Tilehurst Methodist Church
"Sanctuary" is the name of our Thursday evening prayer service. The service is based on the "service of evening prayer" in the Methodist Worship Book, but with the addition of music to listen to and a reflection from one of the service leaders. When we are able to hold Sanctuary services, they will take place at 7pm every Thursday evening, lasting around 20 minutes. You may wish to download a sample order of service to see the sort of mix of prayers, readings, music and reflection within a service.
While we had intended to meet in person in the church buildings, the current Covid situation makes that impractical. Instead, we meet on Zoom, with the same pattern of starting at 7pm every Thursday evening. Please see the emailed notices for the Zoom link. The prayer sheets for each service will be made available the day before each service, on this page (just below here). Please download them and either print them off or have them ready to read on your device. If there is a reflection shared during the service, that may not be available to download until after the service.
Places within the church building will be limited in order to make the service Covid-secure. We expect to be able to open the church building to twenty people in total: two service leaders, seventeen congregation members, and one service steward. However, we aim to also make the service available via Zoom, either immediately or after a couple of weeks.
Due to the limited numbers, attendance in person will be need to be booked in advance. Please email Jon Skeet at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place. (If the next service is full, we'll book a spot on the first available one and let you know.) If you wish to book a place for more than one person, please make that clear in the email.
Obviously in order to be Covid-secure, we need to make certain arrangements which would seem odd in normal times. Please read the following points very carefully. We appreciate that they may seem rigid and fussy, but we hope that by making you aware of everything in advance, there will be no surprises in the service itself, and we will all be able to focus on worship.
When we are able to include attendees via Zoom, we will include the details of the Zoom meeting in the weekly notices. At the moment we do not know whether we'll be able to invite a Zoom attendee to lead a prayer or reading, or whether Zoom attendees will be visible to those in the church building. We definitely expect this aspect of the service to evolve over time, and we're determined to provide a united, worshipful experience for the whole congregation.