Worship for Sunday 29 03 2020

Our Circuit Team have been working hard this week to provide ways in which we can share  in Worship  through technology during the coronavirus crisis.

A YouTube channel has been set up for Colchester Methodists. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw

There is an initial  video from Alan, explaining what’s planned.

There is the Worship service led by Joe from last Sunday 22nd March 2020, which was Mothering Sunday.

There are a few other short videos by Alan, Ken and Paul with daily thoughts under the heading Taking Stock.

Alan is in the process of creating, editing and uploading a service for tomorrow, Sunday 29th March 2020, which will be the fifth Sunday in Lent. This should be available at a normal service time of around 11am.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channels for Castle and Circuit, also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option. Then  you will receive an email notification each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time, and it is all free.

To encourage our ministers, click on the Thumbs Up icon to give a like (or a thumbs down if you really didn’t like it) for each video.

You can also leave a message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

 

Rev Joe Adams is again leading virtual worship at Wimpole Road on facebook live at 11.00 am click on https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387

 

Alternatively, this page from the Methodist Church Website provides information about live-streamed services and has downloadable service sheets for this Sunday and the coming weeks for worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

 

As other alternatives there are Live-streamed services available from:-

Wesley’s Chapel in London which will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA Service times are Wednesday 12:45; Thursday 12:45;  Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem will also live-stream worship on Sunday at 10:30 the service will be available at www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/

Birmingham Methodist District at 10:30 there is a service at https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/

Hong Kong International Methodist Church https://www.michk.com the 11.00 am service in English will be live streamed at 3am our time, but should also be available by 11 for us to watch.

 

There is a digital Sunday school at https://disorganisedsundayschoolblog.com/digital-sunday-school

 

Public Broadcasting:-

The BBC will be broadcasting a service on Sunday on BBC One at 10.45am. The Very Rev Kathy Jones leads the service for Passion Sunday from Bangor Cathedral in north Wales. With hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation recorded in March 2018. You can view the Order of Service here.

BBC Radio 4 always features a service on Sunday morning at 8.10. This Sunday, a service for Passion Sunday with Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Director of the Center for Reconciliation, Duke University, and Canon Dr Jennifer Smith of Wesley’s Chapel, London. For more details see here.

 

 

Don’t forget, that the clocks “Spring Forward” this weekend!

 

Finally, a prayer from the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev’d Barbara Glasson

Loving God,
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don’t let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.

Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

 

Above all, keep yourselves safe and well.

Let someone know if you are struggling, if you need a chat, or just some shopping. Do contact your pastoral leader, or send someone an email:  you may be in isolation, but you are not alone.

 

Worship for Sunday 22 03 2020

Our Circuit Team have been working hard to provide some way in which we can share Worship in a technical way during the coronavirus crisis.

A YouTube channel as been set up for Colchester Methodists. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw

There is a video already in place from Alan, explaining what’s planned. All being well, there will be another video posted on this channel, which will be a service we can all follow tomorrow. This is the Order of Service for 22nd March 2020 Mothering Sunday 2020 – Online service PDF, which you can download and use separately, or follow online tomorrow.

Rev Joe Adams is leading virtual worship at Wimpole Road on facebook live at 11.00 am click on https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387

 

Alternatively, this material from the Methodist Church Website will guide you through a separate act of worship and will enable you to take part from your home:- 22-march-worship-if-you-are-unable-to-attend-church

 

Alternatively there are Live-streamed services available from:-

Wesley’s Chapel in London which will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA Service times are Wednesday 12:45; Thursday 12:45;  Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem will also live-stream worship on Sunday at 10:30 the service will be available at www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/

Birmingham Methodist District at 10:30 there is a service at https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/

Hong Kong International Methodist Church https://www.michk.com the 11.00 am service in English will be live streamed at 3am our time, but should also be available by 11 for us to watch.

 

There is a digital Sunday school at https://disorganisedsundayschoolblog.com/digital-sunday-school

 

Public Broadcasting:-

The BBC will be broadcasting a service for Mothering Sunday on BBC One at 11.45am. There will be no congregation, and hymns will be taken from previous episodes of Songs of Praise.

BBC Radio 4 always features a service on Sunday morning at 8.10. This Sunday, worship will be led by The Archbishop of Canterbury from the chapel at Lambeth Palace.

 

Churches Together in England:-

Here’s a message from Churches Together in England

Finally, a prayer from the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev’d Barbara Glasson

Loving God,
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don’t let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.

Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

 

Above all, Keep yourselves safe and well.

Let someone know if you are struggling, if you need a chat, or just some shopping. Do contact your pastoral leader, or send someone an email:  you may be in isolation, but you are not alone.

 

Coronavirus Update 17 03 2020

Since our last communication on Sunday evening (15 03 2020) and the subsequent increase in Covid 19 response, we have been waiting for updated advice from the Methodist Church in Great Britain, that advice has been posted as of 3 o’clock this afternoon.

The full announcement  can be found here https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/  (this will continue to be updated on the Methodist Church website) but in essence it includes the following advice:

All gathered worship services have been suspended until further notice.

The staff team will prepare weekly worship.  We’re investigating what forms that might encompass but it’s likely to include streamed video, audio CDs and printed material so that everybody can continue to be connected to the worship life of the circuit.  Joe is preparing something for us all to share this coming Sunday (Mothering Sunday).

All non-essential gathering, to include all of the business meetings of the church, are also suspended until further notice.

You will know from the rolling news reports that all people over 70 years old and those with underlying health conditions are encouraged to prepare to isolate themselves in order to slow down the rate of development of the virus.  That probably includes the majority of us, so most pastoral work will need to be carried out by phone.

The staff team are working on further recommendations as to how we will care for each other in this difficult time.  We are a people of hope and that hope will never be lost, but we also need to be careful stewards of our own health, the needs of our communities and the load we place on the health service and emergency services and as Mr Wesley said ‘best of all, God is with us’.

Please would you share this information with your church families and keep safe.

PLEASE CIRCULATE AS NECESSARY AND ENSURE THAT EVERYONE IS AWARE THAT WE WON’T BE MEETING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

A prayer from www.methodist.org.uk

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

Coronavirus Update 15 03 2020

Coronavirus Update 15 03 2020

The Colchester Methodist Circuit Leadership Team met this afternoon and the following are the recommendations from that meeting: –

 

Church Services & Meetings:

Church services and church meetings will continue until advice from the Methodist Church/the government directs otherwise.

If circumstances arise where it is not possible to provide a leader for worship, information will be provided as to where worship is being maintained and can be attended.

 

Communication Network:

Each church will set up its own communications network such that members and friends know who to contact if they have a need.

Members and friends who feel themselves vulnerable should be at liberty not to meet. They should be made aware of who they can contact for service/study material.

Members and friends who feel unwell should remain at home, in their own interests and that of others.

 

Hire of Church Premises:

Where groups hire church premises these activities should be allowed to continue.

It is recommended that a risk assessment is carried out for groups hiring church premises. This should include any risk there might be to the persons leading activities.

Care should be taken to facilitate any cleaning of rooms and equipment necessary between hire groups and activities.

Churches should make themselves cognisant of the current recommendations regarding the well-being of persons whilst on church premises, e.g. not handshaking, ensuring hand washing facilities, using paper towels rather than ‘blow-dry’ equipment, etc.

 

Upcoming meetings:

The Circuit Study Day scheduled for 4th April 2020 has been postponed indefinitely.

The Leadership Team Meeting scheduled for 24th March and the Circuit Meeting scheduled for 1st April will go ahead as planned.