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.
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
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
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,
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.