For general guidance and for the coronavirus pandemic please see www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus
Special pages have been prepared this year for marking
Aldersgate Sunday 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May)
Service sheets and resources for use at home
Doing your own live-streaming
Prayers for the dying, the bereaved, and for when you can't get to a funeral
Resources for personal prayer and Bible study
An Act of Spiritual Communion
A Methodist Love Feast, adapted for online use
Additional selected resources
A virtual Church choir
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
If you are printing and distributing these Acts of Worship please add your church's CCLI number and add the songs to your annual report.
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 10 May (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 10 May (Word doc)
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Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 17 May (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 17 May (Word doc)
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Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 24 May (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 24 May (Word doc)
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Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 31 May (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 31 May (Word doc)
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An alternative service for Pentecost is on our Pentecost 2020 page.
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 7 June (Pdf version)
Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 7 June (Word doc)
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Alternative service if you are doing Bible Month focussing on the Book of Ruth. Also see our dedicated Bible Month 2020 page - Ruth: a story of lives interconnected.
Bible Month Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 7 June (Pdf version)
Bible Month Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 7 June (Word doc)
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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.
Resources for Aldersgate Sunday worship 24 May
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:
Methodist Central Hall Westminster
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
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 or Facebook can do so, but would need a valid CCLI Licence and also the CCLI Streaming add-on licence, or the equivalent One License with the additional One License Streaming/Podcast Licence.
The music must be one of the pieces named as being covered by your licence and the video should only be made available for the duration confirmed under these licences.
To release the video on any other platform, website, or on a messenger service such as Skype or Zoom, would require those licences previously mentioned, as well as an additional LOML (Live Online Music Licence) – available from PRS.
None of these licences would cover use of any music not named as being covered by the licenses or commercial recordings of any music. These would all need to be separately licensed directly from the rights’ holders for the purpose.
Music confirmed as public domain for words, music and arrangement can be played without restriction or licence.
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 now provides a new Live-streaming licence.
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.
When someone is nearing the end of their life, usually a Methodist Minister would offer to pray with them and their families. Similarly the minister may offer prayers for the family after the death of a loved one. With current restrictions in place, this may not be possible. Therefore we are providing materials adapted from the Methodist Worship Book that you can use in your own location.
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:
In these days of social distancing and self-isolation, many Methodists feel the lack of being able to share communion as normal. In this short act of worship, we pray that God’s purposes may be fulfilled in us, even though we cannot at this time gather at the Lord’s Table. See An Act of Spiritual Communion (Pdf)
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.
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)
We are also pleased to have published Tony Law's text, written in reponse to the pandemic: A prayer in time of crisis ("Lord God, creator, life of all we do").
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 a number of responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, including "This sudden Sabbath gives us pause", "The care of all we seek or see" and (most recently) "Where is the care for the silent care-giver?". You can find them on Andrew's blog at https://hymnsandbooks.blog/category/hymns/ Many of you also find the hymns of Carolyn Winfrey Gilette helpful. She, too, has written a hymn "for these strange times", expressing the desire that we "may we cherish those around us as we never have before". Available on Carolyn's website at: https://www.carolynshymns.com/when_we_face_an_unknown_future.html
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
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.