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.
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Sunday 13th December 2020
Third Sunday in Advent
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.
We are pausing our series on Taking Stock.
The Jesse Tree is a daily series of Bible Stories for all ages throughout Advent, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive an email notification for these. There will also be a “bauble” to download from the Circuit Website and print each day. These can then be coloured in and hung on your Christmas Tree or in your windows during Advent as a reminder of the stories.
You can access the Jesse Tree page on the Circuit Website. There you can find more information and download the baubles by following this shortcut link.
You can access the Jesse Tree videos on our YouTube Channel by following this shortcut link to the Jesse Tree Playlist.
Zoom Bible Study Groups:
Alan’s bible study sessions for Castle will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 30th December. 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 Janet. 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.
Invitation from The Ark:
We hold a mid-week Reflections Service on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and a monthly service on Zoom at 6.30pm on the first Sunday 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 St Botolph’s:
At Castle we enjoy a Covenant with friends at St Botolph’s in the town centre. While they are able to open for worship under Covid-19 restrictions, there is an ongoing invitation for any Castle friends to join them, and details of their upcoming services are contained in the News from St Botolphs for Sunday 13 12 2020. This week too, there is also An Address by Rt Revd Roger Morris Bishop of Colchester from the Colchester Deanery Syond dated 1st December 2020 which may be of interest.
Engage with AllWeCan activities and events this Christmas.
The AllWeCan website (Methodist Relief and Development), has resources for an Extraordinary Christmas that you can find here.
Christmas Services and Activities.
We will continue to publish a new Jesse Tree story each day until Christmas.
20th December 2020
10:00 Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.
11:00 Service on Facebook for Wimpole Road.
16:00 Carol Service on Zoom for Wivenhoe.
(Contact Alan for an invite).
18:00 Carol Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.
25th December 2020
10:00 Service on YouTube for the whole circuit.
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 one of our Ministers or pastoral leaders know.
For more information about these activities, or to tell us about your news from around the circuit for inclusion next time,
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.