“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” 

—Martin Luther King Jr

All worship services and other activities in our Churches are suspended until further notice in line with Government guidance.

A message from Rev Keith , Rev Andrew & Deacon Lorraine

Today is Wednesday, 18 March 2020 

 

 

Dear friends, 

 

On Tuesday March 17, the Methodist Church issued guidance based on the government instructions that all non-essential gatherings pause.   This now includes churches and our user groups.  Thankfully, the Partnership has been preparing for this eventuality since the beginning of March.   We have consulted with the Partnership Leadership Team today and with their blessing we now formally offer the following guidance to our congregations.   We invite you to read the guidance prayerfully and thoroughly and to communicate this information widely to your congregations.  Please convey our deep and profound sense of prayer, love and encouragement that we have for one another as we share the following:

 

The Methodist church issued new guidelines which state that all worship services and group events should be suspended for the foreseeable future.   Please find the details via the link below showing current details and updated information:

 

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/ 

 

It is important that we create a good network of communication with one another and within our churches so that everyone is informed and feels cared for during this period.

 

Keith, Andy and Lorraine will work with pastoral care teams to make sure that we support everyone, especially the most vulnerable in our congregations.  Churches are encouraged to create rotas or to work with other community groups to shop and support those who will become isolated. (Please follow NHS and Government guidance if you are offering support to others).  As ministers in the partnership Keith, Lorraine and Andy will be the reference points for communication. 

 

 Please also reach out to us if you are unwell or need assistance.

 

These are uncertain times, but during uncertainty we have an opportunity to think creatively about our profound role as churches within our communities.   Ministers, local preachers, worship leaders, church stewards and church members can introduce creative activities for households such as; prayer chains, book clubs, poetry, writing and art projects, home exercise suggestions, food recipes and card ministries etc.  Churches may want to invest in a banner or a large community board for people to post messages of hope and prayer on (of course, making sure that this is done hygienically).  The sky is the limit, so please share your ideas with us and with one another.

 

Churches Together in Britain have invited everyone in the community to place a candle in their window at 7pm on Mothering Sunday.  This is a lovely gesture of solidarity and prayer for our community, nation and world.   Please share this prayer vigil opportunity with your friends, family and neighbours.  

 

Finally, be encouraged that the church is uniquely placed to be a source of comfort, support and inspiration during times of trial.   May our light continue to shine bright during these days.

 

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

May the Lord’s face shine upon you 

and give you peace.

 

 

Keith, Andy and Lorraine 

EDITORS NOTE: The situation and restrictions placed upon us is changing daily and it is suggested you follow the link here to check the Methodist Church’s latest guidance.   https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/

News about High Peak Partnership

Offer of help.

In this time of closed churches and possible isolation, people who have computers , tablets or the like can at least contact friends by these means. Sadly it is a time where online scams are prevalent often using Coronavirus as the key word in the scam.

 I am willing and able to help anyone who reads this in distinguishing what is legitimate and what isn’t. I also extend the offer of help to anyone who is having IT problems.

Anyone who wants to contact me is welcome on the email address below.

If I don’t know the answer I probably know someone who does.

 All contact will be at a distance  and at no cost.

Regards

 Russell Baker russ@russb.org.uk

Russell Baker is a member of Fairfield Methodist Church and is the Church safeguarding officer among other things. He led “Comfortable with Computers” project at the Church with weekly classes for two and a half years during which time more than 150 people came to the class. He is also the webmaster for this website.

                    

High Peak Partnership. All Welcome

High Peak Partnership welcomes you.

Welcome to the High Peak Partnership which is the amalgamation of the Buxton Methodist Circuit, High Peak Methodist Circuit  and Whaley Bridge Uniting now with a total of fourteen churches. It was formed in September 2019  and  is part of the Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church in Britain.

It is a large, mainly rural area with Churches in Derbyshire, Cheshire & Staffordshire a number of which are also in the Peak District National Park. The churches are also interestingly in three separate government regions these being East Midlands, West Midlands & North West England.

While the majority of our churches are in the Methodist tradition the Whaley Bridge Uniting Church includes Baptist Union & United Reformed Church members.

Our worship is varied and with each of our churches you are assured of a warm welcome. More details about our churches can be found on this website.

Our circuit share two superintendent ministers the Rev Keith Sandow and the Rev Andrew Parker

For more information about each church and how to find us go to the Churches pages above.

You will also find the link to our Facebook page below.

Methodist Church in Britain
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.

It does this through:

The Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.

The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.

The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.

The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ

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