Worship & Notices for November 2021

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship. Now that we are back to worshipping together in person these pages will be updated less frequently.

Most churches will be advising the congregation to continue to follow Covid precautions regarding hand sanitising, wearing masks and social distancing, etc.

If you feel uncomfortable attending in person there will still be online alternatives for you to use.

If you feel unwell at all please do not attend in person.

Zoom Services will “open” 15 minutes before the start time to allow everyone to join and settle in before beginning Worship together.

There will be no evening Zoom service when there is a 5th Sunday in the month.

Our services for November 2021 are detailed in the Circuit Plan available o the Downloads page. Various other activities that may interest you are at the bottom of this page.

We continue to Live-Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle Methodist Church. The new camera is proving a worthwhile investment, with much better results than before. To view our services – by joining us Live, or from the database of previous services – they are all now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here at any time. Alternatively, you can use the Live Stream link, from the Services page, on this website.

To join future services live from home, please Subscribe to the channel, and click the Notification Bell icon, to be notified when this service is about to go live. It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this. (We need to reach 100 subscribers and then we can ask for a more memorable channel name, so please consider doing so if you have not already).

We will continue with the Zoom evening services for the whole Circuit on most Sunday evenings, hosted by various Churches. Your local email Hub Co-ordinator will send you an email with a link to join these. (If you haven’t received an email, please contact one of your church stewards).

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists will not have videos uploaded regularly for the time being. You can access all of our existing material, including stories for Young People, at any time on the channel, and new material may be uploaded on an ad-hoc basis. If you are subscribed to that channel you should receive an email notification when this happens. https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. (Just click on the SUBSCRIBE button), 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

The Circuit Plan for September to November is available on the Downloads page.

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers.

Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties. Please pray for Joe, but do not contact him at this time. Any pastoral concerns should be directed to our Superintendent Rev Alan Jenkins by email or telephone.

The Circuit has appointed a new Circuit Administrator – continue to pray for Helen as she settles into her new role.

Remember in your prayers folk from across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time, and those who care for them.

Remember any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, or who are isolating, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

Remember those newly ordained at Conference in your prayers, and remember all those ministers and their families who have moved Circuit in recent weeks.

Remember those Ministers and their families who are going through the Stationing process, and Circuits like our own who are awaiting new Ministers.


Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Bible study sessions for everyone in the Circuit are held weekly on Tuesday’s and led by Ken. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

We began our new study on The Acts of the Apostles on Tuesday 13th July. We will meet each Tuesday in November.

It’s not too late to join in this study – please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com  for more details, homework(!) and a Zoom link.


Upcoming Activities which may be of interest:

Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest

Date: Sundays in November

Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest provide Christmas parcels for visiting seamen who are far from home at Christmas.  If you are interested in their work you can read about them here:  https://www.qvsr.org.uk/
They are particularly looking for donations of knitted hats, gloves & mittens, toiletries for men, and sweets.  There will be a collection from The Ark. You can take any donations along on Sunday mornings in November, and they will form part of a donation from this Circuit. (If you can’t get there on a Sunday morning, contact The Ark by email as above).

Samaritan’s Purse

Date: 21 11 2021 from 2pm to 6pm.

If you would like to help pack shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal, there is a packing party at St Peter’s Church, Boxted on 21st November from 2pm to 6pm.  The Ark’s Knit and Natter group have already donated a wonderful range of knitted items. More details for Samaritan’s Purse / Operation Christmas Child

Colchester Choral Society

Date: 06 11 2021 at 7.30pm

Saturday evening 6th November, Colchester Choral Society are performing at St Botolph’s Church at 7.30pm.  This is a programme of Handel and Bach – more details here: Colchester Choral Society.

Lexden Choral Society

Date:  13 11 2021 at 7.30pm

Lexden Choral Society will hold their traditional Remembrance Concert at St Botolph’s Church in Colchester. They will perform Fauré’s Requiem in the first half. The second half will be a collaboration between the choir and the Boxted Silver Band and will include a varied popular selection. It will culminate in an Act Of Remembrance with the Last Post and a rousing conclusion with choir and audience raising the roof of St Botolph’s with Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. More details here : Lexden Choral Society

The Christmas Carol Experience

Date: 17 12 2021 at 6.30pm

A further date for your diaries is Friday 17th December, when Wimpole Road will be hosting The Christmas Carol Experience.  Doors open at 6pm and the Concert starts at 6.30pm. More details and ticket information are available here:  Christmas Carol Experience.


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 a Minister or pastoral leader know.

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.