Advent Lunchtime Prayers 2020

Inspired and encouraged by the national Methodist prayer initiative, Revs Charity and Alison invite you to join us on zoom for 15 minutes of prayer each week in the Advent season.  We will pray for the work of our circuit and share together using the Christmas theme “God is With Us”.  (There will be nationally prepared publicity on this theme).


Please book these dates in your diary - 12:45pm for 20 minutes


Thursdays 26th November, 3rd December, 10th December, 17th December.


On zoom:

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Cathy and Helen would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and letters after Joe’s recent death.  They are much appreciated.
Joe’s funeral is on Thursday 26th November at 12.30 pm.  If anyone would like to watch the Webcast please email me and I will send the details by return.


Join us for our Live service this Sunday!

This week Revd Charity Nzegwu leads us in our Act of Worship which is outlined in these Notices. If you would like some help or advice to join in this week please do get in touch with Pete (see contact details below).  Those who cannot or decide not to join us are invited to participate in the same Act of Worship at 10.30am by reading, praying and singing the words as you have been doing in previous weeks - Charity and the Stewards.


Details of how to join the Live service and what to expect.


Date and Time


The service will be on Sunday with a 10.30 am start time. The format will be:

10.20 - 10.30 am: congregation joins service, with time for conversation.

10.30 am: service starts

11.15 am: coffee morning starts


If you are struggling to join, or are late arriving for whatever reason, you can join at any time. It will not disrupt proceedings.


Joining the service


Please contact Peter Charlton: 07890 239 557 for details of how to join the service.


During the service


You will be able to listen and join in the conversation with everyone else before and after the service. Depending on whether you are on a laptop, a tablet (iPad), smartphone or computer you may see a greater or smaller number of participants, however you should be able to scroll in the direction of arrows directing you to more faces. If you have an old computer or laptop without a webcam (camera) and if you are ringing in on a landline you will be able to listen without pictures, but can join in conversations.


You are advised (but it is not essential) to print off a copy of the service. It is the same as the Act of Worship in the Notices. It will help you to follow proceedings more easily and give you the hymn words.
Click here for the Act of Worship


From the start of the service you will be muted and only the person speaking will be heard (the preacher, or someone reading or saying prayers, or the pianist playing the hymn tune). It is impossible for us all to sing together at a Zoom service (because of technical problems, it sounds awful). You can, of course, sing to the music in the comfort of your own home.


We will be recording the main service in order to review it technically (how good the sound is – can the piano be heard etc) – this is just for the organisers and not for any other use.  You will not be heard, as you will be muted and only those participating will be seen on the recording.


After the service finishes you will be unmuted and invited to stay online for a while and speak to others. You can even go and get a coffee and return for a conversation. You can leave at any time by using the ‘Leave the meeting’ icon. If you are joining by telephone you can simply hang up. 



You are reminded that the church premises will remain closed, for all but essential reasons. If you consider that you need access for an essential reason please contact Paul Harris (01763 230021 or 07789 121913).



Church Advent Calendar – go to our church website link at:  to click on and open a window each day during December to reveal pictures, puzzles, and the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus.  Please share it with your friends, children and grandchildren.



Christmas outside Royston Methodist Church – Rebirth after lockdown: It is proposed to provide a Christmas display, including a decorated tree and nativity scene in the church lobby, an arch of holly and festive greenery and decorated notice boards containing religious greetings cards to our local community. You are invited to send a card, addressed to The Royston Community, c/o 20A Mill Road, Royston, Herts SG8 7AE. The cards and messages will be displayed in the notice boards. This display will feature as the Christmas eve destination for the Homestart ‘Living Advent Calendar’ with the community invited to seek out decorated windows each day in the run up to Christmas.



Cambridge Women’s Aid Refuge – CWA, who we have supported for many years at Christmas, cannot accept any gifts of toys, toiletries, etc., this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so there will not be a toy service, but you could make a donation instead either on their website ( – how you can help us) or send a cheque or supermarket voucher to:
CWA, P O Box 302, Cambridge, CB1 1EA.  Thank You, Joan Munden



Operation Christmas Child - National Collection Week –
now 5th – 12th December 2020


Abode Town and Country, the Estate Agents, 10 Church Lane, Royston will accept your boxes from 9th-16th November, 9am to 4pm each day (they are not open on Sunday 15th November). Pam Cooper



Evening Carol Service on 20th December 2020 at 6.30pm - If you would like to read at a traditional Carol service, please contact Joyce at or leave me a text message on my mobile phone 07748 598325.



Virtual coffee morning after services: We plan to continue trying out the breakout room feature on Zoom to allow us to have our virtual coffee morning in smaller groups to allow more of a chance to chat. Please do give your feedback on how you find this new approach.



Advent Bible studies: Our Advent bible studies will take place on Monday evenings at 7.30-8.30pm on the 30th Nov, 7th, 14th and 21st Dec. We will be following a course entitled Watching and Waiting, written by the London Methodist District. The season of Advent represents a period of watching and waiting in anticipation of the arrival of Christ. During Advent we look back and celebrate the incarnation of the Son of God in the world; whilst also looking forward to HIS return at the end of time. The course encourages us to walk through the season of Advent to enable us to engage in mission and discipleship as a way of life. It has been specifically designed to be used in small groups and by individuals. The course is available online here: , and paper copies are available - please contact the Stewards for a copy (, 449126). Join the Bible studies in the same way as for Sunday services. We hope you will be able to join us!



Hymn words: The words for the hymns in our services are distributed in the Act of Worship alongside the Notices. However, we realise that this approach may not allow everyone to join in with the hymns as they wish. If this approach isn't convenient for you then please contact the Stewards to arrange an alternative (, 449126).



Greetings from Orwell – News of Christmas Village in the Porch: Unfortunately, the Annual Christmas Tree Festival, our 20th, has had to be cancelled. We are very disappointed and saddened by this but feel it is the safest and most responsible action we can take.  However, I am pleased to announce that there will be a mini Festival with a Christmas Village display in the porch of Orwell Methodist Church. It will take place on 12th and 13th of December between 4 and 6 pm.  We hope that you will feel able to come with your family and see the display but ask that you adhere to the government guidance at that time. Donations can be made to the Chapel.



Notices for next week: to be with Tracy Aggett by Monday, call 01763 243376 or by email to



Sunday 15th November – The Sunday before Advent


An Act of Worship for this Sunday – click here



Lectionary Readings:


22 Nov:  Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24, Psalm 95: 1-7a, Ephesians 1: 15-23, Matthew 25: 31-46

29 Nov:  Isaiah 64: 1-9, Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9, Mark 13: 24-37


Rota for Sunday 29th November 2020

Zoom Host:                            Tess Maddin

Preacher:                               Joyce Goodall
Pianist:                                   Nick Keep

Steward:                                Paul Harris



Facebook – we have a facebook page for the Church, search for Royston Methodist church.  If you are a facebook user, please go to the page and click on the “Like” button on the main picture at the top of the page.


Church Stewards:  Paul & Jennie Harris, Richard Elcock, Mel Cooper,
Sarah & Peter Charlton, James Hindley

 Safeguarding Officer: Richard Elcock

Minister – Revd Charity Nzegwu, Tel: 01763 241803

(Day off: Friday)



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