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.

 

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Welcome to the February Newsletter

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Here is an e-mail message received on 1st April, 2020.  For more information pleae contact Carol Groves on 01903 784621 or     c.groves@mombasachildren.org.uk

Update From Mombasa .

Difficult times ahead for our work at Unity School
 
Whilst we have been on ‘lockdown’ in the UK and practising social distancing, Kenya too is no exception and the Kenyan people are really suffering from the threat of Corona Virus.  The Kenyan Government have closed all schools and have many restrictions in place similar to us.  The school closure has hit our poorest families hard since the feeding programme has been suspended.
 
As Trustees we have a responsibility to make sure everyone at Unity School has our support and we are helping in whatever way we can.
 
Unity School has had to make some difficult decisions and we have been liaising closely with their Management Team.  They have been able to retain their senior teachers, the cooks and the day and night watchman but on reduced salaries. Sadly the rest of the teachers are now on unpaid leave.
 
There are quite a few children who will travel to the countryside with their parents to stay with grandparents or other relatives until Unity School re-opens. The population in the countryside is less dense which will help the children and parents to stay well and hopefully less chance of contracting the virus. The 8 pupils who were living in the orphanage have been taken in by local families for a short period and this is reviewed weekly. Matron and her own children are still living at the orphanage.
 
So………where does all this leave Friends of the Mombasa Children? 
Our fundraising events have of course all been cancelled, at least for the next six months or so.  We are very grateful for the continued financial support with our monthly and annually supporters, plus regular donations.  This will support those managers and senior teachers still in place, plus any outstanding fees for our further education and medical treatment.  We have recently finalised our three year budget and looking at this year, 2020/2021, our monthly support will be £300 short because of the cancellation of fundraising events.
The management team and senior teachers are integral to the future of Unity School.  Good teachers are hard to find in Mombasa.
 
We are aware that people are suffering financially here in the UK, but if you were able to help by just a small amount each month, either to extend the amount you are already giving, or just an additional amount as and when you can, we would be so grateful. 
 
Please help us to keep Unity School going during their lockdown so that the pupils have a school to go back to!
 
With your support we would like to continue the medical programme which we have reluctantly suspended for the time being.  We would also like to help our poorest families by purchasing food for them.
 
You can donate via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/mombasachildren
Or by on-line banking.  Our Treasurer Chris Azzaro can give more advice.  c.azzaro@mombasachildren.org.uk
 
 
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Family Support Work

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

The latest news from FSW has the following introduction from Martin Autin but the full version of his e-mail can be found at.......  https://mailchi.mp/b2f64bf48f45/cvupdate-3975761?e=9ccc8526a2

  

  •    AGM rescheduled   
  •    Volunteering opportunities
  •    Easter Walk registration is open
  •    Tesco Bags of Help
  •    FSW in Action
  •    Annual Easter Walk
  •    Find us online

Dear Friends,

 

During the challenging times that we are all living through, we at FSW are still focusing all of our efforts on the families that need our assistance.
 

The entire team are now working from home, although I do go to the office to check that the building is secure and that post is dealt with.
Our practitioners are in daily contact with their families by telephone, text and other means such as Facebook. We managed to get deliveries from the food bank out last week to those who normally receive deliveries and will be making further deliveries in the next couple of weeks.

The Garton House team are all focused on keeping things running, with Nikki and her team looking into how we keep the money coming in. We are also preparing things for the future so that we can keep all of our services running.

Our biggest challenge at the moment is food for the food bank, and if you are a regular contributor to the food bank with donations of tins etc. maybe you would consider making a financial donation to enable us to fill the gaps in our supplies.
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We will keep our services running but we do need you to continue with your support, be that prayers or donations.
Take care of yourselves at this time and thank you for all your support.
Best wishes
Martin
 

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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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NEW PAGE Holy Week 

Services and information for next week can now be found on our dedicated page.

The church building is now closed. Please stay at home and save lives. 

Sunday Services (Suspended until further notice)

8am Holy Communion

9.45am Eucharist

6.30pm Evening Service                     (occasionally)

           

SAFEGUARDING

Click on the above heading to view the various govern-ing Policies

Hard copies can be seen in Church and in the Parish Office

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

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