8th June 2021
From Bishop Malcolm
I got my second jab the other day, and like so many others, was once again both welcomed and
kindly and efficiently cared for by volunteers at St John’s Methodist Church at Allestree, currently
serving the public as a vaccination centre. I got my injection from a member of the St John’s
Ambulance team who had joined the team to help cope with the huge numbers of those needing
vaccinations. What a fantastic effort it has been, and still is, from so many! We have so much to be
thankful for in one another.
A few weeks ago, Bishop Libby suggested that across Derbyshire during Christian Aid week we might
consider giving a thank offering after our free vaccinations, to support communities in the
developing world struggling under the weight of the pandemic. A target of £5,000 was set – and
looking at the Christian Aid website I see this target has already been passed – which will be good
news to some of the world’s poorest people as they, with far less resources than we have, have to
deal with this unprecedented crisis. Of course it is still possible to give.
With all that in mind, I wonder if some readers might consider writing to their MPs to press home
the call made by Unicef and the Wellcome Trust that the UK make supplies of unused vaccinations
available to countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where supplies of vaccinations have been
minimal? It simply doesn’t make sense to hold back from offering this support – as we know all too
well the virus does not respect borders, and none of us are protected fully until all are protected.
And surely, it would be wrong to withhold our help at such a time. If you do write to your MP, this
doesn’t need to be a long letter – a few sentences are enough to say why it matters.
‘Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream….’
May our gratitude to God lead us to live ever more generously, for the sake of his love.
With every blessing
A Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.