Fund raising for charity

Our church supports Christian Aid through collections during Christian Aid Week and also through the URC Commitment for Life scheme. PARC (the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees) is currently our Commitment for Life partner.

Members of the church are part of the Nottingham Christian Aid Committee and support activities in the city centre during Christian Aid Week.

Because of the interests of our members, The Leprosy Mission and The Compassionate Friends are two charities that receive regular support. Some members give regularly to TLM and money is also raised by sale of Christmas goods and donated plants, flowers and vegetables throughout the year.

The Jumblies is a church group which exists to arrange fund-raising jumble sales. The group organises two sales every year – one in the spring and one in the autumn. Originally, money raised by the jumble sales went to support Boy Scout and Girl Guide groups which met at the church. Now we no longer have uniformed organisations at St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate, money is donated to “worthy causes” which may apply for support for particular projects.

The Junior Church organises the filling of shoe boxes with gifts that are sent through Operation Christmas Child to needy children and families in Eastern Europe.

In the summer of 2006, one of our then members who came from Malawi, told us about the need for water to irrigate the land in his home village. We responded to this by setting up a Malawi Villages Water Project to pay for the provision of water to a group of five villages. In 2008 and 2009 we raised money for projects in Brazil, including ‘Luz no Nordeste‘ – ‘Light in the Northeast’ (a project established by the Bible Society of Brazil in conjunction with the International Bible Societies and the Scottish Bible Society)  and ‘Cristo é Vida‘ – ‘Christ is Life’ – a ‘before and after school’ project run by the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil in the Pirambu neighbourhood of Fortaleza.

More recently, much of our fundraising work has been concerned with supporting organisations and groups working with homeless people in Nottingham, including Framework and The Friary. We have alos supported Upendo Junior School in Kenya in its work to support needy chidlren from around Kiminini.