Covid secure churches prepare to reopen in the Tynedale Methodist Circuit

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Methodist churches in some parts of Tynedale will reopen their doors on Sunday (18th April) — for the first time this year.

Tynedale Methodist Circuit will welcome back congregations in Hexham, Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge, Wark, and Allendale.

It follows the success of online worship during the most recent lockdown.

Superintendent Minister the Rev. Paul Dunstan said: "We are delighted to be at the stage where people can physically meet in worship once again.

"The pandemic has been an incredibly challenging time for everybody, but I have been greatly encouraged at the number of people who have taken the opportunity to join in our online services and bible study meetings.

"As we open some of our Methodist churches, people can rest assured that every step is being taken to ensure they can worship together in Covid-safe environments."

Rev. Dunstan said that online resources would continue on Sunday and beyond for those who are unable to return to the buildings.

He added: "The pandemic has led to unprecedented changes in the way in which we conduct ministry.

"We hope many people will be ready to return to their local churches but respect that others will need more time.

"We will be looking to develop a hybrid approach of both physical and online services moving forward as we continue to meet the needs of our communities during the remainder of the pandemic and beyond."

Details for services for Sunday 18th April are as follows:

Hexham Trinity at 10.30am (this will also continue to be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook)

Haltwhistle at 10.30am

Haydon Bridge at 10.30am

Wark at 11am

Allendale at 2.30pm

Hexham West End at 6pm

For links to online services and resources, send an email to: joseph.tulip@tynedalemethcircuit.org.

Further information can be found at www.tynedalemethcircuit.org or via the Tynedale Methodist Circuit page on Facebook.

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