St Peter's supports a range of mission projects in South India, Mozambique and Mongolia.
St Peter’s Mozambican Link
In 1998 the dioceses of Angola and Mozambique were linked with the Diocese of London to form the Angola Mozambique London Association (ALMA)
Within ALMA St Peter’s is linked to the Santa Monica church in the parish of Homoine in Lebombo, in southern Mozambique.Since then St Peter’s has maintained an on-going relationship with the priests at Homoine with the help of Father Agostinho who assists with the two-way communications.
We receive regular news from Father Emmanuel about life in his parish, and are delighted to report the below:
Wonderful News from Homoine
‘Come and listen, all you who fear God; Let me tell you what He has done for me. ... Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me.’ Psalm 66:16,20.
Fr Emanuel and his wife Leonilde, at our link parish Santa Monica, Homoine in Mozambique shared these verses with us for Sunday’s sermon on Psalm 66. They have waited for a baby during 11 years of marriage. On 7th May Grace (unmerited gift of God) arrived. Fr Emanuel writes ‘Help us to witness that we await as a Priest Zechariah and Elizabeth waited for John the Baptist, and the likeness of Zechariah will testify to the greatness, power, of God that acts in his time, his way and his glory. Keep praying for us to be good parents.’
And in their next email to us:
‘Fraternal greetings in Christ Jesus, The Doctor par excellence!
We are pleased to know that by sharing our story, you have been able to notice God's intervention in our lives. "The Lord alone is God, the Lord alone is God!" So the people shouted and saw the intervention of God (1Kings 18:39). The mission we have now is to witness to the greatness of God who always listens and responds to prayers and that man must know how to wait with patience, prayer of the hour of God...
Receive greetings from Grace, Leonilde and Congregation.
SOMA Mission Trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2016
It was with great anticipation that two members of St Peter’s - Helen Doery and Harry Stevens - set off from Gatwick with four others as the UK members of the week long SOMA Mission to Freetown in Sierra Leone (one other member from Uganda met us there). For Harry, it was his first trip home since he left due to the war 17 years ago. And, for Helen, it was her first visit to West Africa.
SOMA is an Anglican Mission Organisation that supports church leaders mainly by sending short term mission teams, at the invitation of the local Bishop. The programmes are tailor-made to the inviting Bishop’s needs. During the visit the team works under that Bishop’s authority.
The programme for Helen's & Harry's visit consisted of preaching in local churches on the Sundays; a two day clergy conference covering such topics as Transformation, Principles of Leadership & Discipleship as well as opportunities for the clergy to receive prayer from the team; two one day conferences in the north of the country; and daily afternoon outreach and evening meetings in numerous churches in Freetown or nearby.
In addition, there was a day programme for the Youth led by Harry running concurrently with another for lay members of the Freetown churches led by the two Licensed Lay Ministers in the party, Helen and Ian with the rest of the team members supporting them.
A wonderful day-off was had together with the local youth volunteers, at the most beautiful beach where there was a lagoon formed by a river outlet. What a shame that this country is now known for Ebola and not its superb clean, white, sandy beaches, with clear warm Atlantic Ocean gentle waves lapping the shore. It was the most amazing contrast to the noisy, hustle and bustle of the busy growing African city that is Freetown.
WHY GO A MISSION? Would you like to do ON something like this?
Your relationship with, and trust in, the Lord will deepen and grow as you are frequently ‘out of your depth’ and truly relying on Him to get you through. It’s exciting to see the evidence that not only does He answer your prayers but, as your personal intercessors and your church pray, God moves.
St Peter’s Mozambican Link
In 1998 the dioceses of Angola and Mozambique were linked with the Diocese of London to form the Angola Mozambique London Association (ALMA) Within ALMA St Peter’s is linked to the Santa Monica church in the parish of Hermoine in Lebombo, in southern Mozambique.Since then St Peter’s has maintained an on-going relationship with the priests at Hermoine with the help of Father Agostinho who assists with the two-way communications.
St Peter's has supported many projects over the years. One of these was to support widows to earn money from the sale of eggs which required the building of secure chicken houses and a supervisor to ensure the chickens weren’t stolen. Funds have also contributed to the engagement of a nursery teacher and the building of their new church. The funds raised for our Mission Giving in 2013 enabled the installation of a water pipe and tap for the Priest’s house (previously water had to be transported and stored in large barrels), a printer for the computer, the purchase of a motor cycle helmet for the priest and some other small purchases
February 2017 - UPDATE FROM SANTA MONICA REGARDING HOW THEY OBSERVE LENT
Fr Emanuel at St Monica’s Homoine writes below about how Lent is observed in his parish in Mozambique.
“Our way to spend Lent:
1). Lent envelopes are distributed for every believer to put money and return on Easter Day;
2). Fasting every Friday and following the Way of the Cross at 15:00 hours, carrying the Cross, making prayers in 15 stations that resemble the suffering that Jesus went through when carried his cross towards Golgotha, finishing with the leader giving a Lecture, one prepared by the Bishop for the whole diocese. We follow The Way of the Cross on all Fridays during Lent.
On Wednesday of Holy Week we hear Confessions;
On Maundy Thursday night our service of worship is at 20:00 when there is the Washing of Feet and a Last Supper.
On Good Friday we do not make the Way of the Cross, the service begins at 12:00 until 15:00 hours they venerate the bare Cross, receive the Body and Blood of Jesus consecrated the day before; There Sermons on the Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross;
On Holy Saturday, the service starts at 18:00 with the blessing of the new fire and the lighting of the Paschal candle which will be lit until the Ascension of Christ, forty days after Easter. Believers bring candles from their homes that are lit in different parts during the service and there are Baptisms and Renewal of Baptismal Vows by the congregation;
If you want to know more about St Monica, and our link parish please contact with Helen Doery.
To find out more visit the Alma Website .
The Sarojini New Life Centre
The Sarojini New Life Centre is a charitable girls’ home in Tamil Nadu, South India, offering poor, destitute, and orphaned girls a loving Christian environment in which to live and receive an education. The home was founded in 1979 and currently accommodates around 90 girls aged from 3 to 18 years. As well as receiving support from within India and a German Christian charity, the home is funded by the UK charity, the Sarojini Charitable Trust.
With the very limited job prospects for girls available in the area, some struggle to support themselves when they leave the home; only the most academically gifted are able to capitalise on their state education and go to college or get a job. To help deal with this, the home runs a cottage industries training centre to offer the girls practical skills to provide a livelihood when they leave. The Sarojini Trust. supported by St Peter's funds an increasing range of subjects and a growing number of pupils (including women from the local area) at the training centre.
The main aim of the trust is to support the cottage industries training centre, but it has also invested in special projects for the home (such as refurbishing the kitchens and buying a minibus), maintains a welfare fund to help needy girls, and buys equipment for girls once they finish their training at the training centre.
If you wish to donate individually to any of the Mission organisations that St Peter's supports, please email the parish office or telephone 020 7792 8227