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This Week

Circuit Coffee, Chat and Prayer

Wednesday 19 January


Prayers will be led by Mike Jessop. Any resources will be screen shared.


Other Notices

Wednesday Fellowship

Wednesday 19 January

2.30pm to 4pm

Join us in Room 1 for a time of fellowship as we explore what happened at Ephesus in the early Church. If you are able, please carry out a Covid flow test on yourself before coming and wear a mask whilst moving about.



Centenary Singers

Friday 21 January


Centenary Singers continues, with new singers welcome. £5 per session. Come and enjoy an hour of singing of music from John Rutter to Frank Sinatra.



Holocaust Memorial Day Service

Sunday 23 January


At Hospital Bridge Methodist Church, led by Rev. Ann Lett



Holocaust Memorial Event

Sunday 30 January

 3pm to 4pm

District Event at St Hugh’s RC Church, Monks Road, Lincoln. An event to commemorate the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Open invitation to all.



God in Love Unites Us

Dear Friends. On Monday 10 January, there was a gathering at Zion to talk about how we felt about the ‘God In Love Unites Us’ report, which was brought to a conclusion at the 2021 Conference.  It was a fruitful evening, and several people shared their thoughts on whether we should allow same-gender marriages to take place at Zion.


It was felt another opportunity to discuss this would be helpful, and so it was decided to spend a little time at the next AGM would be the best time.  This is set for Sunday 20 March 2022 after morning worship. So please add this date to your diary.  We have much to discuss about the way forward for our church, and it would be useful if as many of our congregation could attend. Revd Ann


Eastside Fellowship Group

Thursday 10 February

 2pm to 4pm

Unfortunately, what was lovingly known as the ‘Eastside’ Fellowship Group ceased to meet during lockdowns, and was struggling to get going again, and so I sat with my diary to see if I could fit it in.


I will be holding monthly fellowship sessions at 2pm to 4pm at Zion (Room 1) on the following dates:


Thursday 10 February 2022
Thursday 17 March 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022
Thursday 12 May 2022
Thursday 9 June 2022
Thursday 14 July 2022
Break for August 
Thursday 8 September 2022
Thursday 13 October 2022
Thursday 10 November 2022
Thursday 8 December 2022


Initially, we’ll be looking at the Methodist Church’s material on ‘The Methodist Way of Life’.  Do join us if you’d like – the more the merrier! Revd Ann



Songs of Praise at Centenary

Sunday 13 February

4pm to 5pm

Join an all-age community BIG SING for body, mind and soul! Be blessed by the words and music of local choirs and artists. Celebrate the 109th birthday of Centenary’s outstanding pipe organ. Free admission. Refreshments. Donations. We look forward to seeing you!



Centenary Organ Recitals

from Monday 7 March


Thank you to all those who supported the Centenary Organ Recitals. Following its success, the next series will run from Monday 7 March to 30 May at 1.05pm with refreshments served from 12.15pm. The recital on Monday 7 March will be David Hill MBE. Details of all upcoming recitals can be found at www.organrecitals.com.

If you would like to volunteer at the recitals, please contact the Circuit office.



Trip to Auschwitz and Krakow

26 to 30 September 2022

District Event led by Revd. Bruce Thompson. For more information or to register your interest please email chair@lincolnshiremethodist.org.uk.



Thank you

During December:


Centrepoint Collection £43 (made up to £50 by the Church Council)

Action for Children on 19 December £120

Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People £74.




Badulla update

In September the Circuit committed to raising funds for Badulla Girls Home in Sri Lanka hoping to raise £400 to send to support their ongoing projects. We are pleased to say that current fundraising now stands at £238 and it would be great if we could have a final push to reach our target.



New Place for New People

The District are putting together a team to develop New Places for New People (NPNP) projects in the Lincolnshire District. For further information, or to express an interest, please contact Mrs Alison Godfrey on 01522 370126 or email PA@lincolnshiremethodist.org.uk



Notes on the Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting on 4 January

The Committee formally initiated work on our church Mission Plan at its October meeting, and the main business of the January meeting was to look at progress.


The main points being:

V  The Mission Plan is divided into eight stages, and drafts of the first two stages i.e. Process, and Community Audit were presented. 'Process' is concerned with how we intend to carry out the entire project, while 'Community Audit' considers the nature of the community around us, and the community facilities that they currently have access to. Both documents can be found on the church website.

V  The next stage (3) is 'Church Review' which identifies those Church activities that members of the congregations have valued most in the past and present. It also assesses the resources that the church now has which can be devoted to serving the community.

V  This work will start straight away, and the first aim will be to speak with as many members of the congregation as possible about what aspects of church life they have most  valued and felt most involved in – so please be ready with your answers – you may be asked for your opinion very soon!

V  The stage 3 paper needs to be complete well before the Committee has a meeting with local Borough Councillors on 29th March. There will then be a month-long consultation on all the 3 completed stages, involving the congregation, the users of our accommodation and the community. This will be assisted by a church 'Fun Day' to be held on June 4th (Jubilee celebration weekend).

V  Later, in Stage 4, we will start to determine future plans – but that is another story for another day!


Other items looked at by the Committee were:

V  The need to change our website provider due to continuing technical difficulties in making up-dates and refreshing the content.

V  The possibility of having a holiday club during the October half term.

V  The success of the new 'Coffee and Craft’ group which meets on a Monday morning, with upwards of 16 attenders.


Older Notices


Rev Brian Newton

Rev Brian Newton passed away peacefully on New Year's Day at a Care Home in Lincoln. His Funeral is expected to take place in Boston at Holy Trinity. Please remember the family in your prayers.




If anyone wishes to provide flowers for the church there is a new calendar on the table as you come in to church for you to add your name to. You can either provide them yourself or if you would rather someone else gets them for you please speak to Irene.



RoadHoG News


January 2022

If we had thought that 2020 was a strange year for the roadHoG Project, then 2021 had more than enough surprises (and stresses) in store for us. The year started with the Bus under lockdown, but we were thrilled to be able to get back out on the Streets in April/May - and we were quite literally out on the streets - as we weren’t allowed to have the youngsters on the Bus. Tony Coe excelled himself by producing a range of outdoor games and activities that allowed us to entertain the youngsters and having the gazebo, meant that we didn’t get too wet whilst we were doing it.


Whilst many of our Team Members had to isolate for their own safety, those that didn’t, turned up for duty as usual. Being unable to have the youngsters on board, and reducing our Stop time to a half hour, and visiting two Stops per night, we needed less staffing for each Stop anyway.


The Lord truly blessed us, both by keeping us all safe from the virus and by sending along quite large numbers of youngsters to most of the Stops. To our amazement quite a lot of parents began to come along too, to have a Hot Chocolate and a chat. Passers-by, seeing the parents there, also began to stop for a Hot Chocolate and a chat and in that, we widened our outreach to encompass adults too. November saw us being allowed to invite youngsters back onto the Bus - and numbers have grown steadily ever since at all of the Stops.

We have also begun a new Stop at Sutton St James – their first evening saw some fifteen youngsters turn up – sadly though the next time we were scheduled to be there, the village was subjected to a huge rise in the number of Covid cases and so we had to postpone the work there until 21st Jan, getting back there is something that we are all looking forward to.

We have also begun a new Stop at Fenside in Boston and we are indebted to the Fenside Community Centre for allowing us use of their car park and for advertising our presence to the local community. Sadly we haven’t been able to commence a Stop in Wyberton as yet, but if you feel the call to minister to young people there, please do get in touch, either with me (kevin.smithbone@btinternet.com) or with Rev Sudharshan Sarvananthan at: sudharshan@wybertonandframpton.org

We have managed to visit Spalding three times in the year, supporting Spalding Police in their work amongst young people, which was a privilege. We also attended Skate Jam in Boston – to support Boston Police, Boston Borough Council and The Community Alcohol Partnership - that was such a fun day!

Sadly, Maisie W. Audrey B. and Helen S. retired during 2021, which left a huge hole in the Team at Tunnard Street, but we have been blessed by the support we have received there from Members of other Teams. We are so grateful for the years of service that Maisie, Audrey and Helen have given to roadHoG and our love and our prayers go with them.

Sadly, half way through December the Bus decided it needed a bit of a rest and blew oil out through an axle seal and onto its brakes. How on earth do you find parts for a 32-year-old Bus? Simple, you turn to the “John Cropley & Kevin Mothers Detective Agency” and when they’ve scoured the UK (& the USA) for the parts, you turn to the spanner-wielding genius that is Ben Jeffery and within two weeks we were back on the road – thanks Gents!! Sadly though, we missed the Swineshead Christmas Fayre, but there’s always next year!

So – it’s been a strange year, but one in which we have seen God work so many times and in so many ways, of particular note is the number of folk who have come forward for training to be Team Members – we now have over 80 trained staff – Praise God!! Now if we could only get this Covid thing out of the way in 2022 as quickly as Ben fixed the Bus………………………

May I thank you all for your amazing support throughout 2021 and wish you a wonderfully blessed and peaceful 2022. Blessings, Kev!

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing helpline

Lincolnshire has a confidential mental health and emotional wellbeing helpline.  It is available 24/7, is free and can provide emotional support, advice and guidance for anyone feeling low, anxious or stressed. Call 0800 001 4331 if you would like to talk to someone. Please remember it's ok to ask for help - these are difficult times for us all.


Also... If you need support and are unable to call on members of your household or friends and family members to help for food or supplies, you can still get help. Call 01522 782189, 7 days a week.




Publicity Summary

The Mission and Outreach Committee met for the first time since lockdown on the 19 October. Results of the meeting can be summarised as: 

  •   The Committee will concentrate on Mission Planning in the immediate future and at its next meeting aims to approve early parts of the Plan for wider consultation. A meeting with local councillors is also being sought.
  •   The congregation will be invited to fill in a questionnaire aimed at re-assessing / re-vamping the Zion weekly notices.
  •   Work is under way on improving arrangements for the Zion website, and reducing costs.
  •   Rev. Ann has conducted a harvest festival at Boston West school on 12 October. Hopefully in future similar contact can be achieved at Staniland and Carlton Road schools.
  •   An application has been made for a group from Zion to go and sing carols at Asda on Wednesday 15 December at 3.15pm. (Singers – please make a note in your diary!)
  •   Meet and Eat is due to return on 18 November, and also with Christmas dinner on 16 December.
  •   It is intended that children's 'extravaganzas' will make a return during appropriate school holidays over the coming year.
  •   Looking forward to September 2022, it is intended that the Holiday at Home should also return with an African theme.
  •   Date of next meeting: 4 January 2022 at 7pm



Action for Children 

Action for Children has received the wonderful news that we are a step closer to becoming Morrisons’ next charity partner. We are one of the final two charities in the running to win! The final stage is for Morrisons’ staff to vote on which charity they would like to be their next partner.


If we were to win, this partnership would be worth an incredible £10.5 million, giving us the potential to help more than 3 million children. Winning this partnership would be game-changing for us and millions of children. Staff voting is now open and closes on October 27 and we need your help!


Please visit https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-us/partner-with-us/corporate-partnerships/morrisons/ and help us reach three million disadvantaged children.



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