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Focus on Israel/Palestine

Update on the Kairos Action Plan

Kairos Day of Prayer and Reflection

On 7th June, we had a day for prayer and reflection for Kairos. This offered the opportunity for people to reflect on all that we have heard and learned about the situation in Israel and Palestine, to pray about our response, and to provide some feedback to the PCC as they prepare to make a decision about whether we should become a Kairos Community.

The day started with a wonderful liturgy prepared by Hazel Berry. There were seven prayer stations around the Church, each dealing with a different aspect of the Israel/Palestine situation. In the hall we showed several short videos and gave people an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Fifteen people took the time to complete feedback forms. Fourteen of these were in favour of several actions which the Church might take, and five were interested to be involved in these actions as an individual. Thank you to all who attended and completed the feedback form.

Kairos Crowthorne Blog

We have set up a blog called KairosCrowthorne.blogspot.co.uk. You can read more details about the day of prayer and reflection and all the other Kairos activities on the blog.

Kairos Training

Hazel and Brian Berry and Ken and Tracy Perrett travelled to Birmingham on Saturday 21st June to attend a national Kairos Training Day. It was very well attended with about 60 people and was most informative and encouraging. We had sessions on Kairos Theology, ethical visits to the Holy Land, Kairos Communities and Political Engagement. After a marvellous lunch in a small Lebanese restaurant, we attended several workshops on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions(BDS), Kairos Communities and Political engagement.

We had the opportunity to meet the national advocacy worker for Kairos Britain, and hope to work with her in the future.

PCC decision on becoming a Kairos Community

The PCC meeting on 9th July considered all that we have learned about Israel/Palestine and the feedback from the process. They then decided unanimously that our Church should become a Kairos Community. We will provide further details of what this may entail in future editions of St John’s News.

The Kairos Group