Our Circuit Team have again been working hard to provide ways in which we can share in Worship through technology during the coronavirus crisis. This weeks’ Notices are at the bottom of the page. They will keep you updated of news around the Circuit, and of activities that are taking place (usually online!). Please let us know of anything that should be included.
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.
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.
Virtual worship at Wimpole Road is on Facebook live on Sundays at 11.00 am, to join click on https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387
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.
Some other 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.
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.
Sthie (‘At home’)
To join in a very different worship experience, try Sthie (‘At home’) from the Isle of Man (led by Andy Fishburne whose videos have been used for some of our Bible Study sessions). Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see www.andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
You can watch previous live-streamed videos at www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
For our Young People:-
We are trying to provide material suitable for the children in the Circuit, with online and downloadable activities. There is an accompanying pack for each talk which can be made available by contacting email@example.com
Elsewhere, there is a digital Sunday school at https://disorganisedsundayschoolblog.com/digital-sunday-school
There is a Messy Church with Crafts and Stories for little ones on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/messychurchknaresborough/
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship (usually at 08:10): More information here.
Sunday 18th October 2020
Your local Methodist Church website will give more details about groups and activities which are taking place.
Rev Ken Chalmers is currently unavailable due to ill health: If you need to speak to a Minister please contact Rev Alan Jenkins or Rev Joe Adams, or contact your Pastoral Leader.
Please remember Ken in your prayers, together with other folk across the circuit who are suffering from various health problems at this time.
Zoom Bible Study Groups:
Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Thursday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Thursday 29th October. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.
Ken’s bible study sessions for The Ark are weekly on Tuesday’s. They are currently being led by Alan. The Zoom meeting will open at 7pm for informal chat with Bible Study commencing at 7.30pm.
All are welcome to join these groups, but let Alan 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.
Remember in your prayers the various Church Council Meetings which will be taking place on Zoom in the coming weeks.
Castle Methodist Church celebrates its 50th Anniversary during October 2020. Remember in your prayers all of our church buildings, and all those who care for them. Pray for the communities they are located in, and give thanks for all the people who have worshipped in them over the years.
As we celebrate Harvest this Sunday, give thanks for all the good things in your life, and the riches of nature around us.
Invitation from St Botolph’s:
At Castle we enjoy a Covenant with friends at St Botolph’s and at St Peter’s in the town centre. Both churches have independently resumed services, and you are most welcome to join with them. Click here for News from St Botolphs 18 10 2020.
Audio CD’s, and now 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 one of our Ministers or pastoral leaders know.
A reminder from our Church Treasurers
While our buildings remain closed for all activities, there are still regular bills to be paid. If you are part of an envelope giving scheme, or would usually set aside cash to give as an offering in church each week, could you consider alternative forms of giving? Perhaps online banking, or contributing by cheque or standing order? Your local Church Treasurer would love to hear from you about this.
For more information about these activities, or to tell us about your news from around the circuit for inclusion next time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.