Methodist Walks

The pattern of a monthly led walk of the past few years will be continued in 2020.

These take place on the second Tuesday afternoon of most months.

Beginning in February 2020 and going through to November 2020.

The walks are usually of about 4 miles in length, with the occasional one of 5 miles.

The walk on Tuesday 11th February will be on surfaced paths and will be a circular walk with no hills. It will be around the south side of Colchester but remaining within the town’s boundaries.

If anyone would like to join the walk, or hear about plans for future walks, please contact Derek.

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Men’s Group Breakfast

Several months ago John and Tony at The Ark thought it would be good to have a Men’s Group that could meet for breakfast once a month.  The idea was to provide an opportunity when men could get together, enjoy a meal, discuss various topics of common interest and help each other.  It was also thought that on occasions having a guest speaker to talk on a specific topic might be of interest.

As there was limited interest at The Ark it was decided to invite friends along from The Well, Mile End, and this proved a good idea.

At our last meeting eight of us enjoyed a good breakfast and our guest speaker was Rev Ken.  It was agreed that we would invite men from other churches within the Circuit to join us.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday 25th January 2020 at The Well, Mile End, commencing at 9.00 am.  We would like to see some new members, and if you plan to come please drop an email to John and Tony in order that we can plan the catering.

We would be very pleased if notice of this could be circulated within your Church and the poster below put on your notice board or screen notices.


Memory Worship

A new initiative for the Colchester Methodist Circuit.

The second Wednesday of each month brings an opportunity for those with and without Dementia (or other limiting conditions) to Worship together.

2pm to 4pm at The Ark.

The formal part of the service lasts 20-30 minutes, and is followed by refreshments, craft activities and games, providing an opportunity for friendly conversation.

At Memory Worship we believe in a God who loves us, accepts us for who we are, and welcomes us.


Memory Worship

Contemporary Worship Autumn 2019



for Contemporary Worship

with Songs old and new and Prayers for the life we share

Sunday 22 September at 6.30pm

at Lexden Methodist Church


Further Dates & Venues

27 October

‘Everybody Sing’ with John Bell at Lion Walk Church


24 November

Get ready for Advent with Cantus Firmus. Venue tbc


1 December  Advent Communion at The Ark MC

Contemporary Worship Poster Autumn 2019

Circuit Study Day 19th October 2019

Courageous Conversations

The Methodist Conference has asked us to begin a discussion on human relationships.

On this circuit study day, we will study what the Bible has to say on this; we will worship and pray together, and through small group conversations and question and answer sessions deepen our individual and shared understanding of this emotive subject.

The Ark, Highwoods Methodist Church.
Saturday 19th October 10am to 4pm.
Lunch will be provided – £5 donation invited.

Welcome to Rev Joseph Neil Adams

Rev Joe Adams
I am a Methodist not by birth but by a combination of accident and choice!
I’ll tell you more when we meet 🙂
The Wesley’s love of music, open theology and pursuit of scriptural holiness have kept me within the Methodist Church where I definitely feel I belong.
The practical personal discipleship of prayer and fellowship within Class meetings John Wesley began remain deeply relevant in the 21st Century, and if we could rediscover the enthusiasm that burned in our denomination before we could bring fresh hope to our communities as we join in with the work of the Kingdom of God.
My greatest honour so far in life has been to be Dad to four children and I am immensely proud of them. My second grand daughter will God willing be born in May this year. My first granddaughter has just celebrated her third birthday.
Sport is massively important to me and I am a very passionate supporter of my home town Football Club Wolverhampton Wanderers where I have held a season ticket for many of the last 30+ years.
I enjoy many differing pastimes including the big four C’s – comedy, cinema, cooking and cars!
I am deeply happy to have been matched with the Colchester Circuit, and am really looking forward to starting this next chapter of my life and Ministry with you. God is good, and together we have the wonderful privilege of joining in with Him in the work of God’s Kingdom; living laughing and learning together we will see the glory of our Lord. It’s going to be fun!

Step Out For Children Sponsored Walk June 2019

Walking BootsThank you to all who supported the ‘Step Out for Children’ Sponsored Walk for Action for Children on Saturday, 8th June 2019 either by sponsoring walkers or by walking.

It was an enjoyable time even though the weather was little showery and a total of £673.35 was raised – a magnificent sum.

We are grateful to Peter Broom for allowing us the use of his home and, along with Christine Firmin, providing us with light refreshments after the walk.

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For more information about Action for Children, please visit their website.

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Better Together 28 04 2019

Sunday 28th April 2019.

Better Together Circuit Service.

On Sunday 28th April 2019 we delighted in a Circuit Service where all of the Methodist Churches in Colchester joined together as part of a weekend of activities with the aim of being Better Together.

 We love because he first loved us

Our Acting Superintendent Rev Ken Chalmers, and Supernumerary Minister Rev Paul Howes led our Worship. Our guest minister, the Rev Richard Hardy from Cardiff, who had led our Better Together Workshop on Saturday, was our preacher and brought us the message based upon 1 John chapter 4  verse 19 “We love because he first loved us”, and it can be heard here.


Richard is a director of The Entheos Trust.  You can learn more about him and The Entheos Trust from their website.


Order of Service for 28th April 2019.


Call to Worship.

Singing The Faith No. 94 “To God be the Glory”.

Talk with the Children.

Prayers of Approach.

The Lord’s Prayer.

Singing The Faith No. 430 “My lips shall praise you”.

Reading: John chapter 20 verses 26 to 31.

Feedback / Review of Saturday’s ‘Better Together’ Workshop.

Singing The Faith No. 615 “Let love be real”.

Reading: 1 John chapter 4 verses 7 to 19.

Sermon : We love because he first loved us.

Singing The Faith No. 424 “God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name”.

Intercessions (punctuated with STF No. 783 “Ubi Caritas”).

Offering and Dedication.

Singing The Faith No. 503 “Love divine, all loves excelling”.

Blessing and Dismissal.

Postlude: Trumpet Voluntary by John Stanley.