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Why God’s hybrid Church is still open for business

An article by Dr Pete Phillips who is Premier’s Head of Digital Theology and a researcher at Durham University.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, churches up and down the country (and across the world) are preparing to livestream their Sunday services. Premier’s head of digital theology Pete Phillips believes that while this is a welcome opportunity for a Church which is both physical and digital, leaders could go further

We really need to get over this idea that church has to be physical. God isn’t. Faith isn’t. Prayer isn’t. Worship isn’t. Church is a community of people worshipping God, seeking to follow Christ. We can do all of that online regardless of a virus.

The above paragraph was first published as a tweet. It was written in the sparse, unnuanced style which is ideally suited to that social media platform. As anticipated, it sparked off quite a conversation. So allow me to clarify… Read more

Sunday service broadcasts

We may not be able to gather as we normally do, but we are still here if you need prayerful or practical support. for which you can contact us by email via support@martinway.org.uk

In these days of Coronavirus when churches all over the country are closed for public worship, the Revd Paul Timmis and the Revd Stephanie Nadarajah, both of Christ Church with St Philip, Worcester Park, Revd Emma Cusack of Ruxley and Stoneleigh and the Deacon Dawn Canham of the Lantern Methodist Church prepare services for broadcasting live on Facebook. Richard Graham also records services for Stoneleigh and Ruxley on YouTube and shares with the rest of the Circuit from time to time. His first Circuit wide service is on 2nd August 2020.

If you have trouble viewing the service live you need to go to the “Videos” or “Live” page at or just before 10am and keep refreshing the screen until the service pops up and starts.

The Facebook links are as follows:

If you missed any, you can use the service links below to view them on their “Videos” page.

Service Link Order of Service Reflection
18oct2020 OoS 18oct2020 Reflection 18oct2020
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04oct2020 OoS 04oct2020 Reflection 04oct2020
27Sep2020 OoS 27sep2020 Reflection 27sep2020
20Sep2020 OoS 20sep2020 Reflection 20sep2020
13Sep2020 OoS 13sep2020 Reflection 13sep2020
06Sep2020 OoS 06sep2020 Reflection 06sep2020
30Aug2020 OoS 30aug2020 Reflection 30aug2020
23Aug2020 OoS 23aug2020 Reflection 23aug2020
16Aug2020 OoS 16aug2020 Reflection 16aug2020

Prayers during the Coronavirus Crisis…

For all whose day starts with anxiety,
as they leave the security of home
worrying about the risk of infection;
particularly those whose health
or age classifies them as vulnerable.
Loving God, be close, keep them safe,
along with all whose tasks today
includes the care of frail and elderly.
And for all of us, grant wisdom
to make sensible choices, not just
for ourselves, but for everybody.

We pray for this world’s leaders,
with difficult decisions to make
affecting the lives of so many.
May they be guided not by
any personal agenda, but work
for the common good of all,
that this world might be led
to a better place, where trust
and honesty are the values
both sought and demonstrated
in those we choose to lead us.

Lectionary - Year A

Week commencing 18th October 2020

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Closures

Because the situation and guidance is constantly under review we are examining those guidelines as they are published and will attempt to keep you updated as to the situation regarding opening the church for worship and for lettings. At the moment, the church remains closed for worship but some lettings are being allowed back subject to an approved Risk Assessment.

To check what you can and can’t do under the latest guidelines please refer to the Government’s website at Government’s FAQ website.

Above all “Stay Safe”. These are unprecedented and trying times but with God’s help we will pull through.

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