Worshipping at home

This page has links to resources that can enable us to continue worshipping during the emergency period.

Most links on this page are to external websites, and these all open in a new browser tab.


A message from the minister

Rosemary Richter

In common with all other churches in Britain, we are closed for the foreseeable future in accordance with government measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Through emails and printed materials for those without access to the internet, we are providing devotional resources for you to engage with as we focus on what we can do, rather than what we can’t do.

So, our Sundays look a little different for now, but church doesn’t stop just because we can’t meet, and there are other ways of joining in with worship. Please take a look at some of the ideas below.

Pastoral care will be given in the first instance by telephone or email. Please contact us and we will endeavour to do our best. Let us all try to keep together and pray for each other as a church community, and for the wider community we are a part of.

Every blessing,
Rosemary

Read Rosemary's weekly messages


Rosemary and Philip's blog

Rosemary and Philip

Rosemary and Philip Richter are writing a blog to enable members of their churches to share a weekly meditation, and to encourage comment and discussion.

There is a new meditation each Friday. All previous posts are still available. Here are the most recent:

22 May 2020 | To infinity and beyond

15 May 2020 | Going global

8 May 2020 | Celebrating VE Day


Services and prayers for use at home

Worship during the coronavirus pandemic
The official Methodist Church listing includes: service sheets for use at home; links to live-streamed services; prayers for the bereaved, and for when you can't get to a funeral; and resources for personal prayer and Bible study.


The Vine At Home
During the crisis period The Worship Cloud is publishing a new free weekly Sunday service sheet The Vine At Home. You can download it, along with the Methodist Church's weekly service sheets, from Worship at home on our Google Drive.


Hymn for the Day and Sunday Self-Service
Resources from The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) including:

  • Hymn for the Day – a new video each day with words and accompaniment (you have to do the singing!)
  • Sunday Self-Service – a short service including hymns, available both as a service sheet and as a video.


Prayer resources from the Church of England


Daily Hope logoDaily Hope – a free phone line

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free 24-hour national phone line as a simple way of bringing worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed.

The line is available on 0800 804 8044. It has been set up particularly for those who are unable to join online church services because they aren't on the internet, or find it difficult to access.

Callers hear a special greeting from the Archbishop, and are then able to choose from a range of options including hymns, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services from the Church of England, and advice on Covid-19.


Dial-a-Prayer

The Methodist Church has also launched a free phone service to hear prayers and news, with content updated each Thursday evening:

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514
Listen to news: 0808 281 2478


Live-streamed and video services

Sunday worship from Trinity Church Sutton
The Revd David Dickinson, our circuit superintendent, is providing a short video service each Sunday morning at about 10.30 am. Previous services remain available.

Worship during the coronavirus pandemic
Links to some live-streamed Methodist services including Wesley's Chapel and Central Hall Westminster can be found in the official Methodist Church listing.

Church online
Weekly online services from the Church of England, streamed each Sunday.at 9.00 am. This page also lists a range of other resources.


Broadcast services

BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship is at 8.10 am each week.

BBC One broadcasts Sunday Worship usually at 10.45 am.

BBC One also has Songs of Praise usually at 1.15 pm.

Programmes are subsequently available on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer via these links. If the link takes you to a previous week's programme, you can easily navigate to other episodes.

Premier Christian Radio has Worship at Home from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm each Sunday.


Some hymns written in response to the emergency

A prayer in time of crisis – Tony Law

This sudden Sabbath gives us pause – Andrew Pratt

The care of all we seek or see – Andrew Pratt

When life is shaken to its core - Andrew Brown