Online worship during the pandemic
As a reaction to the CV-19 pandemic which has resulted in the closure of churches, either by law or due to safety concerns, online worship services have been established by a variety of Methodist Churches and organisations to fill the void.
Some live-streamed services operate only during periods of lock-down whilst others have continued throughout the year providing a valuable facility for those unable to attend worship under the current constraints. Most services are available to view afterwards.
Information about providers of online services are detailed below.
Local online services
Quinton Methodist Church
Birmingham District provides live-streamed services during times of lock-down and at other times when churches in the District, although permitted to open, may remain closed due to compliance and operational difficulties.
Services can be viewed via the Birmingham District Facebook Page (it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to view the service) and also via the Birmingham District YouTube channel where previous services are also avilable to view.
Dates, times and other information can be found on the Calendar page.
Other online services
Wesley’s Chapel, London
In addition to Sunday morning services, Wesley’s Chapel live-streams a variety of services during the week including morning prayers Monday to Saturday at 10am.
At those times when church premises are closed not only to the congregation but also celebrants it is possible for Wesley’s Chapel to live-stream from the church building as the minister lives on the premises.
Live-streamed and previous services are available on the Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission YouTube channel.
More information about the chapel which was founded in 1778 by John Wesley can be found on the Wesley’s Chapel & Museum website.
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster
Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem
Generally of a more contemporary nature, Swan Bank live-streams Sunday morning and evening services plus some at other times of the day and week via their Swan Bank YouTube channel and also the Swan Bank Facebook page.
More information about the church can be found on the Swan Bank website.
Listings and times of selected upcoming services can be found on the Calendar page.
Worship from churches and circuits in Birmingham District
A number of churches and circuits within Birmingham District are streaming live services, in rotation or on a weekly basis.
Bromsgrove & Redditch Circuit
Weekly services, morning prayers and other short presentations are broadcast on the Bromsgrove & Redditch Circuit YouTube channel.
Sutton Park Circuit
Services from Witton, Erdington, Stockland Green, Four Oaks and other churches in the circuit on a rotating basis. Details can be found on the Sutton Park Circuit website.
Solihull Methodist Church
A weekly schedule of services can be found on the Solihull Methodist Church website.
South Warwickshire Circuit
Weekly services are broadcast on the South Warwickshire Circuit YouTube channel.
Tamworth & Lichfield Circuit
Services are broadcast on the Tamworth & Lichfield Circuit YouTube channel.
Worship at Home Sheet
Each week the Methodist Church produces a Worship at Home Sheet in the form of PDF documents in standard and large print for those unable to attend church. Each sheet features links to short performances on YouTube.
A link to the sheet for the upcoming Sunday can be found on the Calendar page.
Links to recent Worship at Home Sheets are below:
Download the 11 April standard sheet
Download the 11 April large print sheet
Download the Easter Sunday 4 April standard sheet
Download the Easter Sunday 4 April large print sheet
Download the Good Friday 2 April standard sheet
Download the Good Friday 2 April large print sheet
Download the Palm Sunday 28 March standard sheet
Download the Palm Sunday 28 March large print sheet