In Coronavirus Times
In recent years we have promoted Fairtrade, reduction of use of plastics and Eco church but we are aware that during the recent pandemic these have been more difficult to focus on as our churches are closed, we are shopping differently and cleaning more frequently.
Now is a good time to begin once again to be looking to the future. It is the start of the new Connexional (the Christian community of the Methodist Church) year when many church members renew their Covenant promises. For many people the Coronavirus situation has passed crisis point and we start a new way of living at least for the next several months.
As we move forward we also need to reflect on what we have gained from the last 6 months. We have found new ways of communicating which have reduced our travel time and petrol consumption that has been good for air pollution and carbon emission levels; some of us have worked from home and gained leisure time. We have become more inclusive of people unable to meet physically for worship, and we have used our feet to more frequently explore and appreciate the natural world around us.
Our world has changed and seeing people wearing facemasks is now commonplace and in many situations a requirement as we continue to protect our communities from reinfection. Many purchased face masks are single use disposable items. We are increasingly seeing masks discarded or badly disposed of adding to pollution, particularly of the seas. Washable face masks can be purchased (shop on-line at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk) or hand-made.