Worship & Notices for February 2022

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.

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 groups will typically “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.


Our services for February 2022 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.

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 for 2021 here OR the Live-Stream playlist for 2022 here at any time. Alternatively, you can use the Live Stream link, from the Services page, on this website.

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

In addition to the December to February Plan, the Circuit Plan for March to May is now available on the Downloads page.

Rev Joe Adams will be back to work very soon, and will be leading services in Churches across the Circuit in the coming months.

We are looking forward to welcoming Rev Chris Preece as our new Superintendent Minister from September 2022, subject to Conference approval.

The farewell service for Rev Alan Jenkins and Rev Ken Chalmers has been arranged for 6.30pm on Sunday 17th July 2022 at Castle Methodist Church and will be led by Rev Tony Miles. More details will be available nearer the date.

 

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 online again on Tuesday 8th and 15th February.

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:


News from Cantus Firmus

World Praise Weekend 26th February 2022 Arrangements for this event have changed, please refer to the Cantus Firmus website here.

Cantus Firmus are holding a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday 19 March, 8.30 to 10.00am, at St John’s, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich IP4 4QE

We welcome all who would like to pray for the work of Cantus Firmus. Please sign up HERE if you are plan to attend (by Wednesday 16 March).

We will eat breakfast together, and spend some time praying, asking for God’s direction and blessing as we move forward.

To reassure everyone – no one will be put on the spot to pray aloud, if that’s something you’re not comfortable with – there will be a range of ideas, prayer spaces etc.



 

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.

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Worship & Notices for January 2022

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.


Our services for January 2022 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.

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 is 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 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 from 11th January.

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:


World Praise Weekend – Invitation from Cantus Firmus

Date: 26 02 2022

Arrangements for this event have changed, please refer to the Cantus Firmus website 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 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.

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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 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.

Help with Zoom and Technology

Tech Champs Update Summer 2020

The project was set up between student and staff volunteers at the University of Essex, known as the Vteam, and the Methodist circuit of churches in Colchester. Juliet from Citizens and Tomas from the Vteam met to thrash out the aims and likely work, and then the first meeting of the 2 groups followed on 23 April.

While the IT expertise is in the hands of the Vteam volunteers, it has proved to be extremely useful to have a reasonably competent champion in the churches, to encourage and mediate.  There are seven churches in the Methodist circuit, three of which engaged with the project. The great majority of church members own and use devices, with a vast range of competence.  A small number of members has never owned or used a computer, and we have had to accept that they probably never will.  Our initial focus has been within the three engaged churches, and on those owning a device with internet connection.  The initial aims of the project were to get as many church members as possible using Zoom, and to offer a bespoke one-to-one telephone service to church members who had problems using their devices.

The biggest piece of work has been the superb guides to getting onto and using Zoom from different devices, plus a beautiful guide to keeping safe online.   Zoom has enabled the churches to offer several online events, including social and business meetings, bible studies and a fundraising quiz. These have been very popular and morale-boosting, particularly for carers and for those who are shielding alone.   These people encouraged others to take part in events. Probably around 80 people (in the 3 churches) are now aware of the project, of the offer of individual assistance, and have benefitted indirectly by being in contact with as many friends as possible.

The take-up of individual assistance has been much smaller than was anticipated, but the help given, and the way it was done, was superb.

  • Peter, in his 80’s and a carer, is now able to join the weekly Zoom coffee mornings, where he checks up on all his friends.
  • Christine, living alone in a rural location and awaiting surgery, can now use WhatsApp and Zoom. She has been in touch visually with a friend in South Africa for the first time in 10 years, and also joins the coffee mornings.
  • Our most techy person in church had problems with the quality of the audio when sharing his desktop within Zoom. A 10 minute conversation with the Tech Champions and he was sorted.  Music and picture rounds in the quiz were possible due to knowledge gained from Tech Champions.

Find the Vteam’s guides at:

  https://www.thearkhighwoods.org.uk/Groups/342311/Digital_Connectivity.aspx