Rev Kong Ching Hii, who leads the King’s Cross Methodist Church (KXMC) in London, told the Methodist podcast: “In the north east, one community has stopped the Sunday worship service and also the community in Birmingham, one of the ministers was shouted at: ‘you Chinese, go home’ and also some of my church members face different kinds of discrimination.”
He said that some students wearing face masks have received a “strange look” or “verbal abuse”, while one of his church members was “chased after by a group of people asking them to return home”.
The pastor said that many members of KXMC appear to be staying away from services.
“I didn’t expect many changes until I arrived at the church on Sunday morning and realised that half of the community did not turn up for the Sunday worship service and last week, coupled with the thunderstorm, three-quarters of them were missing on Sunday,” he said.
The church, which runs weekly services in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, has advised Chinese members of the congregation not to return to China for the timebeing in light of the outbreak. Anyone who has returned from China recently should self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to services, the advisory states.