Worship & Notices for November 2021

Our Circuit Churches are open for in-person worship. Now that we are back to worshipping together in person these pages will be updated less frequently.

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.

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.

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

We continue to Live-Stream the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle Methodist Church. The new camera is proving a worthwhile investment, with much better results than before. To view our services – by joining us Live, or from the database of previous services – 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 this website.

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. It is free, and you can change your mind at any time. Contact someone from our technical team if you need more help with this. (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).

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

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 September to November is available on the Downloads page.

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 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.

The Circuit has appointed a new Circuit Administrator – continue to 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 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 November.

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:

Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest

Date: Sundays in November

Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest provide Christmas parcels for visiting seamen who are far from home at Christmas.  If you are interested in their work you can read about them here:  https://www.qvsr.org.uk/
They are particularly looking for donations of knitted hats, gloves & mittens, toiletries for men, and sweets.  There will be a collection from The Ark. You can take any donations along on Sunday mornings in November, and they will form part of a donation from this Circuit. (If you can’t get there on a Sunday morning, contact The Ark by email as above).

Samaritan’s Purse

Date: 21 11 2021 from 2pm to 6pm.

If you would like to help pack shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal, there is a packing party at St Peter’s Church, Boxted on 21st November from 2pm to 6pm.  The Ark’s Knit and Natter group have already donated a wonderful range of knitted items. More details for Samaritan’s Purse / Operation Christmas Child

Colchester Choral Society

Date: 06 11 2021 at 7.30pm

Saturday evening 6th November, Colchester Choral Society are performing at St Botolph’s Church at 7.30pm.  This is a programme of Handel and Bach – more details here: Colchester Choral Society.

Lexden Choral Society

Date:  13 11 2021 at 7.30pm

Lexden Choral Society will hold their traditional Remembrance Concert at St Botolph’s Church in Colchester. They will perform Fauré’s Requiem in the first half. The second half will be a collaboration between the choir and the Boxted Silver Band and will include a varied popular selection. It will culminate in an Act Of Remembrance with the Last Post and a rousing conclusion with choir and audience raising the roof of St Botolph’s with Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. More details here : Lexden Choral Society

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.

 

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 & 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 03 05 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 3rd May 2020. This should be available at a normal service time of around 10-11am.

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

  •  at 10:45 Sunday Worship – Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Very Reverend Kathy Jones leads the service for the fourth Sunday of Easter from Bangor Cathedral in Wales, with hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in March 2018. The service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. You can view the Order of Service here.
  • at 13.15 Songs of Praise: Faith and Farming – In a celebration of faith and farming, Kate Bottley revisits some of Songs of Praise’s most uplifting agricultural stories. Recorded before the church building closures. You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

  • at 08:10 Sunday Worship  “Unless the Lord builds the house…”The Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam marks the 800th anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral. 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 Easter Sunday 12 04 2020

As we come to the end of Lent 2020 almost all of us have had to give up so much more than any of us could ever have imagined during the past few weeks. Let us hope and pray that these difficult days will soon be over, and let us all do all we can to make them a little better for those around us.

Our Circuit Team have been working extremely hard again 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 Mothering Sunday led by Joe on 22nd March 2020, Passion Sunday led by Alan on 29th March 2020, and Palm Sunday led by Ken on 5th April 2020.
  • There is also now a service for Maundy Thursday led by Ken.
  • There are short videos by Alan, Ken and Paul with daily 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 12th April 2020, which will of course be Easter Day. 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 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. There is also 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

  • There are several programmes in today’s schedule with a particular Easter theme, including at 11am Pope Francis gives his Easter message and blessing to the city and to the world.
  •  at 11.25  To celebrate Easter Sunday, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones leads a service from Bangor Cathedral in north Wales. The preacher is the Right Reverend Andy John, the Bishop of Bangor. The programme includes Easter hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation recorded in March 2018, and was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. You can view the Order of Service here.
  • at 13.15 Katherine Jenkins is in Birmingham to celebrate Easter Sunday, in an episode recorded before the current restrictions came into effect. She hears how a new church, St Luke’s Gas Street in the heart of Birmingham, has grown in just four years. You can find out more here.

BBC Radio 4

  • for early risers at 06:05 Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College Cambridge and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, explores reunions and recognitions in the context of the Easter narratives.  For more details see here.
  • at 06:35 there is an Easter Sunrise service: A service of celebration for Easter morning from award winning gospel group Volney Morgan & New-Ye, exploring love and the ultimate sacrifice shown through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  More details are here.
  • at 08:10 Christ is risen! Sunday Worship – The Archbishop of Canterbury cannot this year give his Easter Message as usual to a packed Canterbury Cathedral. Instead he is speaking to the nation as part of Easter Sunday Worship, which will also include an intimate communion service with his wife from the Archbishop’s own kitchen at Lambeth Palace.  More details here.

 

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

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

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.

Happy Easter Everyone !