Lockdown 3 – Latest News from Holtwood

As we’re all now in the latest Covid lock-down here is the position at Holtwood over the coming weeks:-
1) Church will remain closed until mid-February at least, when the position will be again reviewed by Revd Nigel Deller and the Stewards’ Team at a Zoom Meeting scheduled for 8th February.
2) In the meantime we will continue to stream pre-recorded Services until further notice. As a new initiative for those able to join these Services on a Sunday morning, we are going to hold a virtual Tea and Coffee meeting time over the Zoom platform. This will be timed to follow the Service broadcast and we hope this will enable us to chat with one another and exchange family news, share individual concerns or needs. Joining details will be given by Ian on Facebook transmission.
3) Our Covenant Service including Holy Communion has been postponed from 10th January until 31st January. The intention is to stream this Service which Nigel will conduct from our Church where it will be recorded.
Pre-packed elements will be distributed in advance to those requesting to take part in an extended Communion in this way. There will be a notice giving details of how to request packs in the coming days and this will be on the broadcast services, e-notices this Facebook page and on our website.
4) We need to remain connected in these days, perhaps more than ever and our Pastoral Committee will be meeting via Zoom shortly to consider and review their important work.
There will be more updates here when we have more information and, in the meanwhile, do please follow the lockdown rules – and stay safe!

Christmas – Streamed Services

Our upcoming streamed services are, on Sunday 20th, a joint Holtwood & Verwood Nativity Service at 10.45 followed by a traditional carol service from Verwood at 6.00 and then on Christmas morning at 9.30 a Christmas Celebration with Revd Nigel Deller. Hope you can join us at:- www.facebook.com/holtwoodmethodistchurch/live

Coronavirus – Latest News from Holtwood

The Holtwood Minister and Stewards’ Team met last night and, because of continuing Coronavirus restrictions, reluctantly decided to cancel our ‘Carols around the Tree’ evening on 20th December. But the good news is that instead at 6.00 there will be a pre-recorded traditional carol service streamed from Verwood on Facebook. And that’s not all! A Nativity Service, with the cast drawn from Holtwood and Verwood Methodist Churches, will be streamed at 10.45 that morning. And that’s still not all! The further good news is that (subject to Covid restrictions and technical issues being OK) we’re hoping to hold ‘live’ services, which will also be streamed, from Holtwood (in the church itself) beginning with our Covenant Service on 10th January at 10.45. More details to follow but we’re aiming to use the Methodist Church ‘Extended Communion’ protocol. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks!

Lockdown Latest

Well, the best-laid plans and all that! On 25th October and 1st November we were delighted to be able to stream ‘live’ services from our Hall – but along came the reintroduction of Covid restrictions and the 2nd national lockdown. So from Sunday 8th November we’ll revert to pre-recorded services which will be streamed on our Facebook page at 10.45 – you can listen to them in real time or at any time afterwards. But we’ll be back live when we can so do keep an eye on this website and on our Facebook page for more details. And, in the meanwhile, stay safe!

Live Services return to Holtwood!

We’re planning to have our first ‘live’ service since March at Holtwood on Sunday 25th October at 10.45 which will be led by our Superintendent Minister, Revd Pauline Crispin. Do join us in the Hall (subject to Covid safeguards) or watch the service streamed on our Facebook page.

‘Live’ Services returning to Holtwood

In these challenging times, we’re so pleased that many people have been able to join us for our pre-recorded services which are streamed at 10.45 each Sunday morning and can be accessed at anytime afterwards. We’re planning to stream ‘live’ services in the next few weeks and are currently doing technical tests – so do check here for the latest updates.

Holtwood Services

As we carefully and cautiously move towards resuming live services, we began screening pre-recorded on-line services in our Hall on 6th September.  The services have been available online for the last few months and, by showing them in the Hall it gives people an opportunity to begin meeting with others whilst still observing social distancing and associated safeguards and also makes the services available to those who might not have internet access at home.  The services are all available to view at www.facebook.com/holtwoodmethodistchurch/live and, even (or especially) during the Covid crisis, we can see our God at work because the services have been viewed by 100′s of people – many of whom do not attend our church, or any church.  Literally this is Outreach!  In the coming weeks we’re hoping to return to ‘live’ services which we’re planning to stream as they happen – so do watch this space for more details.

Holtwood is cautiously Re-Opening

Over the past few weeks our Stewards Team has been busy considering when and, if so, how our church premises might be able to re-open. The team consulted widely amongst the church membership and, as would be expected, the opinions expressed were also wide ranging. Taking account of the latest Methodist Church guidelines about the compulsory wearing of face masks and other restrictions and also following a deep cleaning and the installation of hygiene facilities, it has been decided that we should move forward cautiously and so:-
• As a first step, services will be held in the hall beginning on Sunday 6th September at 10.45;
• There will need to be social distancing so these services will be limited to about 24 people;
• The only areas accessible will be the hall, corridor and toilets;
• Initially services will be the existing pre-recorded services via our Facebook page, displayed on a large screen;
• For the present there can be no live music or congregational singing;
• Hopefully, we will soon be in a position to offer live streamed services from the hall led by a minister or a local preacher.
It’s also important to stress that no-one should feel under any pressure to attend whilst we’re still under the pandemic restrictions. We all need to decide what is best for ourselves and our families.
Hope this is helpful to you!

Holtwood Services

In the light of guidance from Methodist Conference our Minister and Stewards are currently looking at when (and if so how) our church buildings might re-open. We’re hoping that this will be over the next 2 or 3 months although there’ll need to be a great deal of preparation and different, unfamiliar arrangements when physical services and other activities do resume. These are likely to include cleansing measures, safety precautions, social distancing, etc. We’ll announce more when we know what the position is and, in the meanwhile, we’ll continue streaming virtual services on our Facebook page from 10.45 each Sunday – and you can ‘catch-up’ anytime afterwards as well.

Holtwood Services

It’s great to know that so many people are viewing our virtual Facebook services from 10.45 each Sunday. You can view these services anytime afterwards on our Facebook page. Generally, we’re waiting for the Methodist Conference in late June/early July to give us guidance about when and how we can resume physical rather than virtual services – perhaps a combination of both? We’ll let you know when we know!