Premier hosted Society Sunday last weekend celebrating local heroes within our communities.
Listen back to the full recording of the Sunday Service by clicking on the player below:
A national service was held at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster on Sunday and was replicated in churches up and down Britain as people pay tribute to individuals from all faiths who help make their communities better places to live in.
Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, Superintendent of Methodist Central Hall preached and said this years’ service was particularly poignant:
“The terrorist attacks in Manchester and London evoke lots of emotions in me. One emotion is a deep sense of thankful gratitude for all those people – often unsung and unassuming - who serve in various ways to help make our communities safer and better places to live in. The Society Sunday services happening in churches of all denominations across the UK this weekend are occasions to focus on human goodness and kindness, and a timely opportunity for us to stand together and remember in prayer those bereaved, injured and scarred by recent events.’’
Those being recognized include Pastor Nims Obunge MBE from Tottenham who campaigns against knife crime and acts as a mentor for young people, and 71 year old Street Pastor Katie Beckett who volunteers helping young clubbers in Kingston-Upon Thames well into the early hours of Friday and Saturday nights.
The service was broadcast later that evening on Premier Christian Radio which was available on DAB Digital Radio across the UK, or on Freeview TV Channel 725.
Prayers were also said for the new government, and for the Queen who celebrated her 91st birthday that weekend. This is the third year that Premier has provided resources which include Prayers, thank you certificates, orders of service and activities for children and young people. A map of church venues running Society Sunday is available.
- Use our special prayers
- Offer a certificate of thanks to people making a difference in your community
- Hold a themed service
- Hold a community lunch with other faith and community groups