Church is closed for public worship until we are directed otherwise, either by the Government or by the Methodist Church. However, this does not mean the work of the Church has ceased or that we are doing nothing.
During the lockdown, like other churches, Southgate has been active in several virtual ways.
There is a What’s App group of about 20 members, sharing chat and news. There is a weekly Bulletin emailed as a PDF file to about 60 members and friends, containing bits of news and comment about members’ activities (or lack of them!!). For those members without internet access, copies are printed out and popped through their doors.
For some time morning prayers used to be held from Monday to Wednesday every week, and these have now been added to the Southgate Hub http://www.southgate-hub.org.uk/ (also accessible from the church website http://www.southgatemethodistchurch.org.uk/index.php and on Facebook).
Our normal Sunday morning service has been supplied by a half-hour service, also on the Hub, prepared by Rev. Colin Sherwood and two local preachers in rotation.
We’ve normally had a coffee morning every Friday so, instead, we’ve now started having a virtual coffee morning, via Zoom, on Thursday mornings and, also through Zoom, a prayer meeting on Friday Mornings.
The Elland food bank still operates from Southgate on Saturday mornings with clients coming to the door to receive their bags.
(Thanks to Ray Wilkinson for this summary of what we are up to…)