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 2nd August 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.
When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.
You can also leave a brief 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.
Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE.
Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded.
You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.
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 story of the feeding of the 5000 for children, such as this one here , and there are several others available.
- Sunday Worship. There is no Sunday worship on BBC1 this morning.
- at 13:15 Songs of Praise: Faith and Sport
BBC Radio 4
- at 08:10 Sunday Worship : Encountering God in abandonment The Rev Dr Isabelle Hamley, chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, charts her walk with God and with Covid-19. More information here.
A Prayer from the Methodist Church Website:-
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 others.
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.
Circuit Notices for Week Commencing Sunday 2nd August 2020.
This week we heard of the death of a respected local preacher Brian who was a stalwart of the Methodist church in Wivenhoe and well known to other churches there and in the wider circuit. Please remember his wife and family in your prayers at this time.
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
Date and Time of the next Zoom Circuit Men’s Group meeting will be announced soon. More information 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.