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Lent 5: Our Servant King – Adoration

Symbol: Crown of thorns and robe

Our God is the king of peace, born to us as a little child, born in humility, born far away from the seats of power. Our God is the king of peace.

Our God is the king of righteousness, born into weakness, born into poverty, born to be at our mercy. Our God is the king of righteousness.

Our God is the king of love. By living in compassion, by living in truth, by living in justice,
God restores us. Our God is the king of love.





Sunday 18 March 2018 at 10.30am

  Worship led by Revd Neil Vickers

  Fifth Sunday in Lent

  Passion Sunday

 Lectionary: Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:5-10

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service


Sunday 25 March 2018 at 10.30am

  Worship led by Revd Ian Evans

  Sixth Sunday in Lent; Palm Sunday

Lectionary: Mark 11:1-11

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service



Mon 19 Mar


Knit, Natter, Craft and Chatter at Zion

Mon 19 Mar


Badminton at Zion; open to anyone over 16

Wed 21 Mar


Short mat bowls at Zion

Wed 21 Mar


Lent course at Zion ‘The Case for Jesus’

Thu 22 Mar


Drop-in coffee morning at Zion, including short service

Thu 22 Mar


Westside House Group; Chester Way

Thu 22 Mar


Eastside House Group

Fri 23 Mar


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

Sat 24 Mar


Sausage & Mash followed by a quiz at Wrangle Chapel;

tickets £7 from 761857 & 363727

Sat 24 Mar


Zion family quiz; entry £5 each including light supper; teams of 4; individual entries will be put into teams; in aid of Zion funds

Sun 25 Mar


‘Messy Easter’ at Gipsey Bridge



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.



First Aiders

We are short of qualified First Aiders to ensure coverage at all times during services. If you have a valid first aid certificate and would be prepared to be put on the list please speak to Stephen Cock. It is not very often that a first aider is needed but it is important to have cover at all times. Please do consider this seriously.




The Church desperately needs some stewards. Please seriously consider this rewarding post which helps ensure the smooth running of the Church life. Anyone interested or just needing more information please speak to Irene, Darryl or Neil Vickers well before the Church General meeting in April. We ideally need 4 or 5 and currently have 3 with one due to step down in April leaving only 2 to carry on.

Thank you!

Thank you to all who have responded to the appeal for gloves for the Food Bank clients, they have been very well received and we are very grateful for the speed with which you all responded. Many thanks, Shirley Evans.




‘Messy Easter’ at Gipsey Bridge:

Sunday 25 March, 3-5pm

Fun, crafts, story and songs for children and their families, followed by a party tea. ALL children must be accompanied by an adult. No charge – all welcome – just turn up! For more information, contact Rev Julie – 01205 316524 – julie.doddrell@btinternet.com


A Service of Quiet Reflection for Holy Week:

Wednesday 28 March, 7pm

Gipsey Bridge Chapel, led by Rev Julie Doddrell – ALL welcome.



Spring Extravaganza at Zion:

Wednesday 11 April, 9.30am to 12.30pm

If you wish to help at this Extravaganza please sign on the list by the door.

Meeting: Sunday 25 March

For anyone who wants to help on the holiday club on Wednesday 11 April. Quick meeting after church service on 25 March to talk about the crafts.


Saturday 14 April


Robin and Maureen invite everyone to join them at Zion Church hall for afternoon tea to celebrate 60 years of happy marriage. Please put your name on the sheet in the coffee lounge by 8 April. We kindly ask for no gifts please but should you wish to donate it will be given towards Zion sound system fund.


Spare towels

Do you have any spare towels you would be willing to donate to Zion please to replace the existing ones? Even though we have the hand dryers, it is always useful to have towels too.


An evening with John Wesley by Mark Topping

Saturday 21 April at 7pm

At Spilsby Methodist Church. Tickets £5. Written applications for tickets to Gwen Mundy, 101 Marina View, Dogdyke LN4 4BF (01526 345051). Please remember to include a Stamped Addressed Envelope with your application. Payment by cash or cheque (payable to Mid Lincolnshire Methodist Circuit).



An Evening with Graham Kendrick:

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm

An Evening with Graham Kendrick will take place at the New Life Centre, Mareham Lane, Sleaford NG34 7JP, on Friday 18 May 2018 at 7.30 pm.  The evening is an ideal opportunity for people outside of the church to hear the good news of the Gospel through modern contemporary worship songs. Tickets are £13 each – 01529 413063 – www.nlcm.org.uk



30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World:

27 May to 25 June

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Use 30 Days of Prayer and join with Christians around the world in praying for the Muslim world during Ramadan. It contains useful facts and information about Muslim practices and beliefs, stories of how God is at work in the lives of Muslims today and a daily focus on different countries and people groups across the Muslim world.



Come and See:

Saturday 5 May, 10am

Exploring God’s call on your life. A day of prayer, discernment and discovery. With time to explore lay ministry, pioneer ministry and ordained ministries. Wootton Trinity Methodist Church, 45 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP. For more information or to book your place email: northampton.distoffice@gmail.com



Holiday @ Home (Italy)

Tuesday 4 September to Thursday 6 September

Please put these days in your diary.

Everyone really had a good relaxing holiday last year and hopefully this year’s will be as enjoyable and relaxing.



Zion members financial and voluntary support

The Leadership Team are putting together a list of organisations that are supported by Zion members to put up on the noticeboard to celebrate the breadth of support. This could be time offered in volunteering or financial support. Please let the stewards know about any organisations you are involved in – welfare / friendship / financial / health or similar groups. They do not need names of individuals, just the groups supported.


Examples of organisations that are supported financially and in other ways include: Andrew Woodliffe’s Ministry in Kuala Lumper; Boston Food Bank; Boston Centrepoint Outreach; All You Can (Methodist Relief and Development Fund); Christian Aid; Tearfund; Barnabas Fund; Release International (working with persecuted Christians across the world); Compassion; RoadHoG.


Examples of organisations that members work voluntarily with include: Boston Scouting; Boston Macular Society; Citizen’s Advice (Mid Lincs-Boston); Fibromyalgia Relief; Boston Food Bank; Boston Street Pastors; Boston Night Shelter; Boston Centrepoint Outreach; Probus in Boston; Rotary in Boston; Willoughby Road Allotment Society; South Holland Singers.





Scripture Union

SU is committed to ensuring that the gospel is proclaimed to thousands of children and young people across England and Wales through the 95 Campaign (targeting the 95% who aren’t in church). They have employed five new regional workers to help to share the good news through a wide range of activities.


Matty Hawthorne is one of those regional workers. This is his story:

“I’ve recently been involved in a secondary school mission across Calderdale, West Yorkshire called ‘Fuse’. Working alongside Youth for Christ (YFC) Calderdale, several local churches and our mission partner Christians in Calderdale Schools (CICS), we decided to get the Christian band Twelve24 into local secondary schools, and then to put on an event at the local nightclub for the young people we had connected with in schools.


Through a youth club tour, and in local schools, we were able to see around four thousand young people face-to-face; the team and band members ran lessons on self-worth, purpose and anti-bullying. Tragically some of the schools had recently seen a few of their pupils commit suicide, and so these subjects seemed very relevant.


Following the schools week, we booked a huge local nightclub called Atik, and with dozens of volunteers from local churches helping out, we saw hundreds of young people come along to a great evening, where they got to listen and party to the music of Twelve24 as well as hearing the gospel. It was a beautiful moment at the end of the gig when dozens of young people raised their hand in response to the gospel message.


Of course, you can never be quite sure what a response like this means to each individual. However, after the gig we got a message from a young person saying that they had been planning on taking their own life before we came to their school, but had decided to wait to come along to the gig, and after responding to the message had changed their mind. Thank God that he placed us there just at that time. It's incredible to think that when we step out and reach The 95, we can bring new life in all sorts of ways.


Following the schools week and the nightclub gig, we booked a huge local Costa Coffee to run a follow-up event each Wednesday evening. Having done two of these evenings so far, it’s such an encouragement to be able to connect with 40-50 young people starting their journey of discipleship.”



If you would like to find out more or to give a gift to support this important work, go to: www.scriptureunion.org.uk





Consultation on the Mission Partner programme

deadline 23 March


The Methodist Church is running an online survey that will help inform the future shape of the Church’s Mission Partner programme.


For over 200 years, missionaries have gone from Britain and Ireland to many parts of the globe.  That work has evolved over time but it still continues as our Mission Partner programme and we currently have around 40 such Partners around the world.  For the avoidance of any doubt, this is quite distinct from ministerial exchanges or the transfer of ministers from overseas.


We wish to obtain views both from across the Church in Britain and from existing and former Mission Partners themselves.  We will consult with our Partner Churches in a different way.


The survey has two parts.  The first part has general questions about the shape of the programme and perceptions of it within MCB.  It should require 10-15 minutes of your time to complete and you can do that by clicking on the link below.  At the end, you will find a link to a more detailed second part intended only for past and current Mission Partners themselves. The deadline is 23 March.




Action for Children collection boxes

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



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 Church AGM

Sunday 15 April, 12.30pm

Due to Mothering Sunday falling on 11 March, the Leadership Team have taken the decision to move the date of the Church AGM to Sunday 15 April at 12.30 pm.

At this meeting members of the Church Council, stewards etc. are elected as well as the opportunity to hear reports on various aspects of the work at Zion.


Lent reflections

This year's superb Easter Offering has again been created by Methodist Women in Britain. This week’s reflection is Seek Peace and Pursue It. The reflections are designed for personal or group use and can be downloaded here:




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


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

Community of St Hugh Quiet Afternoon from 1.30pm to 4pm every Thursday in Lent (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.


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

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 






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.



















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