Mike Claridge

website and  resources

Website updated:  Friday, 26th February, 2021 at 15:25

Please note that The Cotteridge Church

building is currently closed for worship


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.

Follow #LiveLent

on social media.
17th Feb - 4th Apr

Reflections for The Cotteridge Church

The reflection for

Sunday 28th February

(The Second Sunday in Lent)

will be available left and here

from 10.00am on Sunday

For a written version click here.

The reflection for

Sunday 21st February
(The First Sunday in Lent)

is available left and here

For a written version click here

Lent Course - Holy Habits: Following Jesus
Thursdays at 7.30pm
This year our Lent Course is taking place on Zoom.  The link is in Mike’s weekly

letter which is available in ‘News’ below.  You can also request it via Email 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 3rd March - Worship led by Sue Spencer

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

including links to the music and other information.

Live:  Sunday Worship
by Birmingham District of The Methodist Church
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at 10.30am
Next District Worship, Sunday 7th March, 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 building
is now closed for worship

until further notice.

The Gospel for
Sunday 28th February

Mark 8 .31-38


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

News from B30 Food Bank

News from

our three
and others

The Breaking of the Bread
To use when unable to meet for Holy Communion

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          
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

Links to worship by Birmingham District (Methodist Church) are now higher up this page.

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: 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 28th February
Worship for Lent 2 at 11.15am The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a church service for Lent from St Martin’s Church, Maidstone.
Songs of Praise
  at 13.15 ‘Tintern Abbey’ - Ahead of St David’s Day, Sean Fletcher explores beautiful Tintern Abbey, and Welsh Rugby legends share their stories of finding faith after hanging up their boots.

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. ‘St David’s Day’ - The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend John Davies, marks St David's Day in a service for the second sunday of Lent, recorded under lockdown conditions at Brecon Cathedral.

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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