Stephen’s letter, Worship this week, BBC Services,Readings commencing 30th Aug and this week’s Reflection.

Dear All

Please pray for the new Circuit Staff Team as we approach the 1st September and for each of the Circuit churches as they prepare to reopen for worship.

May the Lord guide us that we may be Shepherds of the sheep. May He grant us a vision of what is possible with his Spirit and in His power. May He grant us wisdom to discern how to use the resources He gives well and wisely in His service.

This Sunday’s options for worship in the Circuit (you will need to book for all of them):-

The Drive Methodist Church Sunday at 10.30 a.m. led by the Circuit Staff. To book email or ring 01253 729849 before 9.00 p.m. on Friday. To join the Service by Zoom email by 9.00 p.m. on Friday.

Kirkham Methodist Church Sunday at 10.30 a.m. for more information and to book contact  or telephone  07927 410 240. See their website for more information.

Circuit Welcome Service, via Zoom, for Rev Stuart J Wild, his wife Jane and family, and Deacon Kim Gabbatiss, and her husband Brian, at 7.30 p.m. on 3rd September on Zoom. To join the Zoom Service please book by emailing by 9.00 p.m. on Tuesday  1st September.

Sunday 6th September at 10.30 a.m. will be a Circuit Service at The Drive led by Rev Stuart Wild, our Circuit Superintendent, and Deacon Kim Gabbatiss  To attend email or ring 01253 729849 before 9.00 p.m. on Friday 4th September. To join the Service via Zoom email

During this time of changing restrictions and gradual opening of our buildings we continue to highlight 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, 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 07711 917 955 

or Judith 01253 720986 


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 30th August – 8.00 a.m. Morning Service

BBC Radio 4 – Sunday 30th August – 8.10 a.m. Sunday Worship “Wild at Home”

BBC 1 – Sunday 30th August – 12.25 p.m. Songs of Praise – Blenheim Palace

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

If you have not seen the services broadcast on previous Sundays, you can watch them on BBC iPlayer and listen on BBC Sounds. 

Worship at home
In addition to the daily Bible readings and reflections on our website, various resources are below to help you:-

Service Sheets
These short acts of worship have been produced for personal use when we are unable to attend church.  Why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you? (Pdf version)

Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 30 August (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 30 August (Word doc)
LARGE PRINT VERSION Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 30 August (Pdf version)

Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 6 September (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 6 September (Word doc)
LARGE PRINT VERSION Worship from home service sheet for Sunday  6 September (Pdf version)

 Our friends at Family Friendly Churches are offering, free of charge, weekly prayers, addresses and a couple of hymns as videos (with words and music) for use within the home. These can be found at:


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. 

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

Invitation from The Lancashire District to join in worship on Zoom each Sunday at 7.00 p.m. please click here. If you are new to Zoom and need guidance how to use / download it click here

Join Residents of MHA Starr Hills Thursdays at 3.45 p.m. at

Other options

Morning Prayers

9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday – from Wesley House Cambridge: Resources for following the prayers and readings are available at:

10:00 a.m. Monday-Friday – from Wesley’s Chapel London:

Worship services

Wesley’s Chapel London
Wednesdays 12:45
Thursdays 12:45
Sundays 9:45 and 11:00. All these services will be available at:

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem
Sundays 10:30 a.m. The service will be available at 

 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Jesus speaking with his followers John 14:27

Readings for the week commencing 30th August – Resurrection and Life

SundayMatthew 16: 21-28Psalm 26: 1-8STF 362Meekness and majesty  
Monday1 Peter 1: 1-12Psalm 116STF 345And can it be that I should gain  
Tuesday1 Peter 1: 13-25Psalm 117STF 361Man of Sorrows! What a name  
Wednesday1 Peter 2: 1-10Psalm 118: 1-18STF 677Christ is made the sure foundation  
Thursday1 Peter 2: 11-25Psalm 118: 19-29STF 278O Love divine, what have you done!  
Friday1 Peter 3: 1-12Psalm 119: 1-16STF 606We pledge to one another  
Saturday1 Peter 3: 13-22Psalm 119: 17-32STF 327Jesus is King  

*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  

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.