St. Andrew's United Reformed Church
Ramshill Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2LN
Telephone: 01723 581642
Christian Aid originated over 70 years ago in response to the need to alleviate the refugee crisis in Europe following the Second World War, and is still concerned with victims of conflict and disaster. Providing emergency relief in response to crises anywhere in the world continues to be a major part of the charity's work but nowadays it also works closely with trusted overseas partners, helping afflicted communities to move from poverty and food shortage to self sufficiency.
St. Andrew's, acting under the auspices of the Scarborough Christian Aid Committee, has supported Christian Aid financially for at least 45 years. Christian Aid Week, a national initiative held annually in May, is the main focus of fundraising by means of organised collections, donations and support of associated events. Additionally, a team of snooker players has earned significant sums in sponsorship by competing in the annual Scarborough Churches' Christian Aid Snooker Marathon.
St. Andrew's supports a number of charities. These include:
Feed the Minds
Feed the Minds is a small ecumenical Christian international development charity that supports the most marginalised individuals and communities in Africa and Asia, providing education through partnership organisations to promote independence and self reliance.
St. Andrew's supports the charity through fund raising events in association with the other Scarborough churches. These events include the Christmas card appeal, recent Strawberry Fayre, Book Fair and the forthcoming Christmas concert with Scarborough Concert Band.
Fairtrade seeks to improve the livelihoods and working conditions of farmers and workers in developing countries. They primarily do this by working with companies to set standards for workers' rights, certifying products (through use of the FAIRTRADE mark), lobbying government and improving public awareness.
St Andrew's is a Fairtrade church, with all refreshments served using Fairtrade coffee, tea, and sugar. Fairtrade orange juice is also available. There is a well stocked Traidcraft stall available every Friday at the Beacon Cafe, and after morning worship every Sunday. The ordering of Fairtrade products from the Traidcraft catalogue is encouraged, and there is a Fairtrade awareness event held annually during Fairtrade Fortnight.