During this time we will be posting videos to our Youtube channel, which you can find here: Market Harborough Methodist Circuit: NEVER ALONE.
This is an introduction to our video channel and words on how our churches are there to help during the pandemic and in this new lockdown of 2021.
For the first of the 'Seven Last Words', Kathy Morrison reflects on Jesus' words as they nail him to the cross: "Father, forgive them; they don't know what they are doing" (Luke 23: 34). Kathy explores the theme of forgiveness - how both giving and receiving it can set us free.
Seven Last Words is a series of reflections for Lent 2021, exploring the words of Jesus from the cross, as recorded by the four gospels. In this introductory video, Rev Andy Murphy talks about the "Last Words" as words of hope and healing, and we begin to meditate on the seven verses, accompanied by music.
For the Sunday before Lent, and St. Valentine's Day, Rev Andy Murphy brings us some thoughts on courage, and how knowing that God is with us can help us to find courage even when we are afraid.
Continuing our series on what the world needs more of in 2021, Rev John Rackley explores with us the virtue of Humility, taking us from a man on the beach, to Jesus in the wilderness, via the garden of Eden.
For this the fourth episode in this series of 'virtues' to help us through 2021, Steve Pointer reflects on Patience - something we might all wish we had more of, and need now more than ever!
For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and following on from the inauguration of President Biden, Rev Andy Murphy explores the theme of Unity, and invites us to come on a journey to the Big Picnic...
For the second of our reflections for the new year, Rev Dave Tomlin explores the theme of Generosity. Dave discusses how a spirit of generosity is good for our souls and beneficial to others, but never meant to be a burden.
At the start of this new year, as we enter another lockdown in this pandemic and cases of the virus continue to rise, Rev Andy Murphy presents this first in a new series of 'Never Alone'. We will be reflecting on certain values and virtues needed for the world in 2021, beginning with EMPATHY.
For Christmas Day 2020, at the end of the year of the pandemic, Rev Andy Murphy explores the Light that shines in the darkness, we hear some enthusiastic singing of 'Hark the herald!', and are blessed by a frog.
Ministers and leaders of the churches in Market Harborough bring you this special Christmas greeting and blessing for 2020, produced by Churches Together in Harborough. For everyone in Market Harborough and beyond! (It is advisable to turn your volume up to maximum for this.)
In this video recorded for primary schools at Christmas 2020, Rev Andy Murphy explains that not everybody will be having the perfect Christmas they might hope for, but that the Christian message is about love, peace and hope, even when things go wrong.
24 Verses of Hope.
On Advent Sunday in the midst of this pandemic, Rev. Andy Murphy discusses the faithfulness of God, the hope of the coming Kingdom and how we can trust in God's promises even in the darkest times.
This message was recorded for the Market Harborough Methodists by Allister du Plessis (Regional Manager of the Leprosy Mission) to thank them for the donation of over £6000 raised through their stewardship giving in 2019-20. Allister was scheduled to be coming to speak at a service at Market Harborough Methodist Church on the 22nd November, but was not able due to the national lockdown. You can find out more about the work of the Leprosy Mission at: www.leprosymission.org.uk.
This service was filmed at Market Harborough Methodist Church on 1st November 2020 - on the last Sunday before the national lockdown on 5th November. It is led by Rev. Andy Murphy, with music on piano by Matthew Green. The service focuses on the Beatitudes of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5.
This talk for collective worship by Rev Andy Murphy was made for Kibworth Primary School in November 2020, introducing the idea of Fair Trade, and talking about chocolate, bananas, farming overseas, and what the Fairtrade symbol means.
Pam Rhodes visits the Anandaban hospital in Nepal in 2019. You can find out more about the work of the Leprosy Mission at: www.leprosymission.org.uk.
In this collective worship video (made for Market Harborough Church of England Academy for 19th Nov 2020), Rev Andy Murphy explores the subject of generosity, what it means, and how it can be a difficult thing to measure. Andy tells the story of the widow's offering from Luke 21, and a similar story in a modern setting - thinking about how some people who have the least can be the most generous.
An assembly by Rev Andy Murphy for Market Harborough C of E Academy (29th October 2020) on the theme of being thankful. Rev Andy tells the story of Jesus healing ten people with leprosy (Luke 17: verses 11-19), and thinks especially about how thankfulness is good for us.
For Sunday 15th November, Rev Brian Kennard reads and discusses the teaching of Jesus in the 'Parable of the Talents' (from Matthew chapter 25). What does God require of us? How are we to us the abilities and resources we have at our disposal? What could this parable mean for our society and the world today? For the service sheet please see: Worship at home for 15th November 2020.
Rev. Andy Murphy shares some words of encouragement as we begin a new lockdown, and some thoughts and a prayer for Remembrance Sunday, reflecting on Jesus' words in John chapter 15.
An introduction to our videos.
Roy Bills is a retired Local Preacher in the Market Harborough Methodist Circuit, who has been preaching since he gave his first sermon as a teenager in 1946. 74 years later, he's still inspiring people today at the age of 91. Presented and edited by Rev Andy Murphy.
Made for Kibworth Primary School for 12th October 2020.
Rev Andy Murphy thinks about the subject of forgiveness, and explores the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus (from Luke chapter 19). This was originally made for Naseby Methodist's 'Soul Café' and was first shown there on 20th October 2019.
This is the final instalment of Michael Mays' 5-part series at Kibworth Methodist Church, recorded live at the chapel on 30th August 2020.
A Harvest hymn playlist, to help you worship at home.
This is the fourth of this series of services led by Michael Mays, recorded on 23rd August 2020 at Kibworth Methodist Church.
For our Harvest Special video, Rev. Andy Murphy shares some thoughts about autumn (and his new shirt), and special guest Matt Forsyth talks about Jesus feeding the five thousand (John chapter 6), and how that relates to the work of 'All We Can' in Uganda and many other parts of the world. We are encouraged to think about how something as simple as a bicycle can change the world for many people.
Our special harvest appeal is to support the work of 'All We Can' (Methodist relief and development fund). Donations can be made on this website: allwecan.org.uk/marketharboroughcircuit.
This is the third of this series of services led by Michael Mays, from 16th August 2020...
This video was made in September 2019 for Naseby Methodist Church's 'Soul Café'. It was shown on 22nd Sep last year, at their Harvest Festival. Rev Andy Murphy (with help from Ben and Emily in the filming) tells the story of Jesus meeting 10 people with leprosy, and thinks about being thankful - an appropriate theme for this Harvest season.
In the second of our five August services at Kibworth, Michael Mays reflects on how joy and peace are rooted in God, even in the most difficult circumstances. In this very moving and reflective service, Michael speaks about dementia, and his own experience with the loss of his father during the lockdown period.
This special service, particularly for the families and young people of our Circuit, along with those working in education or youth work, was recorded on Sunday 6th September 2020 at Market Harborough Methodist Church.
Welcome to worship at Kibworth Methodist! We opened up again after 'lockdown' for a series of five Sundays led by Michael Mays. And now you can watch them online, to help you in your worship and reflection at home. This is the first of the five - recorded on Sunday 2nd August. The service is introduced by Rev Andy Murphy and also included Holy Communion.
Father Owen O'Neill retires this month, having been parish priest for the Roman Catholic community at Our Lady of Victories Church in Market Harborough for 19 years, and a steadfast member of Harborough Churches Together. In this special interview, Rev. Andy Murphy asks him a few questions about his memories of Market Harborough, his 55-year ministry, ministry during the pandemic, and his final message for the churches.
Filmed on 14th August 2020, to be shared over the weekend of 12th - 13th September. It is hoped this interview will bring an inspiring message to all of the churches and everyone who knows Father Owen, praying for him as he retires.
For this, the final 'Never Alone' message in the current series, Rev Andy Murphy looks at thanksgiving (even in difficult circumstances) and summarises the whole series, giving thanks for those who have helped along the way.
For Sunday 30th August and the bank holiday weekend, Rev Dave Tomlin encourages us to ponder: what are the essentials of the Christian faith? And what 'traditions' could be set aside to lighten our load? 'Simples'!
For Sunday 23rd August, Chris Hodgson thinks about the leadership and power we see in the world and how it compares to that of Jesus. Looking at Saint Peter's confession that Jesus is the Messiah (the Christ), Chris invites us to ask again the question: 'but who do we say that he is?'. See also: Reflection for 23rd August by Christine Hodgson - Who do you say he is.
For Sunday 16th August, as Naseby Methodist Church look forward to a baptism service, Rev Andy Murphy thinks about the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism - looking at some of the meanings behind the symbols of water, bread and wine, and inviting us to think deeper about these 'holy things'.
For Sunday 9th August, Rev John Rackley explores Psalm 23 (The Lord's My Shepherd) and invites us to think about the difficult changes we face in our lives and how we can approach them with faith. Download / view John's reflection, which expands on the video here: Reflection on The Lord's My Shepherd.
For Sunday 2nd August, when our churches at Market Harborough and Kibworth are preparing to re-open for worship, Rev Andy Murphy looks at the gospel story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, and thinks about our appreciation of the gifts people offer, and what Jesus can do with the things we offer to God.
For Sunday 26th July, Rev Andy Murphy looks at 'Footprints on the Sand', explores Romans chapter 8, and thinks about how we can trust in God's love even in times of distress, depression or pain. (If the link in the video to the hymn at end doesn't work, it can be viewed here: In the wonder of creation).
In this 'Eco-Special' we concentrate our thoughts and prayers on God's good creation, and our responsibility for the planet. Led by Rev Andy Murphy, with special guest Rev Canon Brian Davis, and prayers by our Eco-Champion Mrs Anita Beer.
For Sunday 12th July, Rev Brian Kennard explores Jesus' parable of the sower, encouraging us that, in God's hands, good and lasting things can come from very small beginnings. Brian leads us in worship and prayer, helping us to put God at the centre of our lives today.
For Sunday 5th July, as we begin to make preparations for going back into our church buildings for worship, Rev Andy Murphy reflects on 10 years since his ordination, and thinks about what it means to be 'church'.
Live stream of the Morning Service from Methodist Central Hall Westminster on Sunday, 28th June 2020, The Methodist Conference Sunday.
For Sunday 28th June, Christine Hodgson explores with us Psalm 13, and reflecting on her daily walks and experiences, uses this psalm to help us think about how we can hold on to faith during the dark times of depression, fear or frustration.
Methodist Conference 2020 - Saturday 27 June - Representative Session including the induction of the President and Vice-President and Reception into Full Connexion.
For Fathers' Day, 21st June 2020, Rev Andy Murphy plays cricket with his daughter, and then explores nature of God. All in a day's work, really. Enjoy!
Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal offers a reflection on what hope means during the season of Coronavirus as the final part in All We Can's #RefugeeWeek series.
For Sunday 14th June we celebrate the work of MHA (Methodist Homes for the Aged) and we celebrate older people in general! With a reflection from MHA Chaplain Kate Hitchcox, and a special introduction from Rev Andy Murphy - broadcasting from outside MHA Welland Place Market Harborough.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, our memorial and remembrance service will be delivered virtually to honour those we have lost within our MHA family, with numbers increasing, but currently over 400 residents and three colleagues. We will also take a moment to acknowledge the many thousands worldwide who have lost their lives or been affected by this tragedy to date.
For Trinity Sunday (7th June), Rev Brian Kennard discusses the relationship between God the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Using helpful illustrations and with prayer and songs for our worship together.
For our celebration of the day of Pentecost, we look at some artwork from our young people, and Rev Andy Murphy talks about the Holy Spirit - the Breath of God - at work in us, and with us through our highs and lows.
For this Sunday when we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven (7th Sunday of Easter), Rev John Rackley reflects on the experience of the first disciples following the call to go back into Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit. What does this mean in our present situation when we are waiting in prayer? May we ask God to kindle the flame of his love in us afresh, as we anticipate Pentecost.
This is an Easter story with a difference. It is especially for young children, to help them explore thoughts and feelings about life and death, and hope of new life after death. Written and performed by Rev. Andy Murphy.
For the 6th Sunday of Easter, Rev Andy Murphy reflects on good community relations, and then explores the final chapter of John's gospel (John 21: 1-19): the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples on the fishing trip, and his healing conversation with Peter. The theme is grace.
For the 5th Sunday of Easter, Rev Dave Tomlin explores some of Jesus' most profound and meaningful words to his disciples in John chapter 14 - thinking about how we can learn to put our trust in Jesus, even during times of crisis, and how this can empower us to continue Christ's work on earth. The video starts with some messages of hope and encouragement from members of our churches in Naseby, Kibworth and Market Harborough.
In this special "all-age" edition, Rev Andy Murphy and some of the children and young people from Naseby, Kibworth and Market Harborough Methodist churches explore what it means that Jesus is "The Good Shepherd" and read Psalm 23 together.
For the 3rd Sunday of the Easter Season, Rev Andy Murphy explores the walk to Emmaus from Luke chapter 24, and thinks about how we can find Jesus with us on our daily walks and in our daily struggles.
"He is not here; he is risen!" For the Sunday after Easter, Rev John Rackley takes us from our empty churches to find God instead in our living rooms. He explores the story of Thomas, where Jesus appears to his disciples in their locked room. John invites us to reflect on faith, doubt and questioning, in the midst of our present situations. With prayer and worship, and the words of a hymn to reflect on.
With thanks to Revd Professor Adrian Low for kind permission to use his hymn words:
"When our futures are uncertain" © Adrian Low
and thanks to Graham Kendrick for kind permission to use his music:
"Jesus Stand Among Us" © 1977 Thankyou Music
"Thine be the Glory" (Performed by Graham Kendrick at Spring Harvest) - written by Edmond Budry
In our Easter Sunday video broadcast, Rev Andy Murphy reflects on whether we should really be celebrating Easter this year, with prayers, music, an Easter egg hunt and an appearance by a very special choir!
For Good Friday 2020, Michael Mays reflects on the crucifixion of Jesus, and in particular the one person there who recognized his true identity. Michael leads us in a quiet, meditative time together, recorded at Kibworth Methodist Church.
If you haven't got a palm cross (and can't find last year's) you might like to try making one out of paper. On Good Friday we might like to think about taking our daily exercise (if you're allowed out) at around 10.00am and carrying your palm cross with you as a sort-of quiet individual 'walk of witness'. Alternatively, perhaps you could put your cross up in your window to remind your neighbours what day it is.
It was a real joy this week to work with some ecumenical colleagues on a School Easter Assembly video, which will be made available to many of the children and families in the local schools. We hope that this will offer some encouragement and spiritual support to all our families as we reflect together on the meaning Easter. (And a jolly song at the end!)
In this special video for Palm Sunday, Rev Brian Kennard invites us to think about what sort of king Jesus is, we're invited to pray and sing together, and Rev Andy Murphy attempts to play the part of the donkey.
In the second of our special messages during the Coronavirus crisis, Rev Andy Murphy thinks about God's 'passion' and looks at the story of Lazarus. Made for the 5th Sunday in Lent ('Passion Sunday') - 29th March 2020.
No Need to Fear - Sylvia Burnside & New Irish Arts
In the first of our series of messages to accompany us through the Coronavirus crisis, Rev Andy Murphy explores themes of separation and isolation amidst the new life of springtime and the hope of Easter. Made for Mothers' Day - 22nd March 2020.
A short introduction to our "Never Alone" video channel with Rev. Andy Murphy:
This video was created for Naseby Methodist's "Soul Cafe" on 31st March 2019 - Mothering Sunday. Thinking about "the Family Resemblance" between God the Parent and God the Son.