Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week to provide ways in which we can share in Worship through technology during the coronavirus crisis. This weeks’ Notices are at the bottom of the page. They will keep you updated of news around the Circuit, and of activities that are taking place (usually online!). Please let us know of anything that should be included.
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/ColchesterMethodists
- 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 from our ministers bi-weekly under the heading Taking Stock.
- There is also a series of Meditations for Holy Week under the title Witnesses.
We are in the process of creating, editing and uploading a service for tomorrow, Sunday 19th July 2020. This should be available at a normal service time of around 10am and from then you can use this link to go directly to it.
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.
For our Young People
There is a digital Sunday school at https://disorganisedsundayschoolblog.com/digital-sunday-school
There is a Messy Church with Crafts and Stories for little ones on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/messychurchknaresborough/
For this week, there are videos available on YouTube telling the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds (or Wheat and Tares a it is sometimes known), for children here and also here , and there are several others.
- Sunday Worship. There is no Sunday worship on BBC1 this morning.
- at 13:15 Songs of Praise:Eyam
BBC Radio 4
- at 08:10 Sunday Worship : A word for all seasons A service celebrating the Catholic Church’s ‘Year of the Word’ and the importance of scripture from the Diocese of Leeds. More information here.
From the Methodist Church Website:-
“As we deal with the practicalities of protecting people from coronavirus we continue to remember Our Calling to care for the other whilst always being mindful that is that our call is always to respond to the good news in Jesus. We are a people of hope we need to declare and model good news in these difficult times.”
Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team
Circuit Notices for Week Commencing Sunday 19th July 2020.
Circuit Meeting will take place virtually this week.
Please contact Alan directly for details, including the necessary password to access this Zoom meeting. Even if you do not attend, please remember in your prayers.
Opening our churches for Worship
The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.
Drop-in Zoom Café
Now running “at” Wimpole Road every Monday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Bring your own drinks and snacks! More details here.
Zoom Bible Study Groups
Bible studies are being led on Zoom by Ken and Joe on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to join please contact them directly for details. Alan will be starting a group soon, so please let him or your Pastoral Group Leader know if you would like to be part of this.
Zoom Church Meetings
Church Meetings will be/have been/are taking place via Zoom in the next few weeks, please remember these meetings in your prayers.
Zoom Men’s Group Meeting
A Zoom Circuit Men’s Group meeting took place on Thursday 9th July with guests from Colchester Age Concern and Clacton Mental Health Trust. Further meetings to take place as announced. More information here.
Methodist Conference met virtually this year
Details are available on the Methodist Church Website here.
Action for Children Sponsored Walk
A sponsored walk was arranged some time ago by the Circuit Social Issues Working Group, to raise funds for Action for Children. Because of the current situation, two Circuit members from the same household did the walk on 11th July, on behalf of all of us. Please support them by going to the Action for Children website and make a donation. On the Donation page select Donation Type as “I am giving on behalf of a church/school” you will then see another box where you can type Colchester Methodist Circuit. More details here.
A reminder from our Church Treasurers
While our buildings remain closed for all activities, there are still regular bills to be paid. If you are part of an envelope giving scheme, or would usually set aside cash to give as an offering in church each week, could you consider alternative forms of giving? Perhaps online banking, or contributing by cheque or standing order? Your local Church Treasurer would love to hear from you about this.
For more information about these activities, or to tell us about your news from around the circuit for inclusion next time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to 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.