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Look after yourself. Know for yourself!
Here is the advice of the Methodist Church in terms of the Coronavirus spread.
The Methodist Church: Coronavirus Guidance
The Methodist Church is monitoring the situation around COVID-
Should I go to Church?
If you’re feeling ill and/or displaying the symptoms of a cold, please consider staying away from the service. If you are leading the service and are unwell, please don’t struggle through but stay at home and get well. Remember Church doesn’t stop because we don’t meet and there are other ways of joining in with worship. Even if you would normally go to church with a cold, the words of 1 Corinthians 8:11 may be useful here: “Think of your weaker (brother/sister)”
Welcoming people into Church
Welcomers might consider refraining from using a handshake to welcome people. If welcomers do shake hands hand gel should be available to both parties.
Leading Worship and Holy Communion
During Lent the Methodist Worship Book does not invite people to share the peace. Ministers may wish to use alternatives to sharing the peace with handshakes. For instance using the British Sign Language version of the peace -
Those administering Communion must wash their hands or use hand sanitiser immediately prior to distribution. If the Common Cup (chalice) is used for Communion, only the Minister should receive the wine, and communicants only the bread. The practice of ‘intinction’ (dipping the bread into the wine) should be avoided as this may spread the virus. If individual glasses are used for wine, the communicant should pick up their own glass rather than servers handing it to them.
Bread should not be passed around via the ‘tearing and sharing’ method but should be prepared by a single user who has thoroughly washed their hands before cutting the bread into small pieces and ideally who wears disposable gloves. It is probably a good time to remind Communion Stewards that communion wine, once poured out, should never be returned to the bottle to be reused later. Any remaining elements should be reverently consumed or put to ground.
Ministers should refrain from shaking hands with people as they leave.
Churches may want to consider carrying out pastoral ‘visits’ by phone. In any case it may be worth calling the person you are due to visit to check they are comfortable with you being there. Now is a good time to be thinking proactively about who in the Church might need extra help should they decide or be required to self-
Remember that many people are anxious and a reassuring phone call and an offer to pray might be very much appreciated.
Look after yourself and look out for others is the message. In this Lenten time we are required to reflect on who we are and who we are with God. I hope that your deliberations are proving to be fruitful and that you are coming to know yourself as a true follower of Jesus. As we journey in uncertain times know that you are loved. Know that you are valued. Know that God is with you always. Take care.
May the joys of the Easter season be with you all.
Celebrations and Welcomes
You will be aware that from 1st September 2020 The Chipping Norton and Stow Circuit will be divided and two of the churches, Shipston-
Sunday 17 May -
Sunday 7 June -
Saturday 11 July -
We will be having a Welcome for our two new sister churches and this will take place on Sunday 13 September at our Marlborough Road Circuit Service. There will be a buffet lunch following the service. Please come and join with us, say hello to new friends and share with food and fellowship.
Marlborough Road, every Thursday (10am to 11.30am)
Hinton on the first Saturday of the month (10am to 11.30am)
Hornton weekly on a Friday (10.30am to 12 noon)
Cropredy have a coffee bring and buy every 2nd Friday
Easington on alternate Wednesdays (local blue bin day), starting at 10.00am
Grimsbury on the last Saturday of the month (10.30am-
List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.
ALL SERVICES CANCELLED.
From The Methodist Church website “Coronavirus guidance
Updated 17 March 15:00
It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance.”
So across the Circuit, all activities, INCLUDING Sunday worship, are cancelled.
SUNDAY AT HOME?
Wesley’s Chapel in London will continue to live-
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.
All these services will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA