St Alfege Church in the community
St Alfege with St Peter's Church of England Primary School
Our church school of St Alfege with St Peter's is a small school with a big vision having been part of the community for over 150 years.
The Primary School (with its own nursery) is an inclusive one form entry church school comprising of a vibrant, diverse and aspirational community where everyone is inspired and challenged to fulfil their full potential, both academically and in their broader educational and personal development. We pride ourselves on our inclusive and supportive ethos and difference we can make for our children and families who are often very vulnerable. This is communicated through our values and vision that permeate everything we do.
Members of the clergy and several members of the congregation give their time generously as governors leading the school strategically and making regular visits to the school. The clergy and others from the church regularly take full school assemblies/collective worship and volunteer in other ways to help the school.
Monthly school family services are held in the church (usually on the second Thursday of the month) which are led by a different year group supported by a member of the church clergy. The school also holds special services in the church to celebrate Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year. The whole school attends and parents are welcome.
In their 2017 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodists Schools the school was deemed "Outstanding". The report noted that “The close involvement of the incumbent and parish in the life of the school brings them together in a spirit of service to the wider community.”
In July 2019 the school achieved their best ever SATs results, with 96% of children in Year 6 meeting the expected standards in the reading and maths tests, and 89% meeting the expected standards in writing.
In September 2019 the school welcomed a new headteacher, Mrs Amanda Wilson. Amanda was previously a leader at St Mary Magdalene School in Woolwich and brings with her an enthusiasm to see the children who attend St Alfege with St Peter’s school continue to develop academically, spiritually and in every way.
We are extremely proud of our church school which is a hard working, caring and happy place with wonderful children and exceptional staff. Find out more St Alfege with St Peter's CoE Primary School.
Christian Aid week (10-16 May 2020) is our opportunity to turn our attention particularly to our brothers and sisters overseas. Lockdown has given many of us the time to take stock- of our blessings and our difficulties; of those we rely on and those we support. Let us now think of those in our world whose daily lives include struggles we can barely contemplate. The ongoing struggle to find and use safe and clean water, to have enough food; to wear suitable clothing; to enjoy safe shelter; to have medical care; to benefit from schooling. Jesus tells us that when we care for the “little ones,” by which he often meant the most vulnerable, we care for him. And if we can share something of the love God has shown us, we offer hope of a different future to all God's children.
Meridian Money Advice
Meridian Money Advice is an independent charity which has been providing advice and practical help to people with debt problems since the early 1990s. It was set up by a group of local people, including members of St Alfege Church, in response to a report, Faith in the City, commissioned by the then Archbishop of Canterbury. This report identified debt as a key factor in inner city poverty and mirrored our own experience of many people living in Greenwich.
Meridian Money Advice provides free, confidential debt and welfare benefits advice, as well as advice on credit debts, County Court action, mortgage, rent and Council Tax. St Alfege Church supports this vital service through the provision of rent-free premises at one end of the church hall building. Members of the church serve on its management committee. Staff and running costs are met by funding raised from grants from both the public sector and charitable trusts.
We have supported the Trussell Foodbank programme since it started and many people in the community have already given generously. We provide a food donation point and are very happy to accept non-perishable items on any day of the week when the church is open. Our administrator arranges for donations to be collected regularly. If you have any questions about the Foodbank please email the church office or telephone 020 8853 0697.The Greenwich Charity and related charities
The Greenwich Charity is an amalgamation of a number of local charities. Its object is to help people resident in the area it covers who are in need, hardship or distress by making grants or providing items, services or facilities. In the year ended 31 March 2017, the charity made grants totalling £14,000 to individuals and organisations. The Charity of Charles Soames, which shares the same trustees, makes grants to help meet the needs of people resident in the same area who are sick or have disabilities. Randall's Charity, which also shares the same trustees, makes grants for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the same area.
The area of benefit for all three charities was recently redefined to comprise that part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich which lies within postal districts SE3, SE7, SE8, SE10 and SE13.
The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio of the three charities and the trustees currently include other members of St Alfege Church congregation.
Enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through the Charities' website at www.thegreenwichcharities.com, or by post to The Trustees of the Greenwich Charities, c/o Grant Saw Solicitors, Norman House, 110-114 Norman Road, SE10 9EN [or to the Vicar of St Alfege].
The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith
Getting older while retaining your enjoyment of life and independence at home, and your enjoyment of life, can sometimes be a struggle. The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith help older people living independently in Greenwich to do so with dignity and comfort. They are able to make small, one-off grants between £50 and £500 to people over the age of 55 to purchase items to help them to continue to live independently and comfortably. If you are over 55, live in your own home (not a care home) within our catchment area in Greenwich and would benefit from some financial help to purchase an item that would make life a little easier, then email Greenwich.firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Katrina Taylor, Administrator, Rossall, 14E Park Vista, London SE10 9LZ. The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio and enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through him.
Sheltered accommodation in the parish
Queen Elizabeth College alms houses (Drapers Foundation) opposite Greenwich railway station, and Trinity Hospital (Mercers Company) on Old Woolwich Road, sit within the parish of St Alfege. Both clergy and lay volunteers provide a weekly service of worship to each community, in their respective chapels.
Superkidz - update April 2020
Gill Moody who now chairs the Trustees of Superkidz has reported "Things are very challenging for our families. We have of course had to close our children's and youth clubs, but mentoring is going on via zoom and social media channels. Two of our local leaders have been taking packs around our most vulnerable families with snacks and craft activities. Our crisis worker Alice is monitoring the children and families most at risk. Domestic abuse is a major issue (two thirds of our local female workers have been victims of domestic violence at some point) and we are monitoring what impact social distancing and self-isolation is having on such families. We have applied for grants to buy food, phones and data. Please pray for our families and for our workers who are doing what they can to help."
St Alfege Church has supported the work of Superkidz for some years. Superkidz is a charity based at St Saviour, Eltham. It runs programmes for children and young people living on the local estates who face severe challenges of poor educational achievement, lack of employment opportunities and social pressures to join local gang culture with all the accompanying dangers of drug use, street violence and knife and gun crime.