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 …. :**: