Easter is one of the most special times in the Christian calendar and since we can’t celebrate together in person, why not join in the virtual celebrations being put on this Holy Week by Bramhall Methodist Church?
The COVID-19 pandemic means those of us who mark this Christian celebration will need to do so at a distance, and many churches have taken worship online as a result.
Bramhall Methodist Church (BMC) have been streaming services on their YouTube channel recently and are extending an invitation to the community to join them this Easter for a socially distant celebration of Jesus’ passion and resurrection.
Last Sunday – Palm Sunday – saw BMC stream their service for all to enjoy. Over the next few days services for Holy Week will also be made available online, with Good Friday’s service accessible here at 10am on Friday April 10th and Easter Sunday’s service on April 12th available here, also at 10am.
Services comprise videos recorded by members of the congregation giving readings and leading prayers, as well as content from YouTube like hymns to sing along to.
No internet? No problem: the church is also operating a phone-based system that allows listeners to participate in services without an internet connection. Services are currently being made available over the phone on Thursday and Sunday mornings – the usual times of worship at BMC.
To access services by phone, dial 0161 513 0978 and enter the access code: 155 244 79#. Services will be broadcast over the phone from 9:55am onwards. To receive notification of future services, simply subscribe to the BMC’s email list at this link.
The innovative new ways of keeping worship alive in these unprecedented times are just one of the ways in which BMC are adapting to keep church relevant in an ever-changing age.
The recently-published annual report highlights a variety of improvements Bramhall Methodist Church has made in the last year, including the refurbishment of the Centrepoint Coffee Shop, which hosts popular lunches on Thursdays and Fridays – new volunteers are always welcome to help out.
In the community, BMC has been holding its ever-popular Thursday Club, bringing people together for dinner, entertainment and friendship, while Bramhall Christian Viewpoint supper and speaker meetings continue to attract between 50 and 90 people a time, all keen to share in conversations around faith.
A number of groups also meet regularly including the Art and Craft Group, the Rambling Club and Saturday Strollers, girls’ group 3Ts, Scouts and Girl Guides, and there’s lots on offer for the youngest members of the community including Baby Chat, Little Fishes and Junior Church. Meanwhile, almost 100 children are now enrolled at the highly-regarded preschool – ranked Outstanding by Ofsted.
Activities may have been put on hold for now but will resume when the current pandemic situation subsides. In the meantime, keep up with church life on social media using the links below, and enjoy the Easter services from the comfort of your own home with Bramhall Methodist Church.