Join us for Peace Sunday 2020!

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We invite you to join us in marking Peace Sunday on 20 September! Peace Sunday is the Sunday closest to the UN International Day of Peace, and every year, more people use this day to think about peace.

CHIPS Peace Sunday online service: Peace, Pandemic and Racial Injustice

In recent years, we’ve provided resources to help people mark Peace Sunday, and we’ve visited congregations to speak too. This year, as many churches are meeting virtually, we’re preparing a special online service instead and we’d love you to join us!

Along with prayers and worship, we have three short sessions with our team on What the Pandemic Means for Peace; A Peacemaker’s Perspective on Racial Injustice; and How to be a Peacemaker in Practice.

Why not join us ‘live’ on Sunday 20 September at 6.30pm to watch the service online? You can join us using this link. We’ll also leave the service available for catch up for 14 days.

Joining our service is free of charge. If you are not currently a CHIPS Peacemaker or part of a CHIPS Church Peace Partner congregation, you’ll have the opportunity to make a small donation to our work if you wish.

CHIPS Virtual Challenge: 11k for peace!

We had planned to organise a sponsored event this year, inviting people to join us to fundraise for peace. Coronavirus means that isn’t possible, so we’re inviting individuals to do an activity ‘virtually’ instead, alone or in small groups. We invite you to join us anytime that suits you between Saturday 12 and Sunday 27 September.

Did you know that the number of knife offences in England and Wales increased by 11% last year, while in recent decades more than 150,000 people have been displaced by conflict where we work in Northern Ghana?

That’s why we work to tackle the root causes of youth violence in South London and live among communities in Ghana, bringing people together across the divides.

This Peace Sunday, we invite you to join us and help us fundraise for peace by taking on a personal challenge themed around the number 11 or 150, and raising £150 (or whatever you can, there’s no pressure!) in solidarity with those affected by conflict here and around the world.

Do it your way!

This really is a challenge for everyone. And of course, we’re planning this to be a fun activity, not a high-pressure fundraiser!

You can choose to run or walk 11km or 11 miles, wherever you fancy – or some of our supporters will be cycling instead! Or if that isn’t your thing, some of our why not be creative and come up with your own challenge?

For example, you could bake 11 cakes (one of our team has decided to bake 150 pastries!)… or ask your friends to join you for a virtual coffee morning or cocktail evening, and invite them to make a donation.

You can take your challenge at your own pace and it in one go or over several days. As restrictions begin to ease, you can do your challenge alone or in a socially-distanced group, in whatever way feels most comfortable. Our only request is that your challenge is in line with current Coronavirus guidance.

So whether it’s your first attempt, or you’re looking to beat a personal best, we invite you to sign up, have some fun and help us raise money for peace!

How to get involved

The next step is to register your interest, so we can send you a fundraising pack with all the information you need. This includes how to set up your personal challenge page that will help everything run smoothly.

How we’ll use the money we raise from our Peace Sunday activities

Like many other charities, this pandemic has had a significant effect on our ability to fundraise through sponsored events this year.

We’re so very thankful for the huge generosity of our supporters through this pandemic, and we have been successful in securing recent grants to continue our crisis response work in Brixton.

However, it is much more difficult to win unrestricted grants that allow us to cover our important core costs, such as office rental and salaries that allow us to keep our doors open, keep our projects running and keep paying our workers.

The money we raise through this Peace Sunday virtual challenge will therefore go towards these core costs, and helping to keep going through the after-effects of this pandemic!

Thank you for joining us to raise awareness of the importance of peacemaking around the world this Peace Sunday. And if you join our challenge, please remember that however you decide to join us and however much money you help us raise, you’ll be doing something incredible to help make our world a more peaceful place!