A Message from the Minister
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
It’s a beautiful day today with the sun shining and the signs of spring all around. Bright yellow daffodils in gardens, blossom on the trees, magnolias readying to bloom, new shoots coming up through the soil.
It’s a beautiful day but our neighbourhood is already different from this time last week. The coronavirus measures on staying safe, self-isolating and not socially mixing in the community have already affected us all in some way.
The film A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood was released in the UK this January. It’s a story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Tom overcomes his scepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from Fred.
Fred Rogers was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner and host of the preschool television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”, which ran from 1968 to 2001.
Fred Rogers said “At many times throughout their lives, children will feel the world has turned topsy turvy. It’s not the ever present smile that will help them feel secure. It’s knowing that love can hold many feelings, including sadness, and that they can count on the people they love to be with them until the world turns right side up again.”
In the current circumstances it may not just be children who are feeling like this. You may feel your life has been turned upside down. It’s at a time like this that we all need to know there are people we can count on to be with us until the world turns the right way up again. We are here to help. God is love and since God so loves us, we also ought to show love to one another; helping each other, as we are able, in the weeks ahead.
I wonder what it would take for it to be A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood where you are today.
‘The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.’ Psalm 33:5,22 (NIV)
A Prayer for all from The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don’t let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.
Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.
In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,
A WARM WELCOME TO YOU FROM MICKLEOVER METHODIST CHURCH
We are located in the suburbs of Derby, England and hope that you will join us in fellowship either physically or through this website.
Our Mission is to develop a church family which is continually growing in Christian faith, worship and outreach so that all may know the love of God through Christ.
We are a lively church, maintaining a strong relationship with the community of Mickleover from this site for the last 100 years. In the year 2000 we rebuilt our premises to provide a versatile and pleasant venue for church and community activities. We have an extensive programme of activity for children and families, from newborn babies to teenagers, including an OFSTED recognised Preschool and Girl’s Brigade, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. For older people, we have many alternatives of spiritual, social and informative activities to meet most needs. We are also actively involved in the Mickleover Live at Home Scheme supporting housebound people in Mickleover. Our services are mainly traditional with growing opportunities for alternative worship. More details of our church organisation and activities can be found in a brochure that can be downloaded here
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