From the clamour of information available concerning COVID-19 we have tried to bring together here information that we hope will be informative, relevant and useful for you during the current situation. As well as updates below that relate directly to the current status of our church buildings we have provided links to external sources that provide valuable information for us:
SRMC Status Updates
Adhering to government legislation for the region, and Methodist Church guidelines, following rigorous risk assessment procedures the church building has been made available for use by [a] external organisations, and [b] SRMC groups. Because of the aforementioned legislation/guidelines this 'opening' is currently restricted to a local youth theatre group for external groups, and within the church itself currently only the Avengers young people's group is availing itself of the facilities.
The church building is re-opening on Sunday 19th July for Sunday morning services which commence at 10.30 am. To ensure the well-being of all persons entering the building, comprehensive safety measures have been devised, a copy of which is available for download. There is also further information regarding what you will experience when attending.
Following government advice, SRMC is preparing to open the premises - initially for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10 am - 12 noon [commencing July 8th], and then for Sunday services [commencement date to be advised]. Information about other activities will be provided as and when the situation changes. To ensure the well-being of all persons entering the building, comprehensive safety measures have been devised, a copy of which is available for download.
As with the majority of the country, the arrival of COVID-19 has had serious implications upon the normal life of the church. During March the premises had to be closed following government and Methodist Church guidelines. For a church that is very active both within the local community and within its own fellowship this has resulted in a severe curtailment of normal life. However this situation did not stop SRMC from meeting and functioning in some form with people working and contributing from home, and members of the fellowship continuing to meet and worship online.
As time progresses with plans for restrictions gradually being loosened, so the church has been working to see to what extent it can re-open, in what form, and when. This is obviously a very fluid situation and as soon as further information becomes available then it will be published here. Meanwhile see next page for useful and helpful information as we live through these times.