Mike Claridge

website and  resources

Website updated:  Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 at 09:55


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.

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 our churches.

Material for Advent and Christmas

God is with us

Material from The Methodist Church


Social Media Campaign

Daily material on Twitter, Facebook

and Instagram using #GodIsWithUs

Other material as below.

God of Justice

Joint Public Issues Team

Week One
Prince of Peace
How are we called
to be enactors of peace?

Click here for JPIT website

Comfort and Joy

The Church of England


Click below for material
and details of online services during

Advent and Christmas

There are more ideas on the
Birmingham Circuit website

Week Two
6th December
Week Three
13th December
Week Four
20th December

Daily Devotions

United Reformed Church


Daily devotions and

audio podcasts

Reflections for The Cotteridge Church

The reflection for

Sunday 29th November
(Advent 1)

is now available (left) or click here)

For a written version click here

Recent reflections for:
15th and 22nd November

are available (left).

Earlier reflections
are on my YouTube Channel 

 Written versions are in the Blog

Wednesday Worship
by The Cotteridge Church
Live every Wednesday at 7.30pm
On Zoom.  Email
for details here.
Advance Notice: Carol Service 23rd December!

Sunday Worship

by Birmingham Methodist District
Live Worship each Sunday 10.30am
Facebook and YouTube)
For a service sheet for 29th Nov  click here

The Gospel
for Sunday 29th November
Mark 13 .24-37
Retold by Revd Phil Summers
A Methodist Minister
in Gloucestershire

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

Latest News
from The Cotteridge Church

The Cotteridge Church
Carol Service
Wednesday 23rd December 7.30pm
On Zoom.    Email for details here.

Latest News
from our three
and others

B30 Food Bank
The Autumn Newsletter
from B30 Foodbank:

Click here (PDF)

Breaking of

the Bread
A simple act to use at home while we are unable to meet to celebrate Holy Communion together.
Click here for PDF


The Cotteridge Church
Nov/Dec edition
Click image for PDF

or read online here.

Daily Devotions
from The Methodist Church

and The United Reformed Church

(Click images for websites)

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

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

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 for this week.          
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, a reflection and hymns.

The Vine Worship Resource: Including links to hymns on YouTube.

ALL AGE - Children’s Sheets: Activity sheets for all ages (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: Birmingham Methodist District: Every Sunday at 10.30am
A service sheet  is available by clicking the icon (right).
Follow live, or afterwards as a recording , on  
Facebook  or  YouTube.  

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.  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 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 6th December

Songs of Praise   13.15pm ‘Young Chorister of the Year - Final’ - On the second Sunday of Advent, the Rev Kate Bottley hosts the final of BBC Young Chorister of the Year with judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson.
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. ‘Cities of Promise - A place for nature’   With the Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Rector of Digswell, Welwyn Garden City.
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
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

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

The Cotteridge Church
Older Adult Day Care:

Website : Facebook

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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