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Worship & Notices for Summer Holidays 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

During the Summer Holidays various members of our Technical and Presentation Team will of course be taking well-deserved breaks, so this is a summary page to assist you during that time.

Our regular YouTube Services will continue to be uploaded weekly when we have the resources to do so, and individual links to the services may be added below.

Sunday 25th July 2021

Link for the service on Sunday 1st August 2021 will be here.

Link for the service on Sunday 8th August 2021 will be here.

Link for the service on Sunday 15th August 2021 will be here.

Link for the service on Sunday 22nd August 2021 will be here.

Link for the service on Sunday 29th August 2021 will be here.

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 for Summer

A revised Circuit Plan including August 2021 will be made available on the Circuit Website Downloads page. The Circuit Plan for September to December will also be uploaded to there when finalised.

Many Circuit Churhes, if not all, will be open for in-person worship during the next few weeks. 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 unwell at all please do not attend in person. If you feel uncomfortable attending in person there will still be online alternatives for you to use.

We will review what online activities should continue after August, and your comments by email to the Superintendent would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock will still appear from time to time, but not every week.

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).

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

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is now back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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 just appointed a new Circuit Administrator – 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 will be moving Circuit in the coming weeks.

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. Our next session will be on 3rd August 2021.

If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com  for more details, homework(!) and a Zoom link.

 

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

Zoom Church Services:

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

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

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

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 18 07 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

In our Circuit You Tube service this week Rev Alan Jenkins leads our worship on the theme ‘neither strangers nor foreigners’.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 18 July 2021

 

Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on the Circuit Website Downloads page.

Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship. Other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship, although some have revised their opening dates after the June 21 date for relaxation of Covid restrictions was extended. Currently all churches that do open will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock will still appear from time to time, but not every week.

There are 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).

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

 

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is now back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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 just appointed a new Circuit Administrator – 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, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

The Methodist Conference in Birmingham has recently finished. For more details follow this link on the UK Methodist Church website.

Remember those newly ordained at Conference in your prayers, and remember all those ministers and their families who will be moving Circuit in the coming weeks.

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. Our next session will be on 3rd August 2021.

If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com  for more details, homework(!) and a Zoom link.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

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 11 07 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 11 July 2021

 

This week we are focussing on the charity Action for Children.

Action for Children protects and supports children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives.

For more information, and to make a donation, please visit their website https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

 

 Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship. Other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship, although some have revised their opening dates after the June 21 date for relaxation of Covid restrictions was extended. Currently all churches that do open will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock has a new video on YouTube most weeks – usually on Wednesdays.

There are 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).

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

 

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is now back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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 just appointed a new Circuit Administrator – pray for Helen as she takes up her new job.

Remember in your prayers folk from across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

The Methodist Conference in Birmingham has just finished. Remember those newly ordained at Conference in your prayers. For more details follow this link on the UK Methodist Church website.

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 begin our new study on The Acts of the Apostles on Tuesday 13th July.

If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com  for more details, homework(!) and a Zoom link.

 

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

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 04 07 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 04 July 2021

 Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship. Other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship, although some have revised their opening dates after the June 21 date for relaxation of Covid restrictions was extended. Currently all churches that do open will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock has a new video on YouTube most weeks – usually on Wednesdays.

There are 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).

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

 

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is now back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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 just appointed a new Circuit Administrator – pray for Helen as she takes up her new job this week.

Remember in your prayers folk from across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

The Methodist Conference in Birmingham has just finished. Remember those newly ordained at Conference in your prayers. For more details follow this link on the UK Methodist Church website.

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. After studying the book of Ruth, we are taking a short break before beginning our new study led by Ken and Alan looking at The Acts of the Apostles.  If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com .

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

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 27 06 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 27 June 2021
 

Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship. Other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship, although some have revised their opening dates after the June 21 date for relaxation of Covid restrictions was extended. Currently all churches that do open will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock has a new video on YouTube most weeks – usually on Wednesdays.

There are 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).

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

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is now back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

The Methodist Conference will be held in Birmingham and virtually from 24th June 2021. Please remember this in your prayers. For more details follow this link on the UK Methodist Church website.

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study session will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

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. After studying the book of Ruth, we are taking a short break before beginning our new study led by Ken and Alan looking at The Acts of the Apostles.  If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com .

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

News from Essex County Council

An  initiative driven by Essex County Council and other local agencies and has huge potential to both support our local communities and also develop and improve engagement between our Churches and the community together with the likes of the local GP practices etc. There is a training session planned, and it would be good to get a number of people from across our Circuit to join.  In summary this particular initiative and the training is focused on how faith groups can engage with and support Social Prescribing and off the back of this how it might assist the Churches.  C360 Social Prescribing Awareness Training Flyer

 

 

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 20 06 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 20 June 2021
 

 

Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship. Other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship, although some have revised their opening dates after the June 21 date for relaxation of Covid restrictions was extended. Currently all churches that do open will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock has a new video on YouTube most weeks – usually on Wednesdays.

There are 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).

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

 

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is now back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

The Methodist Conference will be held in Birmingham and virtually from 24th June 2021. Please remember this in your prayers. For more details follow this link on the UK Methodist Church website.

There will be a Circuit Meeting on Tuesday evening this week. It will take place on Zoom. Please remember this meeting in your prayers.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study session will be on the last Wednesday of each month. Our next session on 30 06 2021 will be looking at Psalms. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

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. After studying the book of Ruth, we are taking a short break before beginning our new study led by Ken and Alan looking at The Acts of the Apostles.  If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

News from Essex County Council

An  initiative driven by Essex County Council and other local agencies and has huge potential to both support our local communities and also develop and improve engagement between our Churches and the community together with the likes of the local GP practices etc. There is a training session planned, and it would be good to get a number of people from across our Circuit to join.  In summary this particular initiative and the training is focused on how faith groups can engage with and support Social Prescribing and off the back of this how it might assist the Churches.  C360 Social Prescribing Awareness Training Flyer

 

 

 

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 13 06 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 13 June 2021

 

Re-opening Churches for Worship.

Our churches are thinking about in person worship again. A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship, and other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship in the coming weeks. All churches will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

Taking Stock has a new video on YouTube most weeks – usually on Wednesdays.

There are 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).

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

In our prayers this week we particularly remember the work of the MHA on this, Methodist Homes Sunday. For more information about MHA please visit their website www.mha.org.uk, where a donation to MHA can also be made.

As we begin to return to in-person worship, continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is still not back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

On an international level, pray for the leaders at the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay in Cornwall, that this Summit may help to get our world into a better state.

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions will be on the last Wednesday of each month. Our next session will be looking at Psalms. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions (for anyone in the Circuit) are weekly on Tuesday’s. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm. We are on to the fourth week of our study of the Book of Ruth on Tuesday 15 06 2021. If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com .

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

Job Vacancy

The Colchester Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a part-time Circuit Administrator. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this part time work, click here to find out more details about the Circuit Administrator Job Vacancy.

 

 

 

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 06 06 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 06 June 2021

 

Throughout this latest Lockdown, the Government has not banned churches from opening for Worship, and with the easing of some lockdown restrictions our churches are beginning to think about in person worship again.

 

Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

We have dates when several Circuit churches are hoping to reopen for in person worship:-

Wimpole Road and Mersea opened for in-person worship on 18 04 2021

Castle opened on Pentecost Sunday/Aldersgate Sunday 23 05 2021

The Ark will open on 27 06 2021

The Well will open on 04 07 2021

Wivenhoe, Lexden and Tollgate have yet to confirm when they intend to reopen, but it is likely to be 27 06 2021 or 04 07 2021.

All dates above are assuming the Government Roadmap out of Covid Restrictions is followed as anticipated.

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until all of our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We had our first experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Pentecost Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, or you can access the service directly here. To join future services live from home, please Subscribe to that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this.

 

Taking Stock is now back, with a new video on YouTube every week – usually on Wednesdays.

We now have 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).

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

 

Please continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers and Lay Preachers in your prayers. Rev Ken Chalmers is still not back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams remains unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for several weeks. 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, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions will be on the last Wednesday of each month. Our next session will be looking at Psalms. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions (for anyone in the Circuit) are weekly on Tuesday’s. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm. We are on to the third week of our study of the Book of Ruth on Tuesday 08 06 2021. If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com .

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Job Vacancy

The Colchester Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a part-time Circuit Administrator. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this part time work, click here to find out more details about the Circuit Administrator Job Vacancy.

 

 

 

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 30 05 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 30 May 2021

 

Throughout this latest Lockdown, the Government has not banned churches from opening for Worship, and with the easing of some lockdown restrictions our churches are beginning to think about in person Worship again.

 

Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

We have dates when several Circuit churches are hoping to reopen for in person worship:-

Wimpole Road and Mersea opened for in-person worship on 18 04 2021

Castle opened on Pentecost Sunday/Aldersgate Sunday 23 05 2021

The Ark will open on 27 06 2021

The Well will open on 04 07 2021

Wivenhoe, Lexden and Tollgate have yet to confirm when they intend to reopen, but it is likely to be 27 06 2021 or 04 07 2021.

All dates above are assuming the Government Roadmap out of Covid Restrictions is followed as anticipated.

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until all of our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We had our first experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Pentecost Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, or you can access the service directly here. To join future services live from home, please Subscribe to that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live. The next one will be 06 06 2021.

 

Taking Stock is now back, with a new video on YouTube every week – usually on Wednesdays.

We now have 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).

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

 

 

Please continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers and Lay Preachers in your prayers.

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

 

Remember in your prayers folk from across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. Our next session will be looking at Psalms. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm. We are on to the second week of our study of the Book of Ruth on Tuesday 01 06 2021. If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com .

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Job Vacancy

The Colchester Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a part-time Circuit Administrator. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this part time work, click here to find out more details about the Circuit Administrator Job Vacancy.

 

 

 

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 23 05 2021

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

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists continues to have videos uploaded regularly. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

 

The service for this Sunday can be found by using this shortcut link.

 

You can find Bible Stories and Activities for Young People on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following this shortcut link.

 

When you leave a church service would you usually shake the hand of the Minister and thank him for the service? If so, please encourage our ministers and the team, by clicking on the Thumbs Up / LIKE icon for the video. This also helps our videos to be promoted to others, and spreads the word of God.

You can also leave a brief message in the comments below each video, but PLEASE don’t forget that literally EVERYONE worldwide can see this, so don’t make any personal comments, or refer to people in a way that risks their privacy in any way.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channel. It is FREE. Also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option to receive an email notification / link each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time.

Circuit Notices
Week Commencing
Sunday 23 May 2021

 

During this latest Lockdown, the Government has not banned churches from opening for Worship, however, most have decided that it is not safe or wise to open at the present time. With the easing of some lockdown restrictions our churches are beginning to think about in person Worship again.

 

Re-opening Churches for Worship

A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.

We have dates when several Circuit churches are hoping to reopen for in person worship:-

Wimpole Road and Mersea opened for in-person worship on 18 04 2021

Castle will open on Pentecost Sunday/Aldersgate Sunday 23 05 2021

The Ark will open on 27 06 2021

The Well will open on 04 07 2021

Wivenhoe, Lexden and Tollgate have yet to confirm when they intend to reopen, but it is likely to be 27 06 2021 or 04 07 2021.

All dates above are assuming the Government Roadmap out of Covid Restrictions is followed as anticipated.

We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until all of our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.

We hope to be experimenting with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Pentecost Sunday Service from Castle. It should be available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here. To join this service live from home, please Subscribe to that channel (and click the Notification Bell icon) to be notified when this service is about to go live.

 

Taking Stock is now back, with a new video on YouTube every week – usually on Wednesdays.

 

We now have 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).

 

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

 

 

 

 

Please continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers and Lay Preachers in your prayers.

Rev Ken Chalmers is still not back to full time working. Rev Joe Adams is currently unwell, and unable to carry out his usual duties for a while. Any pastoral concerns should be directed to our Superintendent Rev Alan Jenkins by email or telephone. Please pray for Joe, but do not contact him at this time.

 

Remember in your prayers folk from across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. Our next session will be looking at Psalms. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm. We begin our four week study of the Book of Ruth on Tuesday 25 05 2021. If you would like to join in this study please send an email to  thearkhighwoods@gmail.com .

All are welcome to join the Bible Study Groups above, but let Alan or The Ark know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

Invitation from Wivenhoe:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 3pm on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

Invitation from Castle:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Alan for a Zoom invite.

 

Invitation from Wimpole Road:

We will be hosting a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the FOURTH Sunday of each month. Anyone from the circuit wishing to join is very much welcome to do so, but you will first need to email Joe for a Zoom invite.

 

Christian Aid News

In India, a second wave of Covid is having a devastating impact. Cases are rising at an alarming rate, with more than 350,000 new cases in just 24 hours, according to Reuters. More than 200,000 lives have been lost to the pandemic in India. Across the country, hospitals are overrun and oxygen supplies are falling short of demand.
Please stand with us and pray for our sisters and brothers in India.
  • Pray for strength and courage for our sisters and brothers in India, in the most marginalised communities, to claim the support they are entitled to.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who risk their lives each day to heal and care for the sick with supplies that are running out, that they receive the medicines and equipment they need to give vital treatment.
  • Pray for Christian Aid’s partners, that their messages of protection may reach and help the most vulnerable people.
  • Pray for people across the world who rely on precarious work, that they may be sustained and not lose hope in times of scarcity.

Pray for India

I will say of the Lord,
‘You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’.
God of power and might we lift our brothers and sisters in India to you.
We pray for your protection,
We pray for your provision,
We pray for the nations of earth to have compassion.
When people are in need, you are our refuge.
When people are scared, you are our refuge.
When people are mourning, you are our refuge.
Compassionate God, draw close to those who seek your refuge today.
Amen.

Christian Aid are members of the Disasters Emergency Committee, who describe their role in this way:

When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.

In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public’s response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public and set up easy ways to donate.
And we have immediate impact, getting aid to people who need it, fast.

If you feel that you can contribute to the appeal for help in this crisis in India please follow this link to donate through Christian Aid: Christian Aid Donation page Christian Aid Week begins on 10th May, but please, if you can contribute, don’t wait.  Help is needed now.

 

 

Job Vacancy

The Colchester Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a part-time Circuit Administrator. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this part time work, click here to find out more details about the Circuit Administrator Job Vacancy.

 

 

 

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.