It was decided after worship this morning that as the majority of our congregation are of more senior years (over 70,) services for the next two Sundays, (22nd and 29th of March) will be cancelled. Our monthly communion service at The Sandford Nursing Home has, at the request of the home also been cancelled.
Also cancelled is the Circuit Meeting at our church tomorrow night (16th March) and the Concert next Saturday morning. There seem to be sensible precautions and are in line with guidance from the Methodist Church. See below.
Friday 13th March at 10:00: updated advice on elderly and vulnerable people attending church
The Methodist Church is monitoring the situation around COVID-19 which at the moment is considered a moderate risk by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer. The Methodist Church has issued the following updated guidance to ensure the risks are reduced, recommending practical precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Should advice from the UK government change these guidelines will be updated.
Good hand hygiene is vital in reducing the spread of the virus. Wash hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitiser gel. This is particularly important for servers at Holy Communion.
Should I go to Church?
Older members and those with medical conditions causing weaker health and greater vulnerability should consider not attending church for the time being if they’re worried about infection. This is an act of mutual care and concern, and is not a desire that people ‘give up’ Church.
If you are not an older member and don’t have underlying health conditions, but are feeling ill and/or displaying the symptoms of a cold, please consider staying away from the service.