I needed some good news. Maybe you do too.
Via an email from the Methodist Church I came across these stories of welcome from the Evangelical Alliance. And guess what? In three of the four stories featured on the front page (when I looked), the Methodist church figures prominently.
My eye was caught particularly by the story of Irfan John, a Pakistani who has become a Methodist Minister since arriving in Wales. He and I shared a welcome service in August, so I feel something of a bond with him. He has an unusual appointment as the Synod enabler for ethnic minority congregations. And he’s a very fine fellow, with a lovely family.
I know that this isn’t the time to be complacent, but I can’t help feeling that inspiring stories like this tell us that as a church we are at least getting some things right.