Category Archives: Worship

What’s On – Week Beginning 29th March 2020

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

Worship Resources
 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

“Words On The Word”

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

All Worship Services Suspended

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.

Stuart Townend – Courage Tour 2019

Stuart Townend “Courage Tour 2019” “One of the World’s Leading Worship Song Writers” has written hymns such as “In Christ Alone”, “How deep the Fathers love” and the ” Power of the Cross” Tuesday 12 November 2019 7.30 pm. at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. (doors open at 6.30pm.) Tickets can be obtained from the Box office on 0121 296 9543 (Monday – Friday 10am. – 4.00pm)
Tickets £14.00 (Standard) Concessions £12.00 Over 60’s and under 18’s.

Boldmere – Building A New Welcome – Sat 31st Aug, 6pm

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.

With love,
Stephen and Chris and the team at Boldmere

Outdoor Pentecost Service at Four Oaks

Pentecost Sunday was planned as a Local Arrangement at Four Oaks. We decided to use the opportunity to hold our second outdoor service. The sun shone as we set up and as more people arrived, we had to find more chairs!

It was an uplifting service of praise and testimony. To the delight of young and old, a bubble machine reminded us that the Holy Spirit lifts ‘our’ Spirits, makes us joyful and colours our lives.

As we worshipped together we were reminded that our faith and witness in our neighbourhood needs to be ‘outside our church walls’ as much as possible.