Two down, four to go…

It’s been quite the adventure. With a first half marathon up in Edinburgh and a second in the gently rolling hills around Kingston Lacy, I’m two races through my challenge.

Still to come:

  • Great North Run, 15th September
  • Ipswich Half Marathon, 22nd September
  • Henley Half Marathon, 13th October
  • Suffolk Coastal Trail Half Marathon, 26th October

Such a massive thanks to all of you who’ve supported me so far – you’ve made it a fantastic £420 raised! If you’ve not yet sponsored and would like to support, please go to my fundraising page and add your name to the list! Target is £2,000…

RECRUITING: Partner in Service - CHIPS Ghana

We are recruiting!

CHIPS are delighted to invite applications for the position of Partner in Service to the CHIPS Ghana project.

Based in Ghana, living and working alongside the CHIPS team, the Partner will take on an essential role as part of the team as they undertake practical projects to build positive relationships and work for Christ's peace.

See the job advert and job description for further details of the position. Please forward these documents on to anyone who you think might be interested!

Spring 2013 Newsletter Now Online

CHIPS Spring 2013 Newsletter is now available online!

The centre spread of the newsletter is a two-page tribute to Roy Calvocoressi, OBE, the late founder and long-term director of CHIPS. A brief update from the Memorial Service for Roy is also included, as is a page of photographs showing the vast range of Roy's work with CHIPS over the years.

In addition, an important update about the future of CHIPS Uganda is included, as is an update on progress at CHIPS Ghana now that Paul Rose is based in the UK.

Fantastic £440 Raised by Half Marathon in the Snow

We want to say a huge thank you to Claire Hannon (pictured) who ran the Cambridge Half Marathon last month to raise money for CHIPS!

Braving an early morning start in the snow, which later turned to sleet, Claire ran an excellent personal best time. It was a a really horrible day weather-wise which meant very few spectators around the course, making her effort all the more impressive!

Generous family and friends gave £355, which adds up to a brilliant £440 once gift-aid is included. A huge thank you to everyone who donated, as well as to those who ran with Claire and supported her around the course.

Rowan Williams leads tributes to Roy Calvocoressi

Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, led tributes to the late founder of CHIPS, Roy Calvocoressi, OBE, at a packed memorial service last week in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

In his address, the former archbishop challenged all present to take up the baton of gratitude to God that had prompted Roy into his remarkable witness. He commented afterwards that “there was a strong sense that Roy did what he did out of a … confidence that God had already made peace and what we had to do was make it visible.”

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!

Roy Calvocoressi - a Tribute

It is with much sadness we announce the death on 21st September 2012 (remarkably the International Day of Peace!) of CHIPS Founder and Director Roy Calvocoressi at the age of 82 following a long illness. We rejoice that he is now with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Never afraid to question and challenge conventional thinking, following intensive Bible Study and prayer Roy pioneered the Ministry of Christian Peace-Making, first in Cyprus and then, most notably, in The Philippines, Uganda and most recently Ghana. Through Roy's vision and ministry many people in these different places, despite all they had suffered and the tension and mistrust, were able to forgive each other and to begin to live in peace.

Greenbelt thank you!

A huge thank you to all the wonderful people we met at Greenbelt 2012! It was such an encouragement to have so much interest in CHIPS and particularly in the training course. Many new friends were made and old friendships re-affirmed.

We'll be organising a follow-up event soon and hope to keep connected with you all. If you've not yet signed up to receive our news, please go here and let us know your email & postal address so we can keep you updated.

Massive thanks must also go to all those who helped to prepare the Greenbelt set-up and then manned the stall through floods and sunshine! None of this would have been possible without you.

Newsletter Summer 2012

Our Summer 2012 newsletter is now available to view online. Please take a look for the latest on our operations in Ghana and Uganda, as well as updates from the UK.

We've been through a time of challenge, transition and growth on various fronts recently. The main news to report is of the serious illness of our founder and director, Roy Calvocoressi. You'll also find inside reports from recent visits to Uganda and of CHIPS' presence at Greenbelt.

Please take the chance to read and download your copy.