Worship at Home
Here's a collection of material to help us praise and worship God at home.
Anything we've underlined is a link to more details.
If you don't already receive it, why don't you sign up for the Circuit's weekly newsletter. That's the best way to keep up to date with everything that's going on. Have a look at past newsletters here.
Have a look too at the Junior Church at Home Page. As well as Junior Church activities, it has links to other places where our young people can get some virtual entertainment as they can't meet up with their friends. Find out why young people in 2021 are going to be praying every Friday at 5.17 pm.
Visit this page on the national Methodist website which has collected resources to offer spiritual sustenance during this time of locked-down isolation or click here to try out the latest podcast. Your can read a pastoral letter from the President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference here.
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Follow any of these live streamed services by clicking the links
Sunday mornings at 10.30 there has often been a Birmingham District service that you can watch live or later on the District's YouTube channel by clicking here or its Facebook page by clicking here. You don't need a Facebook account to watch the service.
This Sunday, 18 April, marks the last District service, and the District service will replace our own usual Sunday morning service and it will feature many from the Sutton Park Circuit, including Revd Stephen and Deacon Marilyn. Click here for the order of service.
Every Sunday morning at 10.30 there will be a service on the Circuit YouTube channel every week which you can follow live or watch back later if that is more convenient for you. Sometimes we will show the services here on the website too.
As far as possible, these services will follow this plan for each month.
1st Sunday of the month - family worship mainly led by our young people and sometimes streamed from Witton Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of the month - worship streamed from Erdington Methodist Church and led usually by Revd Alan Smithson, normally featuring Holy Communion
3rd Sunday of the month - worship streamed from Stockland Green Methodist Church and led usually by Revd Jimmy Dube with Gospel Central
4th Sunday of the month - worship streamed from our own church and led usually by Revd Stephen Froggatt
5th Sunday of the month (when there is a 5th Sunday) - worship streamed from one of the other Circuit churches
Every Sunday evening at 6.30 pm join the Circuit evening service, live or later as you prefer on the Circuit's YouTube channel by clicking here. Sometimes we will also be able to stream those services here on the website too.
In January our evening services took us through the book of Ruth. If you missed anything, or you would like to review the whole series you can catch it here.
Evening services in March discussed the theme of a Methodist Way of Life. Catch up with any evening service you've missed here. There's a lot of information here about what it means to live our lives as a Methodist, and answers to some questions about what Methodists believe on the Our Faith page of our website.
Incidentally, don't forget that you can always pick up a service you might have missed, or one that you found especially moving, by checking out all the videos on the Circuit YouTube channel.
It doesn't have to be a Sunday to wake up with Gospel Central! (In case the repeated plugs haven't given the game away, our website editor is a bit of a fan!)
Zooming in on Prayer
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 Wesley's Chapel on this link. Service times are:
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.
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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.
If you know someone who is not online and who might value these telephone services please pass them the numbers.
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There is a weekly Methodist Church GB worship sheet that you can use at home independently of any service. Click to open a copy of the service for this week here.
Click here to visit the Singing the Faith website which has tons of free service sheets and resources for worshipping at home, and click here for Singing the Faith News.
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.
There's free worship and learning for adults and children every week from Roots - click here to try it out.
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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, or you have enjoyed the study of the book of Ruth that featured in our Circuit services in January.
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. There are studies of different lengths and on different topics collected on this page.
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.
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 or 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.