The Transformation group is always thinking of ways to connect with our parish. As a sign of God’s love in the community we also plan local outreach events such as Maundy Thursday shoe shining in Victoria station. We are a collection point for the Westminster Food bank. We also hold various social events and will do so again when it is possible.
All our Christingle donations (including those from school) will be given to The Children's Society.
The Xavier Project - The Xavier Project offers support to refugee children in East Africa and has been recommended by our verger Callum. They aim to increase access to quality education delivered in a safe space for refugee children. By working in solidarity with community-run organisations, schools, they successfully deliver pioneering programmes to thousands of students across East Africa. This is achieved through school sponsorship, scholarship programmes and extra-curricular activities that enhance children’s learning opportunities in urban and settlement settings. https://xavierproject.org
The Passage - St Peter’s has a long time connection with The Passage. Each year we, along with St Peter’s school, give a harvest donation of food and clothing and several people from our congregation regularly volunteer with The Passage. Their vision is to offer welcome, dignity and respect whilst providing homeless people with support to transform their own lives. They do this through running London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre helping up to 200 men and women each day. They offer professional advice and help according to the client’s need with the overall goal of supporting people out of homelessness. http://passage.org.uk
Saakshar provides a year of preparation for these poor children, then supports them throughout their school life. Based in four rented classrooms and employing ten teachers, over a hundred young children are given a year of preschool lessons before being 'mainstreamed' into local schools. After that it gives aftenoon tuition as well as guidance and invaluable skills training to help get them into valuable work. Saakshar helps their families too, teaching literacy to parents and providing training in computing and dressmaking. Fr Ralph visits Saakshar each year and was last there in March 2020. For more information see the Saakshar School Appeal website here
It has been a joy meeting people from around the world and helping them to feel welcome in their new home. We have 15 visitors from St Peter’s and have visited over 30 people from a multitude of countries. We host regular social events where people come together for fun and mutual support. The greatest aspect of Welcome Boxes, in my opinion, is our focus on building friendships. It is our hope that Welcome Boxes will continue to grow as it seeks to respond to the ever-increasing need to welcome refugees as Christ has welcomed us.
For more information, to offer support or to join as a volunteer, contact the Priest Missioner - Revd Julie Khovacs:
or phone 07540 418623