Our response to the coronavirus is to seek new ways of being church, supporting our members and our community with online and printed resources. We are sad that we can't physically meet together at the moment, and our churches remain closed for the present time, but we pray we might still be a radical community of faith, joined together by God's Spirit in worship, love and service.
Some of our churches have now begun live services, following the appropriate government guidance on hygiene and social distancing. Please see the individual church facebook pages and websites for service times and capacity.
We are continuing to stream a weekly live worship service on our Facebook pages for Settle, Ingleton and Bentham at 10:30am. The service is then available on YouTube to watch at your convenience.
We are also inviting you to regular, traditional evening worship on Zoom and on Facebook at 6:30pm.
Revd. Stephen Caddy is also leading Bible Studies on Thursday mornings using Zoom.
The service is also available on a CD which will be posted out after the service. The latest information on services, churches and reflections is available on the church Facebook pages.
Regular video reflections and worship services are also uploaded on to the IMC Youtube channel. If you would prefer to receive these resources by text or email, please let Revd. Tim know. Past services from St John's can be accessed on www.soundcloud.com/settlemethodist.
AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY FOR ALL WHO
Virtual Coffee Mornings
St John's Coffee Pot is meeting on line on Tuesday mornings - details available on the church's Facebook page or from Revd. Tim.
Bentham Church are having online Coffee Mornings on Wednesdays on Zoom, which you can also join by telephone. Details and instructions for joining are available from Revd. Stephen.
Further resources for worship at home can be found on the Methodist Church website (www.methodist.org.uk). These include a weekly act of worship, which can be printed and read through quietly at home.
Other resources on the Methodist Church website include prayers and a weekly podcast.
A Prayer from the President of Conference [Rev'd Barbara Glasson]
If we are ill, strengthen us
If we are tired, fortify our spirits
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders!
Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.
Help us always to hold fast to the good and see the good in others;
and remember there is just one world, one hope, one everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.
In Jesus we make our prayer, the one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
in whom we trust, these days and all days. Amen.