COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from the President of the Methodist Church

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Dear Friends,

 

It is with great sadness that we have suspended gatherings for worship in Methodist Churches across Ireland. We have made this difficult decision in light of the evolving government advice in both jurisdictions. Congregations are encouraged to seek creative ways to worship, even if not able to be in one place and to continue to serve those who are most vulnerable in their communities. We continue to pray for all affected by the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), particularly for those who are ill and grieving the loss of loved ones, our front-line health care workers, leaders in government and the Health Services and for businesses at this time. 

 

As a Church, we want to turn to God in this unique time. Below we have created guidelines and resources which we hope will equip congregations across Ireland to remain connected and together as much as possible.  

 


 

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES (Follow public health guidance provided by state authorities)

 

CONNEXIONAL WORSHIP

 

ONLINE RESOURCES (Watch on Sunday mornings as we gather for Church in our homes)

 

OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES 

 

SAFEGUARDING (Keeping others and yourself safe during this time)

  • Access PDF document (here)

 

WORLD CHURCH (Resources from World Mission Partnership and World Development & Relief)

  • God is at work: WDR Partner Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf. Download video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: WDR Partner Kopila- Nepal. Download video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: WDR Partner Wenchi Methodist Hospital. Download video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: Tackling injustice & poverty through WDR. Download video & pray (here)
     
  • God is at work: King George VI School & Centre (JMA 2019/20). Download video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: United Methodist Church PolandDownload video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: United Methodist Church GermanyDownload video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: Methodist Church TogoDownload video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: Methodist Church Ghana. View Word Doc. (here)
  • God is at work: Reaching the unreached through WMPDownload video & pray (here), or view Word Doc. (here)

     

CONNECTING (Staying connected as congregations and communities)

  • Ideas to stay connected virtually (Access here)
  • Creating a Zoom account to stay in touch as a congregation, bible study group, communities, through video calls (Guidelines here)

 

SERVING (How we serve our communities - stories of encouragement)

  • Enniskillen Methodist Church preparing emergency food packages for elderly members of the congregation (Access here)
  • 'Nothing can stop God's word' - (Access here
  • Daily YouTube uploads and creative ways to encourage a community in North Tipperary - (Access here
  • Staying connected in Kilkenny with WhatsApp groups, Food Pantry Services & Online Prayer Meetings - (Access here)
  • Online worship and staying in touch as a congregation in Dún Laoghaire - (Access here)

 

WORSHIPPING (Staying close to the Lord- devotionals, reflections, services)

  • Wesley's Chapel in London will continue to livestream worship, adapted for no physical congregation. Service times as follows: Wednesday 12:45pm, Thursday 12.45pm, Sunday 9.45am & 11am. All of these services will be available online. (Access here
  • Read regular updates from President Sam McGuffin on his Facebook page (Access here
  • 24-7 Prayer Resource including a virtual prayer room, coronavirus prayer to pray, family friendly resource and more (Access here

 

IMYC (Resources for children and young people)

  • Access resources on IMYC's website here.

 

Covid 19: Prayer by Rev. Mirella Manocchio

  • Read a recent prayer written by Rev. Mirella Manocchio, President of OPCEMI (Opera per le Chiese Evangeliche Methodiste in Italia) (Access here