WORSHIP AT HOME
Bible readings, Hymns and Psalms from the Methodist Prayer Handbook:
Sunday 29th March: John 11:1-45, StF 303, Psalm 130
Monday 30th March: Song of Solomon 2:1-17, StF 269, Psalm 23
Tuesday 31st March: Song of Solomon 3:1-5, StF 272, Psalm 102:1-11, 16-23
Wednesday 1st April: Song of Solomon 5:2-8, StF 277, Psalm 102:12-28
Thursday 2nd April: Song of Solomon 7:10-13, StF 279, Psalm 105:4-9
Friday 3rd April: Song of Solomon 8:1-4, StF 280, Psalm 126
Saturday 4th April: Song of Solomon 8:5b-7, StF 282, Psalm 121
Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday): Matthew 27:11-54, StF 277, Psalm 31:9-16
Find Reflections on these passages on the Methodist Church Website
Lectionary Readings for Today
Ezekiel 37.1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8.6-11; John 11.1-45
Read these Scriptures online
For some thoughts on these passages, have a look at Words On The Word
The Methodist Church Worship At Home Sheet
This week’s sheet for you to download and print off at home is here.
Online Streamed Services
The Birmingham District will seek again to offer Sunday worship at 10:30am
Wesley’s Chapel London on Sunday at 11am
SwanBank Methodist Church on Sunday at 10:30am
Weekday Morning Prayers
09:00 Monday-Friday – from Wesley House Cambridge with Resources for following the prayers and readings.
10:00 Monday-Friday – from Wesley’s Chapel London
These resources have been generously provided by the following:
Roots On The Web
The Family Friendly Churches Trust
The Worship Cloud & 12 Baskets – Free Vine Resources
Illustrated Ministry’s Junior Church Activity Sheets
Over the coming weeks I plan to contribute my thoughts on the Lectionary Readings for each Sunday, which some folk around the Circuit may wish to read at home in place of a sermon. Rather than create multiple similar posts each week, I will simply replace old editions with the latest issue. May God bless us all as we open the Scriptures together.
Words On The Word – Sunday 29th March
Thanks to the generosity of Twelve Baskets and TheWorshipCloud.com, we have an Order of Service from The Vine for members of the Circuit to use at home if they wish.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the cancellation of worship services, the District will be broadcasting a worship service at 10:30am on Sunday morning via Facebook Live and it will also be available on the District Website.
Ian Howarth (Chair of District)
Local Churches in the Circuit now have many folk confined to working at home. A good use of the time now would be to make progress with the GDPR Data Audit, which is due in from all churches at the September Circuit Meeting.
What Needs to Be Done
Go to the TMCP website https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection
Scroll down to this section:
Template Notices, Registers and Forms
Read the first and the third, and fill in the first two. What could be more fun?
Questions, as ever, to me. Stephen.Froggatt@methodist.org.uk
Coronavirus guidance from the Methodist Church
Updated 17 March 15:00
It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance. We would encourage people who lead services to think about how worship might be offered in different ways, including online and using worship at home sheets.
During this incredibly difficult time when people might want to spend time in prayer in their Methodist Church. Local trustees should consider whether it is possible to open up their churches to enable people to come and pray or sit quietly, perhaps offering prayer stations as a point of reflection with precautions around physical distancing.
Suspending services means that we advise that baptisms will not take place in public worship and if you have a wedding planned in a Methodist Church you should speak to your minister. While funerals may still take place, we would advise that the number of people attending is limited as per the Government’s advice.
In terms of Church business, we recommend that all meetings including church councils and circuit meetings should be cancelled. Districts chairs will be in touch about Synods. The next meeting of the Methodist Council has been suspended and we will advise on how essential business will be carried out. We will be issuing further advice on this.
To read the latest version of this article in full, please follow this link.
You are invited to come and help us celebrate “Building a New Welcome” in Boldmere.
See our light, accessible and welcoming entrances and join us in an act of worship as we walk around our building and ask Gods blessing on every part and all who pass through our doors (including you!) Stay on for sandwiches, cakes and conversation.
Service at 6pm on Saturday 31st August.
Stephen and Chris and the team at Boldmere
Here are some photos taken by Nigel Cowgill Chair of the London District as posted on Facebook. Reposted here for those who aren’t on Facebook or who haven’t seen them