For general guidance and resources for the coronavirus pandemic please see www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus
Service sheets for use at home
Doing your own live-streaming
An at-home service if you can't get to a funeral
Resources for personal prayer and Bible study
A Methodist Love Feast, adapted for online use
A virtual Church choir
Additional selected resources
These short acts of worship have been produced for you if you are unable to attend church. If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you?
If you have members of your church or community who aren’t online, you might want to consider printing the services sheets and other resources from our website and posting them on. You can buy stamps online. Royal Mail has advice on its service during the pandemic if you have any questions or concerns: www.royalmail.com/coronavirus
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 5 April - Palm Sunday (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 5 April - Palm Sunday (Word doc)
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Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 12 April - Easter Day (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 12 April - Easter Day (Word doc)
LARGE PRINT VERSION Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 12 April - Easter Day (Pdf version)
If you are willing to draft a similar act of worship please email Gabriella Mahadeva firstname.lastname@example.org who will send you guidelines and allocate you a particular Sunday.
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During the pandemic ROOTS is offering free resources to use at home every week on the ROOTS website. See www.rootsontheweb.com/
In an attempt to protect people from the coronavirus we have asked people not to travel to churches to pre-record or live-stream worship. You can of course live stream from your home. We hope the four options below will offer some breadth from our tradition.
We are working in collaboration with:
Wesley's Chapel London who will live-stream from the chapel (the Minister lives on the premises)
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem, this worship will be studio based – with strict distancing rules being followed
Methodist Central Hall Westminster
Sthie ('At home')
To join in a very different worship experience, try Sthie ('At home') from the Isle of Man (see image of Peel Hill, right, by Andy Fishburne). Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see www.andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
You can watch previous live-streamed videos at www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
10:00 Monday-Friday - from Wesley’s Chapel London: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Words of hymns and songs are copyrighted, but CCLI provides a licence that covers photocopying/sending music and lyrics digitally called the Music Reproduction Licence. It can be purchased separately, but it’s normally an add-on to their standard Church Copyright Licence. The details are here: https://uk.ccli.com/copyright-licences/
Please note: There is a commonly held idea that as long as the musician/writer has been dead for 70 years, the music is in the public domain. While this is true, a recording of that music may be much newer and so still covered by copyright laws.
NB: Any live-streaming should comply with the present requirement that we are not meeting in groups, and we are not to use church buildings.
Sunday worship live-streams are available above.
Our latest understanding is that a church wishing to sing and play live music on a live or pre-recorded video on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram is able to do so without applying for a licence as it is covered by the platform. The video is required to be ‘unbranded’.
The Church of England has produced a comprehensive guide to livestreaming.
Also see our own Methodist suggestions for making livestreaming more interactive, and other ways of meeting up online.
In addition, CCLI covers recording services and putting them up online afterwards.
An alternative option is to stream the speaking part of your service, and send the congregation the hymns/songs beforehand to listen to themselves using StF+ or Youtube links.
With the current restrictions on movement in place it may not be possible for everyone to attend a funeral. We offer this short act of worship to help you say your formal goodbyes while remaining in your home.
From the Methodist Church in Britain
Take Time produced by Reigate Methodist Church has many themed meditations on topics such as anxiety www.taketime.org.uk
Pray As You Go are producing a daily retreat for people socially isolating:
Here’s a way we can connect with each other by connecting with an old Methodist tradition. The Faith and Order Committee has produced a Methodist Love Feast resource, alongside guidance on how it can be adapted for online use at the time of coronavirus.
The National Methodist Choir want to provide all singers from all denominations, and all corners of the globe, an opportunity to come together and worship God with our voices.
See www.nmcgb.org/ for details of how to get involved.
From Andrew Brown, a hymn for when we feel vulnerable - revised in light of the Coronavirus pandemic: When life is shaken to its core (StF+ website only)
A new-look set of lectionary suggestions for Holy Week, designed to support personal reflection as well as planning worship: Holy Week - a Singing the Faith introduction.
Alternative hymns and songs for worship "that you probably haven't heard of") at resound worship.org
Prolific Methodist hymn writer Andrew Pratt has written two responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, "This sudden Sabbath gives us pause" and "The care of all we seek or see". You can find them on Andrew's blog at https://hymnsandbooks.blog/category/hymns/
Our friends at Family Friendly Churches are offering, free of charge, weekly prayers, address and a couple of hymns as videos (with words and music) for use within the home. These can be found at: www.ffctideas.org.uk/Corona.php
The Worship Cloud are producing a free weekly sheet as well as making our Local Arrangement services freely available: www.theworshipcloud.com/terms/free-weekly-resource