Methodists care about society and the wider world that we live in. Current affairs and public issues are important areas of work for the Methodist Church. By engaging with politics and society, we live out our calling to love and hope.
Praying for our Country and its People
With news of teenage stabbings on what currently seems like a daily basis, the rise in reported hate-crime and the deep division we’re seeing around the Brexit issue, it’s almost impossible not to question what our nation is coming to.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of the Methodist Conference recently issued the following joint statement:
“Jesus calls us to love one another, and even to love our enemies. In this time of political turmoil we have been shocked at the anger and vitriol that has surrounded so much public discourse, personally, online and via social media. Our Christian heritage, along with other global faith and non-faith traditions, calls for us to treat others as we would wish to be treated. This does not mean the absence of passionate difference, but it does call for respect for human dignity.”
The Presidents of Churches Together in England, together with their partners Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, are calling churches to prayer in this week when the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. From Wednesday 27 March to Sunday 31 March, churches are being encouraged to pray for our nation and to open their building for any in their communities seeking a space for prayer.
In response to this call to prayer, we are opening our Church in Strathmore Avenue from 1 to 2pm on Saturday 30th March. This will be an opportunity for individuals to pop in and join in prayers written especially for the current situation. An optional prayer leaflet will be available to help them in their prayers.
Oil Drilling in National Parks
A Greenpeace investigation just found that companies are already licensed to drill in nearly 180,000 acres of national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and sites of special scientific interest.
They haven’t started yet, but if we don’t do something, it’s only a matter of time.
These places are protected for a reason, and there’s no way oil companies should be anywhere near them.
You can sign the petition here: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/acid-drilling-ty
Or read the full story at https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/03/15/home-counties-shale-oil-acid-drilling-balcombe/
This campaign wouldn’t have been possible without Greenpeace’s professional investigators. They spend months carefully following leads and analysing data, uncovering threats to our world and giving us the knowledge we need to take them on. You can read the full story of our oil drilling investigation here.
Community Cycle Parking Scheme
Churches in Harlington, Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis may be eligible for free cycle parking.
Good cycle parking helps prevent bikes being stolen or damaged and it tells the world that your church is doing its bit to encourage greener forms of transport.