As a district, we would encourage you to be aware of and follow the advice which is on the Methodist website and to check for any updates and changes on a daily basis.
13 August – The government added more details to its guidance on wearing face coverings, specifically for ministers and in cafes. As a result, the Connexional property team have updated the following sections on the website:
In the light of the government’s announcement on 31 July, some of the guidance has been updated (see below) to reflect the changes regarding face coverings and wedding receptions.
- Guide for Using Your Worship Space
- Guide for Weddings
- Guide for Other Community Users
- Covid-19 Risk Assessment (Word) or (pdf version)
- In addition, there is now new enhanced guidance on Guide for Children, Young People and Intergenerational Worship & Activities.
The following is the list of additional updates on the Connexional website as of 28 July 2020:
- Guide for Outdoor Worship to reflect further government guidance
- Updated Cleaning Churches during Covid-19 (amended guidance to replace hand dryers with paper towels)
The following information has been received from the Connexion with reference to Safeguarding training.
ADVANCED AND FOUNDATION MODULE: This training should be suspended. Deadlines for completion of the training will be extended. Where people are new to post, we are encouraged to direct people to the relevant handbook for their role.
T4T (TRAINING FOR TRAINERS) FOR THE FOUNDATION MODULE: The Connexion are exploring the possibility of producing a digital/online version so that trainers are then prepared to roll out the new module when the current restrictions have been removed.
LETTER FROM THE CONNEXION
We have also received the following letter from The Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team, and Jude Levermore, Head of Mission. To read a copy of the letter, click here
ALL WE CAN – METHODIST RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND
For information from Tim Baker, Churches and Volunteers Manager at All We Can, Click here
For further information from Tim Baker about their online and digital worship resources, click here
FURLOUGH SCHEME – NEWS FROM THE METHODIST CHURCH
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme l Churches, Circuits and Districts (UPDATED 25 March 2020) This document provides initial information that is available on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for Churches, Circuits and Districts. The information is limited at present, the government is expected to publish further information soon, the information is therefore subject to change.
To access the information, click here.
MODEL LETTER – The Connexion have also produced a model letter for use, should the need arise, which can be downloaded here
REFLECTIVE RESOURCE FOR FUNERALS
The following resource has been produced to be used at home for those who are unable to attend a funeral.
Click here to download the resource.