Mike Claridge

website and  resources

Website updated:   Saturday, 17th April, 2021 at 11:45


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.

The death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Reflections for The Cotteridge Church

The reflection for

Sunday 18th April

The Third Sunday of Easter

will be available left and here

from 10.00am on Sunday.

For a written version click here

The reflection for
Sunday 11th April
The Second Sunday of Easter

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.
Wednesday 21st April - Led by Mike Claridge

Previous Wednesday Worship on Zoom
If you weren’t able to join us for our last two services
click the buttons opposite for PDFs.  Contents vary but all 

include links to the music.

Live:  Sunday Worship
by Birmingham District of The Methodist Church
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at 10.30am
Next :  This Sunday (18th April) at 10.30am

On weeks when there isn’t a District Service try:
Join Great Barr Methodist Church in worship at 10.30am:

Latest News

News from
The Cotteridge Church

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

The Gospel for
Sunday 18th April
Luke 24 .36 - 48


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

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 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 

The Third Sunday of Easter (18th April)
Sunday Morning Stories at 10.30am on BBC1 . Kate Bottley shares inspirational stories rooted in faith, hope and spirituality.

Songs of Praise  at 13.15 on BBC1 ‘York’ - Katherine Jenkins talks to the archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, about the role of Christianity after lockdown, and comedian Frank Skinner reflects on his relationship with God.

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.  An Act of Christian worship.

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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