The Social Justice Group exists to share God’s generous love through encouraging and enabling
St Edmund’s to live out a practical concern for social justice in the city of Leeds, nationally and internationally. We are passionate about campaigning against unjust structures and systems.
Our Group meets quarterly to discuss and share social justice issues and topical information we can disseminate to the wider congregation. We organise an annual Lent Breakfast (using local and Fairtrade products) with profits sent to a nominated charity.
Each week we invite members of the congregation to donate food for:
St George’s Crypt,
PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and Leeds North Foodbank
with an extra big collection at Harvest. Before Christmas we organise a collection of toys and gifts for children and teenagers which is taken to St George’s.
St Edmund’s is a giving church. Each autumn, after inviting nominations from the congregation, we recommend the charities St Edmund’s will support the following year. In 2017 these will be:
Tearfund’s Toilet Twinning Scheme http://www.toilettwinning.org/
Ugandan Orphanage at River of Life Church and Ministries http://www.riveroflifeuganda.org/
Kidz Klub Leeds http://www.kidzklubleeds.org.uk/
A Rocha UK http://arocha.org.uk/
Leeds Franciscans – helping to house and support destitute asylum seekers in Harehills. http://www.franciscans.org.uk/where-we-are/around-the-houses/leeds-ssf
and ongoing support for Rachel Ullmer (our Church Mission Society partner in Pakistan),
Click here to download Rachel’s latest Link Letter:
In addition from time to time we organise special cash collections for disasters or special projects. We support Mildmay, an AIDs project, each December and each Christmas we send money to a designated charity raised by donations received in lieu of sending Christmas cards to other members of the congregation.
In conjunction with our partner churches in Roundhay we take part in the annual house-to-house collection in May for Christian Aid and host an ecumenical soup lunch, also for Christian Aid, in the winter. We also take part in the Amnesty International Greetings Campaign at Christmas.
St. Edmund’s is a fair trade church, committed to serving fair trade tea and coffee after services and to promoting fair trade through events, worship and other activities. 21 years ago we started a stall on the second Sunday of the month after the 10a.m. service to sell Traidcraft food and paper items. We have added a stall at the monthly Saturday coffee mornings. Before Christmas we also sell Christmas foods, cards and small crafts. We provide catalogues and can arrange talks and stalls for small groups. Our covenanted churches, Lidgett Park Methodist and St Andrew’s URC are supplied with Traidcraft on a sale or return basis for their own monthly stalls.
To give feedback about the stall, for more information on Traidcraft or to place an order please contact Christine on 0113 266 8536 or Jill on 0113 266 5165
To learn more about our work for social justice please complete the form in the Contacts section:
Links to all the charities mentioned on this page are in the Links section so you can learn more.