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Minister Revd. Andrew Baker
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Greetings to you.
These last five months have indeed been very strange, and I know that you have found the reality of God’s presence in different ways. We have been unable to gather physically to worship and share fellowship together, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. God’s grace has sustained us.
A number of church councils have been meeting over recent weeks, and are exploring the possibility of re-opening their buildings. Some are considering whether and how they can put things in place to minimise the risk to those entering the building, while others have decided that this is not the right time for them to consider opening the building for worship.
I have put together a tentative preaching plan to facilitate worship if that is possible in September. Of course the situation could change within weeks and days. At present, anyone intending to join in the physical act of worship would be required to wear a face covering (unless genuinely exempt), bring their own water, register their attendance at the door, assuring the steward that they have no symptoms of COVID 19. The worship would be limited to 30-40 minutes and there would be no congregational singing or use of books/sheets provided by the church/preacher.
Stewards will need to be trained in how the stipulations of the risk assessment (which must be completed) are carried out when worship is held. This will not be Methodist worship as we have known it in the past, but many of us want to give it a try. Of course we may have to change our plans at short notice, but I know we appreciate the uncertainty of these times.
We shall continue to provide online worship and make available material which can be used by congregations. I have noted that All We Can are producing material to be used for harvest festival and I encourage churches to take this opportunity to use their material in the LA which has been allocated to each congregation in the first 6 weeks of the new year.
We welcome Bob and Mandy Stoner to the circuit. Bob is a deacon and will be working with the churches at Woodlands, Pollokshaws and Partick in their mission. We are hoping that there will be a physical welcome for them at Pollokshaws on 3rd September with a small congregation present by invitation. The rest of the circuit will be able to connect with this through an online facility. I hope that churches will consider how those without internet access can participate in the online events in creative ways.
I know that many of you will be disappointed, but we shall not be sharing holy communion during the first 6 weeks of the preaching plan, as we adjust to the unusual worship patterns.
Thanks for all your support, love and prayers through these last months.
The circuit service is broadcast every Sunday morning at 11.00 am online Service
and you can pick it up there any time after the Sunday morning. I am continuing to broadcast for 5 minutes live at 5 pm (5@5)on Saturdays on Saturday 5 minutes at 5pm
There is a Bible Study on line on a Friday at 7pm if you wish to join in please email:
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