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God and popcorn June 24th 2021

Hello again,

We continue thinking about our communities this week. In particular we think about those people who work to help others when they are in danger – Police Officers, the Ambulance and Fire Services, the Coastguard. Also those who volunteer – Mountain Rescue, community First Responders, St John Ambulance and the Red Cross. Do you have a first aid kit in your home? Do you have a list of emergency numbers by the phone or programmed into your mobile phone? If someone asked you where the defibrillator is in your village, would you be able to answer them?

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The Collective Worship team tell the story of the Good Samaritan this week. The phrase ‘Good Samaritan’ is one that is used in everyday language by people who may not even know its origins. The Good Samaritan Jesus told us about took a lot of trouble to help someone he didn’t know and would probably never see again. You can read the story for yourself in your Bible in Luke 10.25-37.

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One way we can all be a Good Samaritan is to know what we can do to help in an emergency situation. You don’t have to be an adult to call for an ambulance but it is a good idea to know when it is needed and what will happen when you do. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service have produced this information to tell us when an ambulance is needed and this recording explains what questions we will be asked when we call. It is very important that we don’t call any of the emergency services as a prank. This could mean that someone who needs them are put in extra danger.

If you would like to know a bit more about everyday first aid, we can arrange a session when we get back together.

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Being a Good Samaritan doesn’t always involve an emergency situation. We can all do things that seem very small to us but make a big difference to others. Everything we do can show our love for God and love for our neighbour. There are people in our communities who have volunteered as ‘Buddies’ for their neighbours, checking that others are OK and helping in small (and big) ways. If you know of someone who needs help but you can’t help them, please let Rev Yvonne know. She will be able to contact the ‘Buddies’ or other organisations. We all still need to help each other when we can even if that is just asking someone how they are and spending a little bit of time chatting.

Good Samaritan

One of the sad parts of the story of the Good Samaritan is that people walked past the injured man without helping him. Why do you think they did that?

If we are honest there are some people or some types of people that we would rather not help. Jesus challenges us to think about our prejudice, to find ways to treat everyone as our neighbour and to show God’s love for them. It is not always easy! Sometimes our help will be refused and we have to make sure we are safe while we help. Sometimes our role will be to draw attention to something rather than helping directly. Is there someone you think needs help but you don’t know how to help them? Talk to someone you trust about this and try together to decide what you can do.

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An idea for prayer this week:

Healing God, unite us in love because we are all neighbours in Christ. Let us be like you and offer compassion and help to everyone in need.
Amen.

Sometimes being a Good Samaritan needs knowledge and skills, and sometimes it only needs us to be friendly and compassionate and to notice when others are struggling.

Alison and Angie