Holy Communion - Responding Pastorally in the light of Covid-19
The 2020 Conference encouraged local churches to reflect on their response to deprivation in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deprivation is a term used in the Methodist church when there is not reasonably frequent and regular celebration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper; but it points to the broader meaning of deprivation.
To assist local churches in this, it directed the Faith and Order Committee, as a matter of urgency, to produce guidance on acts of Holy Communion in our current context, including reflection “on ways in which appropriate online participation in services of Holy Communion might be encouraged”.
This guidance therefore seeks to encourage reflection on deprivation and on the sacrament of Holy Communion, as well as providing practical guidance and suggestions so as to enable Holy Communion to be celebrated in safe and appropriate ways. Further and current practical guidance in the light of government guidelines can be found on the Coronavirus Guidance pages.