NYD Webteam: March 2020
At midday Mon 23 March 2020 the Methodist Church announced the closure of all its churches for the foreseeable future. The only exception will be for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out closely within Government guidelines.
The Methodist Church suspended worship services last week with some churches still opening for quiet prayer and reflection. This must now also be suspended.
We would encourage people to use our online resources at home which include downloadable services and links to online worship services.
The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference said: "We are asking people to change their way of 'going to church' to help to protect themselves and others. We have put in place measures that will enable Methodists still to be part of the worshipping community, whilst for everyone's sake staying away from church buildings. There is a range of resources available for people to use at home which we hope will help them to continue their cycle of prayer and worship. The Methodist Church is more than its buildings and if in these unprecedented times we can continue our life as Methodists without using our buildings we will help to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus."
One simple thing Rev Les Nevin suggests is that you might consider setting some kind of alarm eg on your phone, clock, iPad, watch... for 6.00pm each evening as a signal for us all to pray the Lord's Prayer. It is one simple thing that all of us can do simultaneously and give us a sense of being together in prayer while we are kept apart by the current situation.
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