Ecofest – each year St. John’s opens the church and grounds to the whole community
for a time when we can learn from each other about environmental and social justice
in a relaxed and fun environment. Local groups run stalls and activities. There is a full
programme of music, and every hour there is a short talk for about five minutes from
expert speakers. local and home- made food is served, and there are games, story
telling and other activities for children. The event usually concludes with “Beer and
hymns” when we can sing favourite hymns to he accompaniment of a brass band. the
Ecofest has been running since 2008, and attracts about 1,000 local people each year,
being one of the few community events that happens in Neville’s Cross. To find out
more about plans for this year, visit the Ecofest section.
Food Bank – members of St. John’s are active in support of the Durham Food Bank,
supporting families and individuals who are in need of food. We act as a weekly
collection point for donations of food, and several members are regular volunteers
at the Food Bank distribution centres and central warehouse. For more information
contact Colin through the Parish Office.
Fair trade and Traidcraft stall – St. John’s is a Fairtrade church and has many links
with the fair trade movement, and several members are directors of the Gateway
World Shop in the Market Place. We also have a monthly Traidcraft stall with a very
extensive range of foods! household products and some craft items. This runs after
church, usually on the second Sunday of the month. For more information contact
Paul through the Parish Office.
Prison Visiting – Some members support the work of NEPACS by visiting prisoners
and supporting the families of prisoners.
Mission support – St. John’s allocates 10% of its income to support mission activities,
and provides members with regular updates on developments at our chosen charities.
We review our charities every few years, and aim to select causes with which church
members are actively involved, with a balance of UK and international work. At
present we support:Traidcraft Exchange, Church Mission Society, Durham Food
Bank and NEPACS (North Eastern Prison After Care Society). In addition we
make special collections at services for Christian Aid, the Children’s Society and
DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing – a homeless charity) and will often hold
collections to respond to emergency appeals.
Fruitful Durham – we allow this local food group to use part of the field behind our
church as a nursery for fruit trees that will be planted around the city.