The Mission and Justice Development Group has the following two main objectives:
- To encourage a commitment within everyone to follow Jesus’ calling “to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, and to release the oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
- To support through prayer, giving and practical action the charities and missionary organisations chosen by St Peter’s.
We are actively involved with two ongoing projects, one local to Sussex and one international.
Our home based project is “Family Support Work (FSW)” which is the Chichester Diocese support for families facing difficult periods in their lives. Four of the congregation are also volunteers for this work. There is a Food Basket for FSW in church and we know personally how much this helps individual families in this area.
Our current international project is the support of our Church Missionary Society (CMS) “mission partner” in central Asia. Grace and Pete work in a really tough and poor part of the world. Pete works in agricultural development, which includes both crop development and farm mechanisation. Grace works principally in health and nutrition.
As well as supporting the other charities supported by St Peter’s, we are keen to encourage all in the community to think about, and act on, those areas of injustice or oppression in our society, through campaigning, writing to MPs, and getting actively involved in pressure groups.