COVID-19 CHURCH ATTENDANCE & WHAT TO EXPECT (Updated 20/08/20)

As of Sunday morning July 26th, with a new service start time of 10:30am, Mossley Methodist Church have been in a position to safely re-open our church building for weekly morning worship.

Read below to insure you and your fellow worshippers safety.

(The service will continue to be made available to those who feel they cannot attend, via Website and Telephone access)

Expect the Church Sanctuary to be well ventilated, with seating spaced out allowing for families and individuals.

Listed below are requirements for your safety. This is in compliance with the NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland.

  1. Do not attend church if you are unwell and exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms
  2. (UPDATE 20/08/20) The Methodist Church in Ireland now formally recommends the wearing of face masks in services. Read the full statement HERE.
  3. Maintain 2m social distancing at all times. (There will be no handshakes or hugs)
  4. Use the hand sanitiser provided on entry to the building
  5. Wait to be seated in the Sanctuary by a Steward (unfortunately you will not be able to choose where to sit, and the Sanctuary will be seated front first)
  6. To enable ‘Track and Trace’, ensure that you provide your name and contact information to the Stewards
  7. All young children must remain with their parents throughout the service
  8. Toilets are available, but are restricted to a maximum occupancy of 2 people at any one time. Please wait outside until a place becomes available
  9. Offering may now be placed in a slotted collection box fitted to the wall on entrance to the Sanctuary
  10. There will be no crèche or Sunday School
  11. Leave the church promptly at the end of the service when directed to do so by the Stewards
  12. Take home your litter. i.e tissues, sweet wrappers, empty bottles, nappies
  13. Please maintain social distancing in the car park and foyer to ensure that everyone can safely leave

The leadership team in Mossley have the hope and trust that these measures will not hinder our call to Worship. We believe that where His people are, God is in the midst.

Matthew 18:20

 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

SUNDAY SERMON 31: BROUGHT TO YOU BY The REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that the Rev Sam Campbell resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Isaiah 44:1-7

Israel the Chosen

44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
    Israel, whom I have chosen.
This is what the Lord says—
    he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
    and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
    Jeshurun,[a] whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
    and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
    like poplar trees by flowing streams.
Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
    others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
    and will take the name Israel.

The Lord, Not Idols

“This is what the Lord says—
    Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
    apart from me there is no God.
Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
    Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
    and what is yet to come—
    yes, let them foretell what will come.

Isaiah 44:22-23

22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
    for I have redeemed you.”

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
    shout aloud, you earth beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,
    you forests and all your trees,
for the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
    he displays his glory in Israel.

2 Kings 10:15

15 After he left there, he came upon Jehonadab son of Rekab, who was on his way to meet him. Jehu greeted him and said, “Are you in accord with me, as I am with you?”

“I am,” Jehonadab answered.

“If so,” said Jehu, “give me your hand.” So he did, and Jehu helped him up into the chariot.


For details on where this sermon can be listened to via a telephone landline (expressly for parishioners who do not have internet access to this website). Click HERE

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Follow this link for ‘details on how to give’ during Covid-19

Harvest With A Twist?

So many 2020 celebrations have been put on hold or acknowledged a little differently than we would have liked or have been used too. However thanks to Christine McCausland (Secretary) and her trusty side-kick Colin McDowell (Society Steward) this Harvest was one occasion that wasn’t over shadowed. On Sunday Mossleys congregation (adorned in masks and vizors and adhering to social distancing) walked with delight into our church sanctuary and embraced the spirit of Harvest thanks to both of their creative efforts.

Christine McCausland, Rev Sam Campbell and Colin McDowell
Liz Campbell and the Reverend Sam Campbell

Youth Club News

This week our Youth Pastor Elaine Gowdy, with the full support of the heads of Church Council, posted a statement on the Refuge Facebook Youth Page. Here Elaine explains with sadness the situation with Youth Club and its cancellation for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. A combination of factors arising due to the pandemic ultimately has resulted in the loss of this much valued youth ministry and will cause sadness across our church family.

Please continue to pray for these children and young people, along with the families they represent. Also pray for Elaine and her family, as they focus on continuing their discipleship ministry through Refuge Youth Fellowship. This bible based group is now moving to midweek, and we are excited to hear that the maximum capacity has been already reached, however there is a waiting list for future attendance if you want to put forward your Childs name. (ages catered for will range from p4 to 5th year).

Read below Elaines statement, or click on this LINK for the Facebook page where you will also be able to follow ‘all news REFUGE’.

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SUNDAY HARVEST, SERMON 30: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that the Rev Sam Campbell resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Isaiah 5:1-7

The song of the vineyard

I will sing for the one I love
    a song about his vineyard:
my loved one had a vineyard
    on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
    and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
    and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
    but it yielded only bad fruit.

‘Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
    judge between me and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for my vineyard
    than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
    why did it yield only bad?
Now I will tell you
    what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
    and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
    and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland,
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain on it.’

The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
    is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
    are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
    for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

Luke 10:1-2

Jesus sends out the seventy-two

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.


For details on where this sermon can be listened to via a telephone landline (expressly for parishioners who do not have internet access to this website). Click HERE

Follow this link if you feel there is someone who would benefit from accessing this service via their telephone. Calls at a local rate.

Follow this link for ‘details on how to give’ during Covid-19

SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 29: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that the Rev Sam Campbell resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
Philippians 3:4-14

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:24

24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.


For details on where this sermon can be listened to via a telephone landline (expressly for parishioners who do not have internet access to this website). Click HERE

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Follow this link for ‘details on how to give’ during Covid-19

SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 28: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that the Rev Sam Campbell resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Matthew 21:23-32

The authority of Jesus questioned

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’ they asked. ‘And who gave you this authority?’

24 Jesus replied, ‘I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism – where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?’

They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will ask, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” 26 But if we say, “Of human origin”– we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.’

27 So they answered Jesus, ‘We don’t know.’

Then he said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The parable of the two sons

28 ‘What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.”

29 ‘“I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 ‘Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.

31 ‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’

‘The first,’ they answered.

Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’


For details on where this sermon can be listened to via a telephone landline (expressly for parishioners who do not have internet access to this website). Click HERE

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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 27: BROUGHT TO YOU BY Simon Gowdy

Welcome, Sam is on holiday, so thank you Simon Gowdy, Local Preacher from Mossley Methodist for leading our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that the Rev Sam Campbell resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Video conducted by Simon Gowdy, Local Preacher, Mossley Methodist Church

Matthew 20:1-16

The parable of the workers in the vineyard

20 ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

‘About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the market-place doing nothing. He told them, “You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went.

‘He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?”

‘“Because no one has hired us,” they answered.

‘He said to them, “You also go and work in my vineyard.”

‘When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.”

‘The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 “These who were hired last worked only one hour,” they said, “and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.”

13 ‘But he answered one of them, “I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?”

16 ‘So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’


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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 26: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that Sam resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Matthew 18:21-35

The parable of the unmerciful servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’

22 Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

23 ‘Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 ‘At this the servant fell on his knees before him. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will pay back everything.” 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.

28 ‘But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. “Pay back what you owe me!” he demanded.

29 ‘His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.”

30 ‘But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 ‘Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 ‘This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’


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FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE

For posterity’s sake, Sam asked that this image be taken. Hopefully wearing masks and social distancing in our church buildings will soon become a distant memory. It certainly is very odd to see our call to worship set out like this. 

Before pressing the shutter-release button I quipped “everyone smile, say cheese”, which since ‘forever’ we have been used to doing this for the camera. The lovely thing is that if you look hard, people with smiling eyes can clearly be seen behind their masks. 

The storm of Covid (as much as we attempt normality) still rages. Everyday brings its new challenges for communities and individuals. The leadership team at Mossley, and I am sure throughout the MCI, would hope that this new attendance (of course if able to do so) would not only make every individual feel safe but also allow them to find ‘the calm’, centred in the eye of the storm. Above all that church attendance is still a place to find blessing in meeting with God and enjoying fellowship with his people.

SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 25: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

Both churches that Sam resides over, Greencastle and Mossley, as of Sunday 26th July 2020, reopened their churches for morning worship.
Please be aware of the new service times:
Mossley @ 10:30am and Greencastle @ 12 noon

In compliance with NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland you will find a list of requirements for your safety in the link below:
CHURCH RE-OPENING (updated 20/08/20) 

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
Psalm 119:33-40
ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.[a]
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
    and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
    for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart towards your statutes
    and not towards selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.[b]
38 Fulfil your promise to your servant,
    so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
    for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
    In your righteousness preserve my life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Genesis 50:20

20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Philippians 4:11-13

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.


For details on where this sermon can be listened to via a telephone landline (expressly for parishioners who do not have internet access to this website). Click HERE

Follow this link if you feel there is someone who would benefit from accessing this service via their telephone. Calls at a local rate.

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