Am I overreacting? I keep asking myself this, and I keep coming back to the thought that my priority is keeping people safe, keeping people safe is loving…

So, I have been in touch with many ministers today, my wonderful colleagues concerned for their congregations; I say, well done, feel free to cancel gatherings, do not be afraid, you have my support, you have my permission…

I have been in touch with me congregations today: saying to vulnerable members please don’t attend, and please can we decide not to meet?

My colleagues are feeling guilty, members are feeling confused…

I am saying be safe

Love yourself as you love others, if that means making hard decisions so be it…

Be safe, self isolate if in doubt…

People are no longer being tested unless they are hospitalised…

Many may not be diagnosed, so when I am asked, is the case confirmed I cannot say…

This is against World Health Organisation advice!!! Our government are causing high anxiety and acting against advice!!!!

Am I overreacting?

There are many vulnerable members in our Circuit , and in our city, and we cannot tell them what the actual picture is because the government are not testing people unless they end up in hospital!

My adult children are vulnerable, they all have complex health conditions, my son and daughter in law have been advised to self isolate but with no testing available what do they do?

If you are type 1 diabetic, identified at risk but denied testing what do you do???

If you are immunosuppressed but denied testing what do you do?

My congregations are at risk, my family is at risk

I am not overreacting…

I want to support colleagues, congregations, family, friends and others…

Do you need to stay at home?


I want to cancel meetings, especially meetings that draw people from across the city and beyond…

Please be in touch if you need to talk, and talk to one another, use your phone more, if you can offer to get shopping for those who are self-isolating.

Finally, maybe you’d like to join me in prayer, lighting a candle at 7pm or 19:00 pm, in a 19 4 19 action, and pray for our communities, our city, our country our world. Place the candle in the window, love your neighbours, be a light in the world.


About Sally C

How do I describe myself, I am not what I do, (I am a Methodist Minister), I am not who I am related to (I have 5 wonderful children, 2 lovely granddaughters and 2 lovely grandsons). I am a seeker truth, a partaker of life in all it's fullness and a follower, sometimes stumbling, sometimes celebrating of the Christian pathway. I seek wholeness, joy and a connectedness to all things through a deep reconciliation with the God whose love blows my socks off! I love walking, swimming and photography, I dabble with paint and poetry...
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1 Response to Overreacting?

  1. Hugh Aylward says:

    I am at risk, I’m 66 with heart and lung problems but for now I will continue going to church.. Tomorrow I’m playing the guitar and doing a reading but there will be no physical contact during The Peace (except with my wife) and at the Eucharist I will only receive the bread as the wine will not be shared. A lot of this makes me sad but I know it is the right thing to do. Going forward I may well have to stop going but I will feel as if part of me has died to not be able to attend the church that has loved me through the last few difficult years.

    We all have to make our own decisions about what precautions to take and when; there are no right or wrong answers at this stage.


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