River Methodist Church
in the love of God.
All are welcome.
in the love of God.
All are welcome.
From our Minister
It is with sadness that the Methodist Church in Britain today advised all Methodist Churches in the UK to suspend services and church meetings until further notice, in line with Government advice. We, at River Methodist Church will follow this advice with immediate effect. It feels counterintuitive to close our doors when our communities are facing such uncertainty and people need support and care. As painful as it is, cancelling public acts of worship is the responsible, compassionate thing to do because our care for each other must be paramount. During the unprecedented and difficult times in which we are now living, we will need to find new ways to support and encourage one another and to remain connected.
Just because we are not meeting for public worship does not mean we cease to be church. Please be assured that although we may not be able to be in physical contact with one another we can still pray, worship and watch over one another in love. Pastoral care will not cease, far from it, but it will take on a different form during this time. Pastoral visitors will be asked to make regular phone calls to those on their pastoral list and if this is not possible or practical, report back to Revd Miriam Moul or Susan Randall as Pastoral Secretary. Please also do report anyone that is in particular need, whatever that might be and we shall do our best to respond appropriately.
Please be aware that many hospitals and care homes have suspended visiting and we do not recommend visiting at this time. Perhaps we could all take it upon ourselves to keep in regular contact with other church members? Perhaps a call, an email, a card or letter may help those who are feeling particular lonely and isolated at this time? We can find new ways of staying connected and I urge us to do so that we might express what it means to be the Body of Christ in all circumstances. If you are able please do continue to support the church financially. Even churches with the healthiest budgets can quickly find themselves in difficulties after a few Sundays of missed offerings.
During this time we will all greatly miss worshipping together. If you have access to the internet a number of churches will be aiming to live-stream sermons and other acts of worship held solely online. We will find ways of remaining connected as church and discovering what this means when we can’t physically meet. This may include occasional pastoral/prayer sheets, inviting everyone to be involved in staying in touch with another church member, helpful notes for personal reflection and study, a community newsletter and other possibilities. Please do share any ideas you may have!
Over the coming weeks and months please do continue to pray for the following:
I conclude with a prayer adapted from ‘Prayer for a Pandemic’ by Cameron Bellm
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who settle in for self-isolation at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love!
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. Amen.
Please do take care of yourselves and each other. I will also be socially distancing as much as possible but please do not be afraid to call or ask for anything. I am here to help, to pray with you and support you wherever I can.
With love and continuing prayers for us all,
Revd Miriam Moul
Rev Miriam Moul