Sunday Worship

Following periods of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Easter Day, 4th April 2021 and opened further on 25 July as restrictions were eased.  Please see the updated guidelines below.

Also from 25 July a recording of each live worship service will be available on this page, replacing the previous pre-recorded services.

Sunday 19 September - Harvest Festival

10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 26 September

10.30am Morning Worship

Ms Sharon Wright

Sunday 3 October

10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 10 October

10.30am Morning Worship

Dr Rosi MorganBarry

Sunday 17 October

10.30am All Age Worship

Mrs Kim Tame

Sunday 24 October

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 31 October

10.30am Morning Worship

Mr David Morgan

Sunday 7 November

10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 14 November - Remembrance Sunday

10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Christine Morgan

Sunday 21 November

10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 28 November

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead


Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

From Sunday 25th July 2021 we will no longer be restricted to the numbers we can have at worship, there will be no need to book a place and we will be free to sing once more.  We will keep the doors and windows open during worship to ensure good ventilation and we will keep a record of all those attending worship for track and trace records.

Face-coverings are no longer compulsory, but out of consideration for others we ask that you wear one while you are entering and leaving the building and interacting with others.  You may remove it, if you wish, once you are seated.  Please consider leaving an empty chair or two between households so that we respect others' personal space.

We will keep the services to around 45 minutes for now and we will not be serving refreshments afterwards for the time being.  We won’t be taking up an offering during the service – there will continue to be a basket in the vestibule for your offering if you wish.

I am sure that it will take a little time for things to settle down and so we need to continue to be patient with each other and help each other through the challenges of the next few weeks.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 12 September - Morning Worship - Mr Mike Bowstead

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service:

Welcome     Call to Worship     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 364     O for a thousand tongues to sing     tune: Lydia
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Mike Bowstead
Readings     Isaiah 50: 4-9;   James 3: 1-12     Gill Manning
Music StF 504     May the mind of Christ my Saviour     tune: St. Leonards
Sermon     'Speaking for God'     Mike Bowstead
Hymn H&P 553     Lord, speak to me, that I may speak     tune: Galilee
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 410     Lord, your Church on earth is seeking     tune: Abbot's Leigh
Dismissal and Blessing     Mike Bowstead

StF 364

  1. O for a thousand tongues to sing
    my great Redeemer's praise,
    the glories of my God and King,
    the triumphs of his grace!
  1. My gracious Master and my God,
    assist me to proclaim,
    to spread through all the earth abroad
    the honours of your name.
  1. Jesus — the name that charms our fears,
    that bids our sorrows cease;
    'tis music in the sinner's ears,
    'tis life, and health, and peace.
  1. He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
    he sets the prisoner free;
    his blood can make the foulest clean,
    his blood availed for me.
  1. He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
    new life the dead receive;
    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
    the humble poor believe.
  1. See all your sins on Jesus laid:
    the Lamb of God was slain;
    his soul was once an offering made
    that all may heaven gain.
  1. In Christ, our Head, you then shall know,
    shall feel, your sins forgiven,
    anticipate your heaven below,
    and own that love is heaven.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

H&P 553

  1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
    In living echoes of thy tone;
    As thou hast sought, so let me seek
    Thy erring children lost and lone.
  1. O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
    The wandering and the wavering feet;
    O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
    Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
  1. O strengthen me, that while I stand
    Firm on the rock, and strong in thee,
    I may stretch out a loving hand
    To wrestlers with the troubled sea.
  1. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
    The precious things thou dost impart;
    And wing my words, that they may reach
    The hidden depths of many a heart.
  1. O give thine own sweet rest to me,
    That I may speak with soothing power
    A word in season, as from thee
    To weary ones in needful hour.
  1. O use me, Lord, use even me,
    Just as thou wilt, and when, and where,
    Until thy blessed face I see,
    Thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.

Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)

StF 410

  1. Lord, your Church on earth is seeking
    your renewal from above;
    teach us all the art of speaking
    with the accent of your love.
    We would heed your great commission:
    sending us to every place —
    preach, baptise, fulfil my mission,
    serve with love and share my grace.
  1. Freedom give to those in bondage,
    lift the burdens caused by sin.
    Give new hope, new strength and courage,
    grant release from fears within:
    light for darkness; joy for sorrow;
    love for hatred; peace for strife.
    These and countless blessings follow
    as the Spirit gives new life.
  1. In the streets of every city
    where the bruised and lonely dwell,
    let us show the Saviour's pity,
    let us of his mercy tell.
    In all lands and with all races
    let us serve, and seek to bring
    all the world to render praises,
    Christ, to you, Redeemer, King.

Hugh Sherlock (1905–1998)
© Trustees for Methodist Church
   Purposes  Used by permission
   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Music from Small Church Music, organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan,

Sunday 5 September - Morning Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service:

Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 21     Born in song!     tune: Chatsworth
Prayers     MWB p 185-186     Catherine Bowstead
Introduction     Video: 'A Methodist Way of Life' - 1 minute
This is available here:
Readings     Proverbs 8: 32-36,  Luke 11: 1-4     Jane Bonney
Music StF 444     Day by day, dear Lord     tune: Lindors
Sermon     'We will pray daily'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 529     Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire     tune: Nox praecessit
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer
MWB p 188-189
    Mike Bowstead
The Peace     MWB p 189     Catherine Bowstead
Communion     MWB p 191-197     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 531     What a friend we have in Jesus     tune: What a friend (Converse)
Blessing     MWB p 197     Catherine Bowstead

StF 21

  1. Born in song!
    God's people have always been singing.
    Born in song!
    Hearts and voices raised.
    So today we worship together;
    God alone is worthy to be praised.
  1. Praise to God!
    For he is the one who has made us.
    Praise to God!
    We his image bear.
    Heaven and earth are full of his glory;
    let creation praise him everywhere.
  1. Christ is King!
    He left all the glory of heaven.
    Christ is King!
    Born to share in our pain;
    crucified, for sinners atoning,
    risen, exalted, soon to come again.
  1. Sing the song!
    God's Spirit is poured out among us.
    Sing the song!
    He has made us anew.
    Ev’ry member part of the Body;
    given his power, his will to seek and do.
  1. Tell the world!
    All power to Jesus is given.
    Tell the world!
    He is with us always.
    Spread the word, that all may receive him;
    every tongue confess and sing his praise.
  1. Then the end!
    Christ Jesus shall reign in his glory.
    Then the end
    of all earthly days.
    Yet above the song will continue;
    all his people still shall sing his praise.

Brian Hoare (b. 1935)
© 1983 Brian Hoare / Jubilate Hymns, Used by permission, CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 529

  1. Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
    uttered or unexpressed,
    the motion of a hidden fire
    that trembles in the breast.
  1. Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
    the falling of a tear,
    the upward glancing of an eye
    when none but God is near.
  1. Prayer is the simplest form of speech
    that infant lips can try;
    prayer the sublimest strains that reach
    the majesty on high.
  1. Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice
    returning from false ways,
    while angels in their songs rejoice,
    and cry: ‘The sinner prays!’
  1. Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
    the Christian's native air,
    our watchword at the gates of death;
    we enter heaven with prayer.
  1. O you by whom we come to God,
    the Life, the Truth, the Way!
    The path of prayer yourself have trod:
    Lord, teach us how to pray!

James Montgomery (1771–1854)

StF 531

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    all our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    everything to God in prayer!
    O what peace we often forfeit,
    O what needless pain we bear,
    all because we do not carry
    everything to God in prayer!
  1. Have we trials and temptations,
    is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged:
    take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful
    who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness:
    take it to the Lord in prayer.
  1. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Saviour, still our refuge —
    take it to the Lord in prayer!
    Do your friends despise, forsake you?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer;
    in his arms he'll take and shield you,
    you will find a solace there.

Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819–1886)

Organ: Tom Barker

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service:

Welcome     Call to Worship: Psalm 9: 1-2     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 20     Be still, for the presence of the Lord     tune: Be still (Evans)
Prayers     Approach and Confession     Malcolm Ray-Smith
Hymn StF 90     Sweet is the work, my God, my King     tune: Deep Harmony
Poem     One Solitary Life     Lesley Wheaton
Hymn StF 141     Abide with me; fast falls the eventide     tune: Eventide
Reading     John 1     Angela Burrell
Hymn     10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
    Video of the school performance is available here:
    Our singing along to Matt Redman's recording has been
for performance rights reasons, but may be viewed
Hymn H&P 687     When we walk with the Lord     tune: Trust and obey
Hymn StF 503     Love Divine, all loves excelling     tune: Blaenwern
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Siân Moore
Hymn StF 313     Thine be the glory     tune: (George Handel)
Hymn StF 648     God to enfold you  (as a Blessing)     tune: Bunessan
The Grace           Kim Tame

StF 20: David J. Evans (b. 1957), © 1986 Thankyou Music, Used by permission, CCLI Streaming Licence 583214
StF 90: Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
Poem: One Solitary Life: Dr James Allan Francis (1864–1928)
StF 141: Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)
10,000 Reasons: Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman, © 2011 Thankyou Music, Altas Mountain Songs, Used by permission, CCLI Streaming Licence 583214
    Performance by the children of St. Andrew's CE Primary School, Stockwell, Used with permission
H&P 687: John Henry Sammis (1846–1919)
StF 503: Charles Wesley (1707–1788)
StF 313: Edmond Budry (1854–1932), translated by Richard Birch Hoyle (1875–1939)
StF 648: John L. Bell (b. 1949), from Love and Anger, © 1997 WGRG, Used by permission, CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Organ: Tom Barker.

Sunday 22 August - Morning Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service:

Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 148     Come, let us with our Lord arise     tune: Sussex Carol
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18: The people of
   Israel renew their covenant with God

John 6: 56-69: Some disciples turn back
    Bill Barry
Music StF 673     Will you come and follow me     tune: Kelvingrove
Reading     Ephesians 6: 10 -20: The armour of God     Rosi MorganBarry
Sermon     'Remaining Faithful'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 639     Through the love of God our Saviour     tune: Ar hyd y nos
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Rosi MorganBarry
Hymn StF 486     Who would true valour see     tune: Monks Gate
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead

StF 148

  1. Come, let us with our Lord arise,
    our Lord, who made both earth and skies:
    who died to save the world he made,
    and rose triumphant from the dead;
    he rose, the Prince of life and peace,
    and stamped the day for ever his.
  1. This is the day the Lord has made,
    that all may see his love displayed,
    may feel his resurrection's power,
    and rise again, to fall no more,
    in perfect righteousness renewed,
    and filled with all the life of God.
  1. Then let us render him his own,
    with solemn prayer approach his throne,
    with meekness hear the gospel word,
    with thanks his dying love record,
    our joyful hearts and voices raise,
    and fill his courts with songs of praise.
  1. Honour and praise to Jesus pay
    throughout his consecrated day;
    be all in Jesus' praise employed,
    nor leave a single moment void;
    with utmost care the time improve,
    and only breathe his praise and love.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 639

  1. Through the love of God our Saviour,
    all will be well.
    Free and changeless is his favour;
    all, all is well.
    Precious is the blood that healed us,
    perfect is the grace that sealed us,
    strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;
    all must be well.
  1. Though we pass through tribulation,
    all will be well.
    Ours is such a full salvation,
    all, all is well.
    Happy, still in God confiding,
    fruitful, if in Christ abiding,
    holy, through the Spirit’s guiding;
    all must be well.
  1. We expect a bright tomorrow,
    all will be well.
    Faith can sing through days of sorrow,
    all, all is well.
    On our Father’s love relying,
    Jesus every need supplying,
    in our living, in our dying,
    all must be well.

Mary Peters (1813–1856)

StF 486

  1. Who would true valour see,
    let him come hither;
    one here will constant be,
    come wind, come weather;
    there's no discouragement
    shall make him once relent
    his first avowed intent
    to be a pilgrim.
  1. Whoso beset him round
    with dismal stories
    do but themselves confound;
    his strength the more is.
    No lion can him fright;
    he'll with a giant fight;
    but he will have a right
    to be a pilgrim.
  1. Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
    can daunt his spirit;
    he knows he at the end
    shall life inherit.
    Then fancies fly away,
    he'll fear not what men say;
    he'll labour night and day
    to be a pilgrim.

John Bunyan (1628–1688)

Organ: We welcome Tom Barker back as our organist this morning.