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CORONAVIRUS Update:

In line with Government advice and as an act of mutual care we have suspended all worship services and activities, groups and meetings other than Food Bank and Queens Road Pre-School until further notice.

For the latest advice, information and resources from the Methodist Church please click here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/

Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Below are some prayers you may find useful:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/prayers-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/video-prayers/

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 other
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.

  [from the Methodist Church website]

Loving God,
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lillies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.

Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference 

The Joint Public Issues Team offer the following prayer for those affected in this difficult time:

Loving God,

In your very being you exist in relationship,

living in service and love with yourself, and with us.

In reflection of this you call us into community,

that in knowing one another, listening to one another,

and serving one another, we might encounter you.

Through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ

when you encountered a hungry crowd,

or a family in need of healing,

or a group isolated from society,

you responded with action, feeding, resurrecting, welcoming.

Open our eyes to the needs of those around us,

especially as we encounter new challenges.

Help us to turn to one another in love,

responding in action, in service of your hope. Amen.