Coronavirus - Our Churches

As people of faith we are called to work with God to further God’s abundant life for all. In the current continuing circumstances this means we are called to set a good example in following the government’s advice and guidelines. Because of this, and because of our duty of care to one another within the church community and beyond, when the 'lockdown' began in March 2020 we stopped public worship and all other church meetings and gatherings. Although our churches started re-opening in September, we suspended services again following the tightened restrictions in response to rapidly rising number of infections that emerged late in 2020. Now that restrictions are gradually being lifted, our churches are beginning to open again for in-person services.

At this difficult time we move forward together knowing that we are held in the palm of God’s hand and that no matter where we are God knows our comings and goings, all we do, all our hopes and fears. There may be times  when we want to shout at God, other times when we want to grieve.  We are passing through times of fear, worry and concern.  But there will also be things to give thanks for as we are held and loved by God in all that is happening.

Church Opening

As restrictions are gradually being lifted, our churches have re-opened for in-person services. The current position is as follows:

Acton Hill Services started on Easter Sunday and will continue at 11.00am
Ealing Green Services at 11.00am started 25th April
Greenford Services at 10.30am from 6th June
Hanwell Services started on Easter Sunday and will continue at 11.00am
King's Hall (Urdu/Hindi) Services at 2.00pm started 2nd May.
King's Hall Class Meeting Not yet decided
Kingsdown Services at the earlier time of 9.30am started 25th April
Northolt Services at 11.30am started 23rd May
Pitshanger Services at the earlier time of 2.00pm started 2nd May

Because of the continuing need to maintain social distancing, seating capacity at our churches is limited and churches have had to set up reservation systems for people who wish to come to worship. Please contact the church you are interested in.for more details.

For some time to come ‘church’ will be very different from what we were used to before the lockdown with limitations on what we can do. For more detailed information click here to download Rev Rachel Bending’s letter outlining what church will be like when we open.

Sunday Worship Online at 11.00am

During June services will be live streamed online from Ealing Green Church at 11.00am. For Sunday 6th June, click here for the Youtube link

Most online services up to now have been pre-recorded video services and we will continue to add devotional videos on an ongoing basis.
Click here for devotional videos and videos of the services for home worship.

You can also find video links for the services on the
Ealing Trinity Worship Youtube channel

 

Virtual Bible Studies on Zoom

Rev Rachel Bending is hosting Bible Studies on Thursdays at 2.00pm and 8.00pm

Between now and the start of Lent the focus will be on ‘uppity’ women in the Bible. There are many women who played a pivotal role in the story of God’s people and we will be looking at some of them and how they can inspire us today. All are welcome to join in – both women and men!

Please contact Rev Rachel Bending or the Circuit Office for the Zoom link to join the Bible Studies.
 

Circuit Healing Services During the Pandemic

Circuit Healing Services for Healing and Wholeness are currently being re-thought - more details soon.
 

Daily Prayer and Reflections

At this time you may want to devote some time in the mornings and/or evenings to regular prayer knowing that others will be doing the same.

Click here for a service of Morning Prayer. Also, click here for a special order for Morning Prayer for the weeks after Pentecost.

Click here for an Evening Liturgy.  Also, click here for a special order for Evening Prayer for the weeks after Pentecost.

Click here for a video reflection and prayers with Rev'd Sue Male for Wednesday 25th March - the Feast of the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.


Prayer on Sundays at 7.00pm

Join Christians across the country in prayer for our communities during the conronavirus pandemic. Whereas people were encouraged to put candles in their windows at that time, the Fire Brigade has advised that you should not do so. Use a fake candle or the poster you can download by clicking here instead.

 

Holy Week in Holiday Snaps

To view photos linked to Holy Week taken on various holidays click here.

 

Live-stream Services

Wesley's Chapel will continue to live-stream worship, adapted for no physical congregation. Click here to watch.

Service times
Wednesday 12:45
Thursday 12:45
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00. 

 

Links and Resources

Dancing in the desert - Rev Rachel Bending's website with prayers, poems and other resources

The Methodist Church

Singing the Faith Plus - resources for worship during the coronavirus pandemic

London District Coronavirus Update Page - information for church officers including guidance from TMCP and others

Advice on taking care of yourself and those around you - from the Methodist Church website

Coronavirus and the Church in Italy - Past. Mirella Manocchio, President of OPCEMI, the Methodist Church in Italy, discusses her experience of the difficult situation in her country and the Church's response. 

NHS Coronavirus Advice Page

HM Government Coronavirus Response Page