shaped for mission”
Welcome to the Bristol & South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit. We are a friendly family of 41 churches and two Methodist / Anglican schools serving communities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire with a membership that spans all ages. We are part of the wider Methodist Church in Britain. Our 2000 members come from many different countries and backgrounds and we aim to help everyone feel at home.
COVID - 19
Following the Government's announcement on 4th January the country again finds itself in lockdown. We have taken the decision that our church buildings will remain closed for congregational worship and church activities until lockdown restrictions are eased. We understand the upset caused in not being able to come together for fellowship and worship but we have a duty of care towards others and to set a positive example to wider society. The nature of the mutant COVID is that it is able to spread exceptionally quickly and we believe we must do all we can to stop its spread and protect others.
Please remember that during this period you must stay at home as much as possible, stay local and do not meet with others indoors, including family and friends, unless they are part of your support bubble. Households can meet outdoors with one person from another household.
We will post updates to this guidance on our COVID-19 pages as more information becomes available. Most churches have Worship at Home sheets, streamed or Zoom services or videos on Youtube. Details of the Circuit Youtube channel can be found to the right of this letter. We continue to encourage members to keep in touch with each other and our staff through e-mail and Social Media.
Please also keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and the Superintendent's blog so that we can keep you in the loop with any updates and provide you with resources and ideas for prayer and worship.
The Methodist Centre remains open to provide a take-away food service for the homeless Mondays to Wednesdays, donations of food will be welcome but they do not require donations of clothes etc as the charity shop remains closed.
Currently, we are not offering funeral services in our churches as crematoriums are still best placed to hold services which are limited to between 15 and 30 attendees. If you suffer a bereavement you should contact your local funeral director who will make the necessary arrangements with your local Minister.
We very much regret that weddings are not permitted to take place during the lockdown period.
The Circuit Office remains closed, however staff continue to work from home and pick up emails.
Please continue to watch over one another in love.
Rev. David Alderman
0117 969 3686
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Latest Coronavirus updates and news
Due to the current lockdown all church buildings are closed. Please see guidance notes below. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Last updated : Monday 11th January
Responding to COVID 19 case action cards
Advice and support during COVID 19
Rev. David Alderman will also post further updates &reflections on his blog
Marriage and Relationships