Church Building Reopening Letter
Last Sunday, the first services in a Methodist Church since lockdown were held at St Andrew’s, with 10 people from across the circuit attending the 9.30 a.m. service and 28 people at the 11.00 a.m. service. Both services ran very smoothly, and were hugely appreciated by those who attended. Everyone in the congregation wore masks, there was hand sanitizer available on entry, people sat socially distanced, and they entered and left the sanctuary by different doors. Rev Phil Snelson led the service, creating a reverent atmosphere with live music and singing the first hymn but without congregational singing. The service largely followed the ‘Worship at Home’ service, with Deacon Richard Beckett providing the address via video, but also had its own flavour as a corporate act of worship. It was good to be with God’s people once again. Many thanks to the people of St Andrew’s who made this possible.
Further services for the whole Circuit will be held at St Andrew’s on August 9th & August 23rd (details to follow). Hopefully, over the forthcoming weeks – once Risk Assessments have been completed and approved – it will be possible to hold services in other Methodist churches. Another service open to the whole Circuit has been pencilled in for September 6th, with the venue to be decided. There is no intention to rush this process, and it will be dependent on a number of factors, such as national & local recommendations concerning indoor gatherings, and the availability of preachers. It will also be useful to get an idea of how people feel currently about attending worship services, and the practical issues they face.
To help us with our future planning, please could you complete a simple online questionnaire by clicking the green button below. If you would prefer to return the questionnaire by email or post, please click on the blue button below to download a copy of this letter and questionnaire.
(on behalf of the Circuit Leadership Team)