New Covid Rules impacting worship services from Friday 10th December
There are new rules (UK govt and Methodist Church) which now mandate the wearing of face coverings in church for all those aged 11 and over (unless exempt), with the following exceptions:
- those leading worship
- those reading aloud from the front
- others whilst actually singing.
Social distancing is not required, but ventilation good practices will be reintroduced and sanitiser will be available and its use encouraged.
More information is available via the following link below:
Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to all who contributed in the run up to Christmas. Those of you attending the Advent course, running church groups, contributing to worship, decorating the church, helping with the coffee morning and everything else that goes to keep a church functioning. It was wonderful to see the church, if not full, at least well attended for the Christingle service. Thanks to those who contributed to Wesley’s gifting tree - over £200 has gone into helping Wesley’s who served Christmas dinner to over 95 people on Christmas Day. The need is greater than ever and the increasing links with community, other charities and the council is raising the profile of Wesley’s to the public and helping secure further funding.
As we move into the New Year, we will have to follow the ever-changing requirements of the Covid pandemic but we need to work out how to do the things we feel God is calling us to within the restrictions and safe working practises rather than taking the easier option of shutting down. Covid will be with us from now on and we will have to learn how to live with it.
Worship will resume in church on the 9th January with the Covenant service. As Covenant wasn’t able to be celebrated last year in the building it would be good to see as many members as possible attend to renew the covenant. Anyone who can’t attend but would like to receive extended communion from this service just needs to let me know - extended communion is delivered to your door so is ideal for those who still need to stay isolated.
As we start the New Year a few things need a mention:
GILUU: Prior to the vote at church council about whether to register the church for all marriages, I would like to offer the opportunity to all to meet and discuss the implications for the church of this vote. It needs to happen before the church council so I am suggesting 7pm on Tuesday 25th January. This is entirely voluntary but will allow people to discuss and consider the implications.
Situations Vacant: There are a number of roles now vacant due to people stepping down. We need at least one new steward and one pastoral visitor - ideally more as sharing the workload is better. I would like someone to take on the role of church archivist as we have a lot of historic material that needs sorting, cataloguing and storing properly. Also, I would like to offer an in-house worship leader training (not the connexion course) aimed at anyone interested but maybe of particular use to stewards and children’s workers even if you don’t think you actually want to lead worship, as local arrangements for worship are increasing.
And a final reminder to all that while this is God’s church, we are God’s people, so if you want this church to continue it is up to all of us to lead, support or participate in whatever way we can in the work of God in this place. What is God calling you to this New Year?
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If you would like more information or want to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Reverend Louise Makin, our Minister, 01253 224232 email@example.com or Judith Smith, our Lay Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org 01253 720986
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