Going with God's love into the world
At St Peter's we support charitable, relief, and educational work in the UK and abroad
We have strong links with Christians in Northern Uganda, an area that has suffered the effects of war and rebel activity for many years. We receive regular news from our friends there; we welcome visitors, and encourage parishioners to travel to Uganda themselves.After enduring 20 years of war, peace is now a real possibility and the people of N Uganda are able to look forward to the massive task of re-building their lives. Many families are homeless and a whole generation of young people has missed out on education and skill development. They need our prayers and support. Willy Akena, chaplain to Bishop Johnson Gakumba writes an informative blog which gives a vivid description of life in N Uganda.
We support mission work overseas through Us and CMS. Our CMS Mission Partner is Miriam Knowles, an experienced occupational therapist who began a placement in Tanzania in Spring 2013. The focus of her work is with disabled children, accessed through the Neema Crafts project.
Miriam has recently returned to Tanzania after leave in the UK. Whilst here she visited St. Peter's and gave a very interesting talk about her work. She has been unwell since she suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at the end of May 2014 and although much better she still has limitations on her energy. Recently, she has been supporting her assistant, Chipe, through the trauma of her husband's murder and funeral. The emotional shock and physical support has been very draining and exhausting for her. Please pray for her health and well being and for Chipe. Please read her latest newsletter here or on the CMS mission board at the back of church for more information.
Embrace the Middle East works in partnership with local Palestinian Christians providing health, education and community development programmes for the most disadvantaged people in the lands of the Bible – regardless of their faith or nationality.
In the UK
At St Peter’s we have ongoing connections with a range of national and local charities.
Christian Aid works globally, aiming to tackle poverty, and striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. They provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
The Children’s Society works to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged children in England. They run a network of programmes that includes drop-in services for runaways, children's centres and support for young carers. They work with children who are refugees from violence, and with those in care.
The Community of the Sisters of the Church, based in St Paul's, Bristol, focuses on pastoral care in the local community. At the house, this care takes the form of both practical assistance such as giving food parcels at the door, and befriending and listening to callers and volunteers. Outside the house, there is work with women involved in prostitution, pastoral visits at home, hospital or prison.
The Henleaze and Westbury Park Open Youth Project: YESSS! (Youth Event for Secondary School Students!)
This project aims to enable young people in the ten to eighteen year age range to enhance their quality of life by holding an open youth club and organising activities that promote their mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
Young people aged 11-14 meet monthly and enjoy a main attraction such as a Surf Ride simulator, Sumo Wrestling Suits, Craft activities, Circus Skills, or 'Mad Science' alongside regulars such as PlayStation and Wii games, table tennis, small billiards, cooked treats, decoration making and nail painting. Community Police Officers visit on a regular basis
Older children, aged 14-17 enjoy weekly sessions at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre. They can try their hand at the full range of activities on offer, while having fun and getting to know one another. This project is also supprted by Bristol City Youth Services
In 2016 we raised nearly £9000 for outreach funding. This was distributed as below:
|Diocese of N. Uganda||£1,600|
|Janani Luwum Theological College (N. Uganda)||£1,500|
|St Phillips Church, Gulu (Uganda)||£500|
|Sisters of the Church, St Paul's Bristol||£636|
|St Mungo's Community Housing Assoc.||£250|
|Bridges for Communities refugee project||£250|
|St Peters Hospice||£126|