Worship & Notices for September 2021

Our Circuit Churches are now open for in-person worship.

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 uncomfortable attending in person there will still be online alternatives for you to use.

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

 

Now that we are back to worshipping together in person, these pages will be updated less frequently.

Our services for all churches for September to November 2021 are detailed on the Circuit Plan available on the Downloads page.

The YouTube channel for Colchester Methodists will not have videos uploaded regularly for the time being. You can access all of our existing material, including stories for Young People, at any time on the channel, and new material may be uploaded on an ad-hoc basis. If you are subscribed to that channel you should receive an email notification when this happens. https://www.youtube.com/ColchesterMethodists

We continue to Live Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle Methodist Church. We have invested in a better camera and the results are well worth it. To view these services – by joining us Live or from the database of previous ones – they are all now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, 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 Castle’s website. We hope to add Live Streams from other Circuit Churches when available.

To join future services live from home, please Subscribe to the 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. (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).

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).

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

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

For your thoughts and prayers:-

As we 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 been appointed as our 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.

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.

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.

 

Invitation from The Ark:

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

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 for Sunday 26 04 2020

Once again, our Circuit Team have been working hard this week to provide ways in which we can share in Worship through technology during the coronavirus crisis.

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/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw

  • There is an initial video from Alan, explaining what’s planned.
  • There are the Worship Services for Sunday since lock-down, including Mothering Sunday, Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday (featuring all of our presbyters and some of our local preachers), a service for Maundy Thursday, and other Sundays.
  • There are several short videos by Alan, Ken, Joe and Paul with thoughts under the heading Taking Stock.
  • There is also a series of Meditations for Holy Week under the title Witnesses.

Alan is in the process of creating, editing and uploading a service for tomorrow, Sunday 26th April 2020. This should be available at a normal service time of around 11am.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channels for Castle and Circuit, also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option. Then you will receive an email notification each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time, and it is all free.

To encourage our ministers and the team, click on the Thumbs Up icon to give a like (or a thumbs down if you really didn’t like it) for each video.

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

 

Rev Joe Adams is again leading virtual worship at Wimpole Road on facebook live on Sunday at 11.00 am click on https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387

 

Alternatively, this page from the Methodist Church Website provides information about live-streamed services and has downloadable service sheets for this Sunday and the coming weeks for worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic. This includes resources for personal prayer and Bible Study and there is also still a page specifically for Holy Week and Easter.

As other alternatives there are Live-streamed services available from:-

Wesley’s Chapel in London which will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA Service times are Wednesday 12:45; Thursday 12:45; Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem will also live-stream worship on Sunday at 10:30 the service will be available at www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/

Birmingham Methodist District at 10:30 there is a service at https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/

Hong Kong International Methodist Church https://www.michk.com the 11.00 am service in English will be live streamed at 3am our time, but should also be available by 11 for us to watch.

There is a digital Sunday school at https://disorganisedsundayschoolblog.com/digital-sunday-school

Public Broadcasting:-

BBC 1 TV

at 10:45 Sunday Worship – Third Sunday of Easter: a service from Hereford Cathedral led by the bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, with hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in 2017. The service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings. You can view the Order of Service here.

at 13.15 Songs of Praise: Christian Pilgrimage – Sean Fletcher looks back on journeys to ancient and sacred places of pilgrimage, including Lourdes and the spectacular abbey of Mont St Michel in France.You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

at 08:10 Sunday Worship “We had hoped…”

Prof Jennifer Strawbridge and the Rev Dr Steve Nolan explore the place of hope in times of despair. They reflect on the Road to Emmaus and how it speaks to us today. More details here.

 

Finally, a new prayer from the President of the Methodist Church Website:-

Gracious God, in a world where corruption, deceit, suspicion and ‘fake news’ regularly fill the headlines, we are full of gratitude for the gospel of Christ, which brings light, hope, truth and ‘good news’ into our lives.

May the confidence that we have new life in Christ make a difference to how we respond to the people and circumstances we encounter, so that our words and actions become ‘good news’ for others.

In the name of Christ, Amen.

Gill Newton, Sheffield District Chair.

Above all, 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 for Sunday 29 03 2020

Our Circuit Team have been working hard this week to provide ways in which we can share  in Worship  through technology during the coronavirus crisis.

A YouTube channel has been set up for Colchester Methodists. If you follow this link, it will take you there: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw

There is an initial  video from Alan, explaining what’s planned.

There is the Worship service led by Joe from last Sunday 22nd March 2020, which was Mothering Sunday.

There are a few other short videos by Alan, Ken and Paul with daily thoughts under the heading Taking Stock.

Alan is in the process of creating, editing and uploading a service for tomorrow, Sunday 29th March 2020, which will be the fifth Sunday in Lent. This should be available at a normal service time of around 11am.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the You Tube channels for Castle and Circuit, also click on the NOTIFICATION BELL ICON, then choose “all” as an option. Then  you will receive an email notification each time a new video is uploaded. You can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the Subscribe button a second time, and it is all free.

To encourage our ministers, click on the Thumbs Up icon to give a like (or a thumbs down if you really didn’t like it) for each video.

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

 

Rev Joe Adams is again leading virtual worship at Wimpole Road on facebook live at 11.00 am click on https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387

 

Alternatively, this page from the Methodist Church Website provides information about live-streamed services and has downloadable service sheets for this Sunday and the coming weeks for worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

 

As other alternatives there are Live-streamed services available from:-

Wesley’s Chapel in London which will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA Service times are Wednesday 12:45; Thursday 12:45;  Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem will also live-stream worship on Sunday at 10:30 the service will be available at www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/

Birmingham Methodist District at 10:30 there is a service at https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/

Hong Kong International Methodist Church https://www.michk.com the 11.00 am service in English will be live streamed at 3am our time, but should also be available by 11 for us to watch.

 

There is a digital Sunday school at https://disorganisedsundayschoolblog.com/digital-sunday-school

 

Public Broadcasting:-

The BBC will be broadcasting a service on Sunday on BBC One at 10.45am. The Very Rev Kathy Jones leads the service for Passion Sunday from Bangor Cathedral in north Wales. With hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation recorded in March 2018. You can view the Order of Service here.

BBC Radio 4 always features a service on Sunday morning at 8.10. This Sunday, a service for Passion Sunday with Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Director of the Center for Reconciliation, Duke University, and Canon Dr Jennifer Smith of Wesley’s Chapel, London. For more details see here.

 

 

Don’t forget, that the clocks “Spring Forward” this weekend!

 

Finally, a prayer from the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev’d Barbara Glasson

Loving God,
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don’t let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.

Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

 

Above all, 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.

 

Circuit Service 20 01 2019

Sunday 20th January 2019.

A Circuit Service where all of the Churches in the Colchester Methodist Circuit came together to worship.

To lead our Morning Service we welcomed
Rev Ken Chalmers, Rev Paul Howes,
and Rev Ron Smith.

Our hymns were:-

Abba Father, let me be.
Jesus be the centre.
There is a redeemer.
Will you come and follow me.
I will offer up my life in spirit and truth.
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided.
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide.

Our readings were from:-

Jeremiah Chapter 29 verses 10-14.
John chapter 16 verses 12-16.

The sermon was about how we are Better Together With God, and can be heard here.

Circuit Service 20 01 2019

Sunday 20th  January 2019

11:00am. A circuit service ‘Better Together’

at Castle Methodist Church, Colchester. CO1 1TT.

Looking to discern vision and instruction as we approach our review of how we might, better together, apply all our God given resources to the priorities He has for us.

Readings will be Jeremiah 29 vs 10-14 and John 16 vs 12-16.