Local live services and bible study

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 – 9th August

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 2nd August

Resources for worshipping at home in the week commencing 9th August

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.


Lectio Divina session

Lectio Divina is a method of praying and reflecting on scripture which dates back to the monastic tradition but may not be familiar to many today.

If you’d like to experienced this in a group setting, there is an online session being delivered by Zoom on Wednesday 19th August at 7.00pm.

Please email lnnortheast@methodistchurch.org.uk to book a place and receive the Zoom link.


Spiritual Communion

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.

Summer Reflections

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.



Prayer and streamed services

A prayer from
Durham Cathedral

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

Morning 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

Worship services
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.