Castle Methodist Church - Colchester

Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester. CO1 1TT
Located in the centre of Colchester, serving a wider population
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Following agreement by the Circuit Preachers Meeting, access to recent sermons, or other remarks, delivered at Castle Methodist Church can now be gained on this page. The most recent will be at the top of the list. Details of the date, the preacher and the readings for the service at which that sermon was delivered are given. For a variety of copyright reasons it is not considered appropriate to put the whole of the service onto the web.

On Sunday 20 April 2014, Easter Sunday the service was led by Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was the Gospel of John Chapter 20 verses 1 to 18. The sermon was entitled, Easter surprise.

On Sunday 13 April 2014, Palm Sunday the service was led by Liz Clarke and was based on 'The Domkey'. The reading was Matthew Chapter 21 verses 1 to 17. The sermon related to the reading

On Sunday 6 April 2014, the service was led by Rev'd. Peter Mortlock, who was brought up as a member of the Methodist Church in Colcheter. The readings were Ezekiel Chapter 37 verses 1 to 14, and The Gospel of John, Chapter 11, seleted verses focussing on the raising of Lazarus. The sermon was entitled Loved into life.

On Sunday 30 March 2014, the service was led by Mr Jonathan Sparkes. The readings were Exodus Chapter 17 verses 1 to 7, Romans, Chapter 3 verses 1 to 11 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 4, verses 5 to 26, and verses 27 to 42. The sermon related to the readings

On Sunday 23 March 2014, the service was led by Mr Mike Bowstead. The readings were Exodus Chapter 17 verses 1 to 7 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 4, verses 5 to 26, and verses 27 to 42. The sermon was entitled A spring water welling up to eternal life.

On Sunday 16 March 2014, the morning service followed a study weekend held in Colchester by Ministers, Preachers, Worship Leaders and Musical Leaders from various parts of East Anglia. The readings were, Genesis, Chapter 12 verses 1 to 4a, the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, Chapter 4 verses 1 to 5 and verse 13 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 3 verses 1 to 17. The Preacher was former President of the Methodist Conference, who led the study weekend, Rev'd. Dr. Neil Richardson.

Sunday 9 March 2014 was the first sunday in Lent, the famiy service was led by Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4, verses 1 to 11, the temptation of Jesus. There were three talks, the first was an introduction. This was followed by a talk entitled, Only 40 days? The third talk was Cheer up it's Lent.

On Sunday 2 March 2014, the service was led by Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 17, verses 1 to 9. The sermon was entitled Can we stay here for ever?

On Sunday 23 February 2014, the service was led by Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, verses 1 to 12. The preacher for the sermon was Rev'd. David Beales. The sermon was entitled How is the Holy Spirit growing churches in Britain today?

On Sunday 16 February 2014, the preacher for the morning service was Richard Hall. The readings were from Deuteronomy Chapter 30 verses 15 to 20 and the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 21 to 37. The sermon was called The call to discipleship.

On Sunday 9 February 2014, the family service was led by Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The theme of the service was Salt and Light the reading was from The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 1 and 2 and 13 to 16.The sermon was in three parts, the first part was a short introduction. After the reading the second part was entitled, Salt. The Third part was Light. During parts two and three some editing has taken place to reduce the time people spent talking together part way throught the section.

On Sunday 2 February 2014, the morning service was led by Rev'd. Rach Ward, a Minister who had been brought up in our church and whose parents still attend. The focus of the service was Gideon.The readings were Judges Chapter 6, verse 1, verses 7 to 23 and, verses 36 and 40. The second readings were also from Judges. On this occasion Chapter 6, verse 14, Chapter 7, verses 7 to 22 and Chapter 8, verses 22 and 23. The sermon was in three parts, the first part was focussed on the young people and entitled 'God at work'. The second part related to the first reading was entitled 'Background and proof', and the third part entitled, 'Go in the strength you have' was based on the on the second readings.

Sunday 19 January 2014 recorded the start of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. The clergy of the churches in Colchester Town Centre for this week, moved to a different church. On this occasion Fr Peter Walker from St James the Great, Colchester attended Castle Methodist Church for the morning service. The readings were from Isaiah Chapter 49 verses 1 to 7 and the Gospel of John, Chapter 1, verses 29 to 42. The sermon based on the readings.

On Sunday 12 January 2014, the preacher for the morning service, which was a family oriented service was Jonathan Sparkes. The readings were from Isaiah Chapter 42 verses 1 to 9 and the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 3, verses 13 to 17. The sermon was based on the reading from Matthew, the baptism of Christ, and was in two parts. Part 1. and Part 2.

On Sunday 5 January 2014, our annual 'Covenent Service' was led by Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The readings were Deuteronomy Chapter 29, verses 10 to 15, Jeremiah Chapter 3, verses 31 to 34, Romans Chapter 12, verses 1 nd 2 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 15, verses 1 to 10. The sermon was entitled Chosen and called.

On Sunday 22 December 2013, the evening service was the annual carol service. A seasonal message was delivered by, Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead.

On Sunday 22 December 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Mike Bowstead. The readings were from Isaiah Chapter 7 verses 10 to 16 and the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 1, verses 18 to 25. The sermon was entitled Joseph, standing at the back.

On Sunday 8 December 2013, our annual 'Gift Service' and also the occasion of a Family Service and a Baptism, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was from Isaiah Chapter 11 verses 1 to 10. The sermon was entitled Out of the Stump of Jesse.

On Sunday1 December 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. David Moody. The readings were from Revelation, Chapter 4 verses 1 to 6a and the Gospel of John, Chapter 12 verses 44 to 50. The sermon was entitled The light of God.

The morning service on Sunday 24 November 2013, was a special service held at St Peter's Church, North Hill Colchesster to renew the Covenant of cooperation between the two churches of the Town Centre Parish and Castle Methodisst Church. The service was led by the town centre vicar, Rev'd Mark Wallace. The reading was Nehemiah Chapter 4 verses 15 to 23. The sermon was entitled based on the reading.

The evening service on Sunday 17 November 2013, was led by, Rev'd Catherine Bowstead. The readings were Malachi Chapter 4 verses 1 to 2a and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 21 verses 5 to 19. The sermon was entitled Standing firm to gain life.

On Sunday10 November 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Alan Jenkins. The readings were from Isaiah, Chapter 2 verses 1 to 5 and the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 24 verses 1 to 14. The sermon was entitled Remembering.

On Sunday 3 November 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Rodney Sawtell. The readings were from Habakkuk, Chapter 1 verses 1 to 4 and Chapter 2 verses 1 to 4, Psalms 119 verses 137 to 144 and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 19 verses 1 to 10. The sermon was based on the Gospel reading.

On Sunday 27 October 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Mike Abbs. The readings were from Pauls letter to the Galatians, Chapter 2 verses 15 to 21, and The gospel of Luke, Chapter 7 verses 44 to 50. The sermon was entitled Identity.

The evening service on Sunday 20 October 2013, was led by, Rev'd Catherine Bowstead. The readings were Luke 18 verses 1 to 8 and from the second letter of Paul to Timothy, Chapter verse 14 to Chapter 4 verse 5. The sermon was entitled Be prepared in season and out of seson.

On Sunday 20 October 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd Keith Lovell. The readings were from the book Joshua, Chapter 4 verses 1 to 24, and Pauls first letter to Peter, Chapter 2, verses 1 to 10. The sermon was entitled Living Stones.

On Sunday 13 October 2013, the preacher for the morning service, which included the re enrolement of members of the 1st Colchester Company, The Boys' Brigade, was Rev'd Catherine Bowstead. Before the reading, there was an introduction to the service.The reading was from the second book of Paul to Timothy, Chapter 1 verses 8 to 15. The sermon was entitled Where is your treasure.

On Sunday 6 October 2013, the preacher for the morning service, which included the Baptim of child, was Rev'd Catherine Bowstead. The reading was from the second book of Paul to Timothy, Chapter 1 verses 1 to 4. The sermon was entitled Treasure.

On Sunday 29 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service was Mike Bowstead. The readings were Isaiah, Chapter 6, verses 1 to 18, the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 22 verses 39 to 44 and Revelation, Chapter 2 verses 7 to 1. The sermon was entitled Angels.

On Sunday 22 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Andrew Baker. The readings were the letter of Paul to the Philemon, verses 1 to 21. The sermon was based on the reading.

On Sunday 15 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, a service celebrating the Harvest Festival, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowsted. In the early partof the service plastic cups were distributed to the congregation Following the sermon, during the singing of the fourth hymn, sunfower seeds were given out to be put into the cups, each filled (as described at the start of the sermon) with compost. The readings were the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13 verses 1 to 9 and verses 18 to 23, and the letter of Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 5 verses 22 and 23. The sermon was entitled, What sort of soil are you?

On Sunday 8 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Joanne Eckersley. The readings were Jeremiah Chapter 18 verses 1 to 11 and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14 ersesv 25 to 33. The sermon was entitled, There's no such thing as a free lunch.

On Sunday 1 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowsted. The readings were the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 11 verse 1 and verses 7 to 14, and the letter of Paul to the Hebrews, Chapter 13 verses 1 to 8 and 15 and 16. The sermon was entitled, Do not forget to do good.

On Sunday 11 August 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Ronald Smith. The readings were Jonah 1 verses 1 to 3 and Jonah 3 verses 1 to 3 followed by the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 11 verses 29 to 32. The sermon was entitled, An alternative tail.

On Sunday 4 August 2013, the preacher for the morning service of Holy Commubon, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The readings were Psalm 49 verses 1 to 12 and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12 verses 13 to 21. The sermon was entitled, Soulless wealth.