Worship this Sunday (regional)
For those with Internet access
Revd Andy Fishburne on the Isle of Man hosts an act of worship on Facebook.
How to access:
~ Via Facebook click this link and ask to join the group.
~ You then go to that WatchParty at the allocated time, 10:30am or 6:00pm this Sunday 22 March.
~ You can watch the service and also join with others who are watching at the same time and send written messages to one another through the WatchParty.
I attended worship with them last week and it felt like holy ground.
In addition, the Isle of Man has a YouTube channel with other events which people can watch.
Swan Bank in Stoke-on-Trent are offering a Sunday act of worship via YouTube.
How to access:
~ Click on this link at 10:30am on 22 March and watch the worship at home.
Outside of the region:
Wesley's Chapel are live streaming services.
How to access:
~ Click on this link and watch
~ Wednesday 12:45pm
~ Thursday 12:45pm
~ Sunday 9:45am and 11:00am
Singing the Faith Plus will be hosting various resources for use over the weeks and months to come... click here.
For those who do not have internet access
~ Download this service
~ Print it out
~ Take it to people
BBC Radio 4 Sundays 8:10am Sunday Worship
BBC Radio 4 Wednesdays 3:30pm Choral Evensong
BBC One Sundays 1:15pm Songs of Praise
For families, children and youth ministry
These three are all on Facebook....
~ There is a new group for Methodists working with youth and young adults to share ideas about how youth ministry can be done virtually and creatively. This group is moderated by the Children, Youth and Family Team of the Methodist Church in Britain.
Click here to request to join the group.
~ The Well: Virtual Children's and Family Ministry Forum. Same concept as the group for youth and young adult workers. Click here to request to join the group.
~ Messy Church went live on Wednesday with advice on responding to Covid-19 which you can re-watch here.
The Methodist Church: Coronavirus Guidance
This short act of worship has been prepared for you
to use if you are unable to attend church.
If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing
that other people are sharing this act of worship with you Sunday 22nd March
Additional information is available from the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Should I go to Church?
Older members and those with medical conditions causing weaker health and greater vulnerability should consider not attending church for the time being if they're worried about infection. This is an act of mutual care and concern, and is not a desire that people ‘give up’ Church.
If you are not an older member and don't have underlying health conditions, but are feeling ill and/or displaying the symptoms of a cold, please consider staying away from the service.
Welcoming people into Church
We recommend that welcomers don't shake hands with people arriving for the service. If welcomers do shake hands hand gel should be available to both parties.
Praying for our sisters and brothers around the world
Remember that the Methodist Church is wider than Britain We are learning from our sisters and brothers around the world who are dealing with a difficult and uncertain situation and we would ask that you hold them in prayer, particularly those in affected areas.
Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team, said: “As we deal with the practicalities of protecting people from coronavirus we continue to remember Our Calling to care for the other whilst always being mindful that is that our call is always to respond to the good news in Jesus. We are a people of hope we need to declare and model good news in these difficult times.”
Head of Mission, Jude Levermore said: “Our Calling is to respond in love and service to the needs of our communities. The aim of this advice is to help us do this even while the extent of the issue is still unclear. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers around the world who hold us in prayer as we hold them. We should not be afraid “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.