This week’s resources
This page has been specifically created to provide resources to support your prayer and worship life during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Durham and Deerness Circuit service – 20th September
This week’s service will take place at 3pm on Sunday via Zoom. Please contact Suzie for login details if you’d like to join us.
Resources for worshipping at home in the week commencing 20th September
Focus on Ruth
Our worship resources for our services in June and July have been focusing on the Old Testament book of Ruth which was chosen as the focus for Bible Month 2020. Ruth is said to be a book about ‘bread and belonging’, but there is much more to discover as we hope. We have kept these resources here online incase you’d like to use them in the future.
BIBLE MONTH BOOKLET ON RUTH
BIBLE MONTH – PERSONAL JOURNAL
RESOURCES TO USE AT HOME
RUTH – THE BIBLE FOR CHILDREN
Year of Prayer
The Methodist Church has declared that 2020-21 is a year of prayer. It is described on the national church web site as being important so that “our Church-wide commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins, and pioneering and church planting will flow from a deep, contemplative orientation to God’s grace and love.”
This includes a weekly online prayer meeting on Tuesdays at 12.45pm for 15 minutes. The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook, and you can watch previous prayer meetings online as well. Explore the Year of Prayer web site for more details.
For those feeling the loss of communion during the pandemic, there is a short act of spiritual communion you can follow. In this short act of worship, we pray that God’s purposes may be fulfilled in us, even though we cannot at this time gather at the Lord’s Table. We remember God’s mighty acts of creating the world, redeeming it and sustaining it.
You can sign up to receive a series of daily reflections throughout the summer written by someone in the north east. All the posts have been written during lockdown and reflect insights gained during this extraordinary time. Join in reflection and prayer each day. You can sign up online to receive these daily reflections.
Well-being sessions on Zoom
Rev Paul Golightly leads a District-funded project to promote well-being for those in recovery, using the body-based practices of Capacitar who work all over the world to alleviate stress and trauma. Online sessions take place on Mondays at 7.00pm and Fridays at 11.00am – no previous experience is necessary.
In the hour-long contemplative flow, simple practices of Tai Chi and body prayer, meditation and visualisations, and healing practices from different cultures work with the body’s self-healing energy. For more information, please contact Paul Golightly (0191 237 5327) or Kiera for the Zoom link.
A prayer from
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Daily reflections and prayer
A Word in Time – daily reflection on a biblical reading linked to the Methodist Prayer Handbook
Pray as you Go – a daily set of meditations on scripture and music produced by the Jesuits
Durham Cathedral are streaming live and past services and daily prayers on Facebook (you don’t need to have a Facebook account to view).
Dial-a-Prayer – free phone lines for prayer and news from the Methodist Church.
Live streamed services and prayers
09:00 Monday-Friday from Wesley House Cambridge. Resources for following the prayers and readings are available online.
10:00 Monday-Friday from Wesley’s Chapel London
Wesley’s Chapel London – Wednesdays 12:45; Thursdays 12:45; Sundays 9:45 and 11:00.
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem on Sundays 10:30.
- Each week the Methodist Church will be producing a Worship at Home Sheet.
- ROOTS offers free worship and learning resources every week during the pandemic to use at home every week, including resources for children
- Family Friendly Churches are offering, free of charge, weekly prayers, address and a couple of hymns as videos (with words and music) for use within the home.
- If you have access to Facebook, check out Methodists Online, an online community based on Facebook. During the week there have various things to get involved with but the most popular event is the virtual coffee morning on Thursdays, which gives members the opportunity to share a bit about their context and location via a comment or photo of their beverage wherever they are at. It is an opportunity to share and ‘gather’ in fellowship.
Cliff Festival at Home May 2020
There was an extensive programme of worship, prayer, seminars and fun on the Cliff Festival at Home programme. If you have never been to this Festival, it is a great opportunity to sample some of the things that happen over May bank holiday weekend each year – look out for material for your home group, inspiration to think about something in a different way, new ideas for personal action, theological reflection, joyful worship… You can watch all the content again at Cliff College website.
Keep up to date with the national Methodist Church by listening to their weekly podcasts. You can listen to them via The Methodist Church website or follow the podcast on a platform such as Spotify or Apple Podcasts (links are given on the website).