Peace Sunday 2019: a challenge to the church

Are you doing anything to mark this year’s Peace Sunday on 22 September? At CHIPS, we certainly are!

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For 2019, we have an expanded programme of speaking engagements and a new resource pack that we’ve made available to our team and some of our frontline supporters to help them talk about the principles of peacemaking and the work that we do at CHIPS. Please pray for them as they help to spread the message in churches from Kennington to Coventry!

This year, we’ve chosen as our theme ‘Living in the heart of conflict’ – one of CHIPS’s foundational principles. In our resource pack sermon, we highlight how Jesus Himself “became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood” (John 1:14 Message version), coming to make peace in the heart of conflict. We consider how it is possible for a peacemaker to follow his example today, and to remain in a place of tension ‘in peace’. Elfrida Calvocoressi, our Chair of Trustees, explores this question in more detail in our latest Word of Peace.

We also raise three questions for individuals and their local churches to reflect on:

  • Are there divisions or conflicts around me – whether at personal or community level – where God might be calling me to be a peacemaker?
  • Am I prepared to play an active role even when it is uncomfortable and commit myself for the long-haul?
  • As local churches, how can we be peacemakers and how can we support the peacemaking work of others, such as CHIPS?

If you would like a copy of our Peace Sunday resource pack, please email darragh@chipspeace.org. We also plan to develop the pack further for other relevant dates on the church calendar.