The Social Justice and Advocacy team help the whole church to be advocates of the poor and to campaign for justice in our broken world.
There are many ways in which TRINITY Church serves others in practical ways, but the social justice & advocacy team’s mission is to fulfil a different calling. That is, to help the church make a difference to the unjust structures in our world, and to use our voices to help the most vulnerable.
The main part of our work is to facilitate and lead four campaigns a year for the whole church to get involved in. Previous campaigns have highlighted issues of:
- Persecuted Christians
- Refugees & asylum seekers
- Water & sanitation
Networking and other action
As a wider team, we exchange stories and news articles, suggest groups to join, and encourage each other to join specific campaigns. We do this through an email network, and through a facebook group (‘Southover Social Justice’).
If this issue lights your fire, we’d love to talk to you about being part of our team.
www.prayer-alert.net Provides a weekly prayer email which highlights stories from the world’s news and relevant Bible verses with which to pray.
‘General’ campaigning organisations
www.christianconcern.com Seeks to put the hope of Christ at the heart of our nation.
www.christian.org Home of the Christian Institute, “news and views on contemporary ethical issues in the UK”.
www.tearfund.org/campaigning Tearfund are a major evangelical development agency and advocacy network.
www.christianaid.org.uk “Fights for a world free from poverty and injustice”
www.avaaz.org An online campaigning community “bringing people-powered politics to decision-making worldwide”.
Organisations serving the persecuted church
www.opendoorsuk.org Serves persecuted Christians across the world.
www.barnabasfund.org Barnabus Aid supports Christians who are in the minority, are oppressed, discriminated or persecuted.
www.csw.org.uk Christian Solidarity Worldwide seeks to demonstrate solidarity with the suffering and persecuted Church.
Other organisations which have a specific area of expertise and concern
www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk Launched as ‘Jubilee 2000’ and is still calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable poor country debt.
www.whiteribbonalliance.org Aims to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all women and newborns across the world.
www.arocha.org A Christian conservation organisation.
Give and Learn
www.freerice.com A quiz website that donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme for every question you answer correctly!
At TRINITY we are passionate about Creation Care, and as a church community we seek to celebrate, respect and protect the world that God has entrusted to us.
As the ‘Eco Team,’ our work involves practical work on the church grounds, as well as coming alongside other church ministries to provide advice and resources.
In addition we seek to raise awareness of Creation Care issues amongst the congregation, so that corporately and individually we can live in an informed and responsible manner regarding environmental matters.
What can I do?
If you have a passion for the environment then we would love to have you as part of our team. Working in our churchyard at Southover is an ongoing part of our work and we regularly have fun and friendly working parties for gardening and maintenance of the grounds.
In the future we will be working on renewable energy solutions to the heating and lighting in our church buildings. Any expertise on the energy side of our work would be gratefully received.
Managing our lifestlyes
Everyone has a part to play in looking after God’s creation through our lifestlyes. Areas to consider are:
– Cutting down on how much we consume by living more simply.
– Modifying our purchasing choices.
– Increasing the opportunities for biodiversity within our own gardens.
If you would like to find out more or volunteer with us, please contact David Melville.
You can also sign up to receive regular emails that will keep you informed of upcoming eco-congregation initiatives.
What are we doing?
As a church we are committed to creation care and want to make responsible and ethical choices in all areas of church life. To support us in the endeavour we have agreed a policy on Ethical purchasing and created an accompanying set of guidelines.
A Rocha website
www.arocha.org (international site)
Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals
At TRINITY we are pleased not only to support national missionary organisations, but to send and support members of our own congregation to other countries to serve, heal, and share the Gospel of Jesus.
There are a number of national organisations and individuals we regularly support. These include:-
Lisa Meadows – River of Life Ministries in Uganda. Exploring her calling to overseas mission during 2016/17.
Through special collections at harvest and Christmas we have supported the following causes in 2016/17
Lewes Food banks
Our Tier One Mission Partners receive the greatest amount of support and focus across our congregations:-
Judah Trust encompasses many activities, the main priorities including intercession, teaching, training, evangelism, and caring for those affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Richard and Prilla Rowland spent 1973-1983 in Rwanda where Richard was Medical Director of a small rural Mission hospital. He and Prilla now facilitate training-of-trainers seminars for church leaders in HIV/AIDS-awareness, prevention, and care.
Mission Rwanda provides Southover Church the opportunity to work in direct partnership with the people of Rwanda, building on the ministry over many years of Dr Richard Rowland and his wife Prilla.
Participants are able to serve through the development of sustainable projects, including rain-water harvesting, consultations with education ministers, building homes, AIDS and HIV training, work in schools and Orphanages, as well as encouraging local church communities.
To keep up with Jonathan's activities his blog can be found at
MECO is a group of people with a heart for the Middle East, united in vision for Middle Eastern churches to engage in effective mission. We aim to be culturally sensitive, prepared to learn language, determined to stay around for the long term, flexible, willing to work in teams and to share and model the love of Christ.
Christine Angell is based in Egypt, reaching out through integrated practical and spiritual ministry to the nominal Christian population.