Early this year we, with Community Minister, decided that we would run a ‘Good Neighbour’ week in August. A great deal of preparation has gone into this, and we finally started this week.

We have two teams: one going door to door, telling people what’s happening on their street today, chatting to people, offering prayer for any problems, and having conversations about faith with anyone who’s interested.

The other team is cleaning up the street: picking up litter, pulling out weeds, clearing away rubbish.


We decided months ago to call it ‘Good Neighbour’ week, basing it on the story of the Good Samaritan in the Gospels, who helped the man who had been left for dead by thieves. Although the sufferer was a Jew, and traditionally the two groups had nothing to do with each other, and believed different things, this did not deter the Samaritan, who did what he could to help.

Our message is the same: it doesn’t matter who you are, what you believe – we need to be good neighbours to each other, and this is what Jesus expects of us and teaches us to do.

Of course, we had no idea that the riots would occur, only a few days ago. It seems our week is extraordinarily timely.

Today is finishing with an activities afternoon in the hall – bouncy castle, face painting, snacks, etc … and tomorrow a service with a bring and share lunch for all those who wish to take part.

Except for me. I am confined to bed, with the occasional trip to my laptop to keep me sane …. :**:


16 thoughts on “GOOD NEIGHBOUR WEEK

  1. What a lovely idea, shame other people don’t come up with this. We had something on a much smaller basis here but your sounds very well organised. I bet you are well and truly shattered tonight :):) x


  2. Awww….. how ANNOYING for you to be ill at such a time. I had to go to London for two wonderful days out this week but had a cough cold sore throat thing the whole darn time…:roll: typical….

    BIG HUGSxxxxxxxxx


  3. I think what you are doing is so important and I believe that every community should try to be more involved in one way or another…..even if it’s as simple as carrying a plastic bag at all times to pick up any bits of litter.

    Have I missed something….are you ill in bed, or just taking a well deserved rest….whatever the case, enjoy it:)x


    1. thanks, Janet! We all need to restore a sense of civic pride and responsibility.

      I’ve had a flare-up of fibromyalgia, so am being forced to rest and miss all the fun 😦


  4. Actually, GillyK, sanity is worth nurturing and preserving, however you do it 🙂

    I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments of the good neighbour week you have been involved in, as much as I believe in the progress of Robert The Bruce ….if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.


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