Christian Aid was founded by the churches of Britain and Ireland as Christian Reconstruction in Europe in the aftermath of World War Two with the aim of doing everything possible to help European refugees who had lost everything. This name changed to Christian Aid in 1964 as a recognition of the success of Christian Aid Week which has taken place every year since 1957.
Today Christian Aid works globally to eradicate poverty and its causes with the aim of achieving equality, dignity and freedom for all regardless of faith or nationality. Christian Aid provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great.
At Ness Bank we support Christian Aid mainly through fundraising. During Christian Aid Week we take to the streets of our parish with our House To House envelope collection and we are also well supported by the congregation at the Christian Aid Sunday Service. We also undertake fundraising in support of special projects. At present we are involved with other churches in the Inverness area to fundraise for the Mothers in Malawi Maternal Health Project. From time to time we have guest speakers informing us and keeping us up to date with the current work of Christian Aid.
Further information can be found at
and the Christian Aid magazine can be read online or downloaded.
Inverness Christian Aid Group
This group (formerly Inverness Christian Aid Committee) was established in March 2014, and is affiliated to Christian Aid Scotland. Its purpose is to organise, through our local Churches, fundraising events and to disseminate up to date information in support of Christian Aid. The Group is made up of 2 representatives from each congregation of Churches in the Presbytery of Inverness who wish to take part. The current Convener of the Group is David Crippin, Crown Church (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It was gratifying that Inverness Christian Aid Group Christian Aid Week 2019 collectively raised an amazing £20,289. Other fundraising events organised throughout the year include a Tesco coin collection, soup lunches, coffee mornings and Christmas Card sales in Eastgate Centre. As a Group we advertise and support each other’s events - working together is much more effective as it reaches out to more people, and it can be fun!
The big event of 2019 was The Gathering Roadshow, a very well attended conference held in Inverness. The lively hymn singing was amazing and the main speaker, Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s country manager in Sierra Leone, was a most impressive and inspirational speaker. There were presentations on Christian Aid’s campaigning role, discussion sessions, question time and opportunity to meet with Christian Aid Scotland staff.
Please do look out for future Christian Aid events at Ness Bank, or at any of our local Churches.
Members of Inverness CA Group who walked from Abriachan to Inverness with Wendy Young, CAid Scotland, when she walked
the Great Glen Way.