Once again, 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.
The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. 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 are the Worship Services for each Sunday since lock-down.
- There are several short videos by Alan, Ken, Joe and Paul with thoughts under the heading Taking Stock.
- There is also a series of Meditations for Holy Week under the title Witnesses.
Alan is in the process of creating, editing and uploading a service for tomorrow, Sunday 17th May 2020. This should be available at a normal service time of around 10-11am.
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 and the team, 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 on Sunday 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. This includes resources for personal prayer and Bible Study.
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
- at 10:45 Sunday Worship – Sixth Sunday of Easter: The Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland Jones leads the service on the sixth Sunday of Easter from St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. With hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in July 2019. You can view the Order of Service here.
- at 13.15 Songs of Praise: Modern Hymn Writers – Aled Jones hears from regular conductor Ken Burton how hymn singing brings hope in troubled times. Recorded before current restrictions were enforced. You can find out more here.
BBC Radio 4
- at 08:10 Sunday Worship The Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Discovering the gifts of the Holy Spirit with the Rev Dr Alison Jack of New College, Edinburgh, and Fr Dermot Preston SJ of St Aloysius’ RC Church, Glasgow. More details here.
Don’t Forget that Christian Aid Week runs from Sunday 10th May to Sunday 17th May 2020. You can get involved, and find out more here.
Finally, a new prayer from the Methodist Church Website:-
Prayer from Canada
My prayers are for those who are hurting and scared, those who rely on services that are having to close, and those who will find themselves quickly in need.
My prayers are also for you, those who minister in the midst of this crisis – that you will remain healthy, that you will care for yourself, even as you care for those with whom you have been called to minister. We pray for the healing and mending of the world.
May we find tangible ways of supporting each other – and all of God’s world – in this time, and in the days to come, and may we know that, no matter what, as we “love and serve others,” as we “seek justice and resist evil,” as we “proclaim Jesus,” with our words and our actions, we will find a way through this, together.
God is with all creation.
We are not alone.
Richard Bott (The Right Reverend)
Moderator / Modérateur
The United Church of Canada / L’Église Unie du Canada
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.