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> Friday 18 September 2020
At the Circuit Meeting which took place last night it was resolved that we would begin to work carefully towards getting back into church buildings for worship. The Church Councils of all our churches meet over the coming couple of weeks and I shall work with them to decide the most appropriate local response.
We shall have a 'mixed economy' of worship into the future. Online worship will continue to be provided for those who do not yet feel comfortable in returning to worship in our church buildings.
Remember that we shall be subject to strict limitations in terms of how many people may attend the worship and each of our buildings will have a different capacity. If you wish to attend you will need to book in ahead and you will need to provide details for track & trace as this is a legal requirement. All of our churches have undergone risk assessment and the Church Stewards and property teams have worked hard to establish the protocols which are required for reopening of the buildings. Be assured that you shall be as safe in attending worship as you are in any other place. I am grateful to those who have spent a lot of time on this process.
Recognise that worship will be different, but shall still be worship. There will be no hymn singing but, where equipment allows, there will be music. Where equipment allows there will still be some of the video material that we have been using in online worship. You will need to wear a mask and if you are in a category which exempts you from so doing then I respectfully suggest that you probably should not yet be attending public worship. I am obliged to emphasise the Methodist Church and government direction that if you are over 70 years of age you should conduct your own assessment of whether you should be yet attending public worship. If you have underlying health issues then, again, I respectfully suggest that you probably should not yet be attending.
I shall let you know as soon as we have a programme of opening our churches for worship organised. Recognise there will be a pause until you see anything happen as I do need to work on creating the provision -- the Church Council will need to agree the provision, the buildings will need to be made ready, the protocols for opening need to be confirmed, a preaching plan will need to be arranged. With luck, we shall have worship in some form in some of our buildings by the end of October.
Remember that it is my intention to maintain the online provision throughout this period, and onward, so that nobody is deprived of worship opportunities or feels under any pressure to be physically present in the building.
Any comments or questions are welcome. Do get in touch if you wish to do so.
The Revd Dr Adrian Burdon
The Methodist Church in Oldham
Shaw & Royton Circuit
> Saturday 12 September 2020
We continue to work our way through life in the pandemic and recognise the changes that are needed in the things of everyday life. The situation remains serious and government direction has in recent days brought about some changes which again add limitations to the way things work.
In the Shaw & Royton Circuit, none of our church buildings are yet open for public worship and we continue with our online worship. We have conducted a survey of church members in order assess the feeling across the circuit. The overwhelming majority of people are remaining very cautious about a return to worship in our church buildings. The Circuit Meeting takes place on Thursday 17 September 2020 will discuss this further.
The most recent update from the Methodist Connexional Team, on 10 September, answers some of the questions that we are asking ourselves about the impact the recent restriction have upon church activities.
Places of Worship can remain open for services and prayer. As before, the limit on the number of people is determined by the risk assessment with attendees divided into multiple groups of no more than 6 people.
Weddings and funerals are still allowed and maximum numbers remain at 30 with people divided into multiple groups of no more than 6.
Community Halls remain open and activities are allowed as before but within each activity, participants can be in groups that consist of no more than 6 people.
The government has emphasised that venues must be Covid-19 secure and contact details must be left for Test and Trace.
The Revd Dr Adrian Burdon
The Methodist Church in Oldham
Shaw & Royton Circuit | Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit
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We are a small Circuit of the Manchester and Stockport District of the Methodist Church. Located at the northern tip of the district, part of Oldham Borough, we are six churches spread across two former mill towns in the foothills of the Pennines. Methodism in this area was established over 200 years ago and we have some historic buildings which are still used in worship.
The Shaw and Royton Circuit is looking forward to a time of growth and development. We are seeking ways to engage more fully with our neighbourhoods and to engage in God's mission in this place. The worship in our churches is, generally, traditional but we are looking forward to exploring new ways and finding new expressions for our traditions.
The Shaw & Royton Circuit is in partnership with the neighbouring Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit and the Superintendent Minister covers both Circuits. We are working together to create a new Circuit, covering the whole of the Oldham Metropolitan Borough area, from September 2021.
We acknowledge the calling of the Methodist Church in Britain as our local calling and so seek to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out our discipleship in worship and mission.
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