Monday, 4 June 2012

Enjoying the Kingdom

Jesus called his followers to be children of the Kingdom of God, following his ways. But he was also keen that we should be good citizens of our country on earth. As a church, therefore, we were delighted to take part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and commemorate the Queen's 60 year reign.
But to do that, we were keen that members of the congregation should be part of the whole community. So we moved our Sunday morning service on 3 June from 10 am to 9.0 am, so that members could take part in their local street parties. Although the rain did not help and some parties moved indoors, there were reports that this had resulted in some good times of neighbours getting to know each other much better.
On the Monday afterwards, St Paul's took part in the "Big Lunch," when the different community organisations in Oadby set up stalls in Ellis Park, provided free entertainment and portrayed the work they were involved with. St Paul's youth club had a stall and in the neighbouring stall (photo) we offered a coconut shy to those who passed.
This has been a great weekend for community activity. Long live her Majesty! And may we be doing this again in 10 years time.