Our Amnesty Group is a recently formed group. It arose because one of our young people
feels passionately about human rights. We also felt that there was a ‘gap’ in the
ministry we as a church community were undertaking as we realised that there was
no overtly ‘political’ element to our ministry. In the Bible there are specific references
to bringing comfort and freedom to those who are imprisoned. In his lifetime Jesus
spent much time challenging the unjust structures of his own society and exposing
issues which make people suffer and do them emotional, physical and spiritual damage.
Many churches have Amnesty Groups. Our Amnesty group has been started by a young
person and is co-ordinated by her so it comprises both young people over the age
of 10 and adults as well. During the sessions so far we have explored the International
Declaration of Human Rights, written Christmas cards to prisons and written letters
to those unjustly imprisoned or are suffering from abuses of their human rights around
the world. In every session we try to relate particular cases to the person of Jesus
and try to think about how our own faith should activate us to try to make a difference
to those who are vulnerable and have no power or voice to speak out. In our world
where communication is easy and we have up-to-date knowledge of such people there
is no excuse for us not to do our bit.
Our Amnesty Group meets on a Sunday night once a month from 6.0-7.15pm at Wilmslow
Rectory. As we do not have a regular Sunday for more details please phone: (01625)
524 717. Please do come and join us if you would like to.
Our next event will be “The cage” on Saturday March 23rd. Please see our events page
for further details.