Worship & Notices for 04 10 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. Click here for our second talk about Joseph. There is an accompanying pack for each 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 the first part of  this one, which tells the same story about The Beatitudes that we hear in our reading from Matthew. Or enjoy this song with actions for children.


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 4th October 2020


Your local Methodist Church website will give more details about groups and activities which are taking place.


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.


Please remember Ken in your prayers, together with other folk across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time.


Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Thursday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Thursday 29th October. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Alan. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to join these groups, but let Alan know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

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

Remember in your prayers the various Church Council Meetings which will be taking place on Zoom in the coming weeks.


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 is very welcome to join in, but would need to request a Zoom 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


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.


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