A variety of responses

The Revd Tim Meadows has been writing reflections during the Coronavirus crisis – Love in A Time of Dis-ease – and sharing them with his Liverpool churches on Facebook and by post. His URC churches – Allerton, St Stephen’s and Stoneycroft – are also positively responding to the crisis in other ways.

Tim explained, “I have been looking at aspects of Loving God, Loving Others and Loving Self. Most of the people in my congregations are not IT people so an old school written paper works best, either emailed or posted. At St. Stephen's we have an active WhatsApp group and Facebook page for the younger ones. They also sending a weekly mail out including recipes, games, art, congregational news and Love In A Time of Dis-ease

“At Allerton, the reflections are delivered with our meal programme for those isolating and folks who live alone.”

Tim said the meal project serves 20 households across Allerton, Woolton and Childwall. “Our church leadership discussed how we could respond in these extraordinary times. We have a number of senior adults in our community who rely on opportunities for socialisation the church community offers. Single, able/disabled and isolated adults were considered most vulnerable. A plan to deliver a weekly home-cooked meal and the weekly reflection was devised.

“Two course meals are packaged with disposable and recyclable containers and delivered to the front door step. Physical distancing is strictly adhered to. Preparation is carried out by one person, Mrs. Sue Pye, who after two weeks of social distancing volunteered; she works with proper hygiene and gloves. Delivery is then carried out by this same person on Tuesdays.”

The meals are free and no charge is suggested. Up to now a few generous people in the church are keeping the programme going.

Tim added, “Folks receiving the meals are very grateful to have a hospitable and comforting connection to the church. The number of people receiving meals is increasing weekly.”