Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Practicing what I preach

On Sunday we continued our series 'the Chronicles of Reading' and looked at Jesus' politics. I encouraged everyone to write to their MP thanking them and telling them we are praying for them. If you don' t know your MP's contact details here they are:

  • Rob Wilson is the Labour MP for East Reading: Mr. Rob Wilson, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
  • Martin Salter is the Labour MP for West Reading: 413 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1HA.
  • John Redwood is the Conservative MP for Wokingham: 30 Rose Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1XU.

My MP is John Redwood so I emailed him yesterday:

Dear Mr Redwood – I wanted to send a short email to say thank you for you service to us through these difficult days. There appears to be so much cynicism towards MPs at present that I wanted to add a voice of support for you. As a pastor of a growing church, I know something of being a public servant and also what it is to make mistakes in the public domain. Thank you for being open about your expense claims and making amends.

Please do continue to keep to the business of a MP and not be side tracked by the interest of the media. In these times especially, our country needs leadership and our democratic system operates best when we have a vibrant opposition!

I will continue to pray for you and have asked my congregation to do the same. Yours sincerely, Sean Green
And his reply, within 3 hours, was: Thank you for your email. I am planning to stand again, and am making no claims for second homes.


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Great to encourage people to contact MPs What about going to their surgeries or arranging to meet them? Most people who go to an advice surgery go with a problem but go and support them and also ask them about the issues that they are being contacted about in the community and see if there is anything the church can do to help.

Also do the same with councillors who also do not have an easy time. Invite local politicians to events at the church or keep them informed about what you are doing. Also alot of local councillors these days have a small pot of money that can be used for a range of projects.