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the Archbisops of Canterbury and York.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the nation to join them in prayer, in a message encouraging ‘calm, courageous and compassionate’ responses to the difficulties of the second national
lockdown in England.
Gift Day 2020
Usually in November we have our church Gift
Day. It is easy to focus on what we cannot do because of the current restrictions but we have a lot to be thankful for.
Paul encourages us - Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18.
As Gods thankful people we are called to give, our time, our love, our gifts and our money. This year we have chosen three things to give to:
Church General Fund.-
This pandemic has been a difficult time for the church finances with decreased income from envelopes and loose collection. Our main outgoings, such as Parish Share continue and there have been extra
expenses for the tech and licenses needed for Zoom services.
Tracy’s Street Kitchen.
- http://tracysstreetkitchen.co.uk/ a local charity feeding homeless and rough sleeping people in Nottingham.
Baptist World Mission. -
https://www.bmsworldmission.org/coronavirus-hub/ working around the world for COVID-19 relief, helping to provide emergency food relief, improve food security, provide PPE, screen patients and help
stop the spread of the virus by distributing hygiene items. How can you give this
The easiest and safest is directly to the church bank account. If you need details let me know.
want to give by cheque please make it payable to “the parish council of St Paul with St Stephen” and send to me, or Sharon at the church office, either drop through the letterbox or post
it. Please do not send cash by post. If you want to give cash, I think that will have to wait until after this lockdown. Let me know where you want your money
If you are a UK taxpayer I will need your name so we can claim the tax back, assuming you have
previously filled in a form (and if you are a tax payer and haven’t filled in a form, why not? )
25 May 2020 George Floyd was killed
during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note. The way he was being arrested by the police that led to his death was recorded by passers-by. A period of anger and grief followed as
people asked how this could happen and what should be done to stop it happening again.
What about us? How are we going to
recognise systemic racism wherever it exists and make our world a better place? If we are silent, if we say to ourselves, “This has nothing to do with me.” Then we join those who are content for
things to remain the same: so what should we do?
Recognise our own
The first thing to do is to recognise that racism (or to use a less
pejorative term, ethnocentricity) is not something true of supposedly wicked and cruel people but we can all be guilty. Even in our church between brothers and sisters in Christ I see people treating
each other differently: favouring one group over another and looking down on others whom they imagine to be not as good as themselves. Ask yourself these
- Whom do you sit next to at
- Whom do you talk to at the end of
- Whom do you
- Whom do you invite to your home for
- How many people of a different
ethnic heritage to yourself can you claim to be your friend?
Please pray for a better world, join us on Wednesdays at 10.00am, pray in your fellowship group, pray with your family, pray with
your friends for a more just and tolerant world regardless of ethnicity or race.
7 June a peaceful demonstration took place on The Forest Recreation
ground: one of our church members was one of the speakers and it is good that we join our voices with those who are asking for change because as Anglicans we have committed ourselves to the five
marks of mission, one of which is to ‘transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation’. This is not just for some Christians it is for
us all. And we follow the example of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who treated everyone the same—regardless of their ethnicity—and challenged bigotry and hatred in his radical
It would be good to keep abreast of the situation in the news and not bury our heads in the sand. Why not read a book about this
issue. Naeem and I have just read Ben Lindsay’s book, ‘We Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches’. It was a sobering read about the difficulties faced
by black and people from minority ethnic groups in the church.
Our church vision is ‘Sharing Food. Developing Friendship. Deepening Faith’ When the lockdown is over, please invite someone of a
different ethnicity to your home for a meal or if they won’t come—ask to visit them.
Remember that this is an international issue
It saddens me that the news focuses on rich countries but less developed countries that suffer from institutionalised racism are
not mentioned. Let’s be aware of the wider world and fight for change across the nations. One way we can do this is to support the work of Andrew and Eunice Moody working with refugees from South
Sudan in Uganda.
‘The Church of England is undertaking a second review of files held in all dioceses and parishes to ensure that churches and church related activities are as safe as
possible for children and vulnerable adults.
Known as the Past Cases Review 2, it aims to identify both good practice and institutional failings in the way that allegations of abuse have been handled in the past.
It will also provide recommendations on how practice and processes can be improved.
Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information, or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse,
are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) on 01636 817200 or email email@example.com
However, recognising that for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church may not feel comfortable, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 -
operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England; whether
they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.’
No Messy church until further notice.
A group for Farsi speakers to meet for Worship, Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship.
All Farsi speakers welcome
Peace-seeking vicar gets reconciliation award from Archbishop of Canterbury
A retired Nottinghamshire vicar is to receive a prestigious international award by the Archbishop of Canterbury for work in reconciliation.
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, has given the Hubert Walter Award for
Reconciliation this year to the Rev’d Graham
Graham and his wife, Dr Gillian Burton, worked in Pakistan for twelve years and in Nottingham for twenty-five years. During their ministry they have worked tirelessly for peace, especially between
Christians and Muslims.
Graham will receive his award at Lambeth Palace on 4th April. He
said: “I was taken by surprise initially. Now that I have had time to reflect on it, I remember someone saying to me nearly 20 years ago: ‘You in your ministry are a pioneer.’ What
I have tried to do in the 47 years since I was ordained is, on the one hand, to be faithful to Jesus Christ – and at the same time take seriously that we are called to incarnate or live the gospel in
a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith society… and in order to do that practising reconciliation and building relationships with people of other faiths should have a high priority.
This award therefore greatly encourages me that the path I have taken for my ministry has been recognised and affirmed and I am very grateful to the Archbishop for choosing me to receive it.”
When the couple lived in Pakistan Graham built St Thomas’s Church in Islamabad, a very complex and long process, involving negotiations with both Islamic and government leaders – and it is still
operating today. He met the then Prime Minister, Zia Ul Haq, several times as part of this process. He also set up another church in a ‘Basti’ shanty town serving 25,000 people. This property was
given to him rent free because it was used to serve the community. His wife, Gillian, also set up the only medical clinic in the Basti.
The Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter, shared his delight at this news ‘We are thrilled that Graham’s tireless, patient, persistent ministry for Reconciliation has been recognised and
applauded. It is a tribute to Graham and Gillian that this ministry continues effectively today with such passion. His calling has been in ‘disadvantaged’ areas, but because of his
ministry, so many have been ‘advantaged’.
Graham was appointed Priest-in-Charge of the parish of Hyson Green and Forest Fields in 1992, and worked hard to facilitate understanding and joint working between Christians and Muslims; this
has been done in the complex context of simultaneously supporting Pakistani Christians seeking asylum following persecution for their Christian faith.
He was the founder of the Rainbow Project which has been running for the last 17 years. The initial aims of the Rainbow Project were to enable leadership in the Anglican church from within ethnic
minorities, fight racism and bring the community to work together as people of different faiths for understanding, justice and change.
Following ‘9/11’ Graham co-founded ‘Faiths in Action’, a local interfaith organisation which is still working today to bring people of different faiths together. Hundreds of Christians and Muslims
have learnt to live well alongside one another through his work. When he retired in 2007 he continued to live in the same parish and still continues his ministry to many in one of the most
disadvantaged parishes in the diocese.