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Churches are still praying from home for the communities around them and finding ways to worship and care for one another online and in other ways.
You can read the full guidance at https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/
Check the page regularly for more updates.

Advent Resources
The Circuit YouTube services will continue during Advent and will include a special lighting of the advent candles liturgy with contributions from around the Circuit. This can be viewed at our YouTube channel.

You can also view the District service for the first Sunday in Advent on the District YouTube channel.

Advent courses are taking place- please contact Revd Ruth Duck or Revd Keith Albans for details.

An Advent Storytime will be available on Facebook Live at 9.30am each day during Advent courtesy of the Goole & Selby Circuit.

Streamed services
This week's Circuit-led Traditional service will be available from our Circuit YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCMZll3vyksFEonZ-EQbbhuQ

ONE Family
Find out more on the ONE Family page.

Worship with Copmanthorpe Methodist
http://copmanthorpemethodist.org.uk/
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.

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.

Other worship resources
The Methodist Church has a list of worship resources for use at this time.

Elsewhere Roots on the web are currently offering worship at home resources for free, including activity sheets for families.

The Vine are offering services that could be used at home.

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.

Conference Discussion
You can watch a video of Conference representatives from our area talking about the discussions at this year's Methodist Conference on Youtube.

Social media
Don't forget that as well as our website you can follow our Facebook Page for updates during the week, and you can join our group to discuss with others and share what you're doing.

You can also subscribe to our Circuit YouTube Channel where we will be adding both service videos and news stories from around the Circuit- there are already one or two available! www.youtube.com/channel/UCMZll3vyksFEonZ-EQbbhuQ

 

Other information:
UK Methodist website Coronavirus advice
Yorkshire North and East Methodist District website list of resources.
NHS website
Government website

Praying for our Circuit
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 22nd November is Heslington. 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.

Women against violence (prayer adapted from

O God, who shows us in Jesus Christ
How your kingdom will come in love and justice and peace,
Be present to those who are our friends, colleagues or neighbours
Who are suffering at the hands of a loved one
Or have to witness the suffering caused.
May they know your supportive presence with them.
Give them the strength to share their pain
And enable the rest of us to hear and believe,
That together we may act to change how things are
So that no-one need live in fear and humiliation.
We pray that your liberating kingdom will come
In truth and hope and love.
Amen.

Praying for our Circuit
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 29th November is Hessay. 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.

Advent 1: God's people

God of the past, the present, and the future,
At this time of uncertainty and fear, we pray for your church,
We give thanks for two thousand years of witness to your message of love,
We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not shown that message as we should.
We pray for the church in today's world,
Facing challenges, but also faced with opportunities.
Give your people the wisdom to see the paths forward,
The courage to follow those paths,
And the love to sustain us in our journeying.
Amen.

Praying for our Circuit
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 6th December is Heworth. 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.

Advent 2: The Prophets

God of the great and the small,
We give thanks for the example of the prophets,
All those who have declared your message,
Who have called those in power to account.
Help us to be a prophetic voice,
Speaking God's truth to those who may not want to hear
Calling for peace, for justice, for mercy,
Amplifying those who are ignored,
Speaking for those who cannot,
Humbly acknowledging our failings
And encouraging a better way of living.
Amen.

Praying for our Circuit
The church on the Circuit Prayer Rota for 13th December is Holgate. 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.

Advent 3: John the Baptist

God of the word and the example,
Thank you for those who have pointed us to Christ.
Teachers and preachers, parents and friends,
All who have helped us understand who Jesus is.
Help us to prepare the way for Christ,
To learn and to serve, to care and to listen,
To recognise God at work in our lives,
To show Christ to others in our words and deeds,
That they too may know him
And may point the way for others.
Amen.

Praying for our Circuit 20th Dec
This week we pray for those for whom this Christmas will not be a happy one; the lonely and bereaved, the anxious and afraid, those who are ill, those who are hungry, homeless, or dealing with broken relationships. We pray for God's love to be made known to all at this time, and for the wisdom and courage to do what we can to help all who need it.

Advent 4: Mary

God of the faithful and trusting,
Thank you for the example of those who have walked with you,
The knowledge you are there, and will guide and guard us.
Help us to trust you, even when the world around us seems dark,
To say "I don't understand, but I will believe,
I cannot see the way, but I will follow you.
I may be afraid, but I will trust you."
Bring us to the place of understanding
Where, with Mary, we may praise and glorify your name.
Amen.

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