Local live services, bible study and prayer

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 

Cliff College – Festival at Home

This year’s usual Cliff Festival became ‘Festival at Home‘ with worship, prayer, seminars and family fun all offered online and free of charge. You can catch up on some of the content on the Cliff YouTube channel.


Food for Thought 

Meeting on Monday evenings at 8pm on Zoom. The series taking place during August are Bible-based ‘Summer Sensations‘ reflections – taking the temperature; sights and sounds to celebrate; blooming marvellous. A time and space for thought and reflection on a range of topics. Lasts around an hour. Contact Sue for the Zoom link. 

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 for the Zoom link. 

Bible Walkouts

The Bible Walkout, organised as part of Church Without Walls, takes place on Fridays at 10.00am and Wednesdays at 7.00pm. Contact Anne or Sue who can give you details of where the walk is to be on any week you are able to come along. Read the details on this poster of activities this summer.

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. This short description gives you a bit more insight into the walks.

Mark the Great – 50 Days

Running from Easter to Pentecost, this took us day by day right the way through the Gospel of Mark with comments on every chapter from a team of writers drawn from across the North East Region. There are questions to ponder as you reflect on what this text is saying for you today. Find out more online.






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.

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.


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
  • 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.

Methodist Podcast

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).