Good morning everyone,

It is Refugee Week this week and Leeds observes this each year. If you follow the link to the Refugee Week website they suggest getting involved by “Simple Acts”. One thing we can do is watch a film, and two of the films on the website are part of our virtual service this morning.

Another simple act that we can do is that we can write messages of encouragement. Bramhope Methodist Church thought those who would normally come to Pizza Sunday this month might wish instead to write cards to the asylum seekers currently residing at the Mercure Parkway hotel. The hotel staff have said that if we collate these messages they will kindly put them on a display board there. If you would like to take part please send your message c/o St Giles Church Bramhope LS16 9BA. If delivering by hand please use the alcohol gel and disinfectant wipes provided by the postbox.

Following the government’s recent advice saying that Churches can re-open at their own discretion we made a decision earlier this week as a Church family not to open the Church at this stage for private prayer. We look forward to opening the Church when the risks presented are considerably lower but have unanimously decided as a PCC that now is too soon. We will review our decision and will keep you updated of any changes.

With all good wishes at this time

Tom

This recording of ‘When I needed a neighbour, were you there?’ by Sydney Carter was made in Romsey Abbey in 2017
The homeless Jesus in the grounds of Liverpool Parish Church
Tom’s all age address
Thank you to Charlotte who is reading today from Deuteronomy 10:17-19, 1 Peter 2:9-10 and Matthew 10, reading from verse 14
Tom reflects on Refugee Week
‘Look Beyond Borders – a 4 Minute Experiment’ from Amnesty International
Julie and Alan play and sing ‘Living Lord’ by Patrick Appleford
Final Thoughts and The Blessing
Sunday Service 14 June