This is the Connexional Worship sheet for Palm Sunday.
Worshipping from Home Sunday 5thApril and during the week
We are blessed by the many ways we can join and share in worship at home at this time. I have compiled a brief list of local, district and national ways to join in plus some other items for through the week. If you find/generate other items which you feel it would be good for us to share around the circuit please send them to me and I will include them next week. Please feel free to circulate this as widely as possible and print out resources for those who may not access the online services.
Within Our Circuit
Revd’s Graham & Emma Morgan provide the following link as an offering of worship for Palm Sunday. https://youtu.be/UzoSWIwjePM The hymn was recorded at South Cliff Methodist Church
Burniston Methodist Church is continuing to deliver a virtual service livestreamed on Sunday at 11am through its youtubechannel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzjUQ3Ko_S2b3g3T8b1TFtw
The Burniston YouTube channel has a number of videos of sermons available (although not particularly recent) at the same location and the church has a wealth of audio sermons on its website so please feel free to access them as you wish at http://www.burnistonchurch.org.uk/sermons/
Emmanuel St Johns will be live streaming a short act of worship every week at 10am led by Revs Jo and Alex Clare-Young at https://www.facebook.com/ESJCHURCH
Northstead Methodist Church
There will be a ‘Journey to the Cross’ audio visual file on the Northstead website- to be uploaded over the weekend. Please watch the website for details http://northsteadmethodist.churchsite.org.uk/
A Time for Reflection: I have uploaded some PowerPoint slides and music to South Cliff’s website and Facebook page with this link to YouTube https://youtu.be/g0pKOz-HhmE Love Hilary
Rev John Staton has uploaded his sermon for this week to our circuit website: http://www.northyorkscoastmethodist.org.uk/
A Place in the choir – A fun, piece of music is attached (mp4) with thanks to Mary Jackman
The God who made everything – a lovely piece for us to view (mp4 2020) attached.
We understand that some of our ministers are also sharing and distributing prepared services for use at home.
As a circuit we subscribe to a resource called The Vine which has prepared for us a Worship from Home sheet which is attached for your use.
Methodist Connexion has provided a weekly service sheet which is attached for 5th April.
The Methodist connexion website offers reflections for each day of Holy Week here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/posts/holy-week-a-singing-the-faith-introduction/
And for family activities here https://www.methodist.org.uk/holyweekathome/
Burniston plans to upload something for Good Friday – more details in the next sheet.
Our Chair of District, Leslie Newton has a superb prayer on Youtube for us to share. Printed version also attached https://youtu.be/Z9KRMAFgk7o
Keeping Mentally Healthy (Daily photos on Facebook)
It is just as important to look after our mental health as much as our physical health, as we combat the feels of loneliness, claustrophobia, isolation and anxiety. Over on the ‘Families in Haxby and Wigginton’ Facebook Page, Lorraine Jones (Family Ministry Coordinator at Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church) shares a short post every day sharing an idea to keep mentally healthy.
Nidd Valley Morning Prayer (Facebook Livestream)
Running Monday to Saturday at 8am by the ministers in the Nidd Valley Circuit. Tune in on Facebook over on the Nidd Valley Circuit Facebook Page (open to everyone!):
Prayers of Hope – every Sunday at 7.00 pm
During the Coronavirus crisis thousands of Christians across Britain are praying together at 7.00 pm every Sunday evening. St Paul tells us to pray continually. However, it helps to know that others are also praying at a specific time, so we encourage you to pray at 7.00 pm on Sunday evening.
Some words of Jongi Zihle, London District Chair, which you might want to use as you light a candle on Sunday:
As we move from anxiety to questioning,
May we never be despondent or desperate,
For Christ’s power is presenting,
Embracing and releasing fervent hope
Which present terrors can never dispel.
If you want to join in online prayer, there are two options of which we are aware: • Premier radio: Prayers of Hope service at 7.00 pm on Sundays• Baptists Together are broadcasting at 7.00 pm on Sundays (and Wednesdays)
See posters attached for you to use if you wish
Wesley’s Chapel in London will continue to live-stream worship, adapted for no physical congregation.
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.
All these services will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem is also live-streaming worship
Methodist Central Hall Westminster is live-streaming worship
Sthie (‘At home’) You can join in a very different worship experience try Sthie (‘At home’) from the Isle of Man. Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see www.andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
A link to the new Connexion magazine is provided here. The theme is Letting Go.
BBC 1 shows Morning Worship at 10.45am and Songs of Praise at 1.15pm every Sunday
Radio 4 has an Act of Sunday Worship at 8.10am and holds a short weekday service at 9.45am
UCB radio is also a rich resource for worship https://www.ucb.co.uk/ . This can be found alphabetically via a DAB radio or online following the link above.
Yorkshire Coast Radio https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/extra/
Last week some difficult decisions were made and adapted. almost daily, in light of advice received from Government and also the Methodist Church.
On Saturday morning the Circuit Leadership Team met whilst the government was closing down café’s, restaurants, pubs and all kinds of meeting places in an attempt to prevent people meeting together and spreading the Coronavirus.
Against this background we have decided that our churches must now remain closed to any opportunity for people to meet, that means we will, for the foreseeable future, not be providing prayer spaces. It goes without saying that we cannot allow any meetings to take place on our premises and this will remain the case until the government relaxes its guidelines and begins to allow the reopening of places for people to meet.
As a church we want to serve our communities and to be there for our neighbours and I have been impressed by the resolve of individual churches to demonstrate this. At the moment, by keeping our premises closed we are doing our bit to restrict the opportunities of the virus spreading.
The Circuit Office will be continuing to send out the, somewhat diminished, weekly notices and also an updated information sheet providing information on how we can continue to worship at home.
I continue to hold you all in prayer and believe that God will continue the work that he has begun in us and amongst us.
Rev Graham Morgan
North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit
Please see also the following resources:
If anybody cannot get to church next weekend, you can take part in worship here….
Emmanuel St. John’s
Below you will find You Tube links to devotions for each day of Holy Week, apart from Palm Sunday, which you will find elsewhere on this page.
This is my devotion for Palm Sunday, which is a visual and audio form of the Connexional leaflet for Palm Sunday, which I wrote.