Charitable/Mission Giving As a church, we split our charitiable giving three ways: We 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.
There are other Charities, such as The Children's Society and Christian Aid which we are also committed to fundraising for.
Early March 2021 update
I write this as schools are reopening to all pupils for the first time since last year. It is fair to say that our families have found this latest period of lockdown and homeschooling very challenging, but overall they have been incredibly resilient and managed to get through it, thanks to the fantastic support offered by our practitioners. As we make tentative steps back into some sort of normality, we are very proud that our families have coped so well over the last year.
We are interviewing candidates this week for the new practitioner roles that were mentioned in my last update and hope to have some good news regarding appointments shortly, which we will of course share with you as soon as we can.
After some hugely generous donations to our foodbank over Christmas which kept us well stocked throughout January and February, we are now running low on many items. If anybody is in a position to arrange a food collection, we are in need of nearly everything with the exception of pasta and tinned tomatoes, of which we have plenty. Tinned meats and fish, tinned vegetables and fruit, soup, tea/coffee and table sauces would be particularly welcome. We are able to collect if you have a large quantity of donations – please contact Spencer in the office on 01273 832963 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if this is the case.
With the Government’s road map giving us some of idea when we may be able to resume our face-to-face activities, we are planning how to do this both safely and successfully, and I hope to be able to share news with you in the next update of our plans for the rest of the year. In the meantime, thank you all for continuing to share our news and support us in prayer during the last month.
February’s work in numbers
• 311 individual visits and 163 support calls with families supporting 33 grandparents, 354 parents and 296 children
• 18 supported meetings with other agencies carried out remotely
• 24 online group sessions held, including half-term activities
• 396 food deliveries made
• Pray for wisdom for our interview panel in selecting the right candidates for the new practitioner roles
• Give thanks for recent funding successes that will provide some stability in the coming months
• Pray that our staff remain healthy both physically and mentally after an incredibly tough few weeks
Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing
This charity is UK based and supports families going through difficulties.
FSW February 2021 update
The last month has been very difficult for our families, who are finding this lockdown much harder than last year as the pressure from schools is higher and the weather not conducive to lots of outdoor activities. Our practitioners have been working incredibly hard to give families as much support as they can, and the real-life contact (as opposed to anything which is delivered remotely) is really helping them. With the vaccine rollout achieving such great success, we are able to give parents a sense of hope that this situation may come to an end before the summer.
We are also very pleased to announce that we are currently recruiting for 4 new roles at FSW. We are currently looking for family support practitioners for Midhurst & Petworth; Storrington, and Rye deaneries, as we are now able to expand our work into new parts of Sussex and support even more families. We are also looking for a Co-ordinator for the Family Contact Centre in Eastbourne, which is a joint project between FSW and Mothers’ Union. All the details of these vacancies are on our website so please do share with anybody you feel may be interested.
Whilst we are still unable to carry out any face-to-face events, and have no indication of when these might resume, we remain incredibly grateful to all those who are supporting us in other ways. The generosity of our supporters continues to hearten and motivate us all, and we are very grateful for your ongoing support both financially, practically and in prayer.
January’s work in numbers
Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing
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.
9am Holy Communion
10.30am Holy Communion
Also live streamed.
4pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Family Worship-online only. Contact us for links.
9am Morning Prayer on Zoom here
11am Holy Communion
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St Peter & St Paul is a registered charity: Number 1133812