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: Telling the story 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

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

For those without access to online resources and services, the Ellesmere Port churches have set up an answerphone service with short daily prayers. 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

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 which Craig Price (mostly) leads.  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.  We have followed a series in the I am sayings in John’s Gospel, a series in Acts and this week we will get to the end of a series in Colossians.  As we finish this series and prepare to start a new series in Isaiah next week (13th August) we want to extend the invitation wider to anyone who would like to join us. We meet on Thursday evenings at 7:30 normally for around 45 minutes.
In a few weeks time (10th Sept) the current Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Carolyn Lawrence, will be joining Craig in leading the evening.
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 16th August.
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.

Meditation: Telling the story from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: A prayer answered from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Peace that passes understanding from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Including us in from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Saul becomes Paul from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: Into Africa from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: The First Martyr from Rev. John Barnett
Meditation: The Seven Helpers
Meditation: Wot, no buildings?
Meditation: The Trinity
Meditation: The Word on the Streets – Pentecost
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