District News – 17 March 2020

This Week’s News

Coronavirus

In the light of the evolving situation, please keep a close eye on the District website and all District social media platforms for regular updates, information and resources.

Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldmethodist/

The Methodist Church advice can be found here: The Methodist Church Coronavirus guidance. This is likely to be updated on a daily basis, so keep checking.

District Office

The District Office is likely to be closed, with staff working from home. We are hoping to set up the phone system so that calls can be answered. Any messages left on the answerphone will be picked up and dealt with.

We will be holding all in our prayers!

Financial support for churches

Over the coming weeks and months our churches will face severe reductions in income relied on to pay costs already committed or necessary to operate through and beyond this crisis – stipends, wages, utility bills, insurance etc.

If you are worried that your church may miss out on so much expected income that it will be unable to weather this storm by itself, please contact your circuit treasurer or finance officer in the first instance. We will work with circuit treasurers and others to navigate a way through the financial aspects of this storm together.

Events

In light of the current government guidance, it is likely that events already advertised in previous emails may have to be cancelled. We are aware of the following that have already taken this decision:

Time to talk about … was to be held at the end of March at Sprotborough Methodist Church

God in Love Unites Us – District Discussion on 31 March at Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield

Open the Eyes of the Heart – Regional Retreat in May

Prayer from the Methodist Church

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

A message of thanks and support

Dear Friends,

Here at Methodist Church House we are working hard to support you all in Mission and Ministry to fulfil your calling. We wanted to say how grateful we are for the way you have responded to the challenges of these current times. We have seen so many of you going the extra mile in producing web based worship, in sharing resources, and in building one another up. This last Sunday we saw hundreds of examples across the Connexion of true connexionalism and we are so encouraged. This will be a marathon and not a sprint, we are committed to serving you as you serve the world, take care of yourselves and please feel free to make contact if we can offer more, or you spot gaps that you might have ideas on filling.  Thank you.

Jude Levermore Head of Mission and Paul Wood Interim Director of the Ministries Team