Central Methodist Church, Helston

Superintendent Minister: The Revd. Daniel Reed

Tel. No. 01326 572303

Rev Danny Reed, An Hyreth, Old Hill, HELSTON TR13 8HT daniel.reed2@live.co.uk

6th August 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Warm greetings to you all.

Much has been done in recent days to ensure that public worship can recommence at Central Methodist Church. Can I thank you for your replies to my previous letter and for your support as, during lockdown, individuals have helped clean, decorate and prepare the chapel for reopening on September 6th 2020. Our congregation and regular worshippers remain with differing opinions on whether they are going to return to public worship in September or not: I support both view points and trust that the option to remain at home or return to worship does not become divisive to us. Can I stress that, just because the chapel is open for worship, please do not feel under any obligation to return if you feel it is still unsafe. The online worship that has been much used during lockdown is going to continue and printed orders of service from the Methodist Church are still available.

There is of course lots of legislation to be followed and I want to highlight this to you if you are planning to return to Central.

  • The chapel will be open from 10am and 5:30pm to enable staggered entrance times: worship commencing at 10:45am and 6pm.
  • Currently we will be acting on a first come first served basis and an afternoon act of worship at 3pm will be arranged if capacity is met for the morning service.
  • Sadly there will be a limit to the number of people we will be allowed to admit and we ask no one to take offence if you are asked to come back at 3pm.
  • The following must be observed throughout your time approaching the chapel and inside the chapel building:
    • Maintain 2 metres social distance and follow the one way system
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times
    • Your name and telephone number must be recorded
    • Sanitise hands. Please be aware that toilets should be used sparingly and will need the occupant to clean that area after they have finished
    • Please do not move the furniture to sit with friends or swap seats
    • No bibles or hymn books will be used, words will appear only on the screen
    • There will be no singing or playing of wind or brass instruments
    • Keep all belongings with you
    • Currently there will be no separated work with children or young people, of course they are welcome to attend but must remain in their family bubble
  • Rev Danny is still planning how communion can be safely prepared and received and further advice on this will be given.

Whether worshipping at home or at Central I pray that you will find peace, comfort and hope in these times. Please get in touch with me for further information.

Yours in God’s service,

Rev Danny

SUNDAY 9th August 2020

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

Remember Central Prayer Time, half an hour every Tuesday, 10:30-11am. You will receive a weekly email to help you be a part of this prayer time. Also have you tried joining Rev Danny live at 3pm on Wednesday afternoons on Facebook where he is leading a bible study on Peter the Disciple? Plus there is a weekly Sunday Service on Facebook and YouTube. Also, Isaac is recording “bitesize” bible study; Sunday School continues through Zoom; and emails are being sent for further devotions: for more information on any of these please get in touch.

There's now a new section on the Circuit website called Prayer and Bible Study. To find it go the circuit website - (Lizard and Mounts Bay Methodist Circuit) - and then click on 'What we do'. Under the drop down box 'What we do' click on 'Prayer and Bible Study'. Hopefully, in the new section there will be the Tuesday prayers and any other prayers or Bible studies that are produced in the Circuit.

This month I will prepare the Door and Car Stewards’ Rota in the hope of opening in September.   As I do not yet know what will be required, (maybe more services to get everyone in) I am now just asking for anyone who wants  to be dropped from the Rota, or alternatively anyone who would like to join it, to let me know as soon as possible.    01326 572810 or sallyblaber@yalktalk.net     Thank you Sally

MWIB (Methodist Women in Britain, Cornwall District) Treloyhan 2020 is happening, or, at least, as at today it is. Due to the unpredictable circumstances we are living in, we are still just asking for "expressions of interest" rather than firm bookings at this time. It is hoped to send out the programme with cost details etc in the next week. So far, details planned:

The event is November 2nd to 4th/ 4th to 6th

Speaker: Mrs Margaret Smith former Connexional President Women’s Network (MWiB)

Theme: Treasure Seekers.

If you are interested in going along or want to know more, either email Rev Margaret Barnes at margy02@btinternet.com or telephone Estelle Turner on 01326 560471 (leave a message if out) as soon as possible. We can then keep you updated on any developments.

Rev Danny’s final request for help to finish the decorating at Central. The chapel will be open from 10am to 4pm (and evening by request) on the following days (painting skills being most valuable):

Monday 10th

Tuesday 11th

Wednesday 12th

Thursday 13th

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 clericalsw@outlook.com or 07964 145076.

Please keep emails as brief as possible

The current weekly average from direct giving is £856.02

Also we have had ad hoc giving (16 March to date) totalling £2473 (an average of £123.65 per week)

The budgeted offering was set at £1200 per week

Many thanks to all those who have kindly donated towards the decorating costs

a sum of £940 has been received to date (7th August ’20)

Regular Giving

Over recent weeks I notice our regular giving has been below what was budgeted. No doubt this is partly because we usually have several visitors who contribute to the offering. Also some of us will be facing the challenge of reduced income and may have had to reduce our giving. On the other hand some of us will have experienced reduced expenditure in recent months. (Holidays cancelled and refunded, Petrol costs much reduced etc.) I am reminded of some words of Paul (2 Corinthians 9 v7): "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." Let those of us who have less not feel guilty about giving less, but let those who find they have more consider giving more. It is good to review our regular giving at least annually, so let us pray for one another that we may have wise and generous hearts.

Rev Andrew

For more things happening in the circuit go to:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2641145875902731/

For more things happening in the Cornwall District go to:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/670123887071993/

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