Peacemaking in South London

Angell Town Estate, Brixton

The Setting

Here in South London, in the midst of one of the most diverse areas in the south of England, a new CHIPS project is slowly taking shape. We have been invited by Street Pastors and the local church to work in this area which has a backdrop of vibrant creativity, ongoing gentrification, new redevelopment, and a history of social unrest. The rise of a sub-culture of youth violence and the designation of territories makes this the ideal place for establishing a new CHIPS base.

A Poem for Peace

This year we commemorate a war that scarred a generation,
Who fought the war to end all wars for the honour of the nation.
The problem is it didn’t … end all wars I mean,
We just keep building more innovative killing machines.
Since 1914 the fighting has rarely ceased,
Yet we put our hope and trust in the Prince of Peace.
Cause God promises that there WILL be peace on Earth,
When people and creation realise their worth.
God sent his son to show another way to live,
And to be reconciled, his life he chose to give.
In an explosion of love, death was overcome.
Raised in new life, the fight against evil was won!

Elfrida in Ghana

Elfrida and the CHIPS Ghana team

by CHIPS Trustee Elfrida Calvocoressi

I visited West Africa for the very first time when I went to see the CHIPS Team in the Northern Region of Ghana.

CHIPS Team Leader Desmond and all the Team Members warmly welcomed me to Nakpayili on Monday June 9th. I was made to feel very much at home, and enjoyed all aspects of living in the CHIPS base - in a beautifully-built round house for each person, sharing their unfamiliar food, which I rapidly came to like. The afternoon siesta proved a welcome institution, as temperatures were in the high 30’s C, with 98% humidity!

Visions of Peace a Great Success!

A brilliant evening of poetry, music, performance and humour celebrating the creativity and diversity of the theme of peace was held at St Michael's Church, Framlingham, on Saturday 9th March.

The event was crafted through a superb script, written by Richard Stainer, with fantastic performances by Anna Harwich and Paul Deane (readers), Charity Quinn, Edith Peck, George Roxburgh and the inimitable duo Mike Peck and Andrew Behrend.

A total of £560 was raised by the hardy and generous attendees who braved horrendous snow and floods to find their way to the church, some coming over an hour's drive!

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