24th March — update — Closure of church buildings

The Methodist Church is announcing a closure of all its church buildings for the foreseeable future. The Methodist Church suspended worship services last week with some churches remaining open for quiet prayer and reflection. This must now also be suspended. The only exception is for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out within government guidelines.

For up to date information, the latest guidance and resources please click here.

There is also information available from the Government here

As Christians we must remember our Lord's promise in Matthew 28: 20b; "And remember, I am with
you always, to the end of the age".
And as St. Paul reminds us in Romans 8: 31-39, there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In uncertain times let us be beacons of light and hope.

The President of the Methodist Conference offers this prayer:
"We are not people of fear
We are people of courage
We are not people who protect our own safety
We are people who protect our neighbours' safety
We are not people of greed
We are people of generosity
We are your people God
Giving and loving
Wherever we are
Whatever the costs
For as long as it takes
Wherever you call us"

From our Circuit:
Care for each other
Offer to help anyone who needs it
Remember your neighbours and relatives who may need your support
Oh please stop buying everything in sight there's not a food/supplies shortage
Never lose hope and faith
Ask if anyone needs anything
Value your friends, family and colleagues
I will try and help anyone I can
Rise above this awful virus
Unity — let's pull together folks and beat this
Stay safe and follow the public health guidance
© Bean 2020

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