Responding to the Coronavirus
I have never lived through a global crisis on the scale of the Coronavirus before we are facing unprecedented challenges in which everyone must play a part.
The see the guidelines regarding the Coronavirus issued by the national Methodist Church click here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/
Rev Bob Sneddon
Some of the key points are:-
All worship and meetings in the life of the church to be cancelled from March 22nd for four weeks until 12th April inclusive. This decision to be reviewed towards the end of the four weeks.
We do not cease to worship and pray because we cannot meet and many creative ideas are emerging
Worship at home sheets and details of some services that are live-streamed are available here. There are many other live streaming sources available. https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
The organisation “Thy Kingdom Come” are proposing a global prayer moment at 7.00 p,m. on Sunday 22nd March. More details and other ideas here https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sw/node/901
Daily Service at 10.45 am each day on BBC Radio 4.
Good hand hygiene is vital in reducing the spread of the virus. Wash hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitiser gel.
If you are tired of singing Happy Birthday twice to time yourself washing your hands you might like to know that the Lord’s Prayer, said aloud at moderate speed, takes about the same amount of time.
Churches are encouraged to carry out pastoral ‘visits’ by phone. If a visit is essential the person will be called to check they are comfortable with a visit. The church is being encouraged to think proactively about who might need extra help should they decide or be required to self-isolate.
God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others.
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.