Elfrida in Ghana

Elfrida and the CHIPS Ghana team

by CHIPS Trustee Elfrida Calvocoressi

I visited West Africa for the very first time when I went to see the CHIPS Team in the Northern Region of Ghana.

CHIPS Team Leader Desmond and all the Team Members warmly welcomed me to Nakpayili on Monday June 9th. I was made to feel very much at home, and enjoyed all aspects of living in the CHIPS base - in a beautifully-built round house for each person, sharing their unfamiliar food, which I rapidly came to like. The afternoon siesta proved a welcome institution, as temperatures were in the high 30’s C, with 98% humidity!

Invest in Peace!

Opportunity to Invest in New Peacemaking Project in London

I am delighted to announce an opportunity to help CHIPS realise the new vision of an active, incarnational, practical peacemaking project here in the UK.

This is an ethical investment opportunity, where you can let your money go to good use. By offering an equity loan through our partners Mission Housing you would help to purchase a property in which a new CHIPS team will be established.

We have now had an offer accepted, so we need to secure the remainder of the investment as soon as possible. Please get in contact as soon as possible, with any expression of interest in this opportunity.

A Celebration of Peace through Presence

Weaving a web of peace

CHIPS Supporter John Hopkins writes:

Hilfield Friary, a Community House of the Anglican Society of St Francis on the edge of the beautiful Dorset Downs, hosted a stimulating weekend led by Paul Rose, Elfrida Calvocoressi and Jonathan Herbert.

A diverse group of participants lived and shared together as they explored how Jesus’ incarnation and way of being with people continues to provide opportunities to bring peace in the world.

Being There - Peacemaking through Presence Weekend - 21st to 23rd Feb

CHIPS Uganda workers

Come and join a weekend of study, prayer and fellowship at Hilfield Friary exploring how Jesus' incarnation and way of being with people can continue to bring peace to our world.

The weekend will look particularly at how the incarnational aspects of peacemaking in the New Testament have been drawn through into the practical experience of Christian International Peace Service (CHIPS) around the world.

The weekend will begin on the evening of Friday 21st February and end in the early afternoon on Sunday 23rd. There is a recommended donation of £100 covering food and accommodation. See the flyer for full details.

To register or for more information, please contact Hilfield Friary on hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk or 01300 341741, or contact us.

The Refugee Before the Crib: Christian Reflections from the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus

Photo courtesy of Save the Children

Syria, at this Christmas time, resembles very much, the crib: an opened crib, with no doors, cold, deprived and extremely poor.

The Child Jesus doesn't lack companions in Syria… Thousands of children who lost their homes are living under tents as poor as Bethlehem’s crib.

Jesus is not alone in his extreme poverty. Syrian Children abandoned children and scarred by scenes of violence want to be in in the place of Jesus who has parents that surrounding him and cherishing him.

This taste of bitterness is very visible in the eyes of these Syrian children, their tears and their silence…

CHIPS Jazz Night

An incredibly talented bunch of jazz musicians are coming together for an evening of music and entertainment accompanied by food and drink. All this is in aid of a good cause - the work of CHIPS.

We are very excited to present the Carlo & Friends Jazz Cabaret which will be performing on Saturday the 16th of November, featuring Polly Gibbons (previously nominated for BBC Jazz Award), Carlo Carra and Dan Friend.

The event will take place at the Debenham Community Centre in Suffolk with tickets priced at just £10. There will also be a bar and chilli!

It will truly be a memorable evening with some serious talent on display.

A brilliant Greenbelt 2013

What a fantastic time we had at Greenbelt 2013!

The CHIPS stand was buzzing from start to finish, packed with fascinated punters making herbal teabags, chatting about peace and finding out about the work of CHIPS.

We had so many great conversations with visitors and received a lot of generous encouragement and interest in our work. Thank you to everyone who came along to visit us!

So many people signed up to receive news and prayer letters while others followed us on Twitter or liked our new Facebook page. Please join them to keep up to date with all that is going on with CHIPS and our peacemaking ministry.

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…