During 2020-2021, the community of Somewhere Else - The Bread Church will be without a full-time minister, whilst prayerfully considering our future mission.
We are therefore delighted to welcome The Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District, who will have pastoral oversight of the community during the coming year. Sheryl is no stranger to Somewhere Else, as during her time in Liverpool, she has led breadmaking and worship on a number of occasions.
The following is a little information about Sheryl from her http://theologyeverywhere.org blog page. This page is a place for contributors to share theological ideas and Sheryl is one of the contributors. It is made available every Monday by the Methodist Church.
The Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson is the Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District. She studied theology at King's College London, and has served in circuits on the South Coast of England and in South East London. Before the Liverpool appointment, Sheryl was Ministerial Coordinator for Oversight of Ordained Ministries in the Connexional Team. Sheryl's background is in teaching and social work, specialising in work with young offenders. Prior to entering the Methodist ministry she managed young offender services for South East Kent. Sheryl enjoys cooking for her family and her friends. She also understands punctuation and has a wicked sense of humour.
Information about Methodist Churches in the Liverpool District
Position as of 3rd March, 2021
Liverpool District statement concerning the opening of Methodist churches for public acts of worship over the Easter season, following the ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’ announcement.
On February 22nd 2021 the Government announced the cautious easing of lockdown restrictions, stating that, “…even though absolute case numbers remain relatively high, we will be able to begin relaxing the current strict lockdown. While we must all remain vigilant - in particular against the threat from new COVID-19 variants - and continue to protect the NHS, a safe exit from lockdown can begin.”
Of course this is really good news, and the hopes and spirits of many are lifted by the prospect of being able to meet in person with family and friends (in small groups, out of doors) over the Easter break.
For the Christian community, gathering in person to worship on arguably the most important day in the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday, is deeply significant. Of course we have been free to gather for worship throughout this lockdown, but many of us have decided not to exercise that privilege for the sake of the greater good. The Liverpool District would like to suggest that now is not the time to change that decision, despite the real and understandable temptation to do so. Managing Trustees are encouraged to be very cautious about altering their arrangements for worship ‘just for Easter’ bearing in mind the need to act in the best interests of the whole community, not just their own preferences.
In suggesting this, the District notes that the Government is maintaining the first step of the easing until April 12th, well after the Easter break. The big change (Step 3) will not happen before 17th May, when, “…legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply - we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.”
Presumably this process is deliberately designed to restrict the possibility of people gathering over Easter, and the risk of a consequent rise in the infection rate (R). In fact, just opening schools might add as much as 0.5 to R, which is now about 0.7 — requiring a pause before the next moves.
Consequently, despite our longing to open for Easter, the Resourcing Mission Group’s recommendation is for a more strategic, measured, and gradual approach to the re-opening of church buildings for collective worship at this time. One that seeks not to inadvertently undermine the wonderful advances the vaccine roll-out offers us.
We pray for God’s continued guidance and wisdom through this Lenten season
Rev. Dr. Sheryl Anderson