Methodist Church Advice and Guidance
This page was last updated at 17.30 on Tuesday 19 May
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The Methodist Church has issued new property related guidance for managing trustees, following the launch of the Government's new strategy to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance covers many topics including:
Public spaces, outdoor activity and re-opening external places of exercise
Education in Early Years Settings
Information on funding
Re-opening Church Buildings - Update issued on 15 May 2020
The Property team are currently working on guidelines with regard to safe reopening of our buildings. Updates will be posted here: www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/property/coronavirus-guidance-for-property/.
Many people are asking about the re-opening of nurseries and pre-schools in our buildings from 1 June, and please be assured we are working on the updated guidance which will be published as soon as possible.
Having checked the FAQ’s if you have specific queries regarding property please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
I am due to move this August. What’s happening?
The Conference will be asked to adopt the changes to the stations as usual and at present we are assuming that all moves will go ahead as planned during the summer (therefore removals should be booked). A small contingency group has been established to look at issues that might arise and we will publish further advice if the situation changes.
Update issued on 14 May 2020
The Government launched its new strategy on Sunday 10th May to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic which is outlined in its document Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy on 12th May 2020, which came into effect today (13th May 2020).
A number of points within the plan will have an impact on many churches and their properties across the Connexion. In response to this the Conference Office, Connexional Property Team and TMCP are currently working together to develop a comprehensive set of property related guidance for managing trustees. This guidance will be published over the coming days so please refer back to this page for further information.
An update - issued Tuesday 12 May
A statement from the Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference:
“Methodists have missed being able to gather for worship in church buildings over the last two months and look forward to the resumption of public worship when it is safe for this to happen.
"The Church’s commitment to the pastoral care of its members and others has been at the forefront of our response and will continue to be. During the lockdown many congregations have shared in internet based services, usually broadcast from manses, following strict social distancing rules, and many people have continued to worship in their homes. Church communities have been creative in preparing worship materials and nationally we have a dedicated phone line for those who are not connected to the internet.
"The increased number of broadcast services on radio and television has helped to mitigate some of the sense of deprivation that people feel from a loss of fellowship. We would hope that those programmes continue to be scheduled as not all will be able to attend public worship even when all restrictions have been lifted.
"We recognise the paramount importance of the safety of members of the public and understand that any change to the current restrictions must be made with care.”
An update - issued Thursday 07 May
The Government is due to give an update on its lockdown guidance on Sunday May 10. We will consider any changes carefully and update our own guidance as necessary. The Secretary to the Conference will meet Ecumenical colleagues later this week and District Chairs and the Warden of the Diaconal Order on Monday May 11 and will discuss any possible changes with them. As usual, any updates will be shared on the Methodist Church website and on our social media channels.
*Lay Employment Advisory Information from the Methodist Church
This page contains information on the following:
Information on the job retention(furlough) scheme
Furlough confirmation letter template and explanation letter template
Employment related FAQ's for churches and circuits
Lay employment advisory pack
*Frequently asked questions:
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Information on sabbaticals
Information on Methodist Conference
The Methodist Church has now issued guidance that all Methodist Churches are to close, including those currently open for quiet prayer and reflection. This does not include churches which provide essential services, such as food banks. There are however, guidelines about how these should be run. Closure also covers the live streaming of services in church buildings.
As churches will be closed, service sheets and resources for home worship are now available to download, You can access these resources here.