Over the August bank holiday weekend, our youth group which calls itself “Fusion12” went to Greenbelt Festival in Northamptonshire. The Christian faith is at the heart of the festival, but it is for everyone, regardless of what you might believe. Greenbelt aims to be inclusive. Our Sunday morning communion service was led by people with varying disabilities, the centrepiece of which was an incredible message delivered by a young woman called Becky. Becky has cerebal palsy and she spoke to us through her computer voice synthesiser. She shared her story of being raised as a Christian but noticing that all the disabled people in the Bible were healed and she was not healed. Then she began to realise that God really did love her and identify with her. You can watch her speak to us here. She realised that it was because of Jesus that she got to preach to thousands of festival-goers!
This was church at its best. This was church – Jesus-shaped!
If we look at the healing miracles of Jesus, we see people cured physically, but the lasting significance of the stories was the reintegration of people into a society which shunned them. The healing miracles of Jesus are nothing less than a systematic, subversive assault on contemporary taboos. I hope that Frodsham Methodist Church is similarly Jesus-shaped. Everyone is welcome amongst us. We might need to pause for thought and ask ourselves who are shunned in our society today? How can we as a community of faith make sure that they too find a welcome amongst us? How do we need to change our hearts and minds to bring the healing that God in Jesus would have us bring?
Grace and Peace.
Rev'd. Andrew Emison
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