The theme for this Sunday’s online worship service, which will be available to view on our YouTube channel from 9am on Sunday morning, is ‘Moving forward with God’s guidance’. The service will feature a message from Bishop Nick to the churches, music, songs, readings, a talk by Henriette Howarth, which is available to view/download here, and Holy Communion celebrated in the church building. The service booklet, which can be used in conjunction with this service is available to view/download here. Sunday Xtra will have a Zoom Service this week commencing at 11.30am, which will be preceded by Sunday Coffee and Chat at 11am. Both will take place using the same Zoom meeting, so feel free to join us any time from 11am and leave whenever you wish. Your hosts will be John Butler and Mark Allison. Please get in touch for details of how to join.
In our services over the summer we will focus in our talks on the story of Exodus – the great Biblical story of liberation. God leads the people of Israel out of slavery into the promised land, but it is not plain sailing. There are many distractions, stand-stills and setbacks. With God’s guidance the people keep moving forward, trusting in God’s faithfulness and holding on to his promises. This story can be a paradigm for what we go through in our world today with the pandemic and also the continuing struggle for freedom from the bondage of slavery, exploitation and inequality. Why not watch the musical film Prince of Egypt to refresh your memory of the biblical story of the Exodus?
Open for Prayer & Worship
The church building is now open for personal prayer on Wednesdays from 10-11.30am. People are welcome to come and sit quietly in the church space to reflect, pray, read and meditate. We will also make some prayer sheets available for personal use. There will be a team coordinated by our wardens, Anne Luxton and Matt Stoney, to give guidance as you arrive. You are welcome to come for the whole time or just pop in for a few minutes.
We will also hold our first worship service with Holy Communion in the church building on Sunday 2nd August at 10.30am. Initially, our worship services in church will be held fortnightly throughout August.
We will be following all the government and diocesan guidelines to make our prayer and worship services as safe as we can. This includes:
- Sanitising hands
- 2m physical distancing
- Holy Communion, only with wafers, not with wine
- Face masks are mandatory
We advise that people with Covid symptoms stay at home, as well as those who need to continue shielding. We hope many of the congregation will feel confident enough to come and be part of our prayer and worship services in church, however, no-one must feel guilty for not attending. We will continue to also hold services online for the foreseeable future.
Don’t forget that many of our regular church groups are now meeting online. These include our Meditation Group, Faith Chat Group, Junior Choir, Choir, Young Adults, Book Group and Saturday Cafe. Some of these groups will continue to meet throughout the summer. For more information about any of the above, please click here.
Join us on YouTube most Sundays for our worship services and Tuesday mornings for prayer.
As we, your people, journey together
in the footsteps of faith
may we never lose our sense of direction,
keep eyes focused upon our destination,
drink from the well and eat of the bread
that will bring us life, and hold out our hand
to any who may falter or stumble along the way.
May we know that Jesus accompanies us
every moment of every day.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.
Children & Young People’s Resources
- Faith at Home – A national Church of England campaign that supports the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Click here to find out more.
- Light at Home – Weekly sheets by the Diocese of Leeds to support families at home. Each sheet has a bible story, prayers, something to do together and a challenge. Click here to access these sheets.
- Weekly@ Summer 2020: We’re all in this Together – Weekly lectionary-based children’s resources aimed at 5-11 year olds. Each session includes a theme, Bible story, game, craft activity, songs and a reflection. These resources can be printed out and used at home on a weekly basis by those who wish to do so. Click here to view/download.
- Outdoor / Indoor Summer Challenge – How many challenges can you tick off? Click here to view/download.
- Summertime: 31 Ways to Grow Closer to God as a Family – Part of the Light at Home series by the Diocese of Leeds. Click here to view/download.
- 30 Day Dough Church Challenge / 30 Day Lego Bible Challenge – Click here to view/download.
Other Worship Resources
- Diocese of Leeds with a list of churches who live stream services: https://www.leeds.anglican.org/covid-19/live-streaming
- Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/
- Learning to Pray (Church of England): https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/learning-pray
- Sacred Space for online daily prayer: https://www.sacredspace.ie/
- Worship in and with Creation – Resources for Outdoor Worship