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.


Our services for January 2022 are detailed below, and various other activities that may interest you are at the bottom of this page:-


January 2nd

We welcome Sally Crafer to lead our morning service.

There is NO  evening Zoom Service today.

January 9th

We welcome Rev Paul Howes to lead our Worship.

The evening zoom service will be led by Rev Alan Jenkins and hosted by Castle at 6.30pm.

January 16th

Rev Alan Jenkins will lead our worship today. We will be celebrating our Methodist Covenant.

The evening zoom service will be led and hosted by Wivenhoe at 3pm.

January 23rd

Ou r Worship Leaders will be taking this morning’s service, so there will be no formal sermon as we don’t have a Preacher present.

The evening zoom service will be led by Rev Ken Chalmers and hosted by The Well at 6.30pm.

January 30th

As this is a 5th Sunday we will be joining our friends at St. Botolph’s to celebrate Candlemass together. The service begins at 10.30am.

As this is a 5th Sunday there is no Zoom evening service.


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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