Coronavirus - Our Churches

As people of faith we are called to work with God to further God’s abundant life for all. In the current continuing circumstances this means we are called to set a good example in following the government’s advice and guidelines. Because of this, and because of our duty of care to one another within the church community and beyond, when the 'lockdown' began in March we stopped public worship and all other church meetings and gatherings. We are pleased that our churches are now opening up again for regular worship - see below for more details. 

Even though our churches were temporarily 'closed', we did not cease being ‘church’ because we could not meet in one place at one time. We have continued joining in worship together from our separate homes at 11.00am on Sundays and will continue to do so especially as 'social distancing' rules mean the seating capacity in our churches is limited and also because not everyone feels ready to return to public worship just yet.

At this difficult time we move forward together knowing that we are held in the palm of God’s hand and that no matter where we are God knows our comings and goings, all we do, all our hopes and fears. There may be times  when we want to shout at God, other times when we want to grieve.  We are passing through times of fear, worry and concern.  But there will also be things to give thanks for as we are held and loved by God in all that is happening.
 

Church Opening

Following the announcement of new national restrictions for England from Thursday 5th November, services have been suspended at our churches until at least 6th December.

Our Circuit’s churches have started to open for worship with some beginning services in September and others opening during October. The current position is as follows:

Acton Hill Services at 11.00am started on 6th September
Ealing Green Services at 11.00am started on 13th September
Greenford Not yet planning to start services as yet.
Hanwell Services at the earlier time of 9.30am started on 6th September
King's Hall (Urdu/Hindi) Services at 2.00pm started at Hamborough Primary School on 13th September
King's Hall Class Meeting Services are combined with those at Hanwell
Kingsdown Services at the earlier time of 9.30am are expected to start on 11th October
Northolt 'Cafe' style services are expected to start from 18th October
Pitshanger Services at the later time of 2.00pm expected to start on 4th October

Because of the need to maintain social distancing, seating capacity at our churches is limited and churches have had to set up reservation systems for people who wish to come to worship. Please contact the church you are interested in.for more details.

For some time to come ‘church’ will be very different from what we were used to before the lockdown with limitations on what we can do. For more detailed information click here to download Rev Rachel Bending’s letter outlining what church will be like when we open.

In the meantime, our regular online 'video' services and Healing Services will continue.
 

Sunday Worship Online at 11.00am

Our churches are opening for worship but our online 'video' services are continuing.
Click here for videos of the services for home worship.

 

Circuit Healing Services During the Pandemic

Circuit Healing Services for Healing and Wholeness take place on the first Sunday of the month at 6.00pm - click here for more information.
 

Daily Prayer and Reflections

At this time you may want to devote some time in the mornings and/or evenings to regular prayer knowing that others will be doing the same.

Click here for a service of Morning Prayer. Also, click here for a special order for Morning Prayer for the weeks after Pentecost.

Click here for an Evening Liturgy.  Also, click here for a special order for Evening Prayer for the weeks after Pentecost.

Click here for a video reflection and prayers with Rev'd Sue Male for Wednesday 25th March - the Feast of the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.

 

Virtual Bible Studies and Prayer Meetings on Zoom

Rev Rachel Bending is hosting:

Prayer Meetings on Tuesdays at 8.00pm and

Bible Studies on Thursdays at 2.00pm and 8.15pm

To join any of these meetings click here and follow the instructions. Zoom is really easy to use on your PC, laptop, phone or tablet.

The Bible Studies are following a series on prayer from Andrew Roberts’ book 'Holy Habits'.  If you want to know a little more about the series, why not watch this brief video introducing the book and the materials that accompany it - click here to watch the video.

 

Prayer on Sundays at 7.00pm

Join Christians across the country in prayer for our communities during the conronavirus pandemic. Whereas people were encouraged to put candles in their windows at that time, the Fire Brigade has advised that you should not do so. Use a fake candle or the poster you can download by clicking here instead.

 

Holy Week in Holiday Snaps

To view photos linked to Holy Week taken on various holidays click here.

 

Live-stream Services

Wesley's Chapel will continue to live-stream worship, adapted for no physical congregation. Click here to watch.

Service times
Wednesday 12:45
Thursday 12:45
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00. 

 

Links and Resources

Dancing in the desert - Rev Rachel Bending's website with prayers, poems and other resources

The Methodist Church

Singing the Faith Plus - resources for worship during the coronavirus pandemic

London District Coronavirus Update Page - information for church officers including guidance from TMCP and others

Advice on taking care of yourself and those around you - from the Methodist Church website

Coronavirus and the Church in Italy - Past. Mirella Manocchio, President of OPCEMI, the Methodist Church in Italy, discusses her experience of the difficult situation in her country and the Church's response. 

NHS Coronavirus Advice Page

HM Government Coronavirus Response Page