Slowly but surely worship is returning to church buildings around the Circuit. This is being done carefully to ensure that buildings and worship activities are Covid-safe. Each church is making a local decision about the process and timings for opening. We have produced a Plan, but this very much a living document. If you are interested in attending worship in one of our buildings, we recommend contacting someone at the church, whether a Steward or Minister, to check on whether they will be open before committing to travel on a Sunday morning.
Alongside the gradual opening of our buildings the Circuit continues to offer worship on Zoom each Sunday. These services are led by a team working in collaboration and start at 4.00pm, with “doors open” on Zoom from about 3.45pm.
If you would like to attend, please do email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to the weekly invitation list.
Recognising that people have different needs, we also continue to email and post out a variety of resources, produced both locally and nationally, to enable people to worship and connect with God and one another at home in ways they find helpful.
Again, if you would like to be on the mailing list, whether by email or post, please email email@example.com or call 0793603869
Further Methodist resources for worshiping at home can also be found here:
Worship During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Praying as a Circuit together – the Lord's Prayer
We also invite those around the Circuit to share in a moment of prayer together each Sunday – and on other days if possible.
At 10.45am the invitation is to light a candle or to intentionally create a moment of stillness in which to pray and then to follow this simple order:
•Pray the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
•Reflect on the line that is most relevant for you at this moment.
•Pray for the world, communities and people affected at this time.
Share a Prayer
As you share in supporting and caring for those around you by telephone and other means, we invite you to share this prayer with all those you are having daily contact with:
"Come, God of love, that we might know your love today. Amen."
If you are using this with someone verbally, rather than by email, you might like to invite them to write it down and pass it on to others as well.
(Please note, we aim to change this short prayer every week.)
While we are not worshipping in our buildings currently, the Church is most certainly
continuing to worship in other places,
in ways both new and old. We hope that you may find the resources helpful
and that in some way or other may join us in worship of God and prayer for the world.