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 

  • Our in-person services in the church have been suspended during the 3rd lockdown – head over to our What’s On pages for details of how to join us online. 

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 

Reflecting on the pandemic

We are being 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. Resources will follow.

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. 

Prayer ‘walking’ the Circuit during Lent

How about taking the challenge to walk and pray around all of the churches in the circuit during the 40 days of Lent either outdoors, round your garden or even round your sitting room! In this challenge, which starts on Ash Wednesday 17th February and ends on Palm Sunday 28th March, you will have the opportunity to walk using the Lord’s Prayer as an aid to prayer for our circuit and the churches, congregations and communities held within its area.

Use these documents to plan your praying:

Food for thought – Bible-themed reflections during Lent

Mondays at 8pm – join each week for an informal evening of discussion which includes chance to share thoughts on our favourite things or just listen to others! Contact Sue for the Zoom login details. Explore the themes we’ll be exploring 22nd February to 22nd March.

Climate change is rapidly destroying God’s creation. Our poorest neighbours are already suffering acutely but it will be our children and grandchildren who will bear the full impact of the disaster. The human race is staring into the abyss. Caring for our planet can sometimes feel very lonely. How can God help us respond to the need to act now and to act radically? Join us as together we explore practical and even inspiring ideas for what we can actually do to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet.

27th March – Creative Day Retreat to prepare for Holy Week

Join us on Saturday 27th March 10.00-12.30 and 15.00-16.00 for time together with relaxation and reflection as we begin the journey into Holy Week. You can contact Anne or Ruth for more information, or Sue to book your place on this retreat.



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.

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.

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

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.

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).