Ukraine

UK Methodist Church

The Methodist Church has material available to help us in our prayers and understanding of the situation in Ukraine. Currently, the front page of its website has several links that may be helpful to you. This includes a donations page which links to the All We Can website of the Methodist Church.

Peace Vigil for Ukraine

A Message from Colchester Quakers

“I am sure there are many people in the town who are extremely concerned and upset about what is happening in Ukraine. On Saturday 12 March at 2.00-3.00 Colchester Quakers are holding a Peace Vigil in front of the Colchester Quaker Meeting House, 6 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF to uphold the people of Ukraine. We would like to invite anyone who feels so moved to join us. We are suggesting that people may wish to bring candles and readings, and to please dress for the weather as we will gather on the forecourt in front of the Meeting House. Tea and cake will be served indoors afterwards”.

Appeal for Donations

 

Since receiving this flier from the URC we understand that financial donations are thought to be more beneficial right now, and we are encouraged to donate through the Disasters Emergency Committee / DEC

 

Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning held at The Well to raise funds for Ukraine on Saturday 19th March 2022.

Worship & Notices for March 2022 including Ukraine and Lent 2022.

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship.

Most Circuit churches are 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 are online alternatives for you to use.

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

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).

Zoom groups will typically “open” 15 minutes before the start time to allow everyone to join, chat, and settle-in before beginning our Worship or Study together.

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


Our services for March 2022 are detailed in the Circuit Plan available on the Downloads page. Various other activities that may interest you are at the bottom of this page.

For those who cannot attend a church in person, we Live-Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle.

To join future Live-Streamed services from home, please Subscribe to  Castle’s YouTube channel, and click the Notification Bell icon, to be notified when each service is about to go live. (It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. 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).

Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

All of our previous services are available on Castle’s YouTube Channel and you can access the Live-Stream playlist for 2021 here OR the Live-Stream playlist for 2022 here at any time. Alternatively, you can use the Live Stream link, from the Services page, on this website.

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists will also have the services from Castle available, but not until Sunday afternoon. Other new material may be uploaded on an ad-hoc basis.

You can access all of our existing Circuit material, including stories for Young People, at any time on the channel. If you are subscribed to that channel, you should receive an email notification when any new material is uploaded. https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channels. 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 March to May is now available on the Downloads page.

Rev Joe Adams is now back to work, and will be leading services in Churches across the Circuit in the coming months.

We are looking forward to welcoming Rev Chris Preece as our new Superintendent Minister from September 2022, subject to Conference approval.

The farewell service for Rev Alan Jenkins and Rev Ken Chalmers has been arranged for 6.30pm on Sunday 17th July 2022 at Castle Methodist Church and will be led by Rev Tony Miles. More details will be available nearer the date.

 

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 online again on all Tesdays in March.

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. There are also audio recordings available if you miss a session and want to catch up.

 



Upcoming Activities which may be of interest:

 

Ukraine

The Methodist Church has material available to help us in our prayers and understanding of the situation in Ukraine. Currently, the front page of its website has several links that may be helpful to you. This includes a donations page which links to the All We Can website of the Methodist Church.

Peace Vigil for Ukraine

A Message from Colchester Quakers

“I am sure there are many people in the town who are extremely concerned and upset about what is happening in Ukraine. On Saturday 12 March at 2.00-3.00 Colchester Quakers are holding a Peace Vigil in front of the Colchester Quaker Meeting House, 6 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF to uphold the people of Ukraine. We would like to invite anyone who feels so moved to join us. We are suggesting that people may wish to bring candles and readings, and to please dress for the weather as we will gather on the forecourt in front of the Meeting House. Tea and cake will be served indoors afterwards”.

Appeal for Donations

 

Since receiving this flier from the URC we understand that financial donations are thought to be more beneficial right now, and we are encouraged to donate through the Disasters Emergency Committee / DEC

 

Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning held at The Well to raise funds for Ukraine on Saturday 19th March 2022.

Lent 2022

Material is available on the Methodist Church website to help us in our journey through Lent 2022. This includes a specific appeal for donations to their Lent 2022 campaign.

The Bible Society also has news from Ukraine, and material available for Lent 2022.

 

 


Walk Worthy Men’s Conference
19th March 2022 10am -4pm.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Dates for your Diary (March 2022)

News of three upcoming events
that may be of interest…

 

 

 

Daffodil Day – an event at Westminster Central Hall on Saturday 5th March 2022, details are available here Daffodil Day 2022 poster

 

 

Walk Worthy Men’s Conference –
Saturday 19th March 10am -4pm

Worship & Notices for February 2022

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship.

Most Circuit churches are 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 are online alternatives for you to use.

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

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).

Zoom groups will typically “open” 15 minutes before the start time to allow everyone to join, chat, and settle-in before beginning our Worship or Study together.

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


Our services for February 2022 are detailed in the Circuit Plan available on the Downloads page. Various other activities that may interest you are at the bottom of this page.

For those who cannot attend a church in person, we Live-Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle.

To join future Live-Streamed services from home, please Subscribe to  Castle’s YouTube channel, and click the Notification Bell icon, to be notified when each service is about to go live. (It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. 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).

Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

All of our previous services are available on Castle’s YouTube Channel and you can access the Live-Stream playlist for 2021 here OR the Live-Stream playlist for 2022 here at any time. Alternatively, you can use the Live Stream link, from the Services page, on this website.

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists will also have the services from Castle available, but not until Sunday afternoon. Other new material may be uploaded on an ad-hoc basis.

You can access all of our existing Circuit material, including stories for Young People, at any time on the channel. If you are subscribed to that channel, you should receive an email notification when any new material is uploaded. 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

In addition to the December to February Plan, the Circuit Plan for March to May is now available on the Downloads page.

Rev Joe Adams will be back to work very soon, and will be leading services in Churches across the Circuit in the coming months.

We are looking forward to welcoming Rev Chris Preece as our new Superintendent Minister from September 2022, subject to Conference approval.

The farewell service for Rev Alan Jenkins and Rev Ken Chalmers has been arranged for 6.30pm on Sunday 17th July 2022 at Castle Methodist Church and will be led by Rev Tony Miles. More details will be available nearer the date.

 

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 online again on Tuesday 8th and 15th February.

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:


News from Cantus Firmus

World Praise Weekend 26th February 2022 Arrangements for this event have changed, please refer to the Cantus Firmus website here.

Cantus Firmus are holding a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday 19 March, 8.30 to 10.00am, at St John’s, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich IP4 4QE

We welcome all who would like to pray for the work of Cantus Firmus. Please sign up HERE if you are plan to attend (by Wednesday 16 March).

We will eat breakfast together, and spend some time praying, asking for God’s direction and blessing as we move forward.

To reassure everyone – no one will be put on the spot to pray aloud, if that’s something you’re not comfortable with – there will be a range of ideas, prayer spaces etc.



 

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.

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Worship & Notices for January 2022

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship.

Most Circuit churches are 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 are online alternatives for you to use.

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

Zoom groups noted below will “open” 15 minutes before the start time to allow everyone to join, chat, and settle-in before beginning our Worship or Study together.

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


Our services for January 2022 are detailed in the Circuit Plan available on the Downloads page. Various other activities that may interest you are at the bottom of this page.

For those who cannot attend a church in person, we Live-Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle.

To join future Live-Streamed services from home, please Subscribe to  Castle’s YouTube channel, and click the Notification Bell icon, to be notified when each service is about to go live. (It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. 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).

Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

All of our previous services are available on Castle’s YouTube Channel 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.

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 also have the services from Castle available, but not until sunday afternoon. Other new material may be uploaded on an ad-hoc basis.

You can access all of our existing Circuit material, including stories for Young People, at any time on the channel. If you are subscribed to that channel you should receive an email notification when any new material is uploaded. 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 December to February is be available on the Downloads page.

For your thoughts and prayers:-

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.

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 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 from 11th January.

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:


World Praise Weekend – Invitation from Cantus Firmus

Date: 26 02 2022

Arrangements for this event have changed, please refer to the Cantus Firmus website 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 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.

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Christmas 2021 (Updated 23 12 2021)

A quick additional post on here to advise on Christmas Day Services 2021.

 

There are no services on the Circuit Plan for Christmas Day. However, some of the Churches in the Circuit will be having services. Information is not complete, but so far this is the information available to the webmaster as at 23 12 2021.

 

The Ark, Highwoods,

(23.12.2021) In the light of the on-going concerns about the Omicron variant of coronavirus, a decision has been made to move the Christmas Day service onto Zoom. 

The service will begin at 10.30am, but the meeting room will open from 10.15am, so come along and share some Christmas joy. Those who have already opened their gifts will have the opportunity to share with us what exactly they have received, so if you can, bring something along to present on screen.  For a Zoom link, please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com 

Lexden will be having a service commencing at 9.30am and led by Alan Beesley.

Castle will not be having a service.

The Well will not be having a service.

Mersea, Tollgate, and Wivenhoe have not advised if they are having services.

Wimpole Road church has all service details over the festive period clearly noted on their website.

 

 

A reminder that the Circuit Zoom Bible Study has now paused over Christmas and wil recommence on Tuesday 11th January at 7.30pm on Zoom. To join these friendly and informative sessions please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com 

 

Worship & Notices for December 2021

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship.

Most Circuit churches are 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 are online alternatives for you to use.

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

Zoom groups noted below will “open” 15 minutes before the start time to allow everyone to join, chat, and settle-in before beginning our Worship or Study together.

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

Throughout December 2020 the Circuit joined together to create material for Jesse Tree, (including Jesse Tree baubles to download at the bottom of that page). You can access that material again this year by following the link to the Jesse Tree videos playlist. (NB: you won’t get a daily reminder this time).

 


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

 

December 25th

Happy Christmas!

We have no planned services across the Circuit this Chrismas morning.

December 26th

We have no planned services across the Circuit this morning.

A Circuit Service will be available on the Colchester Methodists YouTube Channel from 10am.

There will not be a Zoom evening service.

 


For those who cannot attend a church in person, we Live-Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle.

To join future Live-Streamed services from home, please Subscribe to  Castle’s YouTube channel, and click the Notification Bell icon, to be notified when each service is about to go live. (It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. 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).

Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

All of our previous services are available on Castle’s YouTube Channel 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.

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 also have the services from Castle available, but not until sunday afternoon. Other new material may be uploaded on an ad-hoc basis.

You can access all of our existing Circuit material, including stories for Young People, at any time on the channel. If you are subscribed to that channel you should receive an email notification when any new material is uploaded. 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 December to February will be available on the Downloads page.

For your thoughts and prayers:-

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.

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 December.

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:

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.

World Praise Weekend – Invitation from Cantus Firmus

Date: 26 02 2022

This is an invitation to apply to sing in our performance of Zimbe at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday 26 February 2022. The link to the Registration Form is below.

The concert will form part of the cathedral’s World Praise Weekend.

Zimbe! is an exciting piece based on African songs, involving adult and children’s choirs accompanied by a jazz ensemble. Many of you gained a taste of it at our Come and Sing day in September. You can also find out more about it at alexanderlestrange.com/zimbe

We will need a large choir. Rehearsals take place throughout January and February, in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. Most singers will need to attend six rehearsals. You will probably choose the four rehearsals in either Bury or Ipswich plus the two joint rehearsals in Stowmarket, though you may mix and match. (Most of the Ipswich rehearsals are just three minutes from the Copdock interchange, so easily accessible for singers in the Colchester area.)

On the day of the concert, there is a World Praise Workshop led by world music expert Geoff Weaver (a trustee of Cantus Firmus). Some of the songs he teaches at the workshop will then be used to form the first half of the evening concert. The workshop is open to the general public at a cost of £8 per person, but Cantus Firmus Choir members who are singing in Zimbe will be able to attend this workshop free of charge. We strongly encourage everyone to join the morning workshop, and there will be plenty of free time between the workshop and the concert rehearsal to explore Bury St Edmunds.

The full schedule for the choir on 26 February is as follows:

10.00am  Workshop (Edmund Room)
1.00pm    Free time
3.30pm    Rehearsal in cathedral
5.30pm    Break
7.00pm    Concert (ending by 9pm)

All singers are invited to donate £25 to Cantus Firmus Trust towards the costs of the event. This includes music hire. You may donate more or less.

Rehearsal dates and Venues

Please attend SIX of the following:

IPSWICH REHEARSALS

Sunday 23 January, 3.00 – 5.15pm, Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Ipswich IP8 3SL
Friday 28 January, 7.30 – 9.45pm, St Johns Church Hall, Ipswich IP4 4QE
Tuesday 8 February, 7.30 – 9.45pm, Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Ipswich IP8 3SL
Sunday 13 February, 3.00 – 5.15pm, Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Ipswich IP8 3SL

BURY ST EDMUNDS REHEARSALS

All at St Edmundsbury Catherdal (The Edmund Room) IP33 1LS

Thursday 20 January, 7.30 – 9.45pm
Sunday 30 January, 3.30 – 5.00pm
Monday 7 February, 7.30 – 9.45pm
Friday 18 February, 7.30 – 9.45pm

JOINT REHEARSALS (STOWMARKET)

Wednesday 12 January, 7.30 – 9.45om, Stowmarket Salvation Army, Violet Hill Road, IP14 1NE
Monday 21 February, 7.30 – 9.45pm, Stowmarket Salvation Army, Violet Hill Road, IP14 1NE

Covid precautions

We will be following whatever Covid precautions are in place at the time, from the government and the venues we are using. If they are the same as those currently in force it will look like this:

What we will do:
– complete risk assessments prior to rehearsals
– arrange seating with as much distancing as is practical
-open windows to ensure good ventilation (so dress warmly!)
– have hand sanitiser available

What we ask you to do:
– if possible, please take a lateral flow test on the day of the rehearsal, before attending
– if you have any Covid symptoms, or generally feel unwell, do not attend
– double vaccination is strongly recommended
– please bring your own refreshments
– try to avoid too much close contact during the break
– we encourage everyone to wear masks except when singing

These guidelines may change if government advice changes.
If you would like to sing, please complete THIS FORM as soon as possible.

We hope you can join us!

Richard

Richard Hubbard
____________________
Artistic Director
Cantus Firmus Trust

 



 

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.

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.

Invitation from Cantus Firmus

An Advent Journey, St Edmundsbury Cathedral,
Sunday 5th December 2021

Cantus Firmus Choir has been invited by the Royal School of Church Music to provide the core choir for a special Advent Service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, on Sunday 5 December. We will be joined by a selection of musicians, along with the VivaVoce chamber choir from London School of Theology.

Singers will need to attend three of the following four rehearsals (or all four if possible):

Monday 15 November, 7.30 – 9.45pm, St Edmundsbury Cathedral (The Edmund Room) IP33 1LS
Tuesday 23 November, 7.30 – 9.45pm, St Edmundsbury Cathedral (The Edmund Room) IP33 1LS
Monday 29 November, 7.30 – 9.45pm, Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Ipswich IP8 3SL
Friday 3 December, 7.30 – 9.45pm, St John’s Church Hall, Ipswich IP4 4QE (tbc)

On the day itself (5 December), singers will be needed at the cathedral by 2pm for the final rehearsal. The service is at 5pm, ending by 6.15pm.

Rehearsals will be carried out in line with the Covid guidance at the churches in which they are held. Mask-wearing is optional (though recommended when not singing), and seating will be arranged to allow for as much distancing as is practical. So that we can help protect each other, we recommend that everyone takes a lateral flow test, where possible, up to 48 hours before attending.

Cantus Firmus relies on donations to cover rehearsal and music production costs. The suggested amount for this event is £15 per person, though you may donate more or less as you are able. This amount includes music hire for the day.

Advance booking is essential, as places will be limited.

If you’d like to sing, please complete THIS ONLINE FORM as soon as possible.

Please help us to publicise the event by sharing it on social media, or by sending details to friends. You can point them to THIS PAGE, or send them THIS POSTER. If possible, please print the poster and display it in your church.

Best wishes

Richard
Richard Hubbard
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Artistic Director
Cantus Firmus Trust