Service of Thanksgiving at Nettlebed Church

Last month the congregation at Nettlebed Church, Henley-on-Thames, gathered together for a service of thanksgiving, kindly giving their time to reflect on CHIPS and our peacemaking mission over the last 50 years.  

Leading the congregation with a sermon on CHIPS’ philosophy of peacemaking, Tilly Martin, one of our Trustees, brought together the spirit of CHIPS, reflecting on some of the highs and lows of the last 50 years.

'A Spirituality of Peacemaking: Putting Biblical Principles into Action' by Elfrida Calvocoressi

Christians are called to be peacemakers. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, Grove Books has published a booklet by Elfrida Calvocoressi, wife of CHIPS’ founder, Roy Calvocoressi, OBE.

In describing CHIPS’ peacemaking methodology, Elfrida explores the delicate balance between biblical truth and practical application. This booklet introduces the central elements of peacemaking, as exemplified by Jesus in the New Testament. Drawing on her own experience alongside Roy in his life and work, she demonstrates that biblical principles, spirituality and their practical application are inseparable.

Celebrating 50 years of CHIPS at the House of Lords

The Brixton Team at the House of Lords

This year CHIPS has started our programme of events as we mean to go on, with a drinks reception at the House of Lords on the 14th January, kicking off a year of events celebrating our 50th Anniversary as a peacemaking ministry in areas of conflict and tension around the world.

The 14th January is an Anniversary for CHIPS in its own right. 15 years ago on this very date, CHIPS was at the heart of violence, bloodshed and conflict when a massacre at one of our bases in Lomaratoit, Uganda left our team scattered, and 14 dead.

Flushing Away Bad Sanitation on World Toilet Day!

 

For the last year, CHIPS Ghana has been working to improve sanitation in schools and communities across North Eastern Ghana, improving the health and livelihood of over 3,000 young students.

To celebrate World Toilet Day this year, CHIPS is going further to flush out bad sanitation.

We know that poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition. We know that for women and girls a lack of access to proper facilities is an even greater risk, leaving them vulnerable to the threat of rape and abuse through lack of privacy. These are issues faced by 2.4 billion people worldwide.

A Warm Welcome to Lucy

Lucy studied International Relations at the University of Aberdeen and has previously worked in a small Christian project based in Southern Uganda and Farnham.

She enjoys travelling, reading and discotheque.

She says: “CHIPS has got such an exciting year of events coming up, it really is the perfect time to join the expanding team. It is wonderful to get some practical experience of the kind of grassroots work that CHIPS does, and in a very supportive team.”

Praying for peace this International Peace Day

Prayer written by Paul Rose, CHIPS Director. Please share this prayer with your Churches, small groups, friends and families. If you would like to have some CHIPS resources to take to your church to accompany this prayer then please contact us and we will send you some via post..

'Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

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