“Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” – Amos 5.24
As Christians, we believe the quest for justice is at the heart of faith as we are called to strive for the common good wherever we live and work.
There are several ways in which St Peters is working for justice and the common good, and in which you can get involved!
Food and Fellowship
Souper Tuesday – a free soup lunch offered to everyone in the community on Tuesdays at 12.45 in the crypt. Come along to meet friends and neighbours, volunteer to help serve, or extend an invitation to those you know who would appreciate or need a free meal.
Working with refugees has been a significant part of St Peter’s outreach work over the years, from providing a temporary shelter in the crypt for Eritrean/Kurdish refugees over 30 years ago to our current work in supporting Community Sponsorship.
De Beauvoir Welcomes Refugees – as lead sponsor, we have played a major role in the community sponsorship of a family in De Beauvoir, with a second family to follow shortly. Get in touch if you want to offer help.
English as a Foreign Language – we are hoping to set up classes and a weekly group of informal conversation to help refugees and asylum seekers improve their English. Let us know if you have language teaching skills and would be keen to help with this.
We are exploring ways of becoming a Church which puts environmental justice at the heart of how we meet as Church. We recently hosted a series of sermons on environmental justice and creation care, and taking steps towards being recognised as an eco-church.
Hackney & Islington Citizens – we are currently exploring membership of Hackney & Islington Citizens as a way of forming alliances across our community and to develop our ability to listen deeply to the needs of those who live in work in our parish.
Local Partnerships – we work together with local community groups and others who share our passion for social justice. We are able to provide space for local community organisations to hire, many of whom contribute to social transformation locally. We have worked together with local groups to raise funds and organise fundraising events for causes to which St Peter’s is committed. For example, at the start of the war in Ukraine hosting and co-organising a Pop-Up fundraising concert to raise vital humanitarian funds.
Social Justice Team – we are currently forming a small group of those in our church family who are involved in the our current social justice ministries and to help discern new projects in which we might live out this aspect of our faith, including the possibility of setting up a local Teaching English as a Foreign Language Group.
If you’re passionate about social justice and living out your faith, get in touch to help us continue to be a beacon of welcome and justice in our community.