Social Justice

There are a number of different social justice ministries happening at St Augustine's with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

 

Cold Weather Shelter for the Homeless.  In January 2017 - March 2017 we ran a Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless for the third year in partnership with the charity Charis Islington (http://www.carisislington.org/phdi/p1.nsf/supppages/1381?opendocument&part=4 ).  Please get in touch if you would like to get involved with this life changing and life saving ministry in 2018. info@staugustine.org.uk

  

A message from Helen English, one of the leaders of the Cold Weather Shelter Ministry 2018:

Dear Friend,

St Augustine's helps to host the Islington churches Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless over the winter months. It is run by CARIS (Christian Action and Response in Society) and we are responsible for providing volunteers.
   We would love to know if you are available to help from January to March 2018. It will still run at St Augustine's on a Sunday evening through to Monday morning and we will need volunteers to cook an evening meal for the guests, help in the kitchen, serve teas and coffees, welcome guests, overnight volunteers, cooking breakfast and cleaning up on the Monday morning and laundry. Lots to do!
   Please let us know if you are available to help and what jobs you'd prefer. You may want to commit to a month or you may prefer to give us the individual dates you are available across the 3 months.
   It really is a great opportunity to share God's love in a practical way, work in a team, have fun and build relationships with guests and each other.  
We look forward to hearing from you!  Thanks for your support.

Kind regards, Helen

 

Older People's Ministry.  As well as the young, there are a significant number of older people living in our area.  We are involved in serving at the 127 Residential Care Home, and at New Park Day Centre.  There are a variety of ways that you can make a difference to older people in our locality.

 

Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.  We regularly deliver donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries to the centre.  If you have any non-perishable foods and/or toiletries that you would like to give, please bring them to the church building.

 

Tearfund.  We are involved with campaigning and praying for Tearfund and the great work that they do in serving the poor and marginalised around the world.  We are currently supporting the anti-trafficking No Child Taken Campaign ( http://www.tearfund.org/en/nochildtaken/ ).

 

Fairtrade.  We are a Fairtrade church.  Fair pay and safe working conditions for farmers, producers and workers around the world are extremely important.  To find out more visit: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

Hand in Hand For Syria.  Last year, as part of our Harvest Celebration we got involved with the Big Aid Drop Campaign, as part of Hand in Hand For Syria's work in providing humanitarian aid to those in real need.  If you would like to find out more, or get involved, go to: http://www.handinhandforsyria.org.uk  This year, as part of our Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration we collected food for the Islington Foodbank.  

 

 

For more information about any of the above, please contact our Social Justice Champion, Joy Himsworth, on info@staugustine.org.uk or phone the church office on 020 7354 5515.

 

'Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?  Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rearguard.  Then you will call and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.'  (Isaiah 58: 6-9.  The Bible).