The Circuit Staff have an important role in supporting those who are sick, vulnerable and frightened during this crisis. They will be offering reassurance and prayers as well as finding ways of sustaining and building contact with groups within and outside the church.
All ministers appointed to the circuit will continue working in order to sustain ministry as much as they are able. Most of their work will be from home and visiting will only be undertaken in pastoral emergency taking care to adhere to hygiene advice. No minister will be expected to put either their own or their family members' health at unnecessary risk. Some ministers may need to take time off because of ill health or self-isolate or practice social distancing in line with government and NHS advice.
Supervision arrangements should continue and be conducted using either telephone of skype.
Lay Workers will work (unless off sick or instructed to self-isolate) from home on the basis of normal hours and contribute to helping the church to sustain its ministry with particular focus on the people involved in groups they normally work with and the vulnerable.
On 23 March cleaners and caretakers were instructed to not work for the foreseeable future as all church buildings are closed.
The Circuit Office has been closed for the foreseeable future with immediate effect. Louise and Michelle will work from home and can be contacted by email and on the normal phone number as usual during their normal working hours.