Worship & Notices for 06 12 2020

Please refer to the new “Online Services” page on the Menu for details about all of the Online Services, and other regular activities in the Circuit.

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.

The Young Sunday story about David can be found on our YouTube site as above, or by following this shortcut link.

You can also find an activity pack for young people linked to the story of David on our Circuit Website on the Young Sunday page, or by following 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.



Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 6th December 2020

Second Sunday in Advent


Your local Methodist Church website will give more details about groups and activities which are taking place there – click on that Church in the Menu.


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.


We will be pausing our series on Taking Stock, and our Jesse Tree Project will be a daily series of Bible Stories for all ages throughout Advent, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive an email notification for these. There will also be a “bauble” to download from the Circuit Website and print each day. These can then be coloured in and hung on your Christmas Tree or in your windows during Advent as a reminder of the stories.

You can access the Jesse Tree page on this Website where you can find more information and download the baubles by following this shortcut link.

You can access the Jesse Tree videos on our YouTube Channel using  by following this shortcut link, then choosing the Jesse Tree Playlist.


Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 30th December. 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 Janet. 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.


Invitation from The Ark:

We hold a mid-week Reflections Service on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the first Sunday of each month.  Anyone from the circuit wishing to join either of these is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email thearkhighwoods@gmail.com for a Zoom invite.



Enjoy a Virtual Carol Concert from Action for Children.

6.30pm on Tuesday 8th December 2020 (£10 per household).

Our virtual carol concert will bring the magic of Christmas into your home. Join families across the UK for an evening of Christmas carols, fun and festive cheer hosted by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow.

Tickets are £10 per household and will give you access to exclusive entertainment, including classic carols sung by The Epiphoni Consort, Christmas readings from TV’s Angellica Bell and Nadia Sawalha, comedy from Jess Hynes, and appearances from some very special guests including Leona Lewis, Liam Gallagher and Call the Midwife’s Jenny Agutter OBE. All this from the comfort of your own home.

You can also take part in the Starry Night silent auction and prize draw!

For more details click here to go straight to https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk


Engage with AllWeCan activities and events this Christmas.

The AllWeCan website (Methodist Relief and Development), has resources for an Extraordinary Christmas that you can find here.



Audio CD’s, and 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.



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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