Cancelled Services at High Street Methodist Church

Following Government advice I am very sorry to inform you that the decision has been taken to suspend worship services. Therefore with immediate effect there will be no gatherings of worship held at High Street or any of the other Methodist churches in our circuit. I want to assure you that this decision has not been made lightly, but it is clear in the unfolding news that we need to treat the spread of this virus seriously and the actions that we all take matter. This decision must extend beyond acts of worship therefore all church meetings will also be cancelled until further notice.

These days there are many acts of worship streamed live on the internet including UK Methodist churches, and this may be an opportunity to explore new ways to worship. Locally we are considering various means of connecting us together and I hope to bring you some more news of that in the comings days. 

I recognise that this news will be tough for some of you to hear. I also recognise the dangers of isolation and what this can mean for our physical and mental health. In the Methodist church we have an excellent pastoral care system, and at High Street we are so blessed to have a dedicated and caring team of pastoral visitors. Unfortunately due to health recommendations home visits must be avoided, and I ask that you respect this to protect the team from any increased risk of exposure. However, we will be working with the team to make sure that each church member has regular contact from the church via e-mail or telephone. This pastoral contact will ensure that the church is able to support each other in all the ways possible. I cannot stress this enough; please do not suffer in silence. Let us be unified at this time and be strong together. We are bound by something far stronger than geography.

I also want to stress that though we cannot meet to worship God, this does not mean that we stop worshipping! God is with us at all times and in all places and how we live our lives day by day is worship itself. The church is needed now as much as ever and we remain a community of power. Our power is in prayer, in acts and words of loving kindness and in being a light in a world that seems slightly dimmer right now. We can be the instrument of hope that other people need.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Warmest Regards,