I suppose it was only going to be inevitable once we’d heard the statement from Boris last night, and also from Matt Hancock that closure of our churches has to happen.
Here is the link to the full advice, and my email to our churches is below that.
You will be aware of the latest government advice which is for us all to practice Social Distancing. Following this, the advice that is being sent out from the Methodist Connexion and from URC Church Moderators is that we should close our churches until further notice. A copy of that advice is in the link above.
This means that there will be no services at any of our churches this Sunday. Please do not come to church. It also means that all church activities will also cease, and users of the church premises will be asked not to meet.
Angie and I will make arrangements with the church stewards and property stewards to ensure that the church buildings are locked down, and checked regularly. We will leave some heating scheduled so that the buildings are kept ticking over.
Angie and I are also meeting this afternoon to put in place procedures for contacting all the church members to check on their welfare, and will liaise with our church leadership teams to seek to understand the other guidance that has been released.
We have updated the circuit website to offer ways of connection for those who are online, and we will be considering how to reach out to those who are not online.
Please see:- http://www.herefordshiremethodists.org.uk/connect
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Opportunities for Worship and Fellowship:-
Herefordshire (South and East) Circuit – our next opportunity for worship is this Sunday at 10:30am to connect:-
From your computer, tablet or smart phone click:- Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 692 983 743 Password: 258374
By telephone Dial: 0203 051 2874 or 0131 460 1196 and when prompted enter Meeting ID: 692 983 743 followed by # (We will keep worship to less than an hour so should be free in your package).
For resources for you to be able to Worship at home or watch another Methodist Live Stream please click – here
Phil Warrey (Revd.)