The Methodist Church Coronavirus Guidance and Resources
17th March 2020
The latest news from the Methodist Church and
the Bury St Edmunds Methodist Circuit
Services and Activities on Church Premises
It is with sadness that we have received the directive from the Methodist Connexion that all services and all activities on our premises are suspended with immediate effect because of the coronavirus guidance received from the government. It is so important that you keep yourself safe. So there will be no services from this Sunday 22nd March until further notice and no church activities on our premises with immediate effect.
In the first instance please contact you pastoral team/visitor by telephone. For emergencies please contact your minister
Each week the circuit ministers will prepare a worship sheet for everyone. This will be available on a Tuesday (commencing 24th March. It will be sent by email to those for whom we have an email address and by post to all others. If you receive it by post and have an email address then please let the circuit office know on 01284 731082.
We hope that you will all use it on a Sunday morning at 10.30 a.m. in order that as a circuit we are worshipping together and we can draw on the strength of that knowledge, we need to hold this situation in prayer. In time we will look to recording or live streaming.
Those of you who have access to the internet will also find services on the Methodist Website - https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Along with the worship sheet we will be producing a weekly newsletter. If you have any information you would like to share then please forward it to Debbie to be included in the newsletter, it is so important that although we cannot meet together to chat and share face to face that we are still able to do that in a different way. We need the support of one another.
Dear Friends, you are not alone, we are here to support one another in the love of God through his son and be assure that the ministerial team are praying for you all in these difficult and challenging times.
Debbie, Rita and Ruth
Debbie’s details are
Head of Mission, Jude Levermore said:
“Our Calling is to respond in love and service to the needs of our communities. The aim of this advice is to help us do this even while the extent of the issue is still unclear. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers around the world who hold us in prayer as we hold them. We should not be afraid “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.
Alternatively you can watch a live streamed worship service from Wesley's Chapel here (starts 11.00am every Sunday)
For further information please follow this link