The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Rustington
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Rustington



Each year the PCC decides which charities will be supported and which will receive a portion of the 'tithe'.  The tithe is calculated as 10% of the PCC's Unrestricted Income and is paid to the Missions Committee for distribution.  At present the charities are . . . . . .

  • Friends of the Mombasa Children
  • Burundi (via our Mission Partner, Alison Gill)
  • Family Support Work
  • The Bible Society
  • The Children's Society

A brief description of each of the above organizations with updated news follows . . . . . .

Friends of the Mombasa Children

This charity has trustees amongst our congregation and provides education and support through sponsorship and donation. Groups from the church visit the schools for practical hands-on help.

The Annual Quiz will be held on 17th October - please see the 'Events' page.

Burundi                                                                           Paul and Alison Guinness - our mission partners -                                    with Jeremy

Newsletter - February, 2017


Dear Friends,

As we plan our return to Burundi we’re assured by our Burundian colleagues that the immediate security concerns have settled down.  The refugees leaving the country are now seeking food as much as safety.  Last year the political crisis sent the economy into freefall.  Many in the cities simply returned to their family land.  Burundi is a fertile country and most live on what they can grow.  Sadly we hear that the rains have failed this year causing widespread shortage and famine in some parts.

What is God saying?

With others, we have felt that God wants to use the church in Burundi to bless those even beyond its borders… yet by worldly measures things are only getting worse.  Would you continue to pray for a turnaround for good in the situation in Burundi?

As we pray and plan for our return, please pray with us that we would hear from God how our small contribution can be used in His purposes.  Please pray for God’s people in Burundi, that they would hear God’s message at this time.  What kind of food will God give through his disciples?  Physical bread?  Or spiritual?  Or somehow both together?

Please pray for wisdom in what we can offer.  We need to work out how to do our ministry as a married couple.  We need to balance Paul’s ongoing MA studies with the exciting prospect of putting it into practice.  In all this we want to be good parents, attentive to our delightful growing son.  What makes the uncertainty into adventure is knowing that if God has led us this far, He will not fail to lead us through…  and God has blessed us in amazing ways these past 20 months. 

7 weeks’ countdown till we’re due to fly on 29th March

Returning to live in Africa when you’ve been away for some time always requires lots of preparation.  This time it feels multiplied with little Jeremy both needing our attention and trying to think what he’ll need out there.  Additionally we are still wading through a lot of admin—budgets, pensions, support raising and more.  It’s not exciting but has to be done.  Please pray for us, especially Alison who is trying to complete her final essay whilst caring for Jeremy, doing admin and preparing to move out of our lovely flat at All Nations.

One thing which is totally out of our control is how long it’ll take to receive our one month Burundi entry visas.  What used to be a few day process has become drawn out due to the crisis.  Would you pray with us that we would receive them back by the end of February so that we have our passports available to attend a conference and meeting in the Med. in early March with our South to North Africa Partnership colleagues?  

Just to remind you of our commissioning services—we’d love you to join us on one of these Sundays:

12th March, 10.30 am St Mary’s, Reigate RH2 7RN;
19th March, 10.30 am Brockley Community Church, London
at St Mary Magdalen Primary School, SE4 2BB. 

We’re also speaking at a ‘Burundi in Focus’ event at CMS Ireland’s Belfast office, 33 Dargan Road, BT3 9JU on Friday 17th February, 7.30 pm.

Prayer points:

- Pray earnestly for an end to the food shortages in Burundi and physical provision for people.

- Ask that at the same time, the Burundian church would seek to provide spiritually as well as physically to its neighbours both in Burundi and beyond. 

- Our Burundi visas to be granted by end of Feb.

- The Lord’s help with all our studies, admin and preparations for moving back to Burundi.

Tel: AG: +44 7979 553436
PG: +44 7708 901817

Postal address c/o: Racquets, The Coppice, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3TP UK

We’re so grateful to the individuals and churches who support us and our ministry.  We look to the Lord for all our funding needs.  If you feel led to give the details are: to GIFT AID IT via Stewardship, acct. 20096077, call 020 8502 8560 or email 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 the above address. 
Thanks so much!

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Family Support Work

This charity is UK based and supports families going through difficulties.

Latest Bulletin.........April, 2017

Dear Friend,

Well, Spring has officially sprung, and here at FSW new shoots have definitely been emerging.

Not least, we've been getting our new charity shop in Eastbourne ready for its grand opening this Wednesday 6th April (see photo above). If you're in the area at 11am, you're welcome to come and watch HM Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex cut the ribbon. The Bishop of Lewes will bless the shop and Easbourne's Mayor and MP will also be in attendance. The shop is at 26 Cornfield Road.

(Do note, we may not be quite ready to trade from Wednesday, nor accepting donations yet. We're still looking for shop volunteers, however. Telephone 01273 832963 if you can help).

Easter Walk
You may know we postponed the Easter Monday walk in the Ashdown Forest because of Storm Katie. The walk will now take place on Sunday 1st May, setting off from 1.30pm. If you didn't register last time, you're very welcome to join us - call 01273 832963 for forms. If you did register, arrangements remain the same.

2015 Impact
Thanks to our supporters, last year FSW was able to provide one-to-one home-based help to 295 vulnerable children living in 117 families. Over 1,000 children also attended play activities. You can see more facts and figures by clicking here.

Martin's Skydive
FSW's brave Director is jumping from a plane this month to raise funds for needy families. He's feeling slightly nervous and would appreciate your support! Click here to sponsor Martin.

As always, your interest and involvement in the charity is greatly appreciated. All help FSW receives enables us to support children and families in Sussex.

With warm wishes,

Martin Auton-Lloyd (Director) & the FSW team


Spring, 2016

p.s. We hope plenty of Spring shoots are also emerging for you

.For More Information please contact:
                                                             Tel: 01273 832963


March 9th 2015                                                   

Family Support Work Granted Planning Permission Knowles Tooth Centre
On February 26th Mid Sussex District Council granted Family Support Work
(Charity No.285337) planning permission for its Knowles Tooth Centre to return the grade ii star listed building back to private dwellings. The trustees chose this route of action as it offers us the best possible outcome to further its important role of supporting families in the community.
The centre was closed in 2013 due to underuse and has been drawing heavily on the charity's reserve fund for a number of years. With the planning permission in place FSW trustees will place the property on the market to sell as a development opportunity.
The proceeds from the eventual sale will then be invested in the essential community work that Family Support Work carries out.
For More Information please contact:
or                  Tel: 01273 832963

The Bible Society

This parish has supported the work of the Bible Society for several years. Bible Sunday, which usually falls in October is marked by some kind of special service, which may include an outside speaker. This is usually followed by a display in the church hall of Bibles and Bible Reading materials.

Our home-groups give regularly to Bible-Society by donating their coffee money and several members are part of the Bible-a Month scheme. Bible society was featured as our chosen charity in our Christmas Card Tree appeal, two years ago. Updates of Bible Society news appear on the Missions Notice Board, in occasional articles in Seasight and on the Bible Society website.

The Children's Society

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 though the local homes closed, the “Appeal’s Committee” would continue to support the society as it worked to help vulnerable children.


Jessica Meale from the society, gave a brief outline of current projects when she joined us for the Vintage Tea Party.


During the last year:-

Through our direct work we reached over 23,000 children across 98 services and centres, which include those at risk or affected by drug and alcohol abuse and sexual exploitation, thousands of young runaways, those with physical or learning difficulties, those living in poverty and Young Carers.


As a direct result of intense lobbying through the Fair & Square campaign, 160,000 more children living in poverty started getting a free nutritious school meal.


More than 40 local authorities have signed up to our Runaways Charter.


The society has influenced new Government guidance protecting hundreds of young trafficking victims.


Following the publication of our Hidden from View report and two decades of campaigning, this year saw a change in law to support thousands of young carers.


Every year the Transform Awards sets the standard for brand development and positioning work in Europe. The Children’s Society has put children’s stories at the centre of its work. In recognition of the Best Visual Identity from a Not for Profit Organisation, the panel of judges awarded a bronze medal to the society. This positive recognition from such a prestigious organisation will enable the society to increase its work with children, families, local authorities and government.


Jessica stressed that at the heart of the success of the society are the volunteers and supporters. She extended her gratitude to the people in Rustington who support events organised by the committee. We were delighted that the Vintage Tea Party raised £600.06 for disadvantaged children.


To find out more about The Church of England Children’s Society visit  

                                                                                                      Iris Hayes

Stop press....

See the Events page for Children's Society Supper this coming Friday 14/7.

"REJOICE" our Festival of Flowers 2017 was a great success!  On the dedicated page, read the content of the insertion which appeared in recent News Sheets. 

Latest News Sheet

News Sheet for Sunday, 23rd July
2017-07-23 Final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [306.3 KB]
News Sheet for Sunday, 16th July
2017-07-16 Final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [446.0 KB]

Other news

SEE ALSO.........

....the 'Activities' page for an update on the Men's Fellowship

....the 'Mission' page for a profile of The Children's Society

....the page detailing our Health & Safety policy

Sunday Services

8am Holy Communion

9.45am Eucharist

6.30pm Evening Service


St Peter & St Paul is a registered charity: Number 1133812

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