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.
Carrville’s Sunday morning service
- We are delighted to have restarted our in-person services in the church. Head over to our What’s On pages for details of how to join us in person and through our online activities.
Weekly online Circuit service
- Contact us if you’d like the login details for the weekly Circuit Zoom service on Sundays at 3.00pm.
Resources for worshipping at home
- Worship at Home – 11th April 2021
- Worship at Home – Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday
- Palm Sunday – Worship at Home – 28th March
- Passion Sunday – Worship at Home – 21st March
- Resources to help us in prayer
Reflecting on the pandemic
We were encouraged to make space between Passion Sunday (21 March) and Holy Saturday (3 April) to pause, reflect and lament on the impact of Covid and lockdown. You could choose to pause and light a candle each day. This pdf guide gave some ideas for guiding your reflections.
Food for Thought
The next series starts on Monday 12th April (8pm) will be on Jesus All Around – reflections on Jesus’ character seen today.
Worship Beyond Words
Our worship goes beyond words – it is a different experience for each of us, and there are different elements or worship which enable us to experience God in different ways.
Worship Beyond Words is about finding ways for everyone to worship. We will be signing and singing, as well as reading, praying and learning together as we go.
We are meeting for this worship on the 2nd Thursday each month at 5.00pm on Zoom – contact Sue Smith for the Zoom link.
As Covid-19 restrictions begin to be lifted, the Bible Walkout, organised as part of Church Without Walls, is set to recommence. Walks will begin at 10am on Friday 16th April, and further details will be circulated nearer the time.
Bible Walkouts are written to enable people to talk a walk together discussing a Bible passage with questions enabling discussion on many levels. This is to enable anyone and everyone to participate. The questions are non-threatening in that they are not meant to put people ‘on the spot’ or to divulge private information. People are encouraged to chat together but are not obliged to do so. People across the circuit are invited to design a walkout – this guide gives you samples of Bible walkouts we’ve done previously and information to help plan the walk. Please send completed walks asap to Anne Offler or contact her in you have any queries.
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.
The Methodist Church in the north east have produced a Resourcing Prayer with tips on how to develop your prayer life.
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.
Focus on Ruth
Our worship resources for our services in June and July focused 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.
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.
Prayer for the Nation
In response to reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invite all to call on God in prayer. During February we are encouraged to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day.
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.
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).