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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

Worship & Notices for 30 08 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 30th August 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 Moses and the burning bush that we hear in our reading.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

12:25 Songs of Praise: Blenheim Palace – Aled Jones visits Blenheim Palace to explore its private chapel and magnificent grounds, and Laura Wright joins an inclusive choir for a hymn singalong. You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

08:10 Sunday Worship : Wild at Home – Greenbelt looks ‘Wild at Home’ in digital form this summer 2020, with Paul Kerensa, Molly Boot and Greenbelt’s Creative Director Paul Northup. From livestream performance to reflective blogs; from archive talks to special artist features, Greenbelt is so many things to so many different people. But for everyone, it’s somewhere to believe in.  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 30th August 2020

 

Many of our Zoom Activities have been paused over the normal Holiday period in August.

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

 

Please remember in your prayers our Ministers and their families who will be taking well-earned holiday time in August.

 

Remember in your prayers Ministers and their families who will be relocating for the Methodist New Year, some taking up new appointments, and some retiring but unable to say goodbye during these difficult times.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s new monthly bible study sessions are due to commence on Zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th September.

Ken’s new weekly bible study sessions will begin on Zoom at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st September.

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

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 23 08 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 23rd August 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 Moses from Exodus 1, that we hear read for us this week.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

13:15 Songs of Praise: Celebrating the Salvation Army – Kate Bottley visits the Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Farm in Essex to celebrate over 150 years of this Christian denomination, which is still going strong in the 21st century. You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

08:10 Sunday Worship : The inspiration of listening – Exploring the inspiration of listening with writer Anna Magnusson and poet Pádraig Ó Tuama. During this strange summer Pádraig and Anna find solace in time spent listening deeply.  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 23rd August 2020

 

Many of our Zoom Activities have been paused over the normal Holiday period in August.

Your local Methodist Church website will give more details.

 

 

Please remember in your prayers our Ministers and their families who will be taking well-earned holiday time in August.

 

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s new monthly bible study sessions are due to commence on Zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th August. Please contact him for joining details and study notes.

Ken’s new weekly bible study sessions will begin on Zoom in September. Please contact him for joining details and study notes.

 

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed 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.

 

Worship & Notices for 16 08 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week 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 16th August 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 from Toronto, which tells the story of the Canaanite woman for children.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

13:15 Songs of Praise: Trentham Gardens – Claire McCollum visits the stunning Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, discovering how the estate has been a place of Christian worship since the seventh century. You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

08:10 Sunday Worship : When our plans change – A service led by Rev Dr Stephen Wigley, chair of the Wales synod of the Methodist church, reflecting on what happens when plans change, and marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.  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 for Week Commencing
Sunday 16th August 2020.

 

Many of our Zoom Activities have been paused over the normal Holiday period in August.
Your local Methodist Church website will give more details.

 

Please remember in your prayers our Ministers and their families who will be taking well-earned holiday time in August.

 

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.

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 09 08 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week 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 tomorrow, Sunday 9th August 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/

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

13:15 Songs of Praise: National Trust – You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

08:10 Sunday Worship : The Cross and Black Liberation – Chine McDonald, Rosemarie Mallet, Augustine Tanner-Ihm and David Shosanya explore the cross through the lens of black experience, as a symbol of oppression but also one of hope. More information here.

 

A Prayer from the Methodist Church Website:-

Prayer from the Revd Ruth Gee, Assistant Secretary of the Conference.

As we continue to see and hear reports of devastation in Beirut we pray for those who are bereaved or injured and for those responding to the catastrophe that has engulfed the city.

Gracious God,

We pray for those who live and work in Beirut that

the bereaved may be consoled and

the injured comforted and healed.

We pray for the rescue services and the hospital staff

giving thanks for their commitment and skill.

In the midst of catastrophe we pray for peace, truth and justice.

As the sound of explosion fades and the smoke clears

give wisdom to those who lead,

courage to those who serve,

and hope to all.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Circuit Notices for Week Commencing
Sunday 9th August 2020.

 

Many of our Zoom Activities have been paused over the normal Holiday period in August.
Your local Methodist Church website will give more details.

 

Please remember in your prayers our Ministers and their families who will be taking well-earned holiday time in August.

 

Action for Children Sponsored Walk

The recent sponsored walk has raised over £100 in direct cash donations for Action for Children, together with donations made directly on the website. If you would still like to contribute, please support them by going to the Action for Children website and make a donation. On the Donation page select Donation Type as “I am giving on behalf of a church/school” you will then see another box where you can type Colchester Methodist Circuit. More details here.

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.

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 02 08 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week 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 tomorrow, Sunday 2nd August 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.

As other alternatives there are 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.

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/

For this week, there are videos available on YouTube telling the story of the feeding of the 5000 for children, such as this one  here , and there are several others available.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

  • Sunday Worship. There is no Sunday worship on BBC1 this morning.
  • at 13:15 Songs of Praise: Faith and Sport

    You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

  • at 08:10 Sunday Worship : Encountering God in abandonment The Rev Dr Isabelle Hamley, chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, charts her walk with God and with Covid-19. More information here.

 

A Prayer from the Methodist Church Website:-

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others.
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Circuit Notices for Week Commencing Sunday 2nd August 2020.

 

Sad News

This week we heard of the death of a respected local preacher Brian who was a stalwart of the Methodist church in Wivenhoe and well known to other churches there and in the wider circuit.  Please remember his wife and family in your prayers at this time.

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.

Drop-in Zoom Café

Now running “at” Wimpole Road every Monday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Bring your own drinks and snacks! More details here.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups

Bible studies are being led on Zoom by Ken and Joe on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to join please contact them directly for details. Alan will be starting a group soon, so please let him or your Pastoral Group Leader know if you would like to be part of this.

 

Zoom Church Meetings

Church Meetings will be/have been/are taking place via Zoom in the next few weeks, please remember these meetings in your prayers.

Zoom Men’s Group Meeting

Date and Time of the next Zoom Circuit Men’s Group meeting will be announced soon. More information here.

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 26 07 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week 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 tomorrow, Sunday 26th July 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.

As other alternatives there are 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.

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/

For this week, there are videos available on YouTube telling the Parable of the Mustard Seed, for children here and also here , and there are several others available.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

  • Sunday Worship. There is no Sunday worship on BBC1 this morning.
  • at 13:15 Songs of Praise: Crosby Beach

    You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

  • at 08:10 Sunday Worship : Great is thy faithfulness A service preparing for a “Virtually Keswick” Convention. The theme is hope – at this time of great uncertainty, in the midst of a global pandemic, there is hope in Jesus Christ. More information here.

 

From the Methodist Church Website:-

“As we deal with the practicalities of protecting people from coronavirus we continue to remember Our Calling to care for the other whilst always being mindful that is that our call is always to respond to the good news in Jesus. We are a people of hope we need to declare and model good news in these difficult times.”

Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team

 

Parables of the Kingdom

 

 

 

Circuit Notices for Week Commencing Sunday 26th  July 2020.

 

In the News

It is with very great sadness that we learned of the death of a young lad who had been in the Boys’ Brigade Company at Castle a few years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with his father and brothers at this extremely difficult time.

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.

Drop-in Zoom Café

Now running “at” Wimpole Road every Monday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Bring your own drinks and snacks! More details here.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups

Bible studies are being led on Zoom by Ken and Joe on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to join please contact them directly for details. Alan will be starting a group soon, so please let him or your Pastoral Group Leader know if you would like to be part of this.

 

Zoom Church Meetings

Church Meetings will be/have been/are taking place via Zoom in the next few weeks, please remember these meetings in your prayers.

Zoom Men’s Group Meeting

A Zoom Circuit Men’s Group meeting took place on Thursday 9th July with guests from Colchester Age Concern and Clacton Mental Health Trust. Further meetings to take place as announced. More information here.

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 19 07 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week 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 tomorrow, Sunday 19th July 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.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channels for Castle and Circuit, also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option. Then  you will receive an email notification each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time, and it is all free.
To encourage our ministers and the team, click on the Thumbs Up icon to give a like (or a thumbs down if you really didn’t like it) for each video.
You can also leave a 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.

 

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.

As other alternatives there are 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.

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/

For this week, there are videos available on YouTube telling the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds (or Wheat and Tares a it is sometimes known), for children here and also here , and there are several others.

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

  • Sunday Worship. There is no Sunday worship on BBC1 this morning.
  • at 13:15 Songs of Praise:Eyam

    You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

  • at 08:10 Sunday Worship : A word for all seasons A service celebrating the Catholic Church’s ‘Year of the Word’ and the importance of scripture from the Diocese of Leeds. More information here.

 

From the Methodist Church Website:-

“As we deal with the practicalities of protecting people from coronavirus we continue to remember Our Calling to care for the other whilst always being mindful that is that our call is always to respond to the good news in Jesus. We are a people of hope we need to declare and model good news in these difficult times.”

Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team

 

 

 

 

Circuit Notices for Week Commencing Sunday 19th  July 2020.

 

Circuit Meeting will take place virtually this week.

Please contact Alan directly for details, including the necessary password to access this Zoom meeting. Even if you do not attend, please remember in your prayers.

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.

Drop-in Zoom Café

Now running “at” Wimpole Road every Monday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Bring your own drinks and snacks! More details here.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups

Bible studies are being led on Zoom by Ken and Joe on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to join please contact them directly for details. Alan will be starting a group soon, so please let him or your Pastoral Group Leader know if you would like to be part of this.

 

Zoom Church Meetings

Church Meetings will be/have been/are taking place via Zoom in the next few weeks, please remember these meetings in your prayers.

Zoom Men’s Group Meeting

A Zoom Circuit Men’s Group meeting took place on Thursday 9th July with guests from Colchester Age Concern and Clacton Mental Health Trust. Further meetings to take place as announced. More information here.

Methodist Conference met virtually this year

Details are available on the Methodist Church Website here.

Action for Children Sponsored Walk

A sponsored walk was arranged some time ago by the Circuit Social Issues Working Group, to raise funds for Action for Children. Because of the current situation, two Circuit members from the same household did the walk on 11th July, on behalf of all of us. Please support them by going to the Action for Children website and make a donation. On the Donation page select Donation Type as “I am giving on behalf of a church/school” you will then see another box where you can type Colchester Methodist Circuit. More details here.

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 12 07 2020

Our Circuit Team have again been working hard this week 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 tomorrow, Sunday 12th July 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.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channels for Castle and Circuit, also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option. Then  you will receive an email notification each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time, and it is all free.
To encourage our ministers and the team, click on the Thumbs Up icon to give a like (or a thumbs down if you really didn’t like it) for each video.
You can also leave a 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.

 

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.

As other alternatives there are 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.

 

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/

 

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1

  • Sunday Worship. There is no Sunday worship on BBC1 this morning.
  • at 13:15 Songs of Praise:The UK’s Favourite Hymn

    Aled Jones introduces the highlights of this special countdown of favourite hymns voted for by viewers and performed by stars and congregations from across the UK. First shown on You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

  • at 08:10 Sunday Worship : Sowing in a time of uncertainty A service from South Wales Baptist College led by Rev Dr Craig Gardiner, with a reflection on the parable of the sower from College co-principal Rev Dr Rosa Hunt. More information here.

 

A Prayer From the Methodist Church Website:-

An intercessory prayer

You call us to speak to you in prayer– even when the places we would usually go to are not available.
Help us to know you Spirit’s presence wherever we pray.
Today we especially pray for those who are living in fear – give them your strength.
For those who have not yet realised the urgency of the situation – protect them, and all of us from harm.
Today I especially want to pray for …….
In the name of Jesus.
Amen.

 

 

 

Circuit Notices for Week Commencing Sunday 12th  July 2020.

 

Methodist Conference met virtually this year

Details are available on the Methodist Church Website here.

Opening our churches for Worship

The Stewards and Staff of Colchester Methodist Circuit have issued a statement which can be viewed here.

 

Drop-in Zoom Café

Now running “at” Wimpole Road every Monday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Bring your own drinks and snacks! More details here.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups

Bible studies are being led on Zoom by Ken and Joe on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to join please contact them directly for details. Alan will be starting a group soon, so please let him or your Pastoral Group Leader know if you would like to be part of this.

 

Zoom Church Meetings

Church Meetings will be/have been/are taking place via Zoom in the next few weeks, please remember these meetings in your prayers.

 

Zoom Men’s Group Meeting

A Zoom Circuit Men’s Group meeting took place on Thursday 9th July with guests from Colchester Age Concern and Clacton Mental Health Trust. Further meetings to take place as announced. More information here.

 

Action for Children Sponsored Walk

A sponsored walk had been arranged some time ago by the Circuit Social Issues Working Group, to raise funds for Action for Children. This cannot now take place so two Circuit members from the same household will be doing the walk on 11th July , on behalf of all of us. Please support them by going to the Action for Children website and make a donation. On the Donation page select Donation Type as “I am giving on behalf of a church/school” you will then see another box where you can type Colchester Methodist Circuit. More details here.

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.