COVID-19 coronavirus update
LATEST UPDATE - 30 June 2020 - REOPENING OF CHURCHES
The Government has announced that as from 4th July churches in England and Wales can reopen, with restrictions. This does not mean that churches are reopening immediately. Reopening needs careful planning, with many safety issues to be considered. The Managing Trustees of each church will be reaching decisions in consultation with the Circuit Superintendent and will only announce plans when they are confident that the time is right. AT THIS STAGE THERE IS NO DATE FOR RE-OPENING.
The current health situation has changed life for all of us in so many ways. Church is no exception and the Methodist Church in the UK has issued guidance that affects the way we use and experience Church.
What are some of the main implications?
All Methodist Church buildings are closed for the forseeable future.
All meetings including church councils and circuit meetings are cancelled.
Weddings and baptisms are cancelled.
Funerals will not use church buildings.
How can we keep being Church when our buildings are shut?
Church isn't bricks and mortar! The circuit superintendent is streaming evening prayers every day and pastoral staff have been very busy recording video messages to keep in touch with you, and you can see them all on the new video page. You can also join in the conversation on the circuit Facebook page.
Further down the page you will find lists of Sunday services you can join with. Please continue to worship with God's people. There may be a lot of people around feeling worried and isolated. Pick up the phone and ring the people you have been meaning to talk to for ages but never quite did.
If you are struggling with bereavement or need a listening ear - please contact Rev. Jo on 01709 372863.
How else can I help or get help?
If you, or someone you know of, are living alone or vulnerable and there is no-one to help with basic tasks your local Council may be able to help. Rotherham Council have a form to Request Support or, if you need urgent help you can phone 01709 807319,
Want to help out with others in the community? Consider signing up for the Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme. There are all sorts of roles to suit what you can manage. You can sign up online or telephone 01709 807319
There are a number of live-streamed Sunday services and daily prayers available on the internet, and you can probably find a local one if you search. The following are a selection from the Methodist Church.
Wesley's Chapel London - Sundays 11am - www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Methodist Central Hall Westminster - Sundays 11.00 - www.youtube.com/mchwevents
10:00 Monday-Friday - from Wesley’s Chapel London: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
8:45 Monday-Friday - from Cliff College - https://www.facebook.com/CliffCollege/