Mike Claridge

website and  resources

To contact Mike by email: Click here

Website updated:  Friday, 25th September, 2020   19:40
All material is now up to date for Sunday 27th September

I’m Mike Claridge and I’m Minister of
The Cotteridge Church in 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 and   

let me have any feedback by emailing me here.


Please be aware that this is my own webspace and that the

contents and views on here are mine and do not necessarily

represent those of The Cotteridge Church.

The Cotteridge Church

Sunday Reflections

The reflection for

Sunday 27th September

will premiere here at
9.00am on Sunday

A written version will be posted
here late on Saturday. 

The reflection for

Sunday 20th September

is available (left)

For a written version click here

Recent reflections for:
23rd and 30th August
6th and 13th September

are available (left).

Earlier reflections
are on my YouTube Channel 

 Written versions are in the Blog

Church News 

The Cotteridge Church Magazine, Notices,
and Minister’s Letter.

Roundabout - The Cotteridge Church Magazine
(September / October).  PDF (left) or read online

The Cotteridge Church Notices (27th September)

 Mike’s Weekly Letter (eShot)  (27th September)

News from our three

The Methodist Church, Birmingham Circuit:    Bulletin   (23/9/20)
The Church of England - Birmingham:    Bulletin   (2/9/20)
The United Reformed Church:   Bulletin   (4/9/20)
The Joint Public Issues Team:   Newsletter   (October 2020)

Birmingham District of The Methodist Church
Worship: 1st and 3rd Sundays at 10.30am
on Facebook and YouTube
Recordings are also on those links.
The next service will be: - Sunday 4th October

The Cotteridge Church
Worship every Wednesday
at 7.30pm (via Zoom)

For online or phone-in details:
email here.

The Gospel for
Sunday 27th September

Matthew 21 .23 - 32
Retold by Revd Phil Summers
A Methodist Minister
in Gloucestershire

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

A vision for the Church based
on Justice and Inclusion

To read an open letter to
The Methodist Church:
Click here

The Cotteridge Church
Magazine ‘Roundabout’

Click image (below) for PDF
or read online

‘Breaking of the Bread’
A simple service that may be used at home while we are
unable to meet to celebrate Holy Communion together.

Click here for PDF

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

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.

Resources for worship, prayer and Bible Study (updated weekly)

Dramatised Reading for Sunday 27th September:  Matthew 21. 23-32            Click here

By Phil Summers, a Methodist Minister in Gloucestershire.

Bible readings for Sunday 27th September (l) and Sunday 4th October (r)

Click the image to download  the full texts from The NRSV and The Message.

Bible Study for Sunday 27th September (l) and Sunday 4th October (r)

Bible study from ROOTS with prayers and meditations on the one of the readings.

Worship at Home Sheet for Sunday 27th Sep (l) Sunday 4th October (r)
Prayers, readings, a reflection and hymns to say (or sing!)

The Vine Worship Resource for 27th September
Prayers, readings and reflections.  Plus hymns via YouTube links

ALL AGE - Children’s Sheets for Sunday 27th Sep (l) and Sunday 4th Oct  (r)
Activity sheet from ROOTS resources, with word search etc and a colouring sheet.

ALL AGE - Video 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: Birmingham Methodist District: 1st and 3rd Sundays 10.30am
These are now fortnightly.  The next service will be on  Sunday 4th October.  Follow them live, or as a recording afterwards, on  Facebook  or  YouTube.  
A service sheet will be added here when a service is due to take place.

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 worship (and recordings of earlier weeks) from Wesley’s Chapel in London.  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: Live Eucharist on Sunday at 10.00am
An Inclusive Church.  Watch on YouTube.   Service sheet for 27/9 (St Michael) click 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 from 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

Information to pass on to those not online.

Worship on BBC Radio and BBC TV for Sunday 27th September


Songs of Praise   1.15pm ‘Saltaire’ - Claire McCollum explores Saltaire in Yorkshire. Now a world heritage site, the Victorian village was built by a Christian mill owner to transform the lives of his workers.

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. ‘A New Heaven and a New Earth’   The Rev'd Canon Rachel Mann of St Nick's Burnage, Manchester celebrates an urban harvest.
The Daily Service  (Radio 4, LW only) LIVE but with archive music.  Weekdays at 9.45.
Choral Evensong  (Radio 3) Recorded.  Sundays at 3.00pm and Wednesday at 3.30pm

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


Cotteridge Church Links

The Cotteridge Church Café


B30 Foodbank:

Website : Facebook : Twitter

Boys Brigade (7th Birmingham)

Website : Twitter : Facebook

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

Older Adult Day Care:

Website : Facebook

Saplings Stay and Play



Information for

Genealogy Researchers
Location of Registers of

The Cotteridge Church (PDF)

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