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Report to Spring Synod 2021
The Circuit Leadership Team initiated a review of how best to manage the Circuit and align our ministers coming out of Covid-19 restrictions. Four groups were established: North, South, East and West. Each is responsible for working together to meet our mission objectives and in doing so adopts an organic union of the churches working together as one church on different sites.
Work has gone into ensuring services are accessible to everyone whether isolating or coming to public worship when allowed by the Covid-19 restrictions. A Church Without Walls has formed on the Deacon's driveway and is now extending into online discussions and Bible walks. Online services are provided by the South Group whilst Facebook streaming has emerged from the East Group. A circuit-wide Zoom service takes place every Sunday afternoon. An online Coffee Morning has also been established.
In common with other Circuits, work in our communities has been severely curtailed although we are beginning to look at how these activities can be safely re-instated once restrictions are lifted. Churches have continued to support local Foodbanks and respond to other local needs.