Good News Stories - Edition Two
In this time of much challenge, sadness and grief, we also want to remember the good news stories and positive things which are happening throughout our communities. Below are a second short collection of some of these positive stories.
Good News Stories
The Sowers, Musicians and Crafters Blessing People with their Skills
Throughout this period of lockdown we have seen people turning their creative abilities, and their time, towards helping and encouraging others. Below are a number of short stories of groups doing just that...
Cards of Hope
Sue Gaughan, who worships at South Yardley Methodist Church, has been busy during these difficult times by crafting “cards of hope” to send people positive, kind messages of hope and joy to brighten up these days of uncertainty and worry.
Sue leaves a box containing many different messages on cards on her garden wall and people are encouraged to help themselves from the box. On the reverse of the cards Sue has added recognition of our NHS heroes and key workers.
To date people have received a massive 109 of Sue’s “Cards of hope” and the success of this idea has given her much encouragement at this difficult time and as Sue has said many times over the past month “If folk keep taking them, I will keep making them”.
Cards of Kindness
Everyone at some point since the country was put into lockdown has felt lonely, so the Weoley Rangers – the older section of the Girlguides have set about making cards of kindness while staying safe at home as there have been no face to face meetings. These cards of kindness have been distributed to local elderly folk at homes around the local area of Selly Oak Methodist Church.
See a selection of these cards in the header image at the top of this webpage.
The need for shelter is even more important for refugee communities at this time of the pandemic, so Shirley Methodist Church have been raising money for Shelterbox by making facemasks. Carolyn has made over 70 masks so far and raised £450.
Thank you Carolyn for the inspiration and all your hard work! Some of the masks are pictured below.
The Scottish hymn writer John Bell has written a hymn for lockdown which you can view below.
Song for the World Outside
Kate Gee, one of the consultant nurses who runs a group at Selly Oak Methodist Church, has written a song with her husband Dave and guitarist Bob Wilson, all about COVID 19.
Zoom Coffee Mornings and Online Community
Great Barr Messy Church, Zoom Gatherings
Great Barr Messy Church has been using Zoom to meet virtually and on Good Friday they came together for worship starting with a short time of prayer, sharing one good thing that had happened that week and writing on floating prayer crosses one thing they wanted to say sorry for. Then they had a Scavenger Hunt finding objects related to the Easter story before breaking off into activities of an Easter theme; including making Easter Gardens, with 1 being pictured above and making a model of a scene from the Easter story. A particularly detailed Lego rendering of the Last Supper included some unusual representations of the disciples, one bore a striking resemblance to Darth Vader! They came back together for a Celebration time, telling the Easter story with one sheet of paper and singing and dancing together to God’s not dead, No!
They followed their Easter worship with another session in May thinking about saying goodbye and hello, focussing on the story of Jesus inviting the disciples for breakfast on the beach and thinking about how they are affected by separation and how they can come to terms with it. They built bridges and balloon powered boats as well as producing some brilliant foil mazes and some great water pistol art. Oh and some edible waving hands!
They have also had several meeting of their Messy Church discipleship group which has allowed some of their adult Messy Church congregation the chance to catch up and to continue with their sessions looking at faith in more depth. To compliment this they have set up a WhatsApp group to share useful resources and ideas both around exploring faith at home and on coping with the lockdown.
Perry Hall, Great Barr and Great Barr Messy Church Zoom Coffeee Mornings
Following the District Facebook Live Service each week the congregations of Perry Hall, Great Barr and Great Barr Messy Church hold a zoom coffee morning. People can either join the zoom meeting using a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone or they can dial in using their landline telephones or mobiles.
The people that join their coffee morning love the opportunity to see or hear each other, to talk and encourage one another. Activities and ideas are shared that people of all ages in the meeting can try over the following week. Each person is encouraged to share how they are feeling and what they have done over the past week. They are also asked for any prayer requests. At the end of the meeting the minister of the three congregations, the Rev’d Deborah Humphries, leads a time of prayer bringing before God all the individual prayer requests.
Online Worship Stories
Birmingham Chinese Methodist Church Online Worship
Below is a video from BCMC in which they talk about all that they have been doing during this lockdown period.
More Stories Soon
Thank you to everybody who has contributed to the stories above. We'll share another edition once we've had chance to collate them, please send in your stories.
The Circuit Communication Team.