Are you attending a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? For a monarch to reign for 60 years is a remarkable achievement and it is hard to imagine this being repeated by any of her living successors. Many of you reading this will remember her Golden and Silver Jubilees and some will even remember her Coronation in 1952.There will also no doubt be many of you who will be celebrating your own special anniversaries in the coming weeks.

The word Jubilee has its origins in the Hebrew Scriptures where it referred to a year of rest to be observed by the Israelites every 50th year. During the year of Jubilee, slaves were to be set free, alienated property restored to the former owners, and the lands left untilled. This process was designed to ensure that no one in the community became too rich and no one became too poor. Sadly in most societies, human selfishness leads to a widening gap between those who have and those who have not.

Living as we do in Hook, we enjoy a standard of living that is the envy of many, yet remarkably there are people living in our village who struggle to make ends meet. For a number of years Life Church has operated a food bank which has provided basic food supplies to help local families and individuals who are experiencing shortages. Food is donated by individuals and packaged up to tide people over for a couple of days while they try to find more permanent solutions. In order to make this service more efficient we will shortly be joining forces with the Hart Foodbank www.fleetmethodist.org.uk/foodbank.html which is one of a number of such centres up and down the country that are affiliated to the Trussell Trust.

If you are attending a Jubilee party this summer, I hope that you have a great celebration! At the same time why not consider supporting those less fortunate than yourselves by ‘Bringing a Tin’ to your event (see www.trusselltrust.org/big-lunch). You can drop any donations off at the Life Church Centre and we will make sure that they get to the right people.

This blog post featured in the June 2012 edition of Hook Focus