REGULAR TESTING FOR COVID-19 ENCOURAGED AS CHURCHES PREPARE TO REOPEN
Methodist churches across the Derbyshire North East Circuit remain on track to reopen on 23rd May. In addition to the now familiar precautions to ensure services are 'Covid-secure' testing for Covid-19 is to be recommended for anyone attending and especially those officiating.
Superintendent Minister, Revd. Sean Adair said:
"I've been asked recently about when we will be returning to our church buildings, and we are still planning to resume physical services from 23rd May which is Pentecost & Aldersgate Sunday in our Christian Calendar.
"Thankfully, the drop in deaths, infection rates and hospitalisations, along with the success of the vaccination programme continues to give us good hope that this will be a sensible and realistic date on which to reopen our churches, initially for limited physical gatherings for prayer and reflection. This will be shortly after17th May, the next point in the Government's 'road map' toward fewer social restrictions in society.
"One way in which Circuit Staff, church stewards and volunteers will be able to help keep us all safe is to engage wholeheartedly in the government's testing programme. As congregations across the Circuit, we need to act as responsible citizens and one way to do this is to undertake twice weekly lateral flow testing."
People in England can now undergo twice-weekly rapid testing for Covid-19. These may be taken at local testing sites, or kits may be obtained through local pharmacies or online. Full details are available from the NHS here.
The Circuit is investigating the bulk ordering lateral flow tests for use by staff and volunteers.