Dear all, 16th April 2020
News from the Circuit this week. Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest news from the Methodist Church at https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/
Great 50 Days
As we move forward from Easter, the Yorkshire North and East District has challenged Methodists to join in marking the ‘Great 50 Days’ between Easter and Pentecost. There are three themes:
Love: consider ways to show your love for God, your neighbours and yourself during this difficult time.
Pray: for those who are ill, anxious, or grieving, for key workers and scientists working on vaccines and ways to treat Covid-19, for your church, yourself and those close to you.
Give: to support those struggling during the current crisis both in the UK and abroad (eg foodbanks, and All We Can), and to support your church.
You can find out more about the “Great 50 Days” initiative on the District website: https://www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/our-work/great-50-days/ and a list of ideas for the first week is attached.
Worship resources for use at home
A number of resources for worship this week are available to download from our website: https://www.yorkmethodist.org.uk/coronavirus-information.html along with a list of livestreamed services and video reflections you can ‘tune in’ for.
Safeguarding message from the Circuit Children, Youth & Families Team
‘As the lockdown continues many churches are finding creative ways to reach out to the children and young people they would normally see in church. The CYF team really want to encourage and support such endeavours and make sure that the adults concerned keep themselves safe. With this in mind we have produced some safeguarding resources that include supplementary consent forms, guidelines and risk assessments. We also have some resources for online games and activities. As well as safeguarding, anyone offering a virtual group needs to be respectful of copyright laws. Some publishers are not happy about materials being used online. To be safe it is worth checking first.
If you would like a copies of the safeguarding resources or advice please contact the CYF team.
It has been decided that this year’s Circuit Fayre Celebration should not go ahead in the way that was planned. We’ll be looking at finding other ways to celebrate what has been going on around the Circuit over the last year and to look ahead, so watch this space!
Circuit Office Closure
Please be aware that Lois and Angie will be working from home for the next few weeks. You can contact us on:
Angie: [email protected] Mobile 07460 310354
Phone calls to the usual office number will be diverted to voicemail and we will be able to pick up these messages remotely and respond.
Please do get in touch if we can help you in any way.
Praying for our Circuit
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 19th April is Huby. Let us thank God for the work of God in that place, and pray for the church as they consider how best to respond to God’s call in this time.
Let us pray for those whose suffering at this time is made worse by ongoing problems;
For those countries already ravaged by war or famine, by injustice and poverty, For those who struggle to stop the spread of illness when there is little water for hand washing, or where there are few doctors and nurses,
For those trapped in refugee camps with nowhere to escape the virus.
Let us pray for those who feel forgotten or marginalised;
For those afraid they will not get the treatment they need for ongoing conditions,
For those who worry about how to afford food and housing costs,
For those who grieve alone.
Let us pray for those who are working to find treatments and vaccines to protect against coronavirus and other devastating illnesses.
For those in the health service,
For those working in other essential services,
For our leaders as they try to make wise decisions,
For each other as we seek to be God’s people where we are.
Circuit Support Manager & PA to the Superintendent
Tel: 07984 019995 Email: [email protected]
York Methodist Circuit Hub
Melbourne Terrace Methodist Church, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AF