Castle Methodist Church - Colchester

Castle Methodist Church - Colchester
Located in the centre of Colchester, serving a wider population
Providing a worship and educational resource for the whole community


Boys' Brigade




Womens Fellowship


Thursday Club


Womens' Get-Together


Sunday Worship


Alpha Courses


Ministers and Preachers


House Group Meetings


Coffee Mornings


Outreach Team


Young Peoples Fellowship


Church Council


Christian Aid




Renting of meeting rooms






Covenants with other Church communities



Castle Methodist Church, Colchester has a range of activities which are demonstrated on the links from this page. Anybody wanting more information should contact the church on 01206 572061 or the Minister, Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead on 01206 573061. Castle is a member of the Colchester Methodist Circuit. As a town centre Church, Castle keeps a close association with other Churches in the town centre. Other town centre church web sites are located at Colchester Town Centre Churches

The Minister appointed to Castle Methodist Church is Rev'd. Ken Chalmers, who moved to Colchester from a similar appointment in the Somerset area in September 2015.

Services are held every Sunday morning at 10.30 am. Evening services are shared with members of the Town Centre Parish and are held at 6.30 pm (4.00 pm during that period known as Greenwich Mean Time). The services are all held at Castle, with Holy Communion on the third Sunday. Preaching at these services is shared by ordained and lay preachers from both the Methodist Circuit and the Town Centre Parish.
A short service is also held every Thursday lunchtime starting at 1.00 pm. These services will, on the first Thursday of each Month, include the Sacrament of Holy Communion, when they will be led by an ordained Minister, otherwise they will be led by one of the circuit's local preachers or worship leaders.

For details of who the preachers are for any individual Sunday service the Circuit Plan should be. This can be found at Circuit Plan. Details of who is leading the Thursday lunchtime worship can also be found on that page.

The address of the church is, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester CO1 1TT. Maidenburgh Street is located at the lower end of the High Street and is a narrow street between the British Heart Foundation shop and the Conservative Club which has a newsagents shop located on the ground floor of that building.

Located next to the world famous Colchester Castle, Castle Methodist Church is built on a site which was originally occupied by the 'great round meeting house', built at the time that John Wesley was travelling round the country, forming societies and preaching. He visited Colchester on a number of occasions and preached in the 'great round meeting house'. The pulpit used by him survives and is on display in the church.

The present building was brought into use in 1970 when the site at Culver Street was taken over by developers. British Home Stores now occupies the Culver Street site.

To find out more about the Methodist Church in Great Britain generally please visit The Methodist Church of Great Britain website at

There are a wide range of activities take place in the Church each week, as can be seen from the links available from this page.

Sunday services are held at 10.30 am and 6.30 pm. Holy Communion normally takes place on the first Sunday of each month during the morning service and on the third Sunday at the evening service. .

The Church has a covenant of co-operation with the Anglican town centre parish consisting of St. Botolph's and St. Peter's Church's.

To contact the Church, or the Minister via the church please telephone (0)1206 572061. If nobody is present please leave a message and you will be called back as soon as possible. The Church office is manned on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and there is always somebody present on Saturday mornings. The 'phone is unlikely to be answered during service times.

Coffee mornings are held between 10.00 am and midday on Saturdays. Anybody wanting to make contact, or just wanting refreshment is welcome to come to the church lounge (accessible from the car park) on these mornings.

If you would like to read more about the Mission and Vision of Castle Methodist Church, please click here. This will open a separate page, to return to this page just close the Mission and vision page.

Weekday daytime events include Women's Fellowship on Tuesdays and a Senior Citizens group on Thursday afternoons.

Evening Activities include Boys Brigade on Tuesday evenings and Guides on Friday evenings.