Sunday Worship

Following periods of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Easter Day, 4th April 2021.  Please see the guidelines below.  The weekly pre-recorded services made during the suspension will also continue for the time being.

An introduction to Bible Month (June 2021) is available here.

Sunday 20 June - Bible Month Week 3

Recorded Service and 10.30am All Age Worship

Mark 8:22 - 10:52  On the Way
Ms Sharon Wright

Sunday 27 June - Bible Month Week 4

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mark 11:1 - 16:8  Passion Week
Mrs Kim Tame

Sunday 4 July

Recorded Service and 10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 11 July - MHA Sunday

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mr David Morgan

Sunday 18 July

Recorded Service and 10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 25 July

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Jackie Case

Sunday 1 August

Recorded Service and 10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 8 August

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 15 August

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mr Peter Whalley

Sunday 22 August

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 29 August

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Christine Morgan

 

Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

To ensure that we can accommodate everyone who arrives for worship on a Sunday morning we ask that you please book a place.  To do this you need to contact the office by noon on Friday each week either by email or phone contact details here.  30 places are available - if there are no places left you can either be top of the list for the following Sunday, or have a place in the café area, where you will be able to hear, but not see, the people leading the service.  A similar recorded service is also available from this page.

When you arrive at church, please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and queue to enter following the 2m spacing guidelines.  Use the hand sanitiser to clean your hands.  The welcome steward will check your name on the bookings list – this will also be our “track and trace” record which will be kept in a secure place and destroyed after 21 days.  A steward will then direct you to a seat.  Please sit where you are directed and stay there until you are invited to leave at the end of the service, and please keep your face covering on throughout your time in the building.

The service will last about 40 minutes.  It will include some music, but at present we are not permitted to sing inside, although if the weather is reasonable we may go outside to sing the final hymn.  We have put some screens in front of the pulpit and lectern so that those leading worship do not need to wear masks.  All the words needed for the service will be on the screens.  If you wish to use a hymn book or Bible you will need to bring your own with you, or you can ask a steward if you can borrow one of our hymn books which you can bring with you each week.

At the end of the service please wait to be invited to leave by the steward.  Those sitting at the front will leave first, either through the garden gate or by the main church door.  Please don’t stop to chat on the way out but wait until you are right outside the building.

We won’t be taking up an offering during the service.  While stewards will try to make provision for donations of cash or envelopes, it is clearly in everyone’s interest to minimise the handling of cash as much as possible.

In summary:

  • Book your place by noon on Friday
  • Wear a face covering and sanitise your hands
  • Please sit where invited to by the steward
  • Stay seated until you are invited to leave
  • Don’t stop to chat on your way out of the building.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 13 June - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 247     I danced in the morning ...     tune: Lord of the dance
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 247     I danced in the morning
    when the word was begun
    tune: Lord of the dance
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Introduction: Mark 4 - 8     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Mark 4: 1-9,  6: 1-6,  8: 14-21     Liz & Mike Goddard
Sermon     'Mission and boundaries'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 325     Jesus Christ – Perfect Love     tune: Latty, Busbee
Prayers     Intercessions
Lord's Prayer
    Mike Goddard
Liz Goddard
Hymn StF 397     The Spirit lives to set us free     tune: Walk in the light
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 247     I danced in the morning ...     tune: Lord of the dance

 

StF 247 - sung

  1. I danced in the morning
    when the world was begun,
    and I danced in the moon
    and the stars and the sun;
    and I came down from heaven
    and I danced on the earth,
    at Bethlehem
    I had my birth.

‘Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance.’ said he,
‘and I'll lead you all wherever you may be,
and I'll lead you all in the Dance,’ said he.

  1. I danced for the scribe
    and the pharisee,
    but they would not dance
    and they wouldn't follow me;
    I danced for the fishermen,
    for James and John;
    they came with me
    and the Dance went on.
  1. I danced on the Sabbath
    and I cured the lame:
    the holy people
    said it was a shame.
    They whipped and they stripped
    and they hung me on high,
    and they left me there
    on a Cross to die.
  1. I danced on a Friday
    when the sky turned black;
    it's hard to dance
    with the devil on your back.
    They buried my body
    and they thought I'd gone;
    but I am the Dance
    and I still go on.
  1. They cut me down
    and I leapt up high;
    I am the life
    that'll never, never die;
    I'll live in you
    if you'll live in me;
    I am the Lord
    of the Dance, said he.

Sydney Carter (1915–2004)
© 1963, Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 325 - sung

  1. Jesus Christ — Perfect Love,
    Holy One that knows no fault,
    screen my thoughts, make me clean,
    know the motives of my heart.
    When I see my selfish choice,
    when I glimpse your holiness,
    then I realise again
    Perfect Love has come to cleanse.
  1. Jesus Christ — Lord for all,
    plant in me the kingdom seed.
    Search me, Lord, when I’m found
    looking only to my needs.
    When I see the way you lived,
    how you dignified the poor,
    then I realise again
    how I need to know you more.
  1. Jesus Christ — Lamb of God,
    Love resolved to take our place.
    Who can write or describe
    all of your self-giving grace?
    When I look at the brutal cross,
    innocence and beauty slain,
    that’s when I realise once more
    you fully understand our pain.
  1. Jesus Christ — King of heaven,
    qualified to wear the crown.
    In your face, radiant grace
    draws us closer to your throne.
    When we see your generous heart,
    when we touch the world you love,
    that’s when we realise again;
    Perfect Love is Perfect Hope.

Geraldine Latty (b. 1963), Mike Busbee
© 2005 Thankyou Music / The Livingstone Collective  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 397 - choral

  1. The Spirit lives to set us free,
    walk, walk in the light;
    he binds us all in unity,
    walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light, walk in the light,
walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord.

  1. Jesus promised life to all,
    walk, walk in the light;
    the dead were wakened by his call,
    walk, walk in the light.
  1. He died in pain on Calvary,
    walk, walk in the light;
    to save the lost like you and me,
    walk, walk in the light.
  1. We know his death was not the end,
    walk, walk in the light;
    he gave his Spirit to be our friend,
    walk, walk in the light.
  1. By Jesus' love our wounds are healed,
    walk, walk in the light;
    the Father's kindness is revealed,
    walk, walk in the light.
  1. The Spirit lives in you and me,
    walk, walk in the light;
    his light will shine for all to see,
    walk, walk in the light.

Damian Lundy (1944–1996)
© 1978, Kevin Mayhew Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 247 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham, used with permission
StF 325 performance by Gareth Moore (Isle of Man Methodist Church), used with permission
StF 397 performance by Frodsham Methodist Church Cloud Choir (North Cheshire), used with permission
Other organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 6 June - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 160     Powerful in making us wise
    to salvation
    tune: Conservation
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 161     Speak, O Lord as we come to you     tune: Keith Getty,
    Stuart Townend
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Introduction to Mark's Gospel     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Mark 1: 1, 14-20, 3: 31-35     Kate Souter
Sermon     'Identity and Mission'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 357     Jesus the name high over all     tune: Lydia
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 338     There is a Redeemer     tune: Melody Green
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 160     Powerful in making us wise
    to salvation
    tune: Conservation

 

StF 161 - sung

  1. Speak, O Lord, as we come to you
    to receive the food of your holy word.
    Take your truth, plant it deep in us;
    shape and fashion us in your likeness,
    that the light of Christ might be seen today
    in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
    Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
    all your purposes, for your glory.
  1. Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
    holy reverence, true humility.
    Test our thoughts and our attitudes
    in the radiance of your purity.
    Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see
    your majestic love and authority.
    Words of power that can never fail;
    let their truth prevail over unbelief.
  1. Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
    help us grasp the heights of your plans for us.
    Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
    that will echo down through eternity.
    And by grace we’ll stand on your promises,
    and by faith we’ll walk as you walk with us.
    Speak, O Lord, till your Church is built
    and the earth is filled with your glory.

Keith Getty (b. 1974) and Stuart Townend (b. 1963)
© 2005 Thankyou Music  Used by permission
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 357

  1. Jesus — the name high over all,
    in hell, or earth, or sky!
    Angels revere, and nations fall,
    and devils fear and fly.
  1. Jesus — the name to sinners dear,
    the name to sinners given!
    It scatters all their guilty fear,
    it turns their hell to heaven.
  1. Jesus — the prisoner's fetters breaks,
    and bruises Satan's head;
    power into strengthless souls it speaks,
    and life into the dead.
  1. O that the world might taste and see
    the riches of his grace!
    The arms of love that compass me
    would all the earth embrace.
  1. His only righteousness I show,
    his saving grace proclaim;
    'tis all my business here below
    to cry: ‘Behold the Lamb!'
  1. Happy if with my latest breath
    I might but gasp his name;
    preach him to all, and cry in death:
    ‘Behold, behold the Lamb!'

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 338 - sung

  1. There is a Redeemer,
    Jesus, God's own Son,
    precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
    Holy One.

Thank you, O my Father,
for giving us your Son,
and leaving your Spirit
till the work on earth is done.

  1. Jesus my Redeemer,
    name above all names,
    precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
    O for sinners slain.
  1. When I stand in glory
    I will see his face,
    and there I'll serve my King for ever
    in that holy place.

vv. 1-2 Melody Green (b. 1946)   v. 3 Keith Green (1953–1982)
© 1982 Birdwing Music / Ears to Hear / Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing.
Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 161 and 338 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham, used with permission
Other organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 30 May - Recorded Service - Mr Mike Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music     Come, Holy Ghost, with God the Son     tune: Vetter
Welcome     Call to Worship     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 11     Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty     tune: Nicaea
Prayers     Opening Prayers     Mike Bowstead
OT Reading     Isaiah 6: 1-8     Lesley Wheaton
Prayers     Confession     Mike Bowstead
Epistle     Romans 8: 12-17     Lesley Wheaton
Hymn H&P 445     Bright the vision that delighted     tune: Laus Deo
Sermon           Mike Bowstead
Music     Come, Holy Ghost, with God the Son     tune: Vetter
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 106     God, whose almighty word     tune: Moscow
Blessing           Mike Bowstead
Music     Come, Holy Ghost, with God the Son     tune: Vetter

 

StF 11

  1. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:
    holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
    God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!
  1. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
    who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
  1. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
    though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
    only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
    perfect in power, in love, and purity.
  1. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
    All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;
    holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
    God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Reginald Heber (1783–1826) (alt.)   Based on Revelation 4: 8-11

H&P 445 - sung

  1. Bright the vision that delighted
    once the sight of Judah's seer;
    sweet the countless tongues united
    to entrance the prophet's ear.
  1. Round the Lord in glory seated
    cherubim and seraphim
    filled his temple, and repeated
    each to each the alternate hymn:
  1. 'Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
    earth is with its fullness stored;
    unto thee be glory given,
    holy, holy, holy, Lord.'
  1. Heaven is still with glory ringing,
    earth takes up the angels' cry,
    'Holy, holy, holy,' singing,
    'Lord of hosts, the Lord most high.'
  1. With his seraph train before him,
    with his holy church below,
    thus unite we to adore him,
    bid we thus our anthem flow:
  1. 'Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
    earth is with its fullness stored;
    unto thee be glory given,
    holy, holy, holy, Lord.'

Richard Mant (1776-1848)

StF 106

  1. God, whose almighty word
    chaos and darkness heard,
    and took their flight,
    hear us, we humbly pray,
    and where the gospel day
    sheds not its glorious ray,
    let there be light!
  1. Christ, you have come to bring
    on your redeeming wing
    healing and sight,
    health to the sick in mind,
    sight to the inly blind,
    O to all humankind
    let there be light!
  1. Spirit of truth and love,
    life-giving, holy Dove,
    speed forth your flight;
    move on the waters’ face,
    bearing the lamp of grace,
    and in earth's darkest place
    let there be light!
  1. Blessèd and holy Three,
    glorious Trinity,
    Wisdom, Love, Might,
    boundless as ocean's tide
    rolling in fullest pride,
    through the world far and wide
    let there be light!

John Marriott (1780–1825)

H&P 445 Hymn singing from the Choirs of Grimsby Minster
Other organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 23 May - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 394     Spirit of God, unseen as the wind     tune: Skye Boat Song
Welcome     Call to Worship (Psalm 104)
    and gathering prayer
    Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 372     Come down, O love divine     tune: Down Ampney
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Acts 2: 1-21     John Burrell
Hymn StF 383     Holy Spirit, gift bestower     tune: Yr Hun Gân
Sermon     'Filled to overflowing'     Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 383     Holy Spirit, gift bestower     tune: Yr Hun Gân
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Angela Burrell
Hymn StF 391     O Breath of life,
    come sweeping through us
    tune: Spiritus Vitae
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 394     Spirit of God, unseen as the wind     tune: Skye Boat Song

 

StF 372 - sung

  1. Come down, O Love divine,
    seek thou this soul of mine,
    and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
    O Comforter, draw near,
    within my heart appear,
    and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
  1. O let it freely burn,
    till earthly passions turn
    to dust and ashes, in its heat consuming;
    and let thy glorious light
    shine ever on my sight,
    and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
  1. Let holy charity
    mine outward vesture be,
    and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
    true lowliness of heart,
    which takes the humbler part,
    and o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
  1. And so the yearning strong,
    with which the soul will long,
    shall far outpass the power of human telling;
    for none can guess its grace,
    till he become the place
    wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

Bianco da Siena (d. 1434)
translated by Richard Frederick Littledale (1833–1890)

StF 383

  1. Holy Spirit, gift bestower,
    breathe into our hearts today.
    Flowing water, dove that hovers,
    Holy Spirit, guide our way.
    Love inspirer, joy releaser,
    Spirit, take our fears away.
    Reconciler, peace restorer,
    move among us while we pray.
  1. Holy Spirit, Christ proclaimer,
    wisdom bringer, light our way.
    Fire that dances, wind that whispers,
    Holy Spirit, come today.
    Ease disturber, comfort bearer,
    move among us while we pray.
    Truth revealer, faith confirmer,
    rest within our hearts today.

From Church Hymnary, 4th Edition 2005
© Church Hymnary Trust.  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 391 - words and verses below are as sung

  1. O breath of life, come sweeping through us,
    revive thy Church with life and power;
    O breath of life, come, cleanse, renew us,
    and fit thy Church to meet this hour.
  1. O wind of God, come, bend us, break us,
    till humbly we confess our need;
    then in thy tenderness remake us,
    revive, restore; for this we plead.
  1. O breath of love, come, breathe within us,
    renewing thought and will and heart;
    come, love of Christ, afresh to win us,
    revive thy Church in every part.
  1. Revive us, Lord; is zeal abating
    while harvest fields are vast and white?
    Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting -
    equip thy Church to spread the light.

Elizabeth Ann Head, (Bessie Porter Head) (1850–1936)

StF 372 Hymn singing from Chet Valley Churches, used with permission
StF 391 Hymn singing from the EMW Conference, Aberystwyth, used with permission
Other organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 16 May - Recorded Service - Led by Mr Mike Goddard

Order of Service:

Music StF 28     Jesus calls us here to meet him     Flute: Liz Goddard
Welcome     Call to Worship     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 28     Jesus calls us here to meet him     tune: Jesus calls us
Prayers     Prayer of Praise     Mike Goddard
      Prayer of Thanksgiving     Liz Goddard
Reading     Psalm 1     Mike and Liz Goddard
Music     My God is so big     Maen Duw Ni Mor Fawr
Children's talk           Claire Knight
Hymn StF 80     My God, I am thine     tune: Harwich
Reading     John 17: 6-19     Liz Goddard
Hymn StF 518     Father hear the prayer we offer     tune: Sussex
Talk     Observations on the gospel reading     Mike Goddard
Music StF 672     Where can we find you,
    Lord Jesus our Master?
    tune: Epiphany hymn
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 742     We trust the mighty love of God     tune: Wentworth
Blessing           Mike Goddard
Music StF 742     We trust the mighty love of God     Flute: Liz Goddard 

 

StF 28  vv1-3 - sung

  1. Jesus calls us here to meet him
    as, through word and song and prayer,
    we affirm God's promised presence
    where his people live and care.
    Praise the God who keeps his promise;
    praise the Son who calls us friends;
    praise the Spirit who, among us,
    to our hopes and fears attends.
  1. Jesus calls us to confess him
    Word of life and Lord of all,
    sharer of our flesh and frailness,
    saving all who fail or fall.
    Tell his holy human story;
    tell his tales that all may hear;
    tell the world that Christ in glory
    came to earth to meet us here.
  1. Jesus calls us to each other,
    vastly different though we are;
    creed and colour, class and gender
    neither limit nor debar.
    Join the hand of friend and stranger;
    join the hands of age and youth;
    join the faithful and the doubter
    in their common search for truth.

 John L. Bell (b. 1949) and
     Graham Maule (b. 1958)
 © 1989 WGRG  Used by permission
 CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 80

  1. My God, I am thine;
    what a comfort divine,
    what a blessing to know that my Jesus is mine!
    In the heavenly Lamb
    thrice happy I am,
    and my heart it doth dance at the sound of his name.
  1. True pleasures abound
    in the rapturous sound;
    and whoever hath found it hath paradise found.
    My Jesus to know,
    as rejoicing I go
    to my life everlasting, 'tis heaven below.
  1. Yet onward I haste
    to the heavenly feast:
    that, that is the fullness; but this is the taste;
    and this I shall prove,
    till with joy I remove
    to the heaven of heavens in Jesus's love.

 Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 518

  1. Father, hear the prayer we offer:
    not for ease that prayer shall be,
    but for strength that we may ever
    live our lives courageously.
  1. Not for ever in green pastures
    do we ask our way to be;
    but the steep and rugged pathway
    may we tread rejoicingly.
  1. Not for ever by still waters
    would we idly rest and stay;
    but would strike the living fountains
    from the rocks along our way.
  1. Be our strength in hours of weakness,
    in our wanderings be our guide;
    through endeavour, failure, danger,
    Father, be there at our side.

 Love Maria Willis (1824–1908)

StF 742

  1. We trust the mighty love of God
    that wraps us round,
    that loves us when we're good or bad;
    love so profound
    it still gives hope when death has struck
    and joy is drowned.
  1. We trust God's love that once, in Christ
    was crucified.
    As love's uniquely precious child
    was nailed and died,
    God, deeply pierced by human grief,
    stayed at his side.
  1. In joy or grief, and deeper far
    than we can tell,
    love finds its way through life and death
    and fathoms hell,
    assuring faith, through pain and loss,
    'All shall be well.'
  1. We trust the future, God to you:
    we pray that we
    may grasp our full potential here,
    and faithfully
    go on to find earth's love fulfilled
    eternally.

 Alan Gaunt (b. 1935)
 © 2000 Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 28 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham, used with permission
Other music from Small Church Music.  Organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org