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May – June Services

I hope many of you will have heard, through various sources, about the roadmap towards restriction free church, but if not, there is probably more information on the way to you through your local church. Prior to leaving for Sabbatical Nathan was able to complete an interim plan for circuit worship between now and August and this can be found to the right. This provides some opportunities for face-to-face worship across our circuit with the hope that these will be built upon as restrictions are lifted and be more comprehensive from September where guidance and resources allow. We are committed to continuing the online (YouTube) services and this Newsletter until such a time as they are not required.

I know people will approach face-to-face worship with mixed emotions. The best phrase that I have heard to describe how I think we should proceed is 'cautious optimism.' With the vaccine roll-out we have every reason to feel safer and we are starting to see restrictions easing and there is even a prospect of restriction free worship on the horizon. That said, with new variants we always need to be ready to move in either direction as guidance is constantly revised and we aim first and foremost to stay safe. At present most of our chapels have some form of face-to-face opportunity listed below but there may be other opportunities arising that are not listed here and everything is subject to change. Numbers will be limited in every place of worship, whilst social distancing restrictions remain, though for many churches this will not be a problem there may be some where it is necessary to book in. If you don't know who to contact locally, for your church, then do feel free to contact myself (peter.hibberts@methodist.org.uk) or Peter Bates (peter.bates857@yahoo.com) contact Rev Hibberts for Barmbygate/Hawtonville and Rev Bates for Charles Street and we'll direct you to folk who can help! Please pray for all of these re-openings as we seek to re-gather.

TO SEE THE FULL INTERIM PLAN CLICK THE 'PDF' FILE TO THE RIGHT (RED ICON BLUE WRITING)

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