We support the West End Refugee Service(WERS) in Newcastle, giving of our own resources, household goods, furnishing, clothes and perhaps ornaments or pictures, those little extras that turn a house into a home.
Both WERS and Victims of Violence in our own city are offered provisions at Harvest and toys, toiletries, books and chocolate at Christmas.
We support the Carlisle Foodbank with regular collections of food each Sunday and special collections at Harvest and Christmas and contribute to special appeals in money and in kind as they arise following Christ’s teaching.
We support Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Members each contribute a shoebox full of simple gifts, some of them handmade, for children. These are then sent to countries where children have very little.
Carlisle is a Fairtrade City and we are a Fairtrade Church meaning that we use Fairtrade products when possible to support the Fairtrade Movement and encourage members to do the same. The movement exists to improve the trading arrangements for producers in developing countries.
Local charities are supported by some members on their own initiative. Examples are Meals on Wheels and Hospice and other charity shops.
We support worldwide movements, particularly Christian Aid, which seek to provide for human need wherever it arises and to influence the rules governing international trade in order to secure a fairer distribution of the world’s resources with greater attention to environmental issues.
Christian Aid is supported particularly through Commitment for Life which is a scheme raising money for key partners in the developing world through Christian Aid with Global Justice Now which used to be the World Development Movement.
The United Reformed Church launched Commitment for Life in 1992. It was later re-launched with a special focus on the key countries, India, Palestine, Brazil and Zimbabwe. St George’s has chosen to focus on Palestine.