Welcome to our collection of resources for worship at home. We are constantly adding new material, so do revisit us regularly. Highlights and other materials are also on our Facebook Page.

Our faith is confirmed and encouraged by meeting together, but it does not depend on it. First and foremost, our relationship is with God Himself, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. At times like these, we specially need the sense of God’s loving Fatherhood, the knowledge of salvation through Jesus, and the comforting and strengthening presence of the Holy Spirit.

May God draw near to each one of us as we draw near to him. As you use these resources, please let us know if they are valuable and helpful. If you would like to contribute something yourself – a prayer, a meditation, a link to a video – please let us know. Email us at: goodnews@wirralmethodist.org.uk.

In addition to what we are posting here, The Methodist Website has a number of resources, including home service sheets and links to streamed services.

Extensive social and church-based resources can be found on the Wirral infoBank. You might want to add information about your church’s activities and service.

New and recommended

The Wirral Methodist YouTube Channel has various services and other items of interest, updated weekly.

Rev John Barnett concludes his series on animals in the Bible.
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (13) The Fish
For such a time as this – a book of prayers for these times by Nick Fawcett

Podcasts

WeShare is a worship podcast from the Ellesmere Port Methodist churches. New services are added each week. You can listen to them on the web by visiting the podbean site: Click here. You can also find the podcast on iTunes: search for “weshare”.

Dial-a-Prayer and Dial-a-Service

Claremount Church has set up a dedicated line to listen to a shorter Sunday service. Call 0151-317-3017.

Online services

Thursday night fellowship at St Lukes

Since the end of March, St Luke’s Hoylake have been hosting a new Thursday evening time of worship and preached bible study via Zoom. When lockdown started we never knew at the time it would be more than three weeks before we were back in our churches but we have kept going and for some of us this has become part of our new spiritual routine along with other virtual gatherings through the week. e meet on Thursday evenings at 7:30 normally for around 45 minutes.

If you would like to join us please send an email to Cate at stlukeshoylakeadm@hotmail.co.uk who will send the link to you.  Feel free to share within the churches but we ask that the meeting link itself doesn’t get shared on social media.

Other Zoom services and live streams

Several Wirral churches, including Heswall, St Luke’s and Trinity Palm Grove have Zoom services. Others including Claremount prepare online worship. Search on Facebook or visit the churches’ web sites to find more information.

Wesley’s Chapel in London have a live stream of their service at 11:00 am every Sunday morning. Click here to view. You can also view many previous services on their YouTube channel. If you enjoy their services, they should keep you going for quite some time! Click here to view.
The Methodist Central Hall in London has an extensive collection of sermons on its YouTube channel.
The Socially Distant Worship Club:  the Rend Collective, if you like a very informal house church and can decipher the Belfast accent!

Methodists Online have prepared a lengthy list of online services they are aware of. This could be a good chance to sample other worship – a kind of church crawl!

Wirral Methodist churches including Little Neston, St. Luke’s and Claremount also have various online services and reflections, live or recorded. Search Facebook to find them.

Worship services to use at home

The Vine

12 Baskets produce “The Vine”, a weekly service for Own Arrangements to which the Circuit subscribes. At this time, they are producing a free Home Worship Resource. These will be added weekly. The Vine at Home is live-streamed every Sunday Morning at 10.30am on Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Lympstone Methodist Churches Facebook page. Click here.. It is then posted later in the day onto to The Worship Cloud Facebook page. The Vine for 28th February.
A service prepared by Rev. Heather Cooper.
Imagine God speaking – a service for personal use from Steve Cooper.

Prayers and meditations

You can read/view these prayers and meditations online, or download/print them.

From Wirral Methodist Circuit

Meditations from Rev John Barnett

Throughout the lockdown, John has been faithfully writing a weekly meditation. They are well worth reading.

Animals in the Bible

Meditation: Animals in the Bible (1) The Ox
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (2) The Camel
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (3) The Lion (1)
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (4) The Bear
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (5) The Red Deer
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (6) Apes and Monkeys
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (7) The Wild Beasts
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (8) The Goat
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (9) The Dog
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (10) The Hen
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (11) The Donkey
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (12) The Sheep
Meditation: Animals in the Bible (13) The Fish

Shepherds and the Good Shepherd

Meditation: Shepherds and the Good Shepherd (1)
Meditation: Shepherds and the Good Shepherd (2)
Meditation: Shepherds and the Good Shepherd (3)
Meditation: Shepherds and the Good Shepherd (4)
Meditation: Shepherds and the Good Shepherd (5) Visitors in the night
Meditation: Shepherds and the Good Shepherd (6)

The Book of Acts

Meditation: Rome at last
Meditation: In Malta
Meditation: Weathering the storm
Meditation: Taking it to the top
Meditation: A lengthy lockdown
Meditation: Born Free
Meditation: In his own words f
Meditation: Women preachers and visual aids
Meditation: A sad farewell
Meditation: Falling asleep
Meditation: Hitting them in the pocket
Meditation: Speaking their language
Meditation: Doing things differently
Meditation: Into Europe and into jail
Meditation: Doing things differently
Meditation: Telling the story
Meditation: A prayer answered
Meditation: Peace that passes understanding
Meditation: Including us in
Meditation: Saul becomes Paul
Meditation: Into Africa
Meditation: The First Martyr
Meditation: The Seven Helpers
Meditation: Wot, no buildings?
Meditation: The Trinity
Meditation: The Word on the Streets – Pentecost

Resurrection and Beyond

Meditation: The Ascension
Meditation: Seeds and Spiritual Bodies
Meditation: Standing up in court
Meditation: Fake News and Good News
Meditation: Christ at the lakeside (3)
Meditation: Christ at the lakeside (2)
Meditation: Christ appears at the lakeside
Meditation for the feast of the Annunciation
Meditation: the house of God
Meditation: Faith in the future

Other meditations from the Wirral Circuit

Meditation: A living Temple from Rev Dr Christine Jones.
Praying some verses from Psalm 27 from Rev. Dr. Christine Jones.
Pray for a miracle – shared by Rev. Carol Natton.
Psalm 23: a visual meditation on the hymn – shared by Rev. Heather Cooper.
A reflection on Lent and sacrifice from Rev. Heather Cooper, Superintendent.
Seeing Jesus with new eyes:  source unknown; forwarded by Rev. John Barnett.
A meditation on Psalm 139: A song and video from Pete Wildman with some 1950s family movies. (viewable online only)
Self-isolation or solitude? from Pete Wildman.

Other materials

For such a time as this – a book of prayers for these times by Nick Fawcett.
A word in time: the Methodist website has a daily Bible meditation based on the Lectionary, with an explanation of the passage and some thought-provoking questions.
Prayers to end COVID-19: prepared by SIM, a missionary organisation.

Hymns and songs online

New Song Network: playlists of all the songs featured at the New Song Cafe over recent years.
Traditional hymns: a selection of great hymns, with words so you can sing along.

Apps and websites you might find useful

PrayerMate is an app for your phone which helps both in listing things you want to pray for, and in accessing a range of prayer topics  and daily Bible reflections.

Bible.com is a website where you can read any passage of the Bible in a range of translations, choose and follow a Bible reading plan, or view videos with Bible readings from many Bible books – in proper English! If you choose the NIV (Anglicised) version, you can hear the entire Bible read by David Suchet.

The whole website is also available as a Smartphone app and for Amazon or Google smart speakers. For more information click here or search for YouVersion in your app store.

Biblegateway.com is another website where you can read the Bible in any translation, as well as easily looking up passages and searching for keywords. They also have smartphone and smart speaker apps.

(Other apps and websites are available!)

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Archive

Holy Week meditations

A meditation for  Good Friday from Rev Heather Cooper.
A meditation for Maundy Thursday from Rev Heather Cooper
A meditation for Wednesday of Holy Week from Rev Heather Cooper
Holy Week meditations – Monday and Tuesday from Rev Heather Cooper.
A meditation for Palm Sunday from Rev. Heather Cooper
Bread: a meditation from Rev John Barnett
Jesus weeps over Jerusalem from Rev John Barnett
From Passion and Promises to Presence: A reflection for each day of Holy Week from Rev. Lily Twist.

For Children and Families

The following story ideas for Lent and Easter have been prepared by the Children and Families Team.

4th Sunday in Lent
5th Sunday in Lent
Palm Sunday
Easter Sunday