Update September 2020: Charitable/Mission Giving Recently the PCC have reviewed our charities and missions and from 2021 the church will now formally support Family Support Work and CMS Missionaries Kevin and Jen Cable, and have a third flexible ‘pot’ in order to be able to respond to a crisis or something which is ‘on the heart’ of a member of the congregation. Do get in touch if you would like to find out more, or read the PCC minutes as they appear here
Find out more here and watch their introductory video by clicking on their picture above and read their latest news below.
A brief description of the situation to the end of 2020 follows . . . . . .
Through the year, the Missions Group raises funds for our 3 'link' partners. In addition, the PCC allocates a percentage of a portion of its income as funds for 'Charitable Giving' from which the Missions Group distribute to the link partners......
Other charities are also supported.
NEWSLETTER for September, 2020
Paul writes: “Make it practical” was the advice from Charles, my Burundian colleague and advisor. He went on, “I know you don’t like doing that!” I had been expecting, planning and getting myself ready for writing what I thought would be an academic paper. It sounded good to me. I felt some of my dissertation ideas had loose ends; I wanted to have more of a firm foundation to what I was saying. I now feel a bit on the back foot. Several people have said that I should start by making it simple, something that a layman can understand, something that everyone can get a hold of. As my colleague said, sometimes it’s good to give an example, not to give people all sorts of complicated options.
Please pray as I wrestle and think how to put out some possibilities—some practical ways in which people could have a go at doing a new wineskin at church—a way of letting people think a bit differently—listening to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word for themselves.
For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the Alpha course, where ordinary people get to grapple with a few issues, but most of all build relationship amongst themselves, then after their 10 weeks or so together, they have a sense of comradery—a sense of ‘this is what we discovered together, this is what relates to us’. They can go to bigger church meetings and try to fit it, but I wonder if they’ll feel most at home back in that group where they discovered Jesus for themselves. Please pray for the way forward as I look to write a practical booklet first, even if it ultimately leads to an academic paper.
Alison writes: Thank you for praying! We returned to the UK, having had 2 days’ notice of being accepted on a World Food Programme flight from Bujumbura to Addis. We then took a commercial flight to London. It all went amazingly smoothly and we were grateful to initially have some space to unwind and have a holiday. We’ve continued to engage with our colleagues in Africa since reaching the UK in late July. Paul has been leading a series of webinars looking at issues around his new wineskins thesis—the next being this Friday, 11th.
Term has begun, with Jeremy starting nursery school.
We are delighted to announce we’re expecting our third baby at Christmas. We prayed a lot about having another baby and are so thankful for this blessing from the Lord. We are praising that we were able to reach the UK (despite the airport in Burundi being shut to commercial flights) and receive antenatal care in the NHS.
We expect to stay in the UK until early spring after our baby is born and has had some immunisations. We will then return to Burundi and imagine we won’t be back until summer 2022.
As well as continuing to do Burundi work from a distance, we are keen to connect in person, where possible, with our supporters and supporting churches. The Covid situation has made planning more difficult, but we are starting to see what may be possible. As soon as any church visits are confirmed we shall update you.
It is a huge blessing that our leader, Tony Swanson, who helps lead the Africa Mobilisation Hub (of Africa Inland Mission), which we’re part of, will be based near us, at All Nations this term, as well as Sam and Harriet Ngugi, Kenyan colleagues and fellow Hub members, doing the MA there. Alison continues to be very involved with the Board.
We would really welcome people visiting / staying with us (we have a spacious guest room with a shower room) as it isn’t easy travelling everywhere with a young family. Please do make contact if this may be an option for you.
- Praise for the provision of flights to the UK, for a gentle return, holiday and good antenatal care.
- Pray for Paul and his mentors to know how to move forward with writing a booklet on his new wineskins thesis to share with grassroots leaders in Africa. Pray for good, local illustrations to bring it alive and that it will encourage contextualised mission.
- We are due our annual appraisal and budget review with our mission leaders later this month. Please pray that it will be a really useful time as we reflect on the past year and plan for the one ahead. Also we have a day with iNet leaders, trustees and church leaders at All Nations on 17th.
WhatsApp AG: +44 7979 553436; PG: +44 7708 901817
Burundi postal address: BP 6323 Kinindo, Bujumbura, Burundi, East Africa
UK postal address:
Racquets, The Coppice, Rustington,
West Sussex BN16 3TP
***************************** We are so grateful to the individuals and churches who support our ministry. We look to the Lord for all our funding needs. If you feel led to give you can GIFT AID IT: https://www.give.net/20096077 or call Stewardship on 020 8502 8560 or ask us for a form. If you’re not a UK tax payer please ask for our bank or PayPal details or send a cheque to our UK address. Thanks so much!
Christmas Fund Raising
Unlike other years when The Friends of the Mombasa Children have been able to hold Fairs and sales in the run up to Christmas, this year, all our fundraising is on-line. The Christmas goods have been safely stored away, there will be no Christmas Tree Festival.
But we can still send Christmas Cards to all our friends and relatives.
There is a choice of 4 designs including the picture above.
click on the link below to see them all and how to order.
Cards cost £1 and funds raised will help Unity School prepare for the new term in January.
To order or for more information email Chris on firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEWS UPDATE FROM MOMBASA.........
Now that some children are back at school, we have received pictures of the projector to which many of you contributed, together with the lap-top computer needed for its use.
As the days get shorter and nights longer, we are thinking about how we can most effectively support our families over this autumn and winter. Sadly our usual range of parties, activities and events can't take place, but this doesn't stop the need for our practitioners to be available for their families. In these difficult times it is more important than ever for us to support them through their challenges.
Later in this newsletter you will read about some virtual events taking place between now and Christmas in the News and Update edition below which I hope you will be able to join, as well as some activities that have recently taken place.
We are extremely grateful to all of you who continue to help us in so many ways during these difficult times.
With warm wishes,
Martin and the FSW team
To view the complete October update, please click on this link......
Yet again our supporters have been amazing, this time with donations of food at Harvest. At first I wasn't sure what would happen, and certainly didn't expect the response that we have had. I think
we have had more donations of food this Harvest than we did last year. This means that we can confidently look to support our current families and more during the coming few
Like every charity, we have had to review what we do and look at our running costs. The result of this was that, to protect our front line services with the families, we have reorganised how we work in Garton House; the food bank; and how we deliver playwork.
means we have had to say goodbye to five members of staff - Nina, Robert, Melissa, Rose and John. They have all made a great contribution to our work over the years and we wish them all well in the
With thanks as always for your ongoing support, which means a huge amount to us and our families.
With warm wishes,
Martin and the FSW team
To view the complete October update, please click on this link......https://mailchi.mp/7fa87c14aa75/oct20?
A MESSAGE FROM NIKKI KERR, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing.......
Please find in the file below ('October update') our recent update on activities and prayer points. I also attach flyers/posters for 3 “virtual” events ('Quiz', 'Bingo' and 'Photography')that are happening between now and Christmas. It would be wonderful if these could be shared where possible.
With many thanks for your ongoing support.
SOME BACKGROUND NOTES.......
The Children’s Society has been supported by St. Peter and St. Paul since the time when there were two children’s homes here in Rustington - Fairlight on the Worthing Road and Carruthers Corfield House in Shaftesbury Road. Members of the church, who formed House Committees, visited these homes regularly. Fund-raising events were held to provide treats for the children.This continued until the early eighties when the homes closed and the charity started to focus on community care.
Minutes of a meeting held in 1980 record that although the local homes had closed, the “Appeal’s Committee” would continue to support the Society as it worked to help vulnerable children.
The Children's Society "Rustington Support Group" now hold four fundraising activities each year. The popular "Bake and Brew" Saturday morning events are held in the Spring and Autumn. A dinner or
afternoon tea is held in the Summer months and in December the Children's Society host the Christingle Service at our church on a Sunday afternoon and this is always very well attended by children
and adults alike. Since 1985, our Support Group in its various forms has raised in excess of £44,505.02 for the Society, and its work for vulnerable children and young people in England and Wales.
The Support Group works very closely with the Society and its Relationship Manager for the Dioceses of Chichester, Guildford, Portsmouth and Winchester. For more information about the work of
the Children's Society please take a look at the website. www.childrenssociety.org.uk. Charity Number 221124.
Julie Churcher 16/5/19
10.30am Holy Communion
Streamed on YouTube.
4pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Family Worship-online only. Contact us for links.
9am Morning Prayer on Zoom here
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St Peter & St Paul is a registered charity: Number 1133812