Whats going on...
This page documents events that are happening in and around Cove Methodist church. Some of the events and items mentioned may not have a direct link to Cove Methodist Church, However they are all involved with the local Methodist Community. If you have any questions regarding the below events place use the contact us page. All are welcome.
Noah's Ark and the story of the rainbow.
We can find the story of Noah and his wife in the book of Genesis beginning at chapter 5. It is a very sad story to start with, because most people had forgotten about God and his love. They had become rough and violent and hurt each other and were mean and unkind. They had also forgotten how to thank God for all the wonderful things in their lives.
Even though Noah and his wife and their sons and wife’s were telling them about God and his love for them, they didn’t want to listen. They were happy living without God and pretending he didn’t exist or matter in their lives. ’Gods love’
This made God very sad. So sad he couldn’t bear seeing them so rough and violent with each other anymore. Perhaps he thought that after Noah and his family had died there would be no one left who remembered him, and a world without remembering God would be a very hard and sad place to live.
So God asked Noah to build a big boat called an Ark, it took 120 years to build! When it was finished God called the animals to go into to the Ark. After 7 days it began to rain and rain and rain and rain! Everything in the world changed.
Noah and his family were in the Ark with the animals for a very long time, it must have felt like lockdown does for us! Except they couldn’t go out at all!! Not even for a walk to the woods or the shop! They were in lockdown with all those animals to take care of!
Eventually the dove flew out to see if it was time for everybody to get off the boat, just as we are waiting to find out if lockdown can end!
Eventually everyone left the ark and all was well, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign that he would never send another flood as big as that again. Rainbows have become a sign of hope which is why we have been drawing them for our key workers and the NHS. God offers us hope in our lives when we are sad and when we think things can’t get better. One day soon we will be able to go out too!
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, Thank you for giving us the story of Noah and his family. Help us to trust you as they did, even when thigs seem really difficult and tough in our lives.
Thank you for the people who are looking after me at the moment. Please watch over my family and friends I cannot see at the moment because of lockdown.
Thank you for everyone who is working hard in the world to help each other. Nurses and doctors, and everyone who works in the hospitals, postmen, people who work in supermarkets, rubbish collectors and farmers. In Jesus name, Amen
In an attempt to protect people from the coronavirus we have asked people not to travel to churches to pre-record or live-stream worship. You can of course live stream from your home. We hope the four options below will offer some breadth from our tradition.
We are working in collaboration with:
Methodist Central Hall Westminster
Wesley's Chapel London who will live-stream from the chapel (the Minister lives on the premises)
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem, this worship will be studio based – with strict distancing rules being followed
Sthie ('At home')
To join in a very different worship experience, try Sthie ('At home') from the Isle of Man (see image of Peel Hill, right, by Andy Fishburne). Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see www.andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
You can watch previous live-streamed videos at www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
08:30 Monday-Friday - from Wesley House Cambridge: www.facebook.com/wesleycambridge.
Resources for following the prayers and readings are available at: www.wesley.cam.ac.uk/prayer-space/
10:00 Monday-Friday - from Wesley’s Chapel London: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA