Christmas 2021 (Updated 23 12 2021)

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

 

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

 

The Ark, Highwoods,

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

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

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

Castle will not be having a service.

The Well will not be having a service.

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

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

 

 

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

 

Worship & Notices for December 2021

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

 

December 25th

Happy Christmas!

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

December 26th

We have no planned services across the Circuit this morning.

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

There will not be a Zoom evening service.

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Circuit Notices

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

For your thoughts and prayers:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Zoom Bible Study Groups:

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

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

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

 



Upcoming Activities which may be of interest:

The Christmas Carol Experience

Date: 17 12 2021 at 6.30pm

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

World Praise Weekend – Invitation from Cantus Firmus

Date: 26 02 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rehearsal dates and Venues

Please attend SIX of the following:

IPSWICH REHEARSALS

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

BURY ST EDMUNDS REHEARSALS

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

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

JOINT REHEARSALS (STOWMARKET)

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

Covid precautions

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

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

Richard

Richard Hubbard
____________________
Artistic Director
Cantus Firmus Trust

 



 

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

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

Be sure to keep yourselves safe and well.

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

Happy Christmas 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 Christmas Day can be found by using this shortcut link.

Our online Carol Service 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.

 

The Jesse Tree has been a daily series of Bible Stories for all ages throughout Advent. There was also a “bauble” to download from the Circuit Website and print each day. They 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.