During the lockdown period, our church buildings have been closed and our Methodist communities have been exploring different ways of worshipping together and supporting one another: online, by telephone and through printed worship sheets and newsletters. If you would like to find out about the current arrangements at your local church, please contact the minister for that church (see the individual church pages on the website).
On the Birmingham District website homepage you will find links to the Order of Service & to their live-streamed Sunday morning worship on their Facebook page and on YouTube.
Please Note: You do not have to have a Facebook account to participate in the worship live or to watch the video of it after the event has ended. You just need to use the link and then click 'not now at the bottom of the pop-up box inviting you to sign into Facebook.
Coffee Shop Sunday (CSS) is an initiative of the Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit and is part of the Circuit's outreach stream 3.
Within Methodism we recognise that ALL are important to God. We know that, in Acts 8 v26-40 Philip shows us what should be part of our Christian lives is meeting people where they are. Accordingly, the Coffee Shop Sunday initiative seeks as its prime objective to provide opportunities for the Church to meet people where they are rather than expecting them to come to us and this is encapsulated in the tag line of CSS "Meeting God in an Ordinary Place".
The idea of meeting people where they areis not limited to the physical but also relates to the recognition of where individuals are spiritually in their interaction with faith and Christianity. CSS, is a New Expression aiming to provide a space and opportunity to engage with those who are starting a journey of exploration and those who find entering a church building difficult and are seeking a fresh form of worship.
CSS is a new approach, different to traditional incarnations of church, both in terms of location and content. What could be more ordinary than enjoying a good coffee (or some other drink) in an everyday coffee shop on a retail park whilst worshipping through song, conversation, DVD clips, prayers. Or perhaps, you might be interested to share in developing prayer, bible study or discussion on Facebook or through Zoom.
Prior to the lockdown, CSS met every two weeks at Costa Coffee on Gallagher Retail Park for coffee fellowship and we aim to be back at, what had become our home, Costa Coffee when circumstances feel right. Why not take a look at some short video acts of fellowship at the CSS YouTube channel or the prayer booklets written by those who are sharing together?
Coffee Shop Sunday Worship for October 11th, the latest video, can be viewed on YouTube.