The Coventry Support Group with Canon Sarah and the Brixton Team at Coventry Cathedral in April
The word “Jubilee” means “a time of shouting, or sounding trumpets to give thanks and celebrate”! We are thanking God this year for CHIPS distinctive ministry of peacemaking around the world from 1966 to the present.
The year’s highlight will be the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s, Hammersmith on 17th September. With the Bishop of Southwark, Rt Rev Christopher Chessun, celebrating communion and Dr Elaine Storkey giving the address, this will be a wonderful time of giving thanks and looking forward to another 50 years of CHIPS peacemaking!
Celebrations began in early January when CHIPS Advisor Lord Anderson of Swansea kindly hosted a reception at the House of Lords to thank some of our long-term supporters. Lord Anderson shared memories of Roy Calvocoressi and the foundation of CHIPS, Elfrida Calvocoressi linked the past with the present by introducing the CHIPS Director, Paul Maxwell-Rose, who outlined plans for the future of CHIPS.
As part of our year of celebration, we have local Thanksgiving services taking place around the country. The first was in January at Nettlebed Church, Henley, at which we also gave thanks for all our local friends and supporters. In April we were privileged to hold a service in the Chapel of Unity in Coventry Cathedral, led by the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry. During lunch afterwards, the Editor of the Grove Spirituality Group and Canon Sarah Hills officially launched Elfrida Calvocoressi’s Grove Booklet A Spirituality of Peacemaking.
This year provides a wonderful opportunity to give thanks, both for 50 years of peacemaking through CHIPS, as well as for the continuing interest, prayers and giving of all of you, our generous supporters. Thank you!