The Well

 The Methodist Church in North Colchester

  Incorporating Mile End, West Bergholt and Boxted Methodist Churches


Nayland Road, Mile End, Colchester, Essex CO4 5ET

















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Events Photo Archive

Women's World Day of Prayer, 6th March 2015


This year's service was devised by the Christian women of The Bahamas, with the title: “Do you know what I have done for you?” It was a lovely service; here's a photograph of the ladies who took part in the service today at Mile End Methodist. There was a good number present from Mile End and some town centre churches were also represented. Refreshments with a Bahamian theme were served afterwards.


Adventure Cruise Holiday Club, February 2015


We held a Children’s “Adventure Cruise” Holiday Club during the February half-term. The youngsters thoroughly enjoyed all the activities, especially the daily drama featuring fearsome pirates! They heard Bible stories, decorated biscuit men, searched for hidden treasure, made a fishing game, were amused by ‘Fred’ the puppet and sang catchy songs with great enthusiasm. It was encouraging to have so many parents at the final evening prize giving session. Here are some photos which capture our little treasures!








































Charlie Connor's Farewell Service, 7th September


Charlie has been a member and also a Lay Pastor here for some time - but he has now taken a step forward in his ministry. He is now in training for full-time ministry at Queen's Foundation, Birmingham until 2016.

Charlie’s Farewell Service on 7th September was led by our Superintendent, Rev Alan Jenkins. The service was well attended and was representative of Charlie’s work in the Mile End community. He was presented with a gift from Colchester Methodist Circuit. Here's a photograph taken at the reception afterwards:

We pray that Charlie will progress well with his studies - and we also pray for Susie and the family who are parted from him for so much of each week.

The Coffee Morning held for the charity “Missing People” was well supported and raised £201.00. The charity was delighted with the result and the Stammers family greatly appreciated the caring support.























Church isn't all about food....

No, it isn't - but it's certainly a major part of fellowship and relationships! On the last Saturday of alternate months (January, March, May, July, September & November) the menfolk from Myland's Churches get together for a Men's Breakfast - a really big blow-out and everyone is welcome - churchgoer or not. So why not come along? It's at Myland Parish Halls, Mile End Road, starting at 8:30am. Ring Keith (01206 844252) or John (01206 366930) to book a place.


Model Railway Club


Remember promising yourself that when you moved, you'd set space aside for a model railway layout? Remember that you never quite managed it? Fret no longer! Join our Model Railway Club, and enjoy this friendly and rewarding pastime. We meet every Thursday evening from 8pm, and are looking to grow our numbers. We have a comfortable "den" in which to plan and build, as well as to chat. In March, we even went to an exhibition in Chesham, where we created quite a bit of interest, and would like to achieve even more.


Here's a photo of a little something we took along to Chesham.......



Champions! Holiday Club

Great fun and enjoyment was had during the 3 day February half-term Holiday Club.

We sang -


played silly games -




Met Fred and Granny Watt -






and enjoyed craft activities  -         then our mums & dads came to the Medal Ceremony on Friday evening.






Café and Craft, January 2011

Another Café and Craft Session was held at the beginning of January. We thought about Epiphany and …


designed crowns,


decorated star-shaped biscuits,               


 (and enjoyed eating them!)


stuck shiny coloured paper on star shapes,     

made coloured lanterns



and lots of other things.



Afterwards we followed the star into the church, whilst hearing the story of the visit of the Wise Men to baby Jesus, and at the end every child received a Bible story book and a gold coin (chocolate, of course!)


Advent Labyrinth, December 2010



On Saturday 11th December the Chapel was laid out for a spiritual journey - an Advent Labyrinth - when all who came were given an opportunity for quiet reflection in the build up to Christmas. Each stage of the journey was a significant part of the Nativity story and we were made aware of the relevance of each one to our lives today.



Myland Fete, August 2010


Eddie The Eagle swooped in as the surprise guest competitor at the Churches Together in Myland stalls, at the Myland Fete on August Bank Holiday Monday. Being good with the ball, Eddie enjoyed throwing the ball into the bucket - but members of Mile End Methodist Church, who managed the stalls, were wise to keep the Eagle away from the "hook-a-duck"!! It was a really busy and happy day; especially so for Mr Del Hyde, who won two tickets for a Colchester United match. Well done, everyone!






Cafe and Craft Sessions, Summer 2010


We all enjoyed the Cafe and Craft sessions during the summer holiday.....


We made "people";.....                    rode on Thomas the Tank Engine;.....enjoyed the slide;


"cooked" in the kitchen;.....                              watched with mum;.....                                       decorated biscuits and cakes;


   got messy with shaving foam;...                                           designed T-shirts....


or just slept through the whole proceedings!


The Miller Family - Coffee Morning & Sale: August 2010


It was a joy to welcome the Miller family - Roy, Janette, Jonathan and Benjamin (how the boys had grown!) - back from Malawi for their summer break. Having now spent 2 years in Malawi, where Roy is a doctor at a CURE Hospital, we received an update on the work there, along with news of family life. We were enthralled by the work the hospital is able to carry out to dramatically improve the lives of children and we were fascinated by photographs of the Malawi countryside and family events. We thank God that they continue to be led and provided for. They go with our prayers and good wishes when they return to Malawi at the end of August, for another year. About £100 was raised for CURE International.



Regular readers, surfers or visitors to the Church will know all about our Coffee Mornings, and also our Bring & Buy sales.

In July 2010, when we raised £172.50 for Help for Heroes. Several members of the local community came along - this was one of our most popular Coffee Mornings, no doubt as this vital Charity is deep in the hearts of our people here in Myland. Here's a couple of photos from the event:





In Christian Aid Week, May 2010, we supported Christian Aid at our monthly Coffee Morning - of course! It was good to welcome so many people, and we are grateful to you all for your kind donations and eager purchases, all of which resulted in £150 being raised for this important cause. Here are a few photos; seeing how happy we are, doesn't it make you want to come to our next one? They're usually on the third Saturday of the month, but do check our News page for the next date.





November 2009 was the annual occasion of our Coffee Morning in aid of Samaritan's Purse. We received 30 shoeboxes for the appeal, and also raised over £100 for the Charity which does such excellent work. here's photographic proof of the event; everyone looks quite studious and pre-occupied, but we can assure you that it was a happy and fruitful occasion!




Sunday September 20th 2009:

Harvest Lunch


We had a wonderful time at our Harvest Lunch, revelling in God's faithful and generous provision for us. We were so well catered for, and we remembered the great contrast between our plenty and others' needs. We remembered the work of Tearfund and raised £42.50 for that organisation. We also sent non-perishable foods to Whitechapel Mission in London, and, Toiletries to Beacon House, as part of our Harvest Celebrations. Here are a few photos of our joyful day....






Monday 31st August 2009:

Myland Fete


Mile End Methodist Church played our full part in the Fete held on August Bank Holiday Monday, in celebration of Myland Parish Council's 10th anniversary. We manned the stall for Myland Churches Together, and raised lots of cash with our "ball in the bucket" game. The whole day was a tremendous success. Here are some photographs, featuring our Village Crier and the Fete being opened by Myland resident Joe Dunne, Caretaker-Manager of Colchester United, and activity at our stall.






Saturday 8th August 2009:

Coffee Morning in aid of CURE Hospital, Malawi


At the end of last year, Roy, Janette, Jonathan and Benjamin Miller left us to set up home in Malawi, where Roy began working at CURE Hospital in Malawi. It was a bold decision to make, and a massive culture-change for them all, as they left family, friends and familiar surroundings for a completely different environment.


What a joy it was to welcome them back to Mile End Methodist Church, during their summer break - and to hear their news. They were all so enthusiastic about the work, the people around them and their surroundings in the beautiful country of Malawi - which is also one of the poorest countries in the world, and where there are many areas of dire need. It was good to see photographs of their home, the local countryside and wildlife, and Roy's work. Such things tell us that they are happy there, and also that the Lord is leading and protecting them as they obediently follow His will. The family head back to Malawi in late August, assured of our prayers and continued interest - and they take the proceeds of the Coffee Morning, an impressive £182.50.



Meal and Holy Communion, Maundy Thursday 2009


Holy Week and Easter 2009 were significant events in our year - recognising the significance of these times in the life of Jesus! On Palm Sunday, we joined with the other Churches Together in Myland, hosting a full breakfast, joining the walk to St. Joseph's where the Palm Crosses were blessed, and on to the Communion Service at St. Michael's.


Then on Maundy Thursday, we hosted a "simple meal" (but there was certainly plenty to eat!) which was followed by Holy Communion, led by Revd. John Allison. Thanks to Keith for providing these photographs....


Maundy Thursday meal


Maundy Thursday meal


Maundy Thursday meal

The more we remember the momentous events of Jesus' final week, the more we can truly celebrate Easter. And we did!


In come the shoeboxes!


Our Coffee Morning in November 2008 was in aid of the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal, and in a busy morning visitors brought 34 shoeboxes and bought £145.12 worth of goodies, which all adds to the Appeal.


Needless to say, lots of coffee and conversation added to the appeal of this regular monthly event - so watch out for details of future coffee mornings, and enjoy Saturday mornings with us! Here's a little photographic record of the morning....






October 2008's Coffee Morning - a popular event


The Coffee Morning this month included a "bring & Buy Stall" and was in aid of the East Anglian Children's Hospice. Nearly £140 was raised, including £32 on a stall run by local supporters of EACH -

.... and whether the morning's popularity was down to the attraction of this worthy cause, or whether people are just pleased to support good causes whilst having a good natter, we might never know!

But these photos tell the story - there was hardly a moment during the morning when the  stallholders could take a breather, with people from all parts of the community enjoying a sunny and happy  morning.

Now let's make sure the November event is an even greater success!


It's on November 8th, 10am - 11:30am,

in aid of the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal).

July Coffee Morning raises £114 for Anti Slavery International



On 12th July 2008, our regular Charity Coffee Morning was in aid of Anti Slavery International, and £114 was raised by a wide variety of initiatives -

coffee, of course, a FairTrade Stall, and even a "guess the weight of the slave" competition! Here are the slave and his master - such fortitude, to smile under such adversity!