accordance with the recommendations issued on 17 March from
our parent denominations, The United Reformed Church and the
Methodist Church, have suspended all public worship in the
Wiltshire United Area until further notice. This means
there will be no services on Sundays or weekdays, nor will
user groups be able to use the premises.
will be a great sadness to many for whom the rhythm of
worship; prayer; reading and hearing God's word; singing God's
praise and sharing Holy Communion is a natural part of their
life. So things will be different in coming weeks.
Area Staff will endeavour to keep in touch with church members
in the coming weeks by phone or email. We'll send out
messages and prayers regularly, as well as being available by
phone, because we realise how isolating this time may well
be. In addition, Revd David each week will be producing
a Home Service Sheet, basically an A4 sheet of prayers and
readings and a brief reflection based on the lectionary.
If you would like a copy, or think people in your congregation
might appreciate this, please contact David. If you want
to photocopy this for people, please remember to wear gloves
when photocopying and likewise when placing the sheet in a
that the church is the people, not the building - it's just
going to be different for a while. We encourage you to
continue in prayer and creatively show love and kindness to
all, whilst also keeping safe.
may also like to join us each evening at 9 p.m., praying to
God for all those suffering; their loved ones and those caring
for them and remembering those who mourn. You may also
like to pray for all the members and friends within the
churches in the United Area.
message comes with the assurance of our prayers for each of
Gary Gotham - Area
David Coppard - Superintendent