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Worship At Home. Information on BBC Services. Links to Methodist worship suggestions and to Lancashire District Zoom service.

While our church building is closed for all activities we are we are highlighting some of the many opportunities for worship with a focus on those that are easily available knowing those with internet access have access to a huge amount of material, far more than we can list so we have listed some of those with a local connection. Please note this offer changes and updates more regularly than we can keep up with so please note to the best of our knowledge it was accurate when compiled but it may change so please check the programme schedules on the day. If you are struggling to find what you are looking please contact:

Stephen 01772 683 884 mob. 07711917955  stephen.heath@churchrdmethodist.org.uk 

or Judith 01253 720986 jp.smith185@btinternet.com 


SERVICES ON BBC TV AND RADIO

Please check the programme schedules on the day. If you are struggling to find what you are looking for there is more information, including online worship, on the church website or please contact Stephen see below.

BBC Radio Lancashire – Sunday 24th May – 8.00 a.m. Morning Service

BBC Radio 4 – Sunday 24th May – 8.10 a.m. Sunday Worship “Living well during this time”

BBC 1 – Sunday 24th May – 11.45 a.m.  Sunday Worship from Bangor Cathedral

Daily – BBC Radio 2 – 5.45 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. – Pause for thought and BBC Radio 4 – at 7.45 a.m. – Daily

For Service sheets to use at home, information about Methodist Live services and other information click on this link

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Other Live-streamed services and prayers.

Methodist Central Hall in London is live streaming services every Sunday morning, with a mixture of traditional and all age worship services, with different styles of music. https://methodist-central-hall.org.uk/ 

If you cannot always watch a service live at the time of transmission, you can catch up on you tube.

Invitation from The Lancashire District to join in worship on Zoom.

District Sunday service 24th May 2020, 7.00 pm

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For more information click https://www.lancashiremethodist.org.uk/welcome.htm

Join Residents of MHA Starr Hills Thursdays at 3.45 p.m. at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cG2vxTx8Pp2p7q1j1eHvQ

Thy Kingdom Come – 21st – 31st May 2020

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Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. 

The wave of prayer starts in May for 11 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost from 21st May to 31st May 2020.

It’s not complicated – we’re simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want and with whoever they choose for others to come to know Jesus Christ.

Click Here to view Lancashire District page.

Readings for the week commencing 10th May and info on Christian Aid week 10th – 16th May

Sent to the Nations

Sunday  John 14:1-14Psalm 31*STF 252Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread  
Monday  Acts 9:1-20Psalm 37: 1-11*STF 556Just as I am, without one plea
TuesdayActs 9:36-43Psalm 37: 12-29*STF 357   Jesus – the name high over all
WednesdayActs 10:34-43Psalm 37: 30-40*STF 348He is Lord, he is Lord;  
ThursdayActs 1:15-26Psalm 15*STF 664Lord, you call us to your service  
FridayActs 10:44-48Psalm 38: 1-8         *STF 678Come, all who look to Christ today  
SaturdayActs 11:1-18Psalm 38: 9-22*STF 397The Spirit lives to set us free

*Not everyone will have a *STF hymn book so we have put the first line of the hymn alongside so that you can look it up in another hymn book or google it or play it on You Tube.

If you would like some background on the readings and points to ponder please go to https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/the-bible/a-word-in-time/  

You may want to read all three elements at once or others may prefer to space them out during the day – breakfast, dinner and tea. What works for you?  Some may need to set an alarm on their phone so that they don’t forget, while others will not be able to do anything else until readings are read and prayers shared. You will find a pattern that works for you and gives a framework for your day.

Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May
Under the current circumstances, the usual Christian Aid Week events cannot go ahead. The need, however, is greater than ever.  Christian Aid have created  a vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week  online with activities, reflections and a virtual Christian Aid Week service.

During Christian Aid Week
It’s more important than ever that we come together as a community to worship and to share fun and fellowship. That’s why during Christian Aid Week we will be live-streaming worship each day, and hosting a fun daily quiz to join and raise funds. Sign up using the links below to take part.
Daily live-streamed worship
Daily fun quiz
 
New resources for Christian Aid Week 
Our new resources are designed to help you pray, raise funds, and connect with friends and family during this time of coronavirus. Download our resources:
How to organise a virtual Christian Aid Week service
Order of service
Sermon notes
Prayers in the time of coronavirus
How to run your own virtual quiz
Organising your own virtual fundraiser
Ask your friends and family for a donation using our e-envelope 

This Week’s Meditation 30th April

Mid-week Meditation 30th April 2020 Apostolic Witness

Acts 3-4

Walking on a deserted beach one might wonder how we can witness today to those who we don’t meet but God seems to find a way. Not many dog walking trips to the beach go without us ‘bumping’ into someone we know, and church generally becomes the topic of conversation, remembering those who are in hospital or at home in isolation.

Paul was always finding a way to witness in whatever situation he found himself, be it at The Gate Beautiful or before the Council. Nothing really fazed him, yet our own reticence often makes us question our own witness. Perhaps we stop and over think it or perhaps we worry about the consequence too much. When God empowers our witness, however feeble, his love will still shine through.

Let us pray

Lord God, give us the courage and faith to be witnesses in your world. Fill our lives with your love and your truth that others will know that we are your followers. Help us to speak out, help us to listen to those around us, enable us to give virtual hugs and share your love. Lord touch our lives by your Holy Spirit that we may care for those in need, for those who are carers and for ourselves. 

Help us to recognise our own uniqueness in your sight and teach us to walk in your way, with the one who walked before us and shared all that life means to us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen


Meditation

How do we listen to God?

How do we speak out for Him?

Who can you give a virtual hug to?

Give one to yourself!

Compiled by Judith Smith, Lay Worker in the South Fylde Methodist Circuit April 2020

Church Road Methodist Church   Freckleton Methodist Church   The Drive Methodist Church.