As Christians, we seek to build the Kingdom of God and to live out our faith in action, working for greater social justice throughout the world. The major way in which we do this is through the daily lives of all who are part of our church community, in our work, our participation in the life of the wider community, in charities, politics and among our neighbours.
As a Church, we also strive to respond to needs around us, to be thinking, committed and environmentally responsible. We support local, national and international causes, and develop strong relationships with the groups we support. We select charities which we can support each year and for our special Christmas collections, and seek to develop strong relationships with our charitable partners.
Services, concerts and events at St Peter’s raise money and support for many charities throughout the year. Locally, we support the work of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, a small charity which works to combat poverty in London, The Passage in its work with local homeless, The Westminster Foodbank, and Veterans Aid, a local based charity for veterans in crisis (shown above at last year's May Fair).
From Easter 2016 we have been supporting the Samaritans, The Passage and the Saakshar slum school project in Delhi. Sonya, shown on the left outside her home in Nasirpur slum, has been helped by the Saakshar project since she was a small child and is now being helped to train for valuable employment. Fr Ralph visited Saakshar in January 2016.
The charities which we will be supporting this Christmas are Caxton Youth Club, Centrepoint and USPG Syria.
We are “Greener” church, seeking to reduce our impact on the environment, as well as sharing awareness of green issues.
We have also won Fair Trade
Church status by committing ourselves to using only fairly traded coffee, tea
and other goods.
We encourage debate on all these issues. We are particularly keen to involve young people in this process, and we are always open to new ideas of how to engage more participants.
Fr Ralph and Revd Julie visit St Peter’s C of E Primary School several times each week and take weekly services and KS1 Assemblies. Often the children come to the church for services and assemblies too. We value our link with our happy and successful school very much and work closely with the Head, the staff and the Governors. Many members of our congregation are also parents at the school, and members of the congregation serve as governors.
Fr Ralph, Revd Julie and Catherine Cowie our Pastoral Assistant also regularly visit and take assemblies at Westminster City Boys School, and at other schools including Grey Coat Hospital. Our work with children and young people is at the heart of our commitment to the wider community.