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

Mission

 

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......

  • Burundi (via our Mission Partner, Alison and Paul Guinness)
  • Family Support Work
  • Friends of Mombasa Children

The Bible Society and The Children's Society also benefit from plate collections taken at one or other of the Christmas services.

 

A brief description of all the above follows . . . . . .

Burundi                                                                           Paul and Alison Guinness are our mission partners

                                       NEWSLETTER January, 2020

Dear Friends,

Alison writes: Umwaka mwiza!  Happy New Year!  May we know more of God’s blessing in our lives as He blesses us to be a blessing to the ends of the earth.

Last Monday my parents left us, having joined us for a week’s holiday in Kenya.  They then returned to Burundi with us for one week: their third visit to Burundi, but first since I’ve been married.  Jeremy and Grace were delighted to have lots of time with their grandparents.  Over New Year, we’d attended a wonderful Bible Retreat just outside Nairobi with two families we are friends with in Burundi.

Just before Christmas, our former tutor from All Nations, Richard Evans (in above photo with Remy Havyarimana, new legal representative of PTI), came to stay with us.  He met with a number of mission leaders and leaders of theological institutions here, including speaking at an event hosted by Great Lakes Outreach.  Please pray for God’s guidance in any future mission training All Nations should help facilitate here.

This next month, Paul has further trainings organised with the two groups mentioned below.  We’re also looking forward to a pastoral visit from Phil Ratcliff from Brockley Community Church.

Paul writes: Thank you all for your prayers for the two new initiatives which started at the end of last year.  One was a workshop with a small grassroots mission agency linked to a church in Rumonge a Muslim centre in Burundi.  The other initiative was a different context but none the less exciting.  There is great openness amongst the leadership of this network of Pentecostal churches, centred particularly around another Muslim centre in Ngozi / Muyinga. 

Thank God for two good starts, opening the ways for the next steps.  Pray for how we set expectations and make something which can be owned by local leadership rather than seen as a project funded and driven from outside.  Pray that we would be listening to God’s Spirit in this pioneering work.  One answer to prayer and a real step forward was inviting a Burundian colleague to bring the challenge to the Pentecostal church leaders.  Though I’ve known Charles for several years, I had not realised how much God had been leading him in implementing the same principles – in helping local churches reach out effectively to cousins.  It is so much better for an insider to be challenging their fellow people.
 

Building and encouraging a local network


Yesterday I met with two friends and colleagues.  We discussed issues most passionate to me; yet I found myself only asking questions and listening to someone else presenting.  I joked with Alison that I hardly needed to be there!  This represents in many ways an answer to prayers.  Last year I was challenged that the best role for an outsider like myself was to network to bring together local people whom God is raising up as champions for this work of mission mobilising.  Now I feel amazed that God seems somehow to have been preparing different people and teaching them seemingly the same things He has been teaching me.  2 months’ ago, reviewing with our leaders, I expressed that the work that we were doing seemed so small and yet seemed to take up much of our energy.  Yesterday I discovered that God may have been preparing others to do not my training but their own.  In fact, a whole team of trainers.  Please pray with us for the Burundians whom God is raising up that we would be able to encourage, help catalyse and celebrate with them what God is doing.
 

Prayer points:


- Praise God for a really refreshing break and for Alison’s parents’ time with us on holiday and in Burundi.

- Praise for Paul’s encouraging times in Rumonge and with leaders from Ngozi / Muyinga.  Ask that the workshops will bear fruit as the churches seek to reach out to cousins in more culturally relevant ways.  Pray for the follow-up sessions on 31 Jan and 6-7 Feb and safe travel.

- Give thanks for Richard Evans’ visit and ask for guidance as to the ongoing support All Nations can offer to Burundi.

- Pray for wisdom in how we build and encourage a local network.

Contact information........

 

alison.paul@swissmail.org

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!

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.

 

Rafiki Magazine Edition 3 is right here .......Click to read or down load at...

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/00db9f1f73db34ddcd2c71014/files/a532aaea-c7ae-4013-ae10-7480e3426ace/Rafiki_Mag_3.pdf

 

Welcome to the November Newsletter

                         which you can read by clicking on....  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/00db9f1f73db34ddcd2c71014/files/204b80af- eaff-4da5-b754-0224abfe6f33/November.pdf but please note that the link

An update on our £5 challenge.......

In September last year we launched an appeal to all our supporters asking if you could commit to £5 a month (the cost of a coffee and cake), as we had a target to increase our income by at least £6,000 per year. 
 
We wish to thank everyone who responded. We are very pleased to report that we have reached just over £5000 of our target. 
 
Mombasa has received severe flooding and heavy rains this last month, but we are pleased to report that the new building kept completely dry.
 
We are still facing difficult times in raising enough money for the daily running of Unity School, supporting the medical programme and the refurbishment of the older classrooms.  Our aim has always been for Unity School to be as self-sufficient as possible and we, working with the Management Team at Unity School believe we could achieve this in about 5 years. 
 
The new school building and good examination results are already enabling Unity to attract more fee paying pupils, thus continuing to support those who cannot afford to pay, but  our help for the next few years is vital.
 
In our Business and Development Plan 2019-2022 we aim to raise our target for school support to £10,000 per annum, which means that we require another £5,000 committed on a monthly or annual basis for 2019-2020.
 
We are very aware of the financial struggles in the UK and times are uncertain for us all, but if you are able to commit £5 a month (even if it was only for 1 year), your support would be greatly appreciated.
   
Please help us to see Unity School through their ‘final step’ to self-sufficiency.  We have come such a long way and we have met so many amazing people who have supported us in our aim to make sure these pupils who live in great poverty, get the chance they deserve of a good education.
 
You can download a Standing Order form from our Website, and if you are a UK tax payer a ‘Gift Aid’ form can also be downloaded.  Please click on “Support us” on www.mombasachildren.org.uk
Alternatively, please email or ring our Treasurer 01903 718070 for more information.
  • Or our Chairperson - Carol Groves
01903 784621
c.groves@mombasachildren.org.uk
 
 VACANCY FOR TWO TRUSTEES
We are looking for two new trustees (one to be a new treasurer).  If you have a heart for helping those less fortunate and want to make a difference to the lives of the pupils at Unity School we would be pleased to hear from you.  Please contact either of the emails or phone numbers above to find out more about what we do and how you could help our team of Trustees.
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Family Support Work

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

The January bulletin is now available and covers the following topics.....

  

  •    Christmas 2019    
  •    Easter Walk
  •    Welcome to Jessica
  •    Tesco Bags of Help
  •    FSW in Action
  •    Upcoming Events
  •    February Lunches

View the complete January bulletin in your browser by clicking....(https://mailchi.mp/2f543ece72ea/jan20-3838417?e=9ccc8526a2)

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

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

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Latest News Sheet

Notice Sheet for Sunday, 16th February
2020-02-16 Final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [179.1 KB]

Mission News

Newsletters from Friends of Mombasa Children, Family Support Work and Alison & Paul in Burundi are updated regularly on the Missions page.

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Sunday Services

8am Holy Communion

9.45am Eucharist

6.30pm Evening Service                     (occasionally)

           

For more detailed information on our services, see our latest News Sheet (above), our 'Services' page or go to www.acny.org.uk and search "Rustington"

Activities

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

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