Helen Kirk: January 2017
It is worth remembering that when Methodist founder John Wesley was preaching in the 18th Century our nation faced immense instability. Revolution was brewing in America & France; the Scots were seeking independence; innovation was rife in industry but many lived in deep poverty. It was into this social upheaval and unrest that John Wesley and his preachers brought a spiritual and social transformation. The emphasis of the Methodist movement was (and still is) social justice: that the poorest in the community should be offered practical help and the institutions that denigrated humanity should be reformed. Our Methodist DNA carries a passion for inclusivity as Wesley preached that no one is beyond God's love; all can know God's grace and hope.
This meant that leadership was not the exclusive privilege of the few but an opportunity for all and that church could be church even in a field, a home or a pub. It was this movement of social justice and inclusive grace that offered people a sense of hope and stability. I have to admit I am quite proud of our shared history.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
In a week that we have named our new Welcome Space as a place of belonging for all, we were saddened to read of the online abuse still experienced by so many of our friends in the LGBTQ — Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning — community. In a survey of 695 LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide, 73% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have...
This Saturday, March 23rd, from 2pm, the Good Faith Book Club will meet in our refurbished Welcome Space to discuss Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's book on Reimagining Britain.The book cover said, "In a time of political turbulence, and as the Welfare State totters under the strain in a country that has changed dramatically since 1945...Welby sets out to identify the values...
After morning service on Sunday, a coach load of church members and friends enjoyed yet another excellent coach excursion, organised amazingly well, as ever, by Pauline Noble. The destination was the Royal Albert Hall and a tribute to the great musicals by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Introduced by Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, we were treated to an excellent afternoon's ...
Hall, rooms 4/5/6