At St Andrew's and St George's West we
care passionately about the needs of the poor of the world,
of whatever race or creed. Working mainly in partnership with
Christian Aid, we are committed to the elimination of poverty
at home and overseas.
The Wider Horizons group on the Kirk Session exists to promote awareness and raise funds, and highlight campaigns and issues.
Aid is an agency of the churches in UK and Ireland, which
works throughout the world. It provides development support
and disaster aid wherever the need is greatest, irrespective
The Book Sale
The St Andrew's and St George's West Book
Sale is the largest single fundraising enterprise for
Christian Aid in the UK. It brings together volunteers, donors
and buyers from our congregation, from other parts of Edinburgh
and beyond, and from overseas. Since it began in 1974, we
have raised nearly £2 million for Christian Aid.
Read more about about the sale here...
To read this summer's review of the sale go here...
Through Christian Aid we are committed to
the campaign for Trade
Justice. Fairly-traded products from Traidcraft
are on sale in the church, and FairTrade and organic products are served in the Café
in the Undercroft.
We recognise the importance of using the
world’s resources wisely, and in December 2008 were successful in our campaign to become an Eco-congregation.
This involves a commitment to minimising waste, recycling
wherever possible and conserving energy and we strive to live up to our status and take steps in our church and individual lives to do something about climate change and sustainable living.
Our service ‘Days of Creation, Days of Destruction’ offered a powerful reflection on our stewardship of the earth and we hope that the combination of our fundraising work and our location give us an opportunity to become a powerful and prophetic voice about the excesses of consumerism which is one of the forces creating environmental and human damage.
More about this can be found on the Wider Horizons page.