Worship at Home

Just because we can't gather together at the moment, there's no reason why we can't pray, sing, study God's Word or listen to wise and thoughtful teaching. There is a fantastic amount of material available to nourish our faith and help keep us God-centred. Anything you see on these pages that's underlined is a link - click it to go to what's being described. 

 

We've collected some ideas here already - be sure to scroll down to see everything. Have a look too at the Junior Church at Home Page. As well as Junior Church activities, it has some links to other places where our young people can get some virtual entertainment as they can't meet up with their friends.

Revd Malcolm's bulletin for 6 September talks about the future of worship - online and in person. Read it here

 

With things changing every few days at the moment this note from Revd Stephen and Revd Malcolm for 13 September captures the latest from the Methodist Church, and this note for 20 September includes a summary of what all the churches in our Circuit are working towards in terms of live or shared worship.

A lot of people in our Circuit have committed to stopping what they are doing at midday each day (or at 9.00 am on Sundays) to say the Lord's Prayer knowing that we will be doing so in communion with many friends. Please join us if you feel you would like to, and perhaps you might like to reflect on a different verse each day.

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Worship on Radio and TV even on the Telephone

BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship - every Sunday at 8.10 am

BBC Radio 4 (Long Wave) - Daily Service at 9.45 am

BBC 1 - Songs of Praise - every Sunday at 1.15 pm 

BBC is supporting a live service at 8.00 am every Sunday which will be relayed on 39 local radio stations.

 

The Methodist Church GB has launched two phone numbers which you can call to listen to a prayer (for that dial: 0808 281 2514) or listen to some news (for that dial: 0808 281 2478). Content is updated every Thursday afternoon.

The Church of England has launched the Daily Hope telephone line which is available 24/7 on 0800 804 8044. Callers can choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers and reflections.

More locally, don't forget our own prayer line. If you need someone from our church to pray with you, or for you, call the prayer line on 07942 581223 or email fomcprayer@gmail.com

 

If you know someone who is not online and who might value these telephone services please pass them the numbers.

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Worship Online 

Follow any of these live streamed services by clicking the links

This Sunday morning at 10.30, the Circuit morning service will be streamed from our own church and will be led by Revd Stephen.

 

Watch live (or later) on the Circuit's YouTube channel by clicking here, or see it below.

Every Sunday evening at 6.30 pm see the Circuit evening service on YouTube here, or below. 

Zooming in on Prayer

Next meeting 7 October

8.00 - 8.45 pm

 

Feel welcome to join and leave when you wish. There will be an opportunity for anyone to pray if they wish, but no pressure to pray aloud if you are not comfortable to do so.

 

Joining details are in the weekly notices the Sunday before each meeting, or can be obtained from any church friend in the WhatsApp group, or from the office, from the prayer line, or from the website.

 

Some other services we have enjoyed

 

From Methodist Central Hall on this link. Live service every Sunday at 11.00 am.

From Wesley's Chapel on this linkService times are:

Wednesday 12:45

Thursday 12:45

Sunday 9:45 and 11:00

From HTB Church every Sunday (they have numerous start times).

From SwanBank Methodist Church on Sundays at 10:30 am on YouTube.

From All Souls Church in London live at 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 5.30 pm every Sunday on their website.

St Ebbes Church in Oxford has a daily service at 8.45 am every weekday and a weekly service at 10.00 am on Sundays on their YouTube channel.

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Worship Resources

Revd Stephen and Susie collect lots of resources for the Weekly Notices. Check those out here. If you don't get this already, sign up for the Circuit newsletter by clicking here.

 

Revd Stephen's Words on the Word are now being published on the Circuit website - here. They are great notes and thoughts on the various readings for this week that are set by the common lectionary.

There is a weekly Methodist Church GB worship sheet that you can use at home independently of any service. Open this week's copy here.

Get a free weekly worship sheet from The Vine by registering with them here. Click here to open the materials for 27 September.

Click here to visit the Singing the Faith website which has tons of free service sheets and resources for worshiping at home.

Have a look here at the links page on the Faith and Worship site for loads of suggestions for worship resources.

The Church of England has a prayer resources page here with a lot of material for worship at home as well as some helpful suggestions for prayers about the outbreak and praying with children at this time.

 

Take some time to join in prayer with 24-7 Prayer International.

There's free worship and learning for adults and children every week from Roots - click here to try it out.

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Study Online 

Would you like to take this opportunity to engage more with Christian study? Perhaps Revd Stephen's weekly Words on the Word have inspired you.

A good place to start might be with this page, a Word in Time Bible Study from the Methodist Church or see if any of the different ways of engaging with the Bible suggested on this page or on this page work for you. 

Bible.org has tons of material too, whether you want to get to grips with a favourite book, or a topic that interests you, to look up different points of view on a specific verse or find a daily study plan that suits you.

Short of time? Try listening to some of these one-minute talks from Christian Standard Bible.  Or perhaps meditate on a short prayer for the day from the Methodist Church.

 

You could try out something new, maybe sharing with a friend by phone or a Zoom house group. There are some guidelines here on hosting and attending Zoom meetings - they have become popular with lots of us who had never contemplated such a thing as recently as March!

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Sing at home

Leaving aside services, do you fancy being part of a worldwide virtual choir? Of course you do - all Methodists love to sing!

 

Sign up at the website of the the National Methodist Church of Great Britain and they will tell you how.

If you can listen to Premier Christian Radio on a digital radio on by clicking here for the online radio player you might like to join Pam Rhodes just after the 1.00 pm news every day except Sunday. She is playing a few favourite songs and hymns that we can sing along with. The bathroom gives the best acoustics!

Test your puzzling skills  

Bet you didn't know Revd Stephen writes a mean Bible quiz!

He has a collection of clever puzzles to test your wits and see if you can find your way around your Bible. Not a crossword, or sudoku or a word search, but somehow all of them. One day these might be a book, but generously Revd Stephen has allowed us to put them up here on the website.

They are called BIBLEWORDS.

Here at Website HQ we had decided to post a new one every week, but the editor got a bit hooked on them and didn't want to wait for the next, so if you click the picture you download the whole lot. We have!

See if you can solve one of these "old school" by just printing out the page and tackling it armed only with a pencil and your Bible. But don't worry if you can't - Revd Stephen has given you lots of help towards the back of the book.

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West Midlands

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