Dear friends in the Sutton Park Circuit,
We are at the moment being urged to keep social distancing in place, in order to help curb the wave of the coronavirus in the UK.
In a time when we are asked to “keep a distance” and more physically separate from one another it is good to remember Paul’s words to the Romans:
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8. 31ff)
Friends, let us, therefore, daily renew our faith and trust in the Living God, and be praying for one another in hope.
Please do get in touch, if you are concerned about anyone who is in the hospital at the moment, or in the upcoming weeks, particularly if there are weeks when there is no visiting allowed at the hospital. The UHB Chaplaincy team covers: the QE, Heartlands, Solihull, and Good Hope Hospitals. You can email me: Kathryn.email@example.com or phone the Erdington manse (0121 386 5612) or phone the Chaplaincy and leave a message (0121 424 7676). Do keep your own minister and pastoral visitor in touch with the situation.
God bless, Rev Kathryn Darby UHB Chaplain Good Hope Hospital
Local Churches in the Circuit now have many folk confined to working at home. A good use of the time now would be to make progress with the GDPR Data Audit, which is due in from all churches at the September Circuit Meeting.
What Needs to Be Done
Go to the TMCP website https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection
Scroll down to this section:
Template Notices, Registers and Forms
- Processor Record for Managing Trustees
- Data Mapping Form for Managing Trustees – Template form that Managing Trustees can use to help them to record what personal data they hold.
- Non-Exhaustive List of Examples – Examples based on the results of the Working Party’s data mapping exercise to help Methodist Managing Trustees complete the Data Mapping Form .
Read the first and the third, and fill in the first two. What could be more fun?
Questions, as ever, to me. Stephen.Froggatt@methodist.org.uk
Further details here.
Coronavirus guidance from the Methodist Church
Updated 17 March 15:00
It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance. We would encourage people who lead services to think about how worship might be offered in different ways, including online and using worship at home sheets.
During this incredibly difficult time when people might want to spend time in prayer in their Methodist Church. Local trustees should consider whether it is possible to open up their churches to enable people to come and pray or sit quietly, perhaps offering prayer stations as a point of reflection with precautions around physical distancing.
Suspending services means that we advise that baptisms will not take place in public worship and if you have a wedding planned in a Methodist Church you should speak to your minister. While funerals may still take place, we would advise that the number of people attending is limited as per the Government’s advice.
In terms of Church business, we recommend that all meetings including church councils and circuit meetings should be cancelled. Districts chairs will be in touch about Synods. The next meeting of the Methodist Council has been suspended and we will advise on how essential business will be carried out. We will be issuing further advice on this.
To read the latest version of this article in full, please follow this link.
The fund raising event for MNDA at the Cafe on the Green on Saturday 21st March has been postponed. However, it will happen at a later date, so watch out for details.