Helen Kirk: January 2017
As we end one year and begin another we reflect on the events of the previous 12 months and then look forward to what is to come. As Methodists we have another dimension, for every New Year we remake our covenant with God. This very Methodist practice reminds us of who we are — a people who are known, loved and saved by the grace of God. It also challenges us as to who we will be: compassionate, just, generous, transformative followers of Christ seeking to live not for ourselves but for God and for others. Maybe in a world that seems uncertain, where many of the loudest narratives are divisive and acrimonious our heritage enables us to offer a different story: one of inclusive community, courageous compassion and selfless service all enabled by a loving and faithful God in whom we can trust for all that is past and all that is to come.
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It is not only the 'Windrush immigrants' who have been affected by the Home Office's much publicised 'hostile environment for migrants.' Malalena Leao from the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) tells her own story:"I have been a British citizen my whole life but was born in Brazil and moved here at the age of 18 months. When I applied for university I was assessed by one...
This closing prayer in last Sunday's Christian Aid-themed service provides an antidote to the 'hostile environment for immigrants' obviously prevalent in the Home office. "Give us, Lord God...A world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry,A world where life is shared, and enjoyed by all,A world where all races, nations and cultures live in tolerance and respect,A...
On a shelf in the Quiet Space/ vestry on the ground floor of the community centre, we now have a copy of the NirV Accessible New Testament. This is suitable for people with sight loss and has been donated by The Torch Trust. Anyone is free to borrow this occasionally.The Torch Trust provides Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide. To find out more...
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