A CHURCH FOR ALL AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

Minister's Newsletter

Derek, our Minister, has been writing a weekly letter as a means of providing updates and keeping in touch during the Coronavirus pandemic. The most recent editions are available below:



COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We’ve always said that the church is the people and not the building. Over the last few months we’ve had to put that to the test as we live out our Christian discipleship in new and different ways.

In light of the Coronavirus situation, almost all of our church-organised and external activities which normally take place on our premises have had to be cancelled for the time being. Our Food Bank has continued to operate.

Worship

All worship services for Oadby Trinity Methodists have been online since March.

We worship together at 10:30am each Sunday. Our services are held by video-conference with some people also joining by telephone. Others are receiving written material so they can participate. If you want to join us for worship please contact our Minister, Reverend Derek McLean who will be pleased to help.

Government guidance indicated that some services can now take place within church buildings. However, we are taking very seriously our responsibility to protect people’s health and we are realistic about the constraints on worship services which are necessary; additionally Oadby was within the area covered by the extended Leicester lockdown.

Our Church Council have assessed how we may be able to resume worship activities on our presmises in a Covid-secure manner and it is hoped that we will be able to open our doors on Sundays from 30th August. It should be stressed that worship will then be operating in "mixed mode", with people able to be physically at church or join by video-conference (including those involved in leading worship). So people will be able to make an individual decision as to how they join worship in a way that feels safe and comfortable to them personally.

Prayer

Most Methodist churches are not normally open for Private Prayer. In our Methodist tradition, prayer is usually in our own homes and in small groups, or in the gathered acts of worship.

However, at Oadby Trinity we normally have the church open for prayer, and our many premises users frequently pop in to use this facility. We hope to reopen for prayer when that is practical.

We continue to pray individually in our own homes and we will share items for prayer. If you have a particular concern you would like to be held in prayer, please contact the minister, indicating whether that is confidential or whether you would like it shared with the people on our prayer chain. (If you are asking for prayers for somebody else please let us know that you have permission to share that information.)

Zeph’s Cafe

Zeph's Cafe remains a key part of the way the church serves this community. We have put several measures in place to allow us to re-open in a Covid-secure manner ensuring 2-metre social distancing and are now open to the public Monday-Saturday once again.

Food Bank

The Food Bank has continued to operate throughout with enhanced hygiene controls, a one-way system and increased home delivery. We saw a sharp increase in the number of people needing food, particularly in the early stages of this pandemic. If you want to make a donation it would be especially welcome at this time. For further information, please call 07913 525718.

Other activities

Many activities that take place on our premises have been suspended, some are meeting in other ways. Please contact the leader of your group for the latest information.

Finally...

At this time, please consider the safety and health of yourself and others. The resources below may be helpful:







Oadby Food Bank operates from our premises fortnightly on Fridays (11:30-12:30)
10th & 24th July
Click here for more details


Rev Derek McLean

Our minister is
Rev Derek McLean