Worship & Notices for 27 09 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard 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

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

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.

 

Virtual worship at Wimpole Road is on Facebook live on Sundays at 11.00 am, to join click on https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387

 

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.

Some other 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.

Sthie (‘At home’)
To join in a very different worship experience, try Sthie (‘At home’) from the Isle of Man (led by Andy Fishburne whose videos have been used for some of our Bible Study sessions). Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see www.andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
You can watch previous live-streamed videos at www.youtube.com/andyfishburne

 

For our Young People:-

We are trying to provide material suitable for the children in the Circuit, with online and downloadable activities. Click here for our first talk about Noah. There is an accompanying pack for this talk which can be made available by contacting thearkhighwoods@gmail.com

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/

A video to watch for this Sunday might be this one, which tells the same story that we hear in our reading, and here is a link to more information for young people.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC1  Songs of Praise (usually at 13:15): You can find out more here.
Or view previous programmes here.

BBC Radio 4  Sunday Worship Usually at 08:10): More information here.

 

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 27th September 2020

 

Your local Methodist Church website will give more details about groups and activities which will soon restart.

 

Rev Ken Chalmers is currently unavailable due to ill health: If you need to speak to a Minister please contact Rev Alan Jenkins or Rev Joe Adams, or contact your Pastoral Leader.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle willusually be on the last Thursday of each month, but we have a session this week on Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th September.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are on Zoom at 7.30pm on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Alan.

Please contact Alan for joining details and study notes for either of these sessions.

Details of Bible studies and other activities at Wimpole Road are available on their website here.

Remember in your prayers this week the Circuit Meeting which will be taking place on Zoom on Thursday evening.

 

Invitations from The Ark:

We have two Zoom events coming up at The Ark which we would like to open up to The Circuit:
On Sunday 4th October there will be a Zoom Evening service, led by Alan.  We will gather from 6.15pm and the service will begin at 6.30pm.  Anyone not on the Ark’s mailing list would need to request an invite from thearkhighwoods@gmail.com
On Wednesday 14th October there will be a simple service on Zoom that we call Reflections.  Each month we explore a theme through music, pictures, poetry and prayer.  Our next service will be on the theme of harvest.  We will gather for worship from 11am and the formal start of the service will be 11.15am.  Again requests for the meeting invite should go to thearkhighwoods@gmail.com

 

Audio CD’s, and now DVD’s, are being made available to anyone unable to view the online service. If you know of someone who would benefit from this please let one of our Ministers or pastoral leaders know.

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
colchester.methodists@gmail.com

 

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.

 

Worship & Notices for 06 09 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard 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 Sunday 6th September 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.

Some other 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.

Sthie (‘At home’)
To join in a very different worship experience, try Sthie (‘At home’) from the Isle of Man (led by Andy Fishburne whose videos have been used for some of our Bible Study sessions). Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see www.andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
You can watch previous live-streamed videos at www.youtube.com/andyfishburne

 

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/

A video to watch for this Sunday might be this one, which tells the same story of The Good Samaritan that we hear in our reading.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

13:15 Songs of Praise: Eden Project – Claire McCollum visits Cornwall’s Eden Project, and JB Gill goes surfing with a Christian who came back to faith whilst catching waves. You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

08:10 Sunday Worship: Heaven is a noisy place – After months of Covid and confinement, Neil MacGregor and the Revd Lucy Winkett consider how community has traditionally been fostered by close contact with the saints. More information here.

 

A Prayer from the Methodist Church Website:-

A call to pray for everyone involved in education at this time.

Barbara Easton, head of service for the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust, calls for prayers at this anxious time of important exam results and as schools return in Scotland.
Click here for more information from the Methodist Website.

We are asked to pray:

  • For young people and their families as they await, and deal with, their results,
  • For the people in exam boards, university admissions offices and schools balancing the requirements of process and the futures of young people,
  • For everyone involved in the full return to education; for people in Scotland returning to school this week and others involved in the shifting picture of preparation,
  • For our Methodist schools across the country, serving and loving in the name of Christ and of the Methodist people,
  • For Methodist schools and universities across the world, each serving in its own place.

God of grace,

We hold before you everyone involved in education at this time.

Give peace, righteousness, energy, delight and empathy all in their places.

We offer all our young people into your care,

Amen.

 

 

 

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 6th September 2020

 

Your local Methodist Church website will give more details about groups and activities which will soon restart.

 

Rev Ken Chalmers is currently unavailable due to ill health: If you need to speak to a Minister please contact Rev Alan Jenkins or Rev Joe Adams, or contact your Pastoral Leader.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle commence on Zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th September.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are on Zoom at 7.30pm on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Alan.

Please contact Alan for joining details and study notes for either of these sessions.

Details of Bible studies and other activities at Wimpole Road are available on their website here.

Audio CD’s, and now DVD’s, are being made available to anyone unable to view the online service. If you know of someone who would benefit from this please let one of our Ministers or pastoral leaders know.

 

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
colchester.methodists@gmail.com

 

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.

 

Help with Zoom and Technology

Tech Champs Update Summer 2020

The project was set up between student and staff volunteers at the University of Essex, known as the Vteam, and the Methodist circuit of churches in Colchester. Juliet from Citizens and Tomas from the Vteam met to thrash out the aims and likely work, and then the first meeting of the 2 groups followed on 23 April.

While the IT expertise is in the hands of the Vteam volunteers, it has proved to be extremely useful to have a reasonably competent champion in the churches, to encourage and mediate.  There are seven churches in the Methodist circuit, three of which engaged with the project. The great majority of church members own and use devices, with a vast range of competence.  A small number of members has never owned or used a computer, and we have had to accept that they probably never will.  Our initial focus has been within the three engaged churches, and on those owning a device with internet connection.  The initial aims of the project were to get as many church members as possible using Zoom, and to offer a bespoke one-to-one telephone service to church members who had problems using their devices.

The biggest piece of work has been the superb guides to getting onto and using Zoom from different devices, plus a beautiful guide to keeping safe online.   Zoom has enabled the churches to offer several online events, including social and business meetings, bible studies and a fundraising quiz. These have been very popular and morale-boosting, particularly for carers and for those who are shielding alone.   These people encouraged others to take part in events. Probably around 80 people (in the 3 churches) are now aware of the project, of the offer of individual assistance, and have benefitted indirectly by being in contact with as many friends as possible.

The take-up of individual assistance has been much smaller than was anticipated, but the help given, and the way it was done, was superb.

  • Peter, in his 80’s and a carer, is now able to join the weekly Zoom coffee mornings, where he checks up on all his friends.
  • Christine, living alone in a rural location and awaiting surgery, can now use WhatsApp and Zoom. She has been in touch visually with a friend in South Africa for the first time in 10 years, and also joins the coffee mornings.
  • Our most techy person in church had problems with the quality of the audio when sharing his desktop within Zoom. A 10 minute conversation with the Tech Champions and he was sorted.  Music and picture rounds in the quiz were possible due to knowledge gained from Tech Champions.

Find the Vteam’s guides at:

  https://www.thearkhighwoods.org.uk/Groups/342311/Digital_Connectivity.aspx