You are probably aware that it is Valentine's Day today because most shops have been trying to push love and red and flowers and chocolates and teddies and cards in your face for the last month or so. However, had you remembered that Lent starts today? The 40 day count down to Easter begins today. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. If you are looking for something to read during this time then check out this book:
The choice of fair trade and ethically-produced goods has increased over the past years. Previously, people had to seek out fair trade goods and pay much higher prices. Today, companies have responded to the needs of the workers and desires of the consumers. Choosing fair trade and ethical products has become much easier - whether it be food, drink or clothes. We can feel that we are doing our bit and making a difference, but is it enough? Using our money to buy goods that support the fair treatment of those who make the goods is important. But, let's not become complacent and start believing this is enough. There is always more we can do to support others. We can speak out for the oppressed and fight for their cause. We can write to governments, asking for change. We can write to shops, commending them for the number of ethically-produced products they sell or requesting that they stock more. We can research the conditions of the workers and use the information to encourage others to support fair trade.
What ways can you further seek justice for the oppressed?
Where can you speak out against injustice?
We invite you to enjoy a special night out organised by us on Saturday 13th January!
Our post-Christmas sale will begin when we re-open on 2nd January and last until Saturday 13th January!
As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, let's remember how amazing Jesus is and how amazing the Bible is, too. God spoke to so many different individuals about the Messiah and about world events. Through their documented accounts He speaks to us today. The Bible is the living, breathing, dynamic Word of God.
Don't loose sight of the importance of God's Word this Christmas.
These fabulously festive Fairtrade crackers are the perfect way to get into the festive spirit around the Christmas meal. These are the UK's first Fairtrade certificated crackers!
Each cracker contains:
Christmas quiz question
Full colour print crown
Bag of Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Chunky Buttons
Eco friendly 'snap' (dynamite free design using a card mechanism)
"I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHO STRENGTHENS ME." - PHILIPPIANS 4:13 (WEB)
Black Friday is gone, Saturday Sanctuary is here
Saturday Sanctuary will celebrate bookshops as a place of calm and respite from our hectic daily lives.
Replacing Civilised Saturday, Saturday Sanctuary will celebrate bookshops as a place of calm and respite from our hectic daily lives, and will take place the day after Black Friday. Customers will be able to enjoy exclusive offers on books, herbal teas, reading corners – and much more.
Book lovers are encouraged to treat themselves to some bibliotherapy and kick start the Christmas shopping in a relaxed and calm environment make sure you visit US today to experience the first-ever Saturday Sanctuary!
The day after Black Friday:
Need some relaxation during the Christmas shopping madness?
Come along to Saturday Sanctuary this Saturday (25th November).
We will have story time (at intervals between 2 and 4pm), you will have the opportunity to buy a surprise gift with a book 'lucky dip' (proceeds going to Parental Care Ministries, helping orphaned children in Uganda) and as usual you can browse our 3 for 2 offer on a selection of children's books.
- Pam and Marian run Kingdom Krafts & Beacon Books in Llandudno, North Wales. We are passionate about helping people out of poverty and spreading Christian resources.
'And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.' - Micah 6:8, NIV
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- SOPHIE xx