Last updated - Monday 23th March - 15:30
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It is with great sadness that we have realised we need to take the decision for church services, meetings and events to cease for the time being. This follows guidance from both the government and from The Methodist Connexion.
It is important to remember that we are the people of God wherever we are, and not just when we congregate in a church building. Jesus said that wherever two or three gather together in my name, there I am in the midst of them. (Matthew 18.20) But gathering together is clearly not possible right now. However, we need to be creative in our understanding of that instruction. If two people connect together through a telephone call, or text message exchange, if two people Skype or Facetime, then surely Jesus is there in the midst of that. Therefore it is vital that we keep in touch with one another. Pastoral visitors - can you arrange to speak to the people on your lists regularly, so that everyone has at least one call to look forward to. Share your number with those who may need to call you for a chat. Think about who are the people most likely to feel lonely and isolated, and reach out to them in this way.
We hope to be able to provide some resources for prayer and worship and will be putting that together as soon as possible - keep an eye on our Circuit website (www.salfordcircuit.org.uk). It’s difficult to know how to reach those without any form of internet communication, but we will be as creative as we can be. (Any ideas appreciated!)
The Methodist Church website has a number of useful resources which can be found at www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/
If you aren't already, we suggest you sign up to the Circuit Email Mailing list, so that we can ensure that you are kept up to date with any news and resources. - You can sign up at https://www.salfordcircuit.org.uk/mailing-signup
Meanwhile, stay safe, and keep praying - for one another, for the community, for the world, and for all those suffering from the virus itself. And keep in touch!
Clare and Kim