On the weekend of the Queen’s official 92nd birthday, two ‘Local Heroes’ were honoured in a special ‘Society Sunday’ Service at Methodist Central Hall on Sunday, 11th June 2018. The national ‘Society Sunday’ service was hosted by Methodist Central Hall Westminster, and was one of 500 events that took place celebrating those who are making a positive difference in our communities.
Laira Gold, a volunteer for the Ignite Trust in Harrow, London received an award in recognition of her work with troubled young people, particularly young girls involved with gangs. Tim Parsons from Gillingham also received a local hero award. Tim is a Chaplain to Paramedics, a School Governor and is currently writing a children’s book to increase awareness about the work of paramedics and he was nominated by Paramedic Chris Treeves.
Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Communications and organisers of Society Sunday said, ‘We are delighted to recognise Laira and Tim as two of Society Sunday’s Local Heroes. To see their selfless compassion in action is an absolute inspiration and exactly the kind of role models we want to highlight through this campaign.’
Revd Tony Miles, Acting Superintendent Minister of Methodist Central Hall Westminster said, ‘This is the fourth year that we have partnered with Premier and hosted their national ‘Society Sunday’ service. This was not only an opportunity to honour ‘un-sung’ heroes who work tirelessly in our communities, but also to recognise the difference that faith communities are making through often quiet, but significant, acts of loving service.’
The service used a liturgy prepared by Revd Michaela Youngson, (President elect of the Methodist Conference) and worship led by Dave and Pat Bilborough and the Choir of Methodist Central Hall Westminster. The service was recorded for broadcast and is available to listen to on Premier Christian Radio’s website until mid-July, (https://www.premierchristianradio.com)
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- With over 500 churches around the country taking part, ‘Society Sunday’ takes place on the nearest Sunday to the Queen’s official birthday, which this year was June 10th and the campaign is officially recognised by the UK Government department for communities and local government. Now in its fourth year, churches are encouraged to pray for the Queen, civic leaders and ‘local heroes’ and celebrate the ways they are making a positive difference in our communities.
- Methodist Central Hall is a global Christian family following Jesus at the heart of London. With members from over 35 national groupings the church has been based in its historic building since 1912. In 1946 the church moved out for two months so that the first meeting of the United Nations could take place in the Great Hall. In 1966 the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy was stolen from the building and the first performance of Joseph and Amazing Technicolored Dream coat took place.