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We are holding our community and the world in our prayers during these extraordinary times. Please contact us if you require practical, emotional or spiritual support and we will do our best to support you or point you in the direction of someone who can.

We are not holding church gatherings at present in accordance with governmental advice and guidelines set out by the Methodist Church but there are many ways we can still be “church” (The church is the people, not the building!): https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/

We will be distributing a newsletter to members and friends of our church at the end of each week for the foreseeable future.  We have also created a page here giving some helpful information https://shiremethodist.org/corona-virus-covid-19-information/

You can also watch the following updates and reflections from our minister, Rev Patrick Stonehewer:

Head of Mission, Jude Levermore said: “Our Calling is to respond in love and service to the needs of our communities. The aim of this advice is to help us do this even while the extent of the issue is still unclear. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers around the world who hold us in prayer as we hold them. We should not be afraid “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7.

We pray:

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

Here is info about our “normal routine”:

Shirehampton Methodist church welcomes you to join us whether it be for a Sunday service (11am every week), bible study group, Monday afternoon tea, monthly coffee morning or simply to admire our community mural.

We also join an Ecumenical Sunday Service at the Cotswolds Community Centre, Dursley Road, on the second Sunday of every month at 4.45pm. Please see the calendar for details.

To see a full list of our monthly events please click here.

For room bookings please contact Bridget Williams (see contacts).

You can also find us on Facebook.