Mission in Action
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St Peter’s is very proactively involved in helping people less fortunate than ourselves and gives 10% of its income to Charity and Mission,details of which are given below.
As a Christian organisation St Peter’s has been actively involved, for many years, on a personal level with many deserving causes both locally, in this country and overseas. Through this, a far-reaching network of contacts has been established with deserving causes, often working at a grass roots level, within communities. Several members of St Peter’s have chosen to form close associations with some of these causes, giving freely of their time and talents to helping people in need. They have been able to go out into sometimes difficult and often distant communities, forging links and focussing help.
This combination of financial support, personal contact, hands on work and encouragement makes for effective, rewarding and successful partnerships with our friends in need both at home and overseas.
St Paul’s Church Salford
An Anglican parish working in a deprived inner city area, serving the needs of the most disadvantaged in the local community. To this end furniture is recycled on a large scale, food and clothing are provided for the needy and night shelter for the homeless in emergency. Providing furniture, clothing and food parcels in the area. St Peter’s provides financial help and a team from St Peter’s, collects in the Hale area and delivers a van load of weekly supplies (furniture, food parcels and basic home start-up kits).www.Salfordchurch.org/St_Paul.html
To find out more about our 'Salford Van' furniture collections, please click here.
St Mary’s Partington
An Anglican Parish within our own Deanery but facing very different circumstances in a deprived, urban area. St Peter’s provides regular monetary help to support St Mary’s with its local mission. Recently this has been put to good use for essential repairs to the church. www.stmaryspartington.org.uk
Church Urban Fund
The Church of England set up the Church Urban Fund as a means of serving the poorest within our society. Using the diocesan structure to ensure local knowledge identifies needs, it supports projects in both urban and rural areas. Partners other organisations to tackle the roots of poverty, fundraises to finance grant-giving, advocating on behalf of faith communities and their work at the grassroots. The CFU supports local groups dealing with the day-to-day effects of poverty where they live, working to make a real difference in the lives of those around them.www.cuf.org.uk
A specialist Adoption agency serving the NW with an office in St Peter’s House. A Christian organisation which aims to make a positive difference to children and families of all faiths or none. Its main aim is to find families for children who, for one reason or another, are no longer able to live with their birth families.www.adoptionmattersnw.org
A Christian Charity taking the word of God to deprived people in central Manchester. Out on the streets four nights a week working amongst the homeless, those with drug and alcohol related problems, and the prostitutes. The ministry also extends to the prisons at Buckley Hall and Styal, supporting the inmates as they prepare for their release.
Francis House Children’s Hospice, Parrs Wood, Manchester
Set up in 1990 to provide help to the many families around the Northwest who had children with life limiting conditions, the Rainbow Family Trust was born and in 1991 it opened a fully operational Francis House and ever since the Francis House family has continued to grow. Its service is founded on a belief in the sanctity of life and respect for the dignity of every person. Francis House values the understanding, visions and attitudes to life and death of all of the children and families who allow it the privilege of being alongside them through their times of stress, pain and confusion. www.francishouse.org.uk and www.rainbowtrust.org.uk
Trafford Youth for Christ
Part of National Youth for Christ, one of the country's leading youth work charities, they aim to reach the young people in the Trafford area with the good news of the gospel and a life following Christ. Going into schools, Trafford YFC is on the frontline, and it's team is seeing the struggles these young people are going through. They are able to meet teenagers in schools on a regular basis and, through a range of lessons, lunch clubs, retreats, events and mission weeks, can share our beliefs and our faith in a relevant and exciting way. Trafford YFC is building links with St Peter’s youth groups. www.traffordyfc.co.uk
Uganda Links from 1983
Busoga University, Uganda
This private,non-profit making university under Busoga Diocese is licensed by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). The university has its main campus at the Iganga Christian Missionary Society (CMS) education village. It is found 35km on the Jinja-Tororo highway after branching off 2km to the right before Iganga town at CMS trading centre.
There are 2,500 students of whom 1,600 are Kenyans. The majority of students are accommodated in private hostels in the neighbourhood. However, the main campus has two girls’ hostels with a capacity of about 100. Transport is provided for the students who stay in authorized hostels. The administrative staff, lecturers and teaching assistants total to 170.The university has links with the University of Winsconsin Oshkosh, USA and University College Northampton, UK.
The university offers certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate courses in; Philosophy, Agri-business, Business Management, Education Management, Education Resource Management, Human Resource Management, Project Planning and Management, Agriculture, Community Policing, Development Studies, Guidance and Counselling, Information Technology, Law, Mass Communication, Social Work and Social Administration, Environment Management, Education, Nursery Teaching, Economics, Public Administration and Management and Accountancy.
Several secretarial programmes are offered at the university’s resource centre and at their branches in Kamuli and Jinja. They also have special certificate courses in bee keeping, sustainable farming and dairy production management. http://busogauniversity.ning.com/
Members of St Peter’s have been visiting the University since its inception in 1999. Financial support has been channelled through a UK-registered charity, the Busoga University Support Team, initiated by these regular visitors. Funds raised have been used to supply books, computers, student bursaries and contribute to various projects at the university.
St Peter’s links with Nawaikoke College, a private church secondary school, go back to 1986 when the late Ernest Ereemye was headmaster. There were just 50 students enrolled. They had to be taught either in Nawaikoke Mixed Primary School or in St Philip’s Church. A dynamic young teacher, Robert Aubwa, was appointed headmaster in 1993. He persuaded Action Aid to provide the materials to build a 4-classroom block. Work started in 1995 but was abandoned because of a legal challenge to ownership of the land which subsequently came to nothing.
St Philip’s Church Nawaikoke
Over the years visitors from St Peter’s have attended morning services at St Philip’s, the last time in February 2010 when Revd Libby Lane, Revd Caroline Holmes, and Bryan and Ann Goude were warmly welcomed. In recent years most donations have been used to repair serious cracks in the outside walls and to lay new cement on the floor.
To link to a video from a recent visit to Uganda by members of St Peter's, click here.The video will open in a new window.
Uganda Development Services
UDS is a Christian NGO founded in 1994 by a UK doctor after working in the Teso area of Eastern Uganda. It was realised that one of the major hindrances to Ugandan development was access to information especially in the rural areas. UDS was conceived to reduce poverty by providing appropriate information to facilitate development and to train people in practical applications building their capacity to apply this knowledge to meet their development needs. The work is centred in Kamuli district.www.ugandadev.org/general/about_uds.html
Keith Neal wrote the prayer below to mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence on 27th April 2011.
USPG Anglicans in World Mission Companion,
Richard Owen in Trinidad and Tobago
St Peter's is supporting Richard’s 3 year project in Trinidad and Tobago. This project under the auspices of the USPG - Anglicans in World Mission bringing his love of music into the lives of young people there to give them a focus and purpose to their lives. Richard is well known in Bowdon deanery and to the choir at St Peters where he occasionally played the organ.www.uspg.org.uk/index.php
Children in Distress
This Charity, with Anglican origins, is dedicated to helping suffering children of all races and religions in Eastern Europe. They work with desperate and disadvantaged children and families, the poorest of the poor. They care for children in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania and the other emergent states of the former Yugoslav Republic, especially those with HIV/AIDS or incurable illness. Helping to rescue street children from prostitution, abuse and drugs and giving them the chance of life. Helping to give lonely and abandoned orphans to find loving family care. www.childrenindistress.org
Diocese of Malaita, Melanesia
Chester Diocese has links to this Diocese in the Pacific Solomon Islands. The Bishop of Malaita visited Chester Diocese and came to St Peters last year to share his experiences with us. St Peters supports the Diocesan initiative to assist this link Diocese by raising funds to provide 3 boats to enable the clergy to move around the Diocese. Training of crew, supplies etc will cost £30,000 per boat which can be broken down into parts so that a box of fish hooks can be bought or an outboard motor. www.solomontimes.com/news.aspx?nwID=2606
Church Mission Society
Born in 1799, in the crucible to abolish slavery, CMS is the oldest Anglican Missionary Society. It has always had justice and evangelism at its heart. Its mission is summarised in the phrase “Sharing Jesus, Changing Lives.” Today CMS is a community of people in mission working in over 35 countries. St Peter’s is not directly involved in supporting a CMS Mission Partner working overseas or a particular CMS project. However, we feel we have a responsibility for supporting Anglican Mission worldwide and our annual donation goes to wherever it is most needed.