Mike Claridge

website and  resources

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Website updated:
Sunday 2nd August 2020   19:35

What do you find useful on here?
Let me know what you enjoy on here and I’ll take that into consideration when deciding what to include in future.

I’d hate to ‘drop’ something that is of great use to someone. 

Please let me know your thoughts 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 Notices (2nd August)

 Mike’s Weekly Letter (eShot)  (2nd August)

The Cotteridge Church
Sunday Reflections

The reflection for

Sunday 2nd August

is available (left)

For a written outline
click here

The reflection for

Sunday 26th July

is available (left)

For a transcript to read online
or download
click here.

Recent reflections for:

28th June and
5th, 12th and 19th July

are available (left).

All previous reflections
are on my YouTube Channel 

 Written versions are in the Blog

Birmingham District of The Methodist Church
Live Worship: Sundays at 10.30am
on Facebook and YouTube
Afterwards recordings are also on the above links.
For a Service Sheet for
2nd August: Click here

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

For online or phone-in details:
email here.

The Gospel reading
for Sunday 2nd August

Matthew 14 .13 - 21
Retold by Revd Phil Summers
A Methodist Minister
in Gloucestershire

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

The Cotteridge Church
Magazine ‘Roundabout’

Click image (left) for PDF
or read online

A vision for the Church based
on Justice and Inclusion

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

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

‘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)

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)

Cotteridge Church’s ‘Roundabout’ Magazine for July/August.          

B30 Foodbank Newsletter for May 2020

Material submitted by members of  The Cotteridge Church.    
Have a go yourself and submit via email by clicking here 

Dramatised Reading for Sunday 2nd August:  Matthew 14. 13-21         Click here

By Phil Summers, a Methodist Minister in Gloucestershire.

Bible readings for Sunday 2nd August (left) and Sunday 9th August (right)

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

Bible Study for Sunday 2nd August (left) and Sunday 9th August (right)

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

Worship at Home Sheet for Sunday 2nd August (l) and Sunday 9th August (r)
Prayers, readings, a reflection and hymns to say (or sing!)

The Vine Worship Resource for  2nd August
Prayers, readings and reflections.  Plus hymns via YouTube links

ALL AGE - Children’s Sheets for Sunday 2nd Aug (l) and Sunday 9th  Aug (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: Sunday 10.30am
A full live act of worship, lasting around an hour.  Live music, readings and meditations.  Follow it live, or as a recording afterwards, on  Facebook  or  YouTube
For an outline Order of Service for
2nd August click image opposite

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.   For a service sheet for 2nd August click image.

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 9th August
Songs of Praise   1.15pm.  ‘National Trust’ - The Reverend Kate Bottley discovers how Christian reformers founded the National Trust 125 years ago, and we reflect with Bristol Mayor and Christian Marvin Rees on the city’s links to slavery.

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. ‘The Cross and Liberation’’ - Chine McDonald, Rosemarie Mallet, Augustine Tanner-Ihm and David Shosanya explore the cross through the lens of black experience, as a symbol of oppression but also one of hope
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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