As the covid-19 pandemic escalates, it is important that we take measures to protect the most vulnerable in our church community, that is older members and those with medical conditions causing weaker health. In consultation with others, we have therefore reviewed our church activities in line with the latest guidance from the Government and the Methodist Church. Activities that attract a high proportion of people who fall into the vulnerable groups will be suspended; other activities will continue. We are taking these decisions to ensure we continue to meet our duty of care to those in our community.
The following church activities are suspended with immediate effect: Luncheon Club, Welcome Club, Creative Age, Monday and Thursday Toddlers, and Saturday morningCoffee Shop.
For the time being, the Lent Course and the mid-week Bible Study will continue to meet, though it is important that no one attends these groups if they are showing any of the symptoms of covid-19. In line with Government advice, people should stay at home for 7 days if they have either:
– a high temperature
– a new continuous cough
Sunday services will continue as per the preaching plan for now. However, if you are unwell or concerned about your own vulnerability, please don’t worry about attending. Remember Church doesn’t stop because we don’t meet and there are other ways of joining in with worship.
If you have any pastoral concerns, please contact your pastoral visitor, a steward or Naomi. Even if you are self-isolating, we can still carry out a pastoral “visit” by phone and our pastoral visiting model will be changing to become one done more and more by telephone rather than in person.
Clearly the situation is developing rapidly and advice is evolving on a daily basis. We will therefore keep these decisions under review and it is likely that further restrictions on activities will be required over the next few days and weeks.
This has not been an easy decision to make, but we prayerfully believe it is the right thing to do at this time to protect people’s lives and well-being.
Rev’d Naomi Cooke and Keith Norman.