Supporting trade justice is one of the ways that we can show our love for our neighbours and live out our faith by making small changes that have a big impact on the lives of vulnerable people.
St Andrew’s is a fair-trade church. This status has been awarded by the Fair-trade Foundation in recognition of our commitment to using fair-trade products wherever possible, such as for refreshments and for cleaning products.
We also run a fair-trade stall which sells products supplied by Traidcraft, a Christian company committed to trade justice and fighting poverty. The stall is open every two or three weeks at the end of the Sunday service and after Little Stars. As well as staples like tea, coffee, sugar, rice and chocolate, we have a varied range of items and will order from the Traidcraft catalogue, copies of which are available in church.
More information about fair trade is available at www.fairtrade.org.uk.
Giving Generously to Support Others
Jesus’ great commandment is to love one another. One of the ways that we show this love is to share what God has given us with those in need. St Andrew’s has a policy of setting aside 10% of our general income from regular giving and collections (plus associated tax credits) for charitable giving. This equates to approximately £3,000 as year. In addition we give money from collections and fund raising either as part of special services or as an urgent response to a particular crisis appeal.
Causes which have benefitted from ad hoc giving in 2012 include: Fair trade Exchange (during Fair-trade Fortnight), Toilet Twinning, Slip End Good Neighbour Scheme, the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal helping vulnerable communities deal with the consequences of climate change in the Dominican Republic, the training of ordinands, Operation Christmas Child, Children’s Society, Alongside You and World Vision.
Charities to whom we make regular planned donations are:
International mission society www.crosslinks.org
Hands of Mercy
Giving children living in poverty in the Philippines a new start www.handsofmercyph.org
Supports Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and
persecution as a consequence of their faith www.barnabasfund.org Bible Society
Translates, publishes and translates the Bible into languages that people can understand www.biblesociety.org.uk
works to support sustainable development, alleviate poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in over 50 countries. www.christianaid.org.uk
A Christian relief and development agency working in over 50 countries. www.tearfund.org
Luton based charity working alongside local churches supporting young people from all backgrounds. www.lcet.org
Supporting families living with HIV.
Linking Christians nationally and globally and presenting a Christian voice to the media and to government. www.eauk.org
Provides resources, including Sunday School material but much more, to inspire children and young people to know God. www.scriptureunion.org.uk
Luton based Christian charity providing a practical service to homeless people, including temporary or entrenched rough sleepers, and those who are marginalised and socially excluded, or have simply fallen into poverty. www.noahenterprise.org
A Christian project reaching out to women working on the streets of Luton by offering prayer, practical support and exit strategies www.azalea.org.uk
Luton Town Centre Chaplaincy
Pastoral and spiritual support to those who work in or visit Luton town centre. www.lutontcc.org.uk
Luton Street Pastors
A multi-denominational team of volunteers working in Luton on Friday and Saturday nights. www.luton.streetpastors.org.uk
Luton Food Bank
We also accept donations of non-perishable food for the Luton Food Bank which can be left in the blue basket at church. We have a pink basket for contributions towards Azalea.
We regularly include all the charities that we support and the people that they come into contact with in our prayers.