10 February 2020
The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference has written to the leadership of the Methodist Church in Britain’s partner church in China to “share our love and prayers for the people of China” as they manage the health crisis associated with the Coronavirus outbreak in Hubei province. She adds: “Although we are many miles away geographically, we feel close to you in prayer.”
The Methodist Church in Britain will also be providing a solidarity grant of £10, 000 to the China Christian Council. The grant will be used for protective equipment including protective clothing, masks and goggles.
Addressing the work of the China Christian Council in her letter Barbara Glasson says: “We know that you will be working alongside communities to help people be calm and to support those in need.”
“We are also mindful of the concerns of the Chinese diaspora community across the world, particularly in the UK, and will be offering our support for them as best we can.”
The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference, has written privately to the approximately 20 Chinese congregations in Britain.