Message from the Superintendent minister – Rev. Martin Smithson.
Following the government’s announcements yesterday the Methodist Church has updated its position today.
You can read all the current advice at
https://www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus

The most significant change is that worship services are not to take place until further notice.
This is going to be very strange and difficult. I’m sure we are all praying for one another,
for the circuit and for everyone (which pretty much is everyone) who is affected by this pandemic.
May we know God with us through the difficult times ahead.
Martin

Ways to Connect & Worship

Telephone & Text
~ arrange a time each day or week to phone a chapel friend;
have a good chat and then pray with one-another.
This may feel a little odd & awkward at first
if this is new to you so here’s a simple blessing you could share…
‘Dear Lord, please keep us company in these days.
May we know the blessing of Your peace beyond our own understanding,
the assurance of Your loving presence and a strength greater than our own.
In the Name of Jesus, who calls us friend, we pray. Amen’
~ send a text to a chapel friend with an encouraging Bible verse.
~ use FaceTime or Skype to have an on-screen face to face conversation with someone.
It’s always lovely to see a smiling face.

Email
I will be sending out an email each Sunday morning with prayers,   (Also on here)
links to hymns and a short reflection to enable a simple time of worship at home.
There will also be further thoughts to use over the following week.
Please share this resource with others in our chapels and Circuit so that we can stay connected
and email one another with any insights & thoughts you may have from your time with God.

In addition here is a simple way to create a moment of devotion at home, daily or once a week…
Light a candle and be still. In the quietness accept that God is with you.
Sing a favourite hymn or a few remembered lines of a worship song.
Or listen to a piece of music either on a CD, a download or via Spotify.
Pray for your family, friends & the wider world.
Read a passage of Scripture (
I suggest reading slowly through Luke’s gospel, just a few verses or a chapter at a time)
Think or make notes of any thoughts, ideas or images that come to mind from the reading.
Thank God for his presence with you.
Phone a friend and chat together about your thinking and discuss any questions you may have.

Radio & Television
~ there are daily Pause for Thought reflections on both Radio 4 and Radio 2.
Also, Radio 4 offers a Daily Service every weekday morning at 9.45am on LW
and Sunday Worship on Radio 4.
And Songs of Praise is on BBC1 every Sunday afternoon.

On-Line
~ a worship sheet for a service at home can be found each week on the Methodist Church
website: www.methodist.org.uk
Wesley’s Chapel in London offers live-stream worship.
Wednesday 12:45
Thursday 12:45
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.
All these services will be available at:  
www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA

Social Media
~ staying connected via Facebook is a very helpful way to communicate,
network and worship during these days of isolation.
There are many excellent Facebook communities offering excellent worship opportunities and resources.
Here are a few of my recommendations…
Singing The Faith Plus
The Methodist Church
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
The Iona Community
or you could be my Facebook friend and look out for links on my page.

Video Conferencing
~ another way to connect is with video conferencing
where a group of you can join together for fellowship from the comfort of your own individual homes.
Zoom is one provider of this service and offers a free basic way to do this:

https://zoom.us

Apps
~ there are a number of prayer and devotional Apps available on your phone or tablet.
Here are a couple of suggestions…
Methodist Church in Britain
Daily Prayer from the Church of England
Book of Common Prayer