It was good that so many people were able to join together in the services a week ago to welcome Stuart and Kim. Our thanks to all at The Drive and Lytham who made those services possible.
One of the big challenges of reopening the churches is the need for more people to help with hosting the service by stewarding each week. As the churches open across the Circuit, we will need to review our arrangements at The Drive but for the moment arrangements are as before:
This Sunday will be the last of the Circuit Zoom services as this was a temporary arrangement during August to bridge to when the churches open across the Circuit. From this week Lytham, Fairhaven and Kirkham will be open, Freckleton will open on the 20th and Church Road on the 27th September. The District Zoom service at 7.00 p.m. will continue in September if you would like to join please ask for the joining information. As Government restrictions change we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any changes.
The Drive Methodist Church is open for Morning Worship each Sunday at 10.30 a.m. led by the Circuit Staff. The Service will be different, shorter, no singing and in order to be compliant with Government guidelines we have to provide you with a lot of information prior to attending. Numbers are restricted, you will need to book in by emailing email@example.com or for those without email by telephone 01253 729849 no later than 9.00 p.m. on the preceding Friday. The invitation and information about the Service are now available in the form of FAQS, Frequently Asked Questions. Both the invitation to attend the service and FAQS can be found elsewhere on the website.
Fairhaven Methodist Church is also open for worship on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. for more information and to book contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lytham is also open for worship on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. booking is not required.
Kirkham Methodist Church is also open for worship on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. for more information and to book contact Kirkham.Methodist@outlook.com or telephone 07927 410 240
The South Fylde Circuit Sunday Morning Zoom Service at 10.30 a.m. each week is an opportunity for people to join the Circuit service at The Drive from their own home or wherever they are via the internet. Please see the invitation to join for more information and email email@example.com to book and receive joining details . Deadline for booking is 9.00 p.m. on Friday each week. This allows time for us to issue joining details and make sure we can accommodate everyone. Please note that this service will not be available after the 13th September.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Judith 01253 720986 email@example.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, on the church website or please contact Stephen see below.
BBC Radio Lancashire – Sunday 13th September – 8.00 a.m. Morning Service
BBC Radio 4 – Sunday 13th September – 8.10 a.m. Sunday Worship “400th Anniversary of the Mayflower”
BBC 1 – Sunday 13th September – 1.15 p.m. Songs of Praise – Mayflower
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:-
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 13 September (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 13 September (Word doc)
LARGE PRINT VERSION Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 13 September (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 20 September (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 20 September (Word doc)
LARGE PRINT VERSION Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 20 September (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 27 September (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 27 September (Word doc)
LARGE PRINT VERSION Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 27 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: www.ffctideas.org.uk/Corona.php
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 YouTube.
Invitation from The Lancashire District to join in worship on Zoom each Sunday at 7.00 p.m. please click here.
Join Residents of MHA Starr Hills Thursdays at 3.45 p.m. at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cG2vxTx8Pp2p7q1j1eHvQ
9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday – from Wesley House Cambridge: www.facebook.com/wesleycambridge. Resources for following the prayers and readings are available at: www.wesley.cam.ac.uk/prayer-space/.
10:00 a.m. Monday-Friday – from Wesley’s Chapel London:
Wesley’s Chapel London
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 www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank
“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
|Sunday||Matthew 18: 21-35||Psalm 103||STF 470||Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided|
|Monday||Philippians 2: 5-11||Psalm 22: 1-18||STF 279||O precious sight, my Saviour stands|
|Tuesday||2 Peter 1: 19-21||Psalm 119: 129-144||STF 319||Christ triumphant, ever reigning|
|Wednesday||2 Peter 3: 1-7||Psalm 119: 145-160||STF 157||God has spoken – by his prophets|
|Thursday||2 Peter 3: 8-10||Psalm 119: 161-176||STF 732||Day of judgment! Day of wonder!|
|Friday||2 Peter 3: 11-13||Psalm 121||STF 741||We pray until the hour|
|Saturday||2 Peter 3: 14-18||Psalm 122||STF 504||May the mind of Christ our Saviour|
*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.