Coronavirus (COVID-19)Information

This page has a range of links and resources relating to the current coronavirus pandemic. We will do our best to keep it up to date, but other sites are likely to be updated more quickly than this one, so keep checking the relevant sites for any updated guidance.

The Methodist Church's coronavirus guidance page:
https://www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus/ is updated regularly with advice and guidance for all Methodist Churches.

Health and Safety and Official Guidance

NHS information and guidance:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health England:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Government guidance on social distancing:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

World Health Organisation information:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

School Closures — key worker guidance has now been issued.
See the official information from GOV.UK or a Guardian article summarising it. Key workers include religious staff.

Church Life

Safeguarding

The Methodist Church have issued some updated guidance for the current situation:
https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/mission-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/safeguarding-considerations/

Property and Trustee matters

TMCP have some general advice about dealing with them as well as from useful FAQs, especially relating to licensing:
https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/covid19

Methodist Insurance information:
https://www.methodistinsurance.co.uk/coronavirus/

Worship

At this time, public worship in Methodist Church buildings has been cancelled, so you may want to worship in a different way. Many people are creating resources for this; some are online, others are for use offline. Some can be done together, others alone. Whatever you do, don't overdo it! This situation is likely to last for some time, so pace yourself.

The Methodist Church's Singing the Faith Plus website has a variety of resources and links, including:

  • Worship at Home sheets
  • Live-streamed worship and prayers
  • Some information about livestreaming, including copyright issues
  • Posters to display outside of churches

If you are offering worship or prayers online, please feel free to post the link to the District Facebook Group or email the details to the Webmaster and we'll try to collate a list here.