Daily Devotions
from The Methodist Church (l) and

The United Reformed Church (r)
(Click images for websites)

Mike Claridge

website and  resources

Palm Sunday
Mike’s video of a short
Liturgy of the Palms

Written Meditation for Palm Sunday

by The Revd Barbara Calvert,
Northfield Methodist Church:
“Listen ….. to the

sounds of the world”
Click for PDF (below).


8th April 2020  00:05   

A Prayer during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
By The Revd Barbara Glasson
President of The Methodist Conference

Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50 .4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12 .1-3
John 13 .21-32

Daily meditations in art and music
(Bach’s ‘St Matthew ’s Passion’) for each day in Holy Week.  Bible study notes on Matthew’s Gospel.
For other days this week: Click here

Video Three
PDF below

Ch 26: 47 -
Ch 27:10

A service for the
Wednesday of Holy Week
(click left for PDF)
Services for other days are

There is more daily material for all ages

among the Holy Week resources

Holy Week (6th - 11th April)

For the full range of Holy Week resources: CLICK HERE

My meditation for
for Holy Week 2020
On Vimeo
Click left for video

Click below for script

At a time of Anxiety and Stress:  The Jesus Meditation.
Written for the current situation by Rt Revd Duleep DeChickera, former Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Click image on right.  See more items from Duleep

Looking for material by mjclaridge from an earlier date?
Scripts of meditations are on the
Blog page.  Links to earlier videos are here 

Material for Sundays
Worship, Prayer and Bible Study Material, Live Streams etc:


The Cotteridge Church Notices (Sunday 5th April)
Click image on the right for this weeks news.
The Notice Sheet is usually uploaded by Saturday evening.

Reflections and prayers submitted by members of  The Cotteridge Church.  Updated 2/4/20    
Have a go yourself and submit via email by clicking here 

A dramatised retelling of the first Palm Sunday in today’s context: Matthew 21 .1-11
Retold by The Revd Phil Summers, a Methodist Minister in Gloucestershire. Click here (YouTube)

Bible readings for  Easter Day (left) and Sunday 19th Apr (right)

Click the image to download  the full texts.  NRSV and (from 5th Apr) The Message.

Bible Study for Easter Day (left) and Sunday 19th Apr (right)

Bible study, prayers and meditations on the one of the readings.

Worship at Home sheet  for Easter Day
Prayers, readings, a reflection and hymns to say (or sing!).

The Vine: Worship at Home  -  Good Friday (l) and Easter Day (r)
Prayers, readings, a reflection and links to hymns online.

ALL AGE - Children’s sheets for Easter Day (l) and Sunday 19th April (r)
Activity sheet from ROOTS resources, with word search etc and a colouring sheet.

ALL AGE - Video Online Childrens’ Church (by 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 streams:

I will update links to those expected or known to be running this week.  All streams are produced in accordance with current Government guidelines.  Previous services are available on most of the links given.  Please be aware the stream may start a short while after the time given.  Use refresh on your browser if the stream doesn’t start.

LIVE Worship Stream: Birmingham Methodist District: Sunday 10.30am
Birmingham Methodist District will be streaming a full live act of worship, lasting around 50 minutes, each week.  Live hymns, readings and meditations.  Follow it here at either:  Facebook Live   or  The Birmingham District website.   Recordings are also available to catch up later.  For a service sheet for the worship streamed on 5th April  click image to the right).

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

LIVE Worship Stream: 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 Stream: St Alban’s Cathedral: Sunday 10.00am
Worship from St Alban’s Cathedral .  Click here (YouTube).  A service sheet will be posted when available.

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 you can catch up with the recording later.   Only on
Facebook Live 

Recorded: The Church of England National Service.  Each Sunday from 9.00am
On the C of E website and including previous recordings.  
Click here 

Recorded: A simple celebration of Holy Communion (C of E style)

With readings and prayers for the current situation, from the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham  led by The Reverend Michael Everitt, Canon Pastor of Durham Cathedral.   I trained with Michael at The Queens Foundation, Edgbaston.  Click here.  (YouTube, 13 mins).

Prayers for the current crisis from  The Rt Revd Duleep De Chickera
a former Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a personal friend of mine.  Click right.

“The Church is Different Now” - A poem
A poem by the Revd Liz England, Rector of Buxton Derbyshire.

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

Helping those not online: Worship on BBC Radio and BBC TV
Many people are not online.  Here are TV and radio details you can tell them about:
Sunday Worship at 11.25am. Worship for Easter Day from Bangor Cathedral, with hymns recorded in 2018.   The programme was recorded before churches were closed for worship.
Songs of Praise   1.15pm.  A programme for Easter Day from the new congregation at St Luke’s, Gas Street, Birmingham.  This programme was recorded before the current restrictions came into effect.
BBC Radio:  
Bells on Sunday (Radio 4) Recorded bellringing at the start of the days programming.  At 5.43am!
Sunday Worship
(Radio 4) LIVE at 8.10am.
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)


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