Jubilee Weekend - Celebration & Solidarity
The Jubilee weekend was an opportunity for celebration and local outreach.
The values at the heart of biblical jubilee – equality, freedom, celebration and rest – are values that Jesus proclaims and fulfils with the good news of the Kingdom. Our calling is to be Kingdom-builders in our local places, and bearers and sharers of this good news – the good news that all are invited, all are free, all are equal in Christ.
The social impact of the jubilee in the Bible is transformational. How might our neighbourhoods be changed if our Platinum Jubilee celebrations had this good news at the centre? How might the simple act of coming together in celebration make a significant difference? Here are some stories from around the circuit.
Shirley Methodist Church hosted a Community Jubilee Event on Friday 3rd of June. In the morning the official Thanksgiving Service was watched on a big screen.
The afternoon entertainment was an all-ages event including a children's entertainer/magician, a photobooth, face painting, a Jubilee crown competition and a number of musical performances headlined by local singer, Matthew Long. The Mayor of Solihull attended and cut the jubilee cake.
The event was free and was well attended and well received by the community. Local people and businesses made the cake and provided the entertainment, which showcased their skills and helped to promote them.
Shirley Methodist Church collaborated with the Global Mission Church (a new church formed by people from Hong Kong, that uses the Methodist building for worship on Sunday afternoons) which developed the relationship of these two congregations.
The English and Chinese speaking Methodist Churches who share the Northfield premises had a joint Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea on Friday the 3rd June.
Annette Sampson writes, “We were blessed with bright but not scorching weather. Despite planning for about 50, we were delighted to welcome about 100. Thankfully we still had cakes to spare. Many said we should hold joint events more often and hopefully we will.”
A picnic in the park was swiftly transformed into picnic in the pews. The joyous & indomitable spirit of the Lozells community couldn't be stopped by the rain.
Neighbours enjoyed meeting and eating together.