Worship & Notices for 14 03 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.

 

Today’s story for young people is about Jesus and The Last Supper. You can find it by following this shortcut link.

You can also find an Activity Pack for this story on the Young Sunday page of the Circuit Website, or by following 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 14 March 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.
Taking Stock is now back to a regular weekly spot, on Wednesdays.
We now have Zoom evening services for the whole Circuit on most Sunday evenings, hosted by various Churches.
Details about any other Circuit activities will be given here when available. Look out for our Easter activities – coming soon.
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.

After an absence due to illness Rev Ken Chalmers has now returned to part time working. Please continue to remember Ken in your prayers, together with other folk across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time.

Please remember in your prayers 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 currently have a short break and will start our study of the Gospel of Mark after Easter. 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 at Wimpole Road are available on their website here.

 

 

Zoom Church Services:

 

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.

 

Invitation and News from St Botolph’s:

At Castle we enjoy a Covenant with friends at St Botolph’s in the town centre.  They have sent us this PDF called Together@Lent which gives suggestions for activities for families to do throughout Lent.

 

 

 

Request from Citizens UK:

Our circuit is a member of Citizens UK. We have been asked by Citizens UK to consider signing a petition asking for a living wage for key workers. Many of you Clapped for Carers last year. Would you consider signing this petition now? As such you will be joining with Christians and other like-minded people all over the UK in asking the government to fund the increase in wages for care workers

  • from the government’s living wage (£8.72 per hour)

  • up to the Real Living Wage (£9.50 per hour).

Sign the petition: Social care workers deserve a living wage (livingwage4keyworkers.org.uk)

 

 

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.

Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Worship for Sunday 22 03 2020

Our Circuit Team have been working hard to provide some way in which we can share Worship in a technical way during the coronavirus crisis.

A YouTube channel as 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 a video already in place from Alan, explaining what’s planned. All being well, there will be another video posted on this channel, which will be a service we can all follow tomorrow. This is the Order of Service for 22nd March 2020 Mothering Sunday 2020 – Online service PDF, which you can download and use separately, or follow online tomorrow.

Rev Joe Adams is 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 material from the Methodist Church Website will guide you through a separate act of worship and will enable you to take part from your home:- 22-march-worship-if-you-are-unable-to-attend-church

 

Alternatively 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 for Mothering Sunday on BBC One at 11.45am. There will be no congregation, and hymns will be taken from previous episodes of Songs of Praise.

BBC Radio 4 always features a service on Sunday morning at 8.10. This Sunday, worship will be led by The Archbishop of Canterbury from the chapel at Lambeth Palace.

 

Churches Together in England:-

Here’s a message from Churches Together in England

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.