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 24th May 2020
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.
Unfortunately, our order for Our Daily Bread booklets (large and small) starting in June and July will not come this year, as the Office is closed. However, for those on line, you could order a single copy to be delivered to your home at ourdailybread.org/subscription (there may be a delay in sending it), or the readings are available to be read on line at ourdailybread.org. It is very disappointing but it is just one more thing affected by the pandemic. Hopefully by September all may be well again. Keep well and safe. Sally
Sponsored Bird Watch Update
My current list has risen to 95 species in the Circuit, recent additions including cuckoo and swift, so I am on course to reach 100 species by the end of June. Still no chough or peregrine, but they remain possibilities. A full list will be available from July for those interested. Rev Andrew
Thy Kingdom Come
This annual season of prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost continues this week. As we cannot meet together to pray, here is a personal challenge for those of you walking as part of your regular exercise. Why not make one or more of your regular walks into a prayer walk? You don't have to pray aloud and it is advisable not to close your eyes while walking! Instead use the people you see and buildings that you pass as inspiration. Pray for homes, schools, businesses etc. Between us we could cover much of Helston in prayer as we take our local walks. Rev Andrew
Cornwall District Methodist Women in Britain - Annual residential Experience at Treloyhan
This is usually an excellent opportunity to strengthen your faith and enjoy fellowship with other Methodist women from around the county and those who have been before, frequently become regular attendees.
Due to the current uncertainties, firm arrangements cannot be made at this present time but the organisers would appreciate hearing from anyone who might be wanting to attend, if it proves possible for this year's get together to take place.
Information as we know it at present:
Dates: 1st session - Monday 2 November(after lunch) to Wednesday 4 November 2020(lunchtime)
or 2nd session - Wednesday 4 November(lunchtime) to Friday 6 November 2020(lunchtime)
Conference Theme: Treasure Seekers
Conference Leader: Mrs Margaret Smith (past Connexional president of Women's Network now known as MWIB)
Cost - to be confirmed (as a guideline, the 2019 cost was between £126 and £149 per person
If you are interested in attending, please contact me (or Rev Margaret Barnes) as soon as possible. No money is being requested at this stage due to the uncertainties and expressing an interest at this point will not be regarded as a firm booking. Estelle Turner Tel 01326 560471
GOOD NEWS! YES, YOU CAN ORDER FAIRTRADE SUPPLIES - WITHOUT BREAKING THE RULES during this crisis! So if you fancy some chocolate, an award winning cup of tea or need some toilet rolls or soap, please get in touch with Estelle Turner 01326 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre is up and running again with “visits” being done over the phone. If anyone would like to receive prayer updates or be part of the monthly CAP Zoom Prayer meetings can they contact Alison Jones our CAP debt Centre Manager. Also contact Alison for free Hope Magazines and Hope Mark Gospels (Glossy with lovely pictures) for anyone wanting one for themselves or a neighbour as well as the CAP 'Neverthless' Book for a good read. Alison's contact details are 0174273133 or email@example.com.
Resources and material for worship will be on our Circuit website and Facebook page.
www.lizardandmountsbay.org LAMB Circuit Cornwall
Items for the next “notice sheet” to Theresa by Thursday noon, please:
preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or 07964 145076.
Please keep emails as brief as possible
The weekly average from direct giving currently is £846.31
Please, continue to send me material I will put together and send out weekly.
STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY
Special greetings and congratulations to Maureen and Paul Hayward, they are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and Maureen’s 75th birthday.
It may seem absurd
standing alone at the window, watching a bird,
when there are chores waiting to be done,
but there is no fun
In wielding a vacuum cleaner.
I would rather be an elbow leaner
and let the fluffs stay
for another day.
Gloom and despair
are on the Air
having hit the headline News.
Other peoples` views
are pouring from the screen.
They make me want to scream
as they always know best.
Out there on my lawn, digging with zest,
is a blackbird busy worming.
I`ll continue to watch him instead of squirming.
I may be shirking
but a bumble bee is working,
going from flower to flower,
zooming with furry power,
and overhead the sky is blue.
I may have a lot to do
but time to lift my thanks to God in prayer
Is never wasted, so I will continue to stare
at Nature`s lovely smile -
Doris R. Townsend
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.
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