Please note that all our church buildings remain closed for worship and other events at present. The Connexion and Circuit will be providing guidance when this is able to change, but we do not anticipate worship taking place in our buildings for some time yet.
Churches are still praying from home for the communities around them and finding ways to worship and care for one another online and by phone.
You can read the full guidance at https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/
Check the page regularly for more updates.
Bible Month: Ruth
Bible Month starts on 7th June! Look at our Bible Month page for resources to help you engage with the book of Ruth at home, including resources for children and young people.
The Methodist Church has a list of worship resources for use at this time.
The resources page on the Methodist website includes links to services which are being streamed online on Sundays, including from Wesley's Chapel in London.
Locally a variety of online resources are being produced, including:
Worship with Copmanthorpe Methodist
Worship with a contemporary flavour streamed on YouTube on Sunday mornings and available to view afterwards. Visit Copmanthorpe Methodist Church's website to get the link to this week's service, subscribe to their YouTube channel or contact the church to ask to be put on the mailing list to receive the notices and link to each week's service.
Sunday Worship Livestream with Lydia
Morning video reflections with Rory Dalgliesh
See the Bible Month page for resources for children, young people and families.
Other worship resources
Elsewhere Roots on the web are currently offering worship at home resources for free, including activity sheets for families.
Resources for families: www.rootsontheweb.com/familiesathome7jun
Resources for adults: www.rootsontheweb.com/adultsathome7jun
The Vine are offering services that could be used at home. You can download this week's resources from this page.
If you have people in your congregation who are not able to access online resources, you may like to consider printing the "Worship from home service sheets" and, when this is safe, delivering these to people's letterboxes during your exercise.
You could also download the worship sheets and email them out to your congregation.
There are also worship broadcasts on TV and radio- see your favourite listings magazine or website for more details.
Worship by phone
If you know of people who aren't able to access online worship resources, you might like to tell them about a new service called Daily Hope launched by the Church of England- you can call 0800 804 8044 for free 24 hours a day and hear hymns, reflections and prayers. Find out more at cofe.io/DailyHope
The Methodist Church have also launched a 'dial a prayer' line on 0808 281 2514.
Lots of churches are using zoom for meetings and worship. If you'd like a bit more information or help getting the hang of it, there's a really simple guide produced by the United Reformed Church available at https://urc.org.uk/images/Communications/docs/Guide_to_setting_up_a_zoom_account.pdf
Caring for one another and our communities
If you are looking for ways to offer practical help to those most in need, or help on how to talk to your neighbours, there are some suggestions here.
UK Methodist website Coronavirus advice
Yorkshire North and East Methodist District website list of resources.
Praying for our Circuit
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 7th June is Southlands. Let us thank God for the work of God in that place, and pray for the church as they consider how best to respond to God's call in this time.
As we begin our study of Ruth, many of us may be feeling, like Naomi, that our lives are bitter,
That those we loved are lost to us or far away.
Help us to see you at work even when it is hard,
To trust that you have not abandoned us,
And to wait for your redemption of the situation.
With Ruth, help us to declare that we will follow you, in the bad times and the good,
Help us to see the part we play in your plan for the world,
And fill us with your Spirit so that we may be strengthened to follow you.
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 31st May is Sheriff Hutton. Let us thank God for the work of God in that place, and pray for the church as they consider how best to respond to God's call in this time.
This Pentecost, let us remember the disciples who met together that day;
Confused, maybe afraid, wondering what they were supposed to do now.
And then God's Spirit came, filled them, inspired them, empowered them.
We pray that like them we might be filled,
That your love and power and joy might flow out of us to those around us;
We pray that we might be inspired,
To see where you are leading us, calling us to share your light;
We pray that we might be empowered,
To do your work in our world, our community, our Circuit, our Church.
Lord, send your Spirit upon the Church worldwide this Pentecost,
And unite us in worshiping and serving you.