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.
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.
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Sunday 27 June 2021
Our churches are thinking about in person worship again. At Castle we opened for worship on Pentecost Sunday, and were delighted to welcome around 40 people (masked and socially distanced!) to our Worship & Communion service.
Re-opening Churches for Worship
A Circuit Plan is currently being drafted for the coming months. This will include online and in-person services at our churches, and will be made available on our Downloads page.
Wimpole Road, Mersea, and Castle Churches have opened for in-person worship. Other Circuit churches are also looking to recommence in-person worship, although some have revised their opening dates after the June 21 date for relaxation of Covid restrictions was extended. Currently all churches that do open will be following Government guidance regarding masks and social distancing, etc.)
We will continue to upload content to YouTube every Sunday until our churches have resumed in-person worship. We will then review what online activities should continue, and your comments would be welcome.
We continue to experiment with Live-Streaming the 10:30am Sunday Service from Castle. It is now available on Castle’s YouTube Channel here, and you can access the Live-Stream playlist here. 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 that 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.
Taking Stock has a new video on YouTube most weeks – usually on Wednesdays.
There are 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).
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.
For your thoughts and prayers:-
As we begin to 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.
Remember in your prayers folk from across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time, any members and friends who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, and those known to us who are NHS or other keyworkers.
The Methodist Conference will be held in Birmingham and virtually from 24th June 2021. Please remember this in your prayers. For more details follow this link on the UK Methodist Church website.
Zoom Bible Study Groups:
Alan’s bible study session will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The Zoom meeting will open at 7.15pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.
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. After studying the book of Ruth, we are taking a short break before beginning our new study led by Ken and Alan looking at The Acts of the Apostles. If you would like to join in this study please send an email to email@example.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 based at Wimpole Road are available on their website here.
Zoom Church Services:
(Zoom Services will “open” 15 minutes before the start time to allow everyone to join and settle in before beginning Worship together).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
There will be no evening Zoom service when there is a 5th Sunday in the month.
Invitation and News from St Botolph’s:
At Castle we enjoy a Covenant with friends at St Botolph’s in the town centre. They re-opened for worship – with certain Covid-19 restrictions in place – and many Castle friends have joined them in past weeks. Click here for News from St Botolphs for Sunday 27 06 2021.
News from Essex County Council
An initiative driven by Essex County Council and other local agencies and has huge potential to both support our local communities and also develop and improve engagement between our Churches and the community together with the likes of the local GP practices etc. There is a training session planned, and it would be good to get a number of people from across our Circuit to join. In summary this particular initiative and the training is focused on how faith groups can engage with and support Social Prescribing and off the back of this how it might assist the Churches. C360 Social Prescribing Awareness Training Flyer
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 email@example.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.