Central Methodist Church, Helston

Superintendent Minister: The Revd. Daniel Reed

Tel. No. 01326 572303



RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - 16TH March 2020

Dear Friends and Members across our Methodist Circuit


The Circuit Leadership Team resolved on the 16th March 2020, in line with government guidelines, that all public gatherings for worship or other activities within our Methodist buildings are suspended.

This decision came with sadness but also with a great sense of duty for the care of our worshippers and communities: this suspension is active from 17th March 2020. 

This document sets out our reasons and offers alternative modes of worship and fellowship. We will continue to support the weak, isolated and anxious and there are contact details below for help and advice. This position will be reviewed every four weeks, and the suspension affects all groups which rent our properties.

Sunday Services: The government have made clear that religious places of worship are included in their understanding of social gatherings. Therefore we are duty bound to suspend our times of gathering together, added to this, the recommendation that the over 70’s and those with significant underlying health problems drastically restrict their social movements. Many of our preachers and active supernumerary ministers are over 70 and the Leadership Team felt it would be wrong to continue to ask them to lead our worship. To help us fulfil this all worship and events are suspended so please do not attend.

Yours in His service

Rev Danny Reed

On behalf of the Circuit Leadership Team


SUNDAY 22nd March 2020

The Circuit Leadership Team resolved on the 16th March 2020, in line with government guidelines, that all public gatherings for worship or other activities within our Methodist buildings are suspended.

You will all be receiving or may have already received by mail a letter with further details.

All pastoral visitors please keep a record of all those who have been visited including date and place: this could prove invaluable in a local outbreak of the Coronavirus.


Please pray for our ministers, Rev Danny who is vulnerable after his recent time in hospital, Rev Diane whose mum has recently come out of hospital but is still very poorly, and Rev Paul who is currently unwell.

Community Meals – we will be continuing to offer a meal to the community at Central on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Please collect a meal at the door between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.

A worship at home service sheet.  https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Bible chat mats. Explore the Bible with the Bible Chat Mat. Bible Chat Mat allows people of all ages to read the Bible and have conversation together, whether around a meal table, sitting on the sofa or wherever works best. This activity can be done as a household, friends together, home group, Sunday group, or even in a school club. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible story in your own unique way. https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/supporting-children/youth-children/resources/bible-chat-mat/.

Thank you to all who have already replaced your weekly Sunday offering with a monthly Standing Order from your bank account. If you have not already done this but would like to do so, our bank details are:

Account: Central Methodist Church Helston

Account No: 60430145

Sort Code: 40-24-06

Bank: HSBC, Market Street, Falmouth.

If you want to find out more please contact John Bilkey john.bilkey@btinternet.com or 01326 572229.

Sponsored Birdwatch Update from Rev Andrew- First wind and rain, now coronavirus have restricted my birdwatching around the circuit. Nevertheless I have reached 73 species so far and the summer visitors are starting to arrive. Highlights thus far include Cattle Egrets at Frenchman's Creek, Puffins off the Lizard Point and Firecrest in Helston. I am still aiming for 100 by end of June, but time will tell. Keep safe.

Degibna News - All services, meetings and events are cancelled for the time being. Instead a monthly email newsletter will be sent to all 70+ Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel. If you are not a Friend, but would like to be sent this newsletter, just email me at andrew@aandbhill.plus.com and I shall add you to the list.         Rev Andrew

An idea from Becky - Would you like to take part in becoming pen friends with Culdrose families? The thought is that with the children off school parents could get them to correspond with people who might be feeling quite isolated which would be positive for both parties. We have had a few who have started this already but I'd like to give members the chance to sign up if they're happy to take part either in receiving or sending letters. Please contact Becky if you are interested blinesmfb@gmail.com or 01209 717443.

Resources and material for worship will be on our Circuit website

www.lizardandmountsbay.org

Items for the next “notice sheet” to Theresa by Thursday noon, please:

preferably by email to clericalsw@outlook.com or 07964 145076.

Please keep emails as brief as possible

The weekly average from direct giving currently is £724

Some email messages

"Be more in Prayer and in the Word than the News.

It is there that we will find strength and be able to cope with this ever changing situation, a situation we could never have imagined but God knows and is not surprised and he is with us through it. May it be a time when we experience his closeness and comfort whatever he allows to come our way.

Some positives, for these worrying times.

There are less accidents on our roads.

In this lovely sunshine the smart meter isn't whizzing quite as fast.

This week we had an anniversary and two birthdays to celebrate, our anniversary on Wednesday and my uncle’s 92nd birthday; plus our daughters birthday on Thursday. The first time we have never been in each other’s company for 38 years but thanks to modern technology we could see her and “share” in cards and presents.

Count your blessings

Instead of your crosses:

Count your gains

Instead of your losses:

Count your joys

Instead of your woes:

Count your friends

Instead of your foes:

Count your courage

Instead of your fears:

Count your health

Instead of your wealth:

And count on God

Instead of yourself.



 

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY


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