Own Arrangement Services

Christine Sheasby, in Trinity Circuit, has written a number of services which are suitable for those churches faced with making their own arrangements. If you do use any of her material, do remember to acknowledge that they were written by her.

Travelling People of God

This customizable service has been planned with Summer in mind.

OA Service for Summer 2017, Travelling

Joy!

Suitable for use after Easter as we share the “Easter joy which death could not imprison”.

OA Service for post Easter 2017, Joy

Martha, Mary and Life’s priorities

Ideal for the start of the new year!

You can download the service here: mary-martha

Being Disciples Today!

This particular service has been prepared as a worship response to the Sheffield Methodist District’s initiative for 2016/17 – ‘Developing a positive culture for discipleship through learning, changing and joining in’.

Being Disciples Today – Please amend the reading ‘Mark 3:1-9’ to ‘Mark 4:1-9’ to make sense of the reflection

There are a number of places in the service where you could ‘customize’ your service to your own congregation.  The ‘House Group Experience’ could be replaced by a description of the experience of a bible study/discussion group or course in your own church.  The Quiet Time thinking about change could become a reflection on how church has changed from a member of your congregation – preferably with a positive element!! The account of the work of the ‘Freedom’ project in Bolsover could be replaced by an account of work done in your community.

Give Thanks

The service has a general theme, suitable for the ‘Ordinary’ season of summertime, but which you could also use at most times during the year.  The theme is “Give Thanks!” and in the service we will be thinking about thankfulness as our appropriate response to what God has done and still does for us.  An “attitude of gratitude” is a wonderful gift for Christians to cultivate, for it will see them through not only the good times, but those times when life is more challenging or painful.

Download the full service here: Summer 2016 OA service

Autumn-Leaves-Vector-GraphicAutumn and Change

Autumn is a time of change. The green leaves of spring and summer become a glorious display of browns and crimsons and golds, as nature prepares the trees for the coming harshness of winter. The nights draw in, the heating has to go on. Young people are back at college or school. Church meetings start up again, with the start of the new church year. All is change. Some changes we welcome, some we regret. Often, for us, the word ‘change’ comes to mean ‘challenge’.

Download the full service here:  Autumn & change

Post Pentecost

The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, that follows on from the gospels in our New Testament, is a great read! It is full of the adventures of those first Christians on whom our church is built.  It is both exciting and inspiring.  Some of the main characters are very familiar to us – Peter and John, Stephen, Paul and Luke.  But the Christian stories of many more people, men and women, are told in this book, too.  And it is three of those characters whose stories we are going to meet in worship today – Barnabas, Lydia and Dorcas.  You may find they remind you of Christians you know or have met before.  They might even remind you of yourself.  Their stories speak to us today of the power of God’s Spirit in the lives of believers.

Download the full service here: Post Pentecost 2015 OA