Coronavirus - Our Churches

As people of faith we are called to work with God to further God’s abundant life for all. In the current circumstances this means we are called to set a good example in following the government’s advice and guidelines. Because of this, and because of duty of care to one another within the church community and beyond, we have stopped public worship and all other church meetings and gatherings until further notice. In the meantime, we do not cease being ‘church’ because we have temporarily ceased meeting in one place at one time. During this time we invite you all to join in worshipping together from our separate homes at 11.00am on Sundays.

At this difficult time we move forward together knowing that we are held in the palm of God’s hand and that no matter where we are God knows our comings and goings, all we do, all our hopes and fears.  There will be times in the coming days, weeks and months when we will want to shout at God, other times when we will want to grieve.  We will have times of fear, worry and concern.  There will also be things to give thanks for as we are held and loved by God in all that is to come.

 

Sunday Worship at 11.00am

Click here for videos of the services and for downloadable orders of service for home worship.

 

Circuit Healing Services During the Pandemic

We are starting Circuit Healing Services for Healing and Wholeness on Sunday evenings at 6.00pm - click here for more information.
 

Pastoral Letter from Rev'd Jonathan Hustler, Secretary to the Conference, June 2020

Click here to read Jonathan's pastoral letter.
 

Prayer Requests

A special page for people's prayer requests - not just asking for prayer for people or situations we are concerned about, but also to give thanks for blessings received. Click here to go to the Prayer Request page.

 

Daily Prayer and Reflections

At this time you may want to devote some time in the mornings and/or evenings to regular prayer knowing that others will be doing the same.

Click here for a service of Morning Prayer. Also, click here for a special order for Morning Prayer for the weeks after Pentecost.

Click here for an Evening Liturgy.  Also, click here for a special order for Evening Prayer for the weeks after Pentecost.

Click here for a video reflection and prayers with Rev'd Sue Male for Wednesday 25th March - the Feast of the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.

Click here for a reflection by Kitty O'Meara

 

Virtual Bible Studies and Prayer Meetings on Zoom

Rev Rachel Bending is hosting:

Prayer Meetings on Tuesdays at 8.00pm and

Bible Studies on Thursdays at 2.00pm and 8.15pm

To join any of these meetings click here and follow the instructions. Zoom is really easy to use on your PC, laptop, phone or tablet.

The Bible Studies are following a series on prayer from Andrew Roberts’ book 'Holy Habits'.  If you want to know a little more about the series, why not watch this brief video introducing the book and the materials that accompany it - click here to watch the video.

 

Prayer on Sundays at 7.00pm

Join Christians across the country in prayer for our communities during the conronavirus pandemic. Whereas people were encouraged to put candles in their windows at that time, the Fire Brigade has advised that you should not do so. Use a fake candle or the poster you can download by clicking here instead.

 

Holy Week in Holiday Snaps

To view photos linked to Holy Week taken on various holidays click here.

 

Live-stream Services

Wesley's Chapel will continue to live-stream worship, adapted for no physical congregation. Click here to watch.

Service times
Wednesday 12:45
Thursday 12:45
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00. 

BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship on 29th March at 8.10am is a special service for Passion Sunday with our former superintendent minister Rev Canon Dr Jennifer Smith and Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Director of the Center for Reconciliation, Duke University, North Carolina. Click here to listen on BBC Sounds for up to a month after the broadcast.

British and Irish Church Leaders United in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Click here to read a statement from the President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, together with Church leaders from denominations across Britain and Ireland.

 

Links and Resources

Dancing in the desert - Rev Rachel Bending's website with prayers, poems and other resources

The Methodist Church

Singing the Faith Plus - resources for worship during the coronavirus pandemic

London District Coronavirus Update Page - information for church officers including guidance from TMCP and others

Advice on taking care of yourself and those around you - from the Methodist Church website

Coronavirus and the Church in Italy - Past. Mirella Manocchio, President of OPCEMI, the Methodist Church in Italy, discusses her experience of the difficult situation in her country and the Church's response. 

NHS Coronavirus Advice Page

HM Government Coronavirus Response Page