Worship & Notices for December 2021

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship.

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

If you feel uncomfortable attending in person, there are online alternatives for you to use.

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

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

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

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

 


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

 

December 25th

Happy Christmas!

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

December 26th

We have no planned services across the Circuit this morning.

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

There will not be a Zoom evening service.

 


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

To join future Live-Streamed services from home, please Subscribe to  Castle’s YouTube channel, and click the Notification Bell icon, to be notified when each service is about to go live. (It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. We need to reach 100 subscribers and then we can ask for a more memorable channel name, so please consider doing so if you have not already).

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

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

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

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

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

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



Circuit Notices

The Circuit Plan for December to February will be available on the Downloads page.

For your thoughts and prayers:-

Continue to remember all of our Circuit Ministers, Supernumeraries, and Lay Preachers in your prayers.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

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

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

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

 



Upcoming Activities which may be of interest:

The Christmas Carol Experience

Date: 17 12 2021 at 6.30pm

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

World Praise Weekend – Invitation from Cantus Firmus

Date: 26 02 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rehearsal dates and Venues

Please attend SIX of the following:

IPSWICH REHEARSALS

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

BURY ST EDMUNDS REHEARSALS

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

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

JOINT REHEARSALS (STOWMARKET)

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

Covid precautions

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

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

Richard

Richard Hubbard
____________________
Artistic Director
Cantus Firmus Trust

 



 

Audio CD’s, and DVD’s, are being made available to anyone unable to view the online service. If you know of someone who would benefit from this please let a Minister or pastoral leader know.

For more information about these activities, or to tell us about your news from around the circuit for inclusion next time, please contact colchester.methodists@gmail.com

Be sure to keep yourselves safe and well.

Let someone know if you are struggling, if you need a chat, or just some shopping. Do contact your pastoral leader, or send someone an email:  you may be in isolation, but you are not alone.

Invitation from Cantus Firmus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advance booking is essential, as places will be limited.

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

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

Best wishes

Richard
Richard Hubbard
____________________
Artistic Director
Cantus Firmus Trust

Worship & Notices for 20 12 2020

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.

The Young Sunday story about the birth of Jesus (called the Nativity Story),  can be found on our YouTube site as above, or by following this shortcut link.

You can also find an activity pack for young people linked to the Nativity story on our Circuit Website on the Young Sunday page, 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 20th December 2020

Fourth Sunday in Advent

 

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.

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.

Please remember Ken in your prayers, together with other folk across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time.

We are pausing our series on Taking Stock, but it will be returning in the New Year.

The Jesse Tree is a daily series of Bible Stories for all ages throughout Advent, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive an email notification for these. There will also be a “bauble” to download from the Circuit Website and print each day. These can then be coloured in and hung on your Christmas Tree or in your windows during Advent as a reminder of the stories.

You can access the Jesse Tree page on the Circuit Website. There you can find more information and download the baubles by following this shortcut link.

You can access the Jesse Tree videos on our YouTube Channel by following this shortcut link to the Jesse Tree Playlist.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 30th December. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Janet. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to join these groups, but let Alan know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

 

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

We hold a mid-week Reflections Service on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the first Sunday 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.

20 12 2020 : The Ark Zoom Carol Service at 6.30pm – A service of carols and readings, led by the people of The Ark.

We would love to see as many as possible at our evening Carol Service – we will gather at 6.15pm and begin worship at 6.30pm.  We hope we can make this a candlelit event, so if you are able to dim the lights in your room and safely have some candlelight instead, please do so. If you have not already received a Zoom invite, please use the Ark email address to let us know.

 

 

Engage with AllWeCan activities and events this Christmas.

The AllWeCan website (Methodist Relief and Development), has resources for an Extraordinary Christmas that you can find here.

 

Christmas Services and Activities.

We will continue to publish a new Jesse Tree story each day until Christmas.

20th December 2020

10:00 Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.

11:00 Service on Facebook for Wimpole Road.

16:00 Carol Service on Zoom for Wivenhoe. (Contact Alan for an invite).

18:30 Carol Service on Zoom for The Ark, and those who wish to join from around the Circuit.

24th December 2020

18:00 Circuit Carol Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.

 

25th December 2020

10:00 Christmas Day Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.

 

 

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 one 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 12 2020

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.

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 13th December 2020

Third Sunday in Advent

 

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.

 

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.

 

Please remember Ken in your prayers, together with other folk across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time.

 

We are pausing our series on Taking Stock.

The Jesse Tree is a daily series of Bible Stories for all ages throughout Advent, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive an email notification for these. There will also be a “bauble” to download from the Circuit Website and print each day. These can then be coloured in and hung on your Christmas Tree or in your windows during Advent as a reminder of the stories.

You can access the Jesse Tree page on the Circuit Website. There you can find more information and download the baubles by following this shortcut link.

You can access the Jesse Tree videos on our YouTube Channel using by following this shortcut link to the Jesse Tree Playlist.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 30th December. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Janet. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to join these groups, but let Alan know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

We hold a mid-week Reflections Service on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the first Sunday 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.

 

Engage with AllWeCan activities and events this Christmas.

The AllWeCan website (Methodist Relief and Development), has resources for an Extraordinary Christmas that you can find here.

Christmas Services and Activities.

We will continue to publish a new Jesse Tree story each day until Christmas.

20th December 2020

10:00 Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.

11:00 Service on Facebook for Wimpole Road.

16:00 Carol Service on Zoom for Wivenhoe.
(Contact Alan for an invite).

18:00 Carol Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.

 

25th December 2020

10:00 Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.

 

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 one of our Ministers or pastoral leaders 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 12 2020

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.

The Young Sunday story about David can be found on our YouTube site as above, or by following this shortcut link.

You can also find an activity pack for young people linked to the story of David on our Circuit Website on the Young Sunday page, 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 6th December 2020

Second Sunday in Advent

 

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.

 

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.

 

Please remember Ken in your prayers, together with other folk across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time.

 

We will be pausing our series on Taking Stock, and our Jesse Tree Project will be a daily series of Bible Stories for all ages throughout Advent, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive an email notification for these. There will also be a “bauble” to download from the Circuit Website and print each day. These can then be coloured in and hung on your Christmas Tree or in your windows during Advent as a reminder of the stories.

You can access the Jesse Tree page on this Website where you can find more information and download the baubles by following this shortcut link.

You can access the Jesse Tree videos on our YouTube Channel using  by following this shortcut link, then choosing the Jesse Tree Playlist.

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 30th December. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Janet. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to join these groups, but let Alan know you are interested, so that he can send you details and a Zoom invite.

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

 

Invitation from The Ark:

We hold a mid-week Reflections Service on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the first Sunday 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.

 

 

Enjoy a Virtual Carol Concert from Action for Children.

6.30pm on Tuesday 8th December 2020 (£10 per household).

Our virtual carol concert will bring the magic of Christmas into your home. Join families across the UK for an evening of Christmas carols, fun and festive cheer hosted by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow.

Tickets are £10 per household and will give you access to exclusive entertainment, including classic carols sung by The Epiphoni Consort, Christmas readings from TV’s Angellica Bell and Nadia Sawalha, comedy from Jess Hynes, and appearances from some very special guests including Leona Lewis, Liam Gallagher and Call the Midwife’s Jenny Agutter OBE. All this from the comfort of your own home.

You can also take part in the Starry Night silent auction and prize draw!

For more details click here to go straight to https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk

 

Engage with AllWeCan activities and events this Christmas.

The AllWeCan website (Methodist Relief and Development), has resources for an Extraordinary Christmas that you can find here.

 

 

Audio CD’s, and DVD’s, are being made available to anyone unable to view the online service. If you know of someone who would benefit from this please let one of our Ministers or pastoral leaders 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.