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Lent 1: Our Servant King – Humility

Symbol: Bowl and towel

(The bowl and towel are placed at the foot of the Cross)

Jesus, our Saviour, knelt before His friends and washed their feet.

God who seeks to rescue us offers to wash us clean.

God who loves us, needs us to serve as He served.

God the source of life itself offers himself to us.

God who breathes the breath of life in us,

Feeds us through brokenness and love poured out unstinting.

God who loves us, needs us to serve as He served.




Sunday 18 February 2018 at 10.30am

  Worship led by Revd Trevor Hancock

  Holy Communion

  First Sunday in Lent / Sabbath Sunday

Lectionary: Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service

Lent Liturgy: The Lent Cross

Our Christmas tree, so beautiful during the Christmas season has become the Lent Cross, linking the baby born in the stable with the man who died on the Cross. The tree we decorated to celebrate the mystery of the incarnation becomes a focus for a journey alongside Christ through Lent and it will bloom again to celebrate the hope and life of Easter, our risen Saviour.


During Lent we begin our worship with a responsive prayer during which a symbol for the season is brought forward as a focus for our worship.

See Photo and text at the top of this page.





Sunday 25 February 2018 at 10.30am

  Worship led by Nigel Andrews

  Second Sunday in Lent

 Lectionary: Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Mark 8:31-38; Romans 4:13-25

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service



Sun 18 Feb


Sabbath Lincolnshire – time to take a Sabbath rest

Sun 18 Feb


Open Day at Boston Mosque & Islamic Centre

Mon 19 Feb


Knit, Natter, Craft and Chatter at Zion

Mon 19 Feb


Badminton at Zion; open to anyone over 16

Wed 21 Feb


Short mat bowls at Zion

Wed 21 Feb


Lent Film at Zion ‘Risen’ (see 'Weekly Notices')

Thu 22 Feb


Drop-in coffee morning at Zion, including short service

Thu 22 Feb


Meet & Eat at Zion

Thu 22 Feb


Quiet Afternoon at Olive Tree – every Thursday in Lent

Thu 22 Feb


Westside House Group; Hessle Avenue

Thu 22 Feb


Eastside House Group

Fri 23 Feb


Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO); suggested donation £1

Sat 24 Feb


Fairtraid Coffee Morning at Centenary (see 'Weekly Notices')



Sabbath Lincolnshire

Sunday 18 February

Sabbath Lincolnshire is a District-wide initiative for the first Sunday in Lent 2018. Pick up a booklet with more information about “Sabbath” and some suggestions for keeping Sabbath special.


It’s time to take a Sabbath rest…One Sunday in a year to especially focus on the sense and meaning of Sabbath. Today we recall that Jesus managed to avoid the temptation to take the easier route to satisfy himself and chose instead to do as God commanded. No one is asking you to go into a physical wilderness for the 40 days of Lent; but you are invited to begin the season of Lent with a commitment to make just one day different.


You don’t have to abandon everything you would normally do on a Sunday! But as a start you could consider not using social media, not sending emails, using your phone or computer unless absolutely necessary. You could avoid television or any form of shopping, or perhaps gardening or driving; maybe you could walk to church if you are able. It’s not just about giving up something, it may be about doing something different or differently: prepare the meal the night before so that all you need do is cook it on the Sunday after church. You can be as creative as you wish to put God at the heart of your Sabbath rest.


Sabbath Lincolnshire isn’t offering a prescription of what to do and what not to do, make it work for you. The booklet is an excellent and truly helpful guide and resource for you to see Sabbath as an important feature in the rhythm of life. And you won’t be alone as many others across the Lincolnshire Methodist District will be celebrating Sabbath Lincolnshire together.






Thank you!

Thanks to those who came to our open house last Sunday. £200 was donated and this will be split between RoadHog and the Food Bank. Thank you for your generosity.

Love Mary and John.


Lent Film at Zion ‘Risen’

Wednesday 21 February, 7pm

In 33AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ who rose from the dead.


Starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton and Peter Firth.


Featuring Pilate, Mary Magdalene, Peter and the other disciples.


“A unique take on the Greatest Story Ever Told”.


For more information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3231054/


Fairtrade Coffee Morning at Centenary

Saturday 24 February, 10am

Proceeds to the Fairtrade Charity Arm and the total raised will be doubled by the UK Government.

From 10am to 12.30pm.



‘Chosen’ at Holy Trinity Church

Saturday 17 March, 3pm

Churches Together in Boston (CTiB) are pleased to announce that “Chosen” is coming to Boston. After a lifetime of storing everything, Mary’s heart is full! And now she’s meeting Angels again. Is this the next of God’s challenges? In “Chosen” we meet Mary on Easter Saturday as she looks at her life with Jesus and watch her discover what’s ahead. “Chosen” is a funny and moving one-woman show. Written and performed by Susannah Hallcroft.  


To be held at Holy Trinity Church, Spilsby Road, on 17 March 3pm followed by tea and cake.


Tickets £5; Available from ctib2012@gmail.com to book your tickets. What could be better to prepare you for Mothering Sunday the next day, the Mother of the most special Son, and more importantly for Holy Week.



Sausage & Mash at Wrangle Chapel

Saturday 24 March, 6pm for 6.30pm

Sausage & Mash followed by a quiz; tickets £7; available from 761857 & 363727



Zion Family Quiz

Saturday 24 March, 7pm

Entry £5 per person including light supper.

Teams of 4.

Individual entries will be put into teams.

In aid of Zion funds.


Religious Freedom

Barnabas Fund are raising awareness of their concerns about the erosion of religious freedom in many countries throughout the world in a resurgence of intolerance and uniformity. Please support their petition calling for religious freedom to be enshrined in UK law. There are paper copies available at Zion, including a booklet called ‘Turn the Tide’ which powerfully sets out the challenges and the reasons why a new law to protect religious freedom is needed in the UK and online at: https://barnabasfund.org/en/news/reclaiming-religious-freedom-in-the-uk

Action for Children collection boxes

Please return collecting boxes to Celia at your earliest convenience – thank you!




Christian Aid Humber Bridge Walk

Saturday 12 May

Date for your diary… More details nearer the time but you are cordially invited by Rev Brian Newton to consider sponsoring Robin Woodcock…



Date for your diary

Spring Harvest Skegness

2 to 6 April



Methodist Anglican Covenant

Following debate at the General Synod, the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission will now undertake further refinement and clarification on proposals that would see the Church of England and the Methodist Church enter into a relationship of communion and enable an interchange of their presbyteral ministries.

To read more about the proposals: http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/all-news/church-of-england-and-methodist-church-to-continue-exploring-closer-communion/



 ‘Lent Talks’ on BBC Radio 4

Wednesday 21 February, 8.45pm

Contributors offer a personal take on an aspect of the Passion story. The series opens with the Science writer Sharman Apt Russell who writes about the hunger that is for more than bread alone: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rzhy9 



The Old Testament Journey in 3½ minutes

Baffled by the Old Testament or need to refresh your memory? Check out this potted history. This 3.5-minute animation tells the story of how Israel's journey unfolded throughout the Old Testament, with witty tour guide, Dai Woolridge.




Quiet Afternoons at Olive Tree

Thursday 15 February at 1.30pm

Community of St Hugh Quiet Afternoon from 1.30pm to 4pm every Thursday in Lent (15/2, 22/2, 1/3, 8/3, 15/3, 22/3, 29/3). Each week Rev Fran Jeffries will focus on a different aspect of the Prayer of St Hugh. This is not a series, so you are welcome to come to just one rather than all of them. Cost £3 each afternoon. Olive Tree, Old Bolingbroke, PE23 4HP, 01790 763627.

Interested? Please let Linda at Olive Tree know.




Sabbath Lincolnshire

Sunday 18 February

Sabbath Lincolnshire is a District-wide initiative for the first Sunday in Lent 2018 (next Sunday). Pick up a booklet with more information about “Sabbath” and some suggestions for keeping Sabbath special – avoiding social media, television, shopping etc and spending more time with God and with family and friends, for example with a special celebration meal.

Join others in the District by making the first Sunday in Lent an extra special Sunday. It’s time to take a Sabbath rest. During daylight hours we will seek to avoid social media, television, shopping, cleaning the car etc.

Resources are available to help people to take Sabbath rest: http://www.lincolnshiremethodist.org.uk/news/246-sabbath-lincolnshire


Fairtrade Coffee Morning at Centenary

Saturday 24 February

Proceeds to the Fairtrade Charity Arm and the total raised will be doubled by the UK Government. From 10am to 12.30pm



Zion Family Quiz

Saturday 24 March at 7pm

Entry £5 per person including light supper. Teams of 4. Individual entries will be put into teams. In aid of Zion funds.




Action for Children collection boxes

Please return collecting boxes to Celia at your earliest convenience – thank you!




Monday Afternoon Fellowship

Are you free on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 2.30pm? The Monday Afternoon Fellowship Group are looking for 2 or 3 more people to join them. They meet at Pauline’s house so please contact Pauline if you would like to know more.

Mobile Phones

It is possible for mobile phones to cause interference to the Church audio system if they are still switched on or even on mute. Would you kindly check that yours is switched off completely please? Thank you.



Surplus Audio-Cassettes

There are a number of audio-cassettes in the Sanctuary in a box by the corner near the drums. They are recordings of Christian music. If you still have the facility to play them and would like them, please help yourself.





Open Day at Boston Mosque & Islamic Centre

Sunday 18 February

You are cordially invited to come and explore your local mosque (27 Horncastle Road, 369114). Ask questions, clear misconceptions, visit the Islamic Exhibition, watch live prayers and exchange factual based information in a frank, open and honest environment. Refreshments available. 11am to 3pm.


Death and dying

A range of resources has been produced for those seeking guidance on the subjects of death and dying. Whilst these are intended for all, the resources recognise that Christian faith has something distinctive and hopeful to offer in the face of death and grief: http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/life-and-faith/death-and-dying







Gipsey Bridge Chapel Annual Spring Fair

Saturday 10 March, 2pm

Admission free; various stalls – cakes, preserves, bric-a-brac, tombola; refreshments



Zion Church Weekend Away at Overstrand:

7 October 2018

I am glad to say that we have 19 people who wish to go to 'The Pleasaunce' at Overstrand in October.  There is still time to book if anyone else wishes to go. We would love to have some of our young people with us.  If we have 20 or more in our group we’re able to claim a free place! Please see Jean if you are interested.



C.A.M.E.O. has been chosen to be a Community Champion by the Lincolnshire Co-Op. We will be supported by Argyle Street and Woodville Road Food Stores. Money raised during the period 25th November to 3rd March will be shared with “Community Lincs’ Good Neighbours Scheme”. Money raised is based on how much people shop, fundraise, collection boxes and carrier bag levy.


















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