of pollution on melting ice, Oxford City Council had a stall about waste collection services, and there were various creative ways to reuse empty jam jars and the chance to make your own eco-friendly cleaning product. Many children participated in this and went home with cleaner shoes than they had arrived in!
The church was decorated with a festive autumnal bunting featuring quotes from the Bible and famous campaigners about our responsibility to look after the planet God has given us. The event attracted a good number of people from the local community who are connected with HBC in various ways. There was a relaxed and friendly buzz in the main room and a slightly manic feel in the basement as people raced against the clock to complete various eco-challenges including sorting the coloured “rubbish” into different coloured bins.
We came away having had some good conversations, eaten some yummy cake, played some silly games, taking home some jigsaw puzzles, and reminded of some of the big issues in our world and how God calls us to look after his earth. All in all a very successful and enjoyable morning.