Mike Claridge

website and  resources

Website updated:   Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021 at 18:20


I’m Mike Claridge and I’m an Ecumenical Minister in south-west Birmingham UK.
As well as being my personal webspace this is also a resource site for local churches at this time of pandemic.
This site is updated regularly.  Have a browse.  

Feedback is always welcome.

This is my own site and the  views on here are mine alone and do not necessarily represent those of our churches.

Reflections for The Cotteridge Church

The reflection for

Sunday 20th June 2021

is available left and here

For a written version click here

The reflection for

Sunday 13th June 2021

is available left and here.

For a written version click here

Live:  Wednesday Worship on Zoom

by The Cotteridge Church
Join us live every Wednesday at 7.30pm via the Zoom platform.
For log-in details please Email
via button on right.

Material from last weeks worship on the theme of Refugee

Week, with hymns on YouTube, is now available (right).

Wednesday 23rd June - Led by Mike Claridge 

Wednesday 30th June - Led by Sue Spencer

Previous Wednesday Worship on Zoom
Details of the last three services, PDFs with links to the

hymns, are available (right).

Online Sunday Worship by
Birmingham District of The Methodist Church

has now ceased. However if you go to the District website (the upper box on the right) you will find links to worship from churches within the area of the District.

The Gospel for
Sunday 20th June
Mark 4 .35-41


From the Gospel retellings by

Revd Phil Summers.

A Methodist Minister
in Gloucestershire

More Gospel re-tellings by
Phil are on YouTube at
Perfect Little Gentleman

Latest News

News from
The Cotteridge Church

The Cotteridge Church has
resumed  worship in the church building on Sundays at 10.30am

B30 Foodbank Newsletter - Spring 2021 (PDF)

News from

our three
and others

Daily Devotions
from The Methodist Church

and The United Reformed Church

(Click images for websites)

For a prayer by Revd Barbara Glasson for use during
the Covid19 Pandemic:  Click here  (YouTube)

Practical resources
during the Covid-19 outbreak
For a range of resources
click here

The Breaking of the Bread
To use when unable to meet for Holy Communion

Phone lines to pass on to those who are not online.

FREE to use phone lines from the Church of England (left) and The Methodist Church (right).

For TV and Radio schedules to pass on to those who are not online please scroll down.

Links for worship etc (updated weekly)

The Dramatised Gospel          
By Phil Summers, a Methodist Minister in Gloucestershire.

Bible readings from the RCL lectionary (NRSV and The Message)

Bible Study notes (from ROOTS) with prayers and meditations.

Worship at Home Sheet  Prayers, readings, reflection and hymns

The Vine Worship Resource: Including links to hymns (YouTube)



ALL AGE - Children’s Sheets: Activity sheets (from ROOTS)

ALL AGE - Online Childrens’ Church (Rev Jemima, a Minister and mom of young children)
Weekly worship for children.  There’s a Facebook page and it can be watched anytime on YouTube

ALL AGE - Together at Home - All Age Worship and Activity sheets (by Jessica Ann Jenner)
Weekly worship sheets for children.  Click here for the Together at Home website also on Facebook

LIVE Worship: Jazz Community Church, Birmingham at 4.00pm
Worship from Birmingham District’s Jazz Community Church.  Via their Facebook Page

LIVE Worship: Wesley’s Chapel, London: Sundays and weekdays
Live and recorded services Sundays 9.45 and 11am. Also Morning Prayer daily 10am.
Also Wednesday and Thursdays 12.45pm  
Click here (YouTube)

LIVE Worship: St Alban’s Cathedral: Choral Eucharist, Sunday at 11.15am
An Inclusive Church.  YouTube.  A service sheet is available (right).

The United Reformed Church Sunday Podcast  (audio only)
Register to receive a Sunday morning email including a link to a radio style podcast.
The email includes the words to the hymns so you can sing along.                  
Click here 

The Church of England National Service.  Streamed each Sunday 9.00am
On the C of E website and including previous recordings.   Click here 

Recorded Worship: A Sithe (“At Home”) from the Isle of Man Sundays 10.30am and 6.30pm
A very different worship style led by Andy Fishburne.  On YouTube or via his Website.

Recorded Worship: Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, Premieres Sundays at 4.00pm
A radically inclusive congregation that, in  normal times, meets at Carrs Lane Church.
Live worship stream, or catch up with recordings later.   On
YouTube or Facebook Live 

For more resources and Live streams click below:
The Methodist Church           The Church of England            The United Reformed Church

Worship on BBC Radio and BBC TV  (Please let those not online know)

Sunday 27th June 2021 (times may vary)


Songs of Praise at 13.15 on BBC1  ‘Iona’ - Claire McCollum meets HRH the Princess Royal on the remote Scottish island of Iona and joins others inspired by its special atmosphere as a place of Christian pilgrimage..

BBC Radio:  
Bells on Sunday (Radio 4) Recorded bellringing at the start of the days programming.  At 5.43am!
Sunday Worship  (Radio 4) at 8.10am.  ‘Exile and Return’.  A service from Rugby School which explores the parallels between the experience of those in education during the Coronavirus pandemic and themes of exile and return in the bible.

The Daily Service  (Radio 4, Digital and LW only).  Every weekday at 9.45.
Choral Evensong  (Radio 3) Recorded.  Sundays at 3.00pm and Wednesday at 3.30pm (times vary)

BBC Local Radio:
An informal Act of Worship is embedded in a chat show usually between 8.00am and 8.30am.  The theme varies every week.  It is available on all BBC Local Radio Stations including BBC Radio WM.

“We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another.”  (Jonathan Swift)


Local Church Links

The Cotteridge Church Café


B30 Foodbank:

Website : Facebook : Twitter

Boys Brigade (7th Birmingham)

Website : Twitter : Facebook

The Cotteridge Church
Older Adult Day Care:

Website : Facebook

Sri Lanka Page
(click flag)
Reflections from
my friend The Rt Revd Duleep DeChickera

The Cotteridge Church
Saplings Stay and Play  (Pre-school)


Information for

Genealogy Researchers
Location of Registers of

The Cotteridge Church (PDF)

“Be compassionate as God is compassionate: (Luke 6:36))

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