Singing the Faith plus

The Methodist Church

September 2020

 
Singing the Faith Plus

Welcome to our September newsletter. It comes a little later this month, for which apologies. However, we trust you will nevertheless find the wide range of resources and suggestions below helpful for planning worship and personal reflection time – whether you are now gathering virtually or in person, or some mix of the two.


October brings us a number of themes to inform our worship and thinking.

 

The Church Homeless Trust has created resources – including for worship – for World Homeless Week (4-11 October).

 

World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October. A number of organisations, including World Mental Health Day’s own website, offer support and resources that may be valuable for you, at a time when we know the months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health. (According to Mind, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.) 

 

And don’t forget also that Sunday 25 October has been named Bible Sunday. You can choose from a choice of resources produced by the England/Wales and Scotland Bible Societies.
 

Amazing virtual praise from NMCGB

       

One outcome of lockdown and Covid restrictions has been the increasingly widespread and evermore creative use of online resources for worship, praise, prayer and reflection.

 

The NMCGB led by Matt Beckingham has been producing some amazing music videos in response to Covd-19 restrictions. Matt has drawn together a virtual choir, together with alumni of the MAYC Orchestra & Singers / OneSound. You can get involved as well. Details on the NMCGB website.


Find out more on our Beyond Singing the Faith page and watch/listen to a lovely arrangement of Graham Kendrick's "O Lord, the clouds are gathering", led by the man himself.

Praise all around us

          

A walk home from work, and attention to the details of nature. A part-time Care Home cook and Volunteer Community Engagement Officer at Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve offers a short, telling reflection.

A Praise Chorus is a recent blog from the A Rocha UK website – a thought provoking resource for use during this season of Creationtide and Harvest celebrations (see below).

 

Why not explore it further and reflect on statements such as this: “I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God than in church thinking about the mountains.” (John Muir)

Sharing the Peace

     

In response to requests to provide instructions for sharing the Peace in British Sign Language, we have posted one video illustration that comes from the Church of England.


There is nothing uniquely Methodist about these movements, which many without hearing impairment have come to appreciate – inspired perhaps by the non-contact context of Covid. The movements convey four simple words: "Peace be with you."

Harvest with wheels

           

It’s not too late to download or order Harvest Festival worship resources from All We Can, the Methodist Church’s relief and development arm. This year’s worship – which can be used at any time of year – focusses on girls like Nawalat in Uganda. For her, bicycles are more than a means of transport – they are a way to break the cycle of poverty.


The resources are designed for whether you are meeting online, in person, or a mixture of the two.

 

Also, take a moment to revisit StF’s own resources for Creationtide – an international ecumenical season that runs from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October. These are part of our wider package of resources devoted to Climate and Creation.

StF CDs back in stock

       

Looking for alternative ways of supporting singing in worship? The Singing the Faith CDs have been restocked at Norwich Books and Music. These offer piano accompaniments on CD and as MP3 files for every hymn in the book.

 

Take care. We will keep you up to date with the latest StF news on our Facebook page. Check it out.

With good wishes from all the StF team.
 

Laurence

    

    

Laurence Wareing @ stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk.

    

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