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

Meditation: The Ascension from Rev. John Barnett
Reflection: A living Temple from Rev. Dr. Christine Jones
Meditation: Fake News and Good News from Rev John Barnett.
For such a time as this – a book of prayers for these times by Nick Fawcett.
Dial-a-prayer – two short daily prayers and the Lord’s Prayer. 0151-339-4423.

Podcasts

New podcasts are added each week. Here is the latest. For earlier podcasts please click here. (This will take you to the Podbean website.) You can also find this podcast on iTunes: search for “weshare”.


Click to view the words for today’s hymns.

Jesus shall reign
The head that once was crowned with thorns
In Christ there is no East or West
There is a higher throne

Dial-a-Prayer and Dial-a-Service

For those without access to online resources and services, the Ellesmere Port churches have set up an answerphone service with short daily prayers from the Methodist Church. Please pass this on to those who can’t get online. The number is 0151-339-4423. It’s a chance to hear a real human voice and join in the Lord’s Prayer. (There is only one line, so please try again if it is engaged.)

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

Online services

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 for 31st May – Ascension Day.

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

Meditation: The Ascension from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Seeds and Spiritual Bodies from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Standing up in court from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Fake News and Good News from Rev. John Barnett.
Meditation: Christ at the lakeside (3) from Rev. John Barnett.
Meditation: Christ at the lakeside (2) from Rev. John Barnett.
Meditation: Christ appears at the lakeside from Rev. John Barnett.
A meditation for the feast of the Annunciation, 25th March from Rev. John Barnett.
Meditation: the house of God from Rev. John Barnett.
Meditation: Faith in the future from Rev. John Barnett.
Reflection: 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