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Standing Together
 
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year was standing together. 

I went to the event organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust and was very moved by the story of the Tailor of Brighton (look it up), read by his son. Nothing brings home the events like a personal account from a family member.

However, I am holding onto the theme more than anything. Right here, right now, we need to embrace that theme, in the face of radicalisation, hostile environments being created, people's rights being gradually eroded and the demonisation of "The other", we need more than ever to stand together. Stand together with those in the LGBTQ+ community that are still experiencing abuse and hatred. Stand together with those in the travelling community who have had their rights stomped on by local authorities who seek to outlaw their lifestyle. Stand together with the street community who are being pushed further and further into the margins by PSPOs and Business Development Areas.

On Monday we heard how the holocaust started with very small changes to legislation that eroded people's rights. It is time we took a long hard look at recent events here and realised that there are local rules and regulations that, along with certain national changes, are making it a very hostile place for some members of our community. 

Now is the time to stand together and stand up for everyone's rights, not just our own.

Have a truly blessed week.

Andrew

 

Sleeping On The Job

On Sunday the 26th of January Andrew brought the 4th of our Epiphany sermons- Awakening To Evil and spoke about Holocaust Memorial Day. To listen to this and our other sermons, click here for our Youtube channel.

Sometime ago I worked as a Night Carer- for the majority of the night we had little to do but be ready to respond to our residents' needs. It was all too easy to fall asleep but this would have meant the possibility of missing the quiet and subtle signs of something changing...we would only become aware of the danger to one of our residents when it became, potentially, too late. Unsurprisingly, sleeping on the job was something that could lead to losing that job.

Living in the world can sometimes be a little like that job, it's all too easy to be asleep and to miss the changes in legislation, attitude, and policy that lead to danger, that lead to situations like the holocaust. The holocaust didn't begin with the declaration of war, it began with one small change to government policy and spiralled from there.

As caring individuals, whether Christian or not, I believe we need to be awake to the small changes that affect people around us, to be ready to stand up against injustice and inhumanity at the earliest possible moment.

Blessings and love,
Philip

Loving God, we come to you with heavy hearts, remembering the six million Jewish souls murdered during the Holocaust.

In the horrors of that history, when so many groups were targeted because of their identity, and in genocides which followed, we recognise destructive prejudices that drive people apart.

Forgive us when we give space to fear, negativity and hatred of others, simply because they are different from us.

In the light of God, we see everyone as equally precious manifestations of the Divine, and can know the courage to face the darkness.

Through our prayers and actions, help us to stand together with those who are suffering, so that light may banish all darkness, love will prevail over hate and good will triumph over evil.
AMEN

(written by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and Senior Imam Qari Asim, for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020)
 
If you have any ideas for worship songs,
readings, sermon themes, or study topics,
please drop us a line at
 suggestions@mccbrighton.org.uk
Click here for our Social Programme!

Activities are open to all and most are funded by MCC Brighton.
For further details, please contact Philip.

philip@mccbrighton.org.uk
Click HERE for our Google Calendar.



THIS WEEK

MONDAY 3rd-
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him except in an emergency.

WEDNESDAY 5th-
The Hub-
 Salvation Army Congress Hall, Park Crescent (by the Level), 8.30am until 1. An advice & support chaplaincy for the homeless & vulnerably housed, with free food. Volunteers always needed. See Andrew if you would like to help.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 6pm. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 6th-
Community Office Hours- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 5pm.  Pastor Andrew is available for advice, chat, and prayer. Please contact him first as he does get busy!
Bible Cafe- The Passenger Lounge, Brighton Station, 7pm until 8.30pm. Every Thursday evening we hold an informal and friendly Bible study, where all are encouraged to take part in the discussion. Contact Andrew or Jonathan C for details.


FRIDAY 7th-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.
MCC Brighton in Hastings- McDonalds, Wellington Place, 7pm. A weekly discussion group to explore the future of MCC Brighton in Hastings. Contact Andrew if you'd like to attend.

SUNDAY 9th-
The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
Worship Service
The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Join us for the sixth in our Epiphany sermons, SJ will be speaking about Awakening to Wisdom. Click here for the flyer.


IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

TUESDAY 11th FEBRUARY-
Worship Planning-
Newhaven, 11am. Our Worship Planning team will be meeting at Andrew & SJ's to look at worship themes, readings, and songs. Contact Andrew or Philip if you would like to join them, transport from Newhaven Station is available.

SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY-
The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
Worship Service
- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Join us for the seventh in our Epiphany sermon series- Awakening To Growth.

THURSDAY 20th FEBRUARY-
Brighton & Hove Faith Council-
Pastor Andrew & Philip will be attending on our behalf.
Board Meeting- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 5pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

TUESDAY 25th FEBRUARY
Shrove Tuesday

MCC Brighton in HastingsThe Quaker Meeting House, South Terrace, 4.30pm. This will be a Lent special and worship will be followed by a shared meal, funded by the Church. Please contact Andrew or Philip if you would like to attend.

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