As well as making continuous efforts to provide the resources and funding to maintain the operation of Peterborough Cathedral, we endeavour to support the wider community, and even global projects where possible, in a number of ways.
Local outreach includes work with the local soup kitchens, schools, pastoral care and the facilities we provide for the Peterborough community by way of cultural, educational and religious events that are accessible for all.
Our main links with the world church are based on partnerships with the cathedral communities in two very different Anglican dioceses overseas, which are linked with Peterborough Diocese. In practical terms, this means mutual support and encouragement, with regular exchange of news and prayer requests, plus occasional fundraising to help with specific projects.
- Bungoma, Kenya
This link was first set up in 1998. Bungoma is a district of Kenya’s western province close to the Ugandan border, on the southern slopes of Mount Elgon. The Anglican Cathedral of St Matthew is in Webuye, an industrial town with a population of about 25,000. We have a display in the Cathedral about the church in Bungoma. We have hosted visitors and provided financial help with various development projects set up by our sister cathedral to improve facilities for their community.
- Seoul, South Korea
This link is still in its infancy! In Easter week 2011 Bishop Donald, the Dean of Peterborough and two other Diocesan representatives travelled to Korea to meet the Anglican Primate, the Most Revd Paul Kim, and to see something of the work of the Anglican Church in Korea. On a return visit to Peterborough, on 29 June 2011 Archbishop Paul and Bishop Donald signed a declaration of intent as a first step to establishing a more formal link.
- The World Church
We also provide whatever financial support we can for the world church through CMS (The Church Mission Society) and USPG: Anglicans in World Mission (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel).