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WEEKLY NOTICES


SUNDAY 20 JUNE 2021



Centenary Singers: Friday 25 June

Centenary Singers is a new community singing group meeting every Friday in the Little Chapel at Centenary at 5pm and 5.50pm. £5 per singer. Book via email.

 

 

District Webinars

Rev. Bruce Thompson will be hosting two very special webinars on Zoom.


The Church and the Holocaust webinar: Wednesday 30 June, 7.30pm

A Conference Fringe event that will address some of the key issues so often overlooked by the Church in the 76 years since the war – how we as churches have engaged, or not, with the Holocaust.  How far were the churches complicit? And what have we done to address the lessons that should be drawn from the fact that 6 million Jews, and many others were rounded up, transported in cattle trucks, selected and murdered by, in the main baptised Christians? Revd Dr Peter Howson and Dr Carolyn Sanzanbacher will be speaking on this important topic. If you would like to attend you will need to register for this event.  Booking via email.

60 minutes at Noon webinar: Monday 5 July, 12 noon

Rev. Bruce Thompson will be hosting another 60 minutes at Noon event, this time with friends from the St Philips Centre, Imam Imran Sulaman, Revd Dr Tom Philips and James Blackhall.  The event will be considering how Muslims and Christians view the prophets. Book via email.




Online Bible Month Book Club: Monday 5 July, 2.30pm

Every Monday in July 2.30pm to 4pm on Zoom with half-time cuppa and cake! Take time to relax in great company with a gripping Gospel this Summer! Mark is the book for Bible Month this year, and we’d like to read it together with fresh eyes and simply share stories of how it connects with real life. Join Bible Book Club on Zoom.

 

Mon 5 July: chapters 1-4. Great to read the chapters in advance if you can.


Email for Zoom details.




NOTICES FROM
PREVIOUS WEEKS


Zion Church Flowers

If you would like to mark an anniversary or special occasion by putting flowers into the church for the Sunday service, this would enhance the worship and would be gratefully received by Irene and/or Gill. The church is cool and we usually manage to make flowers last for two weeks. You could either put the flowers in yourself or let someone else do it for you. For further details please contact Irene or Gill.



Email warning

Warning: If you get an email purporting to be from Rev Ann Lett please, before you open any attachment, check the sender email address and make sure it is actually from Rev Ann. There have been emails sent from an unknown source making it look like they are from Rev Ann. Her correct email address is on the front of the Circuit Plan and in the Circuit Directory. Please do not open any attachment and report it as 'phishing email' where possible and then delete it. Thank you Stephen.



Circuit Steward Vacancies

The Boston Circuit are seeking to appoint one/maybe two further Circuit Stewards. At the present time, the Circuit Stewards are me Lynn (Senior Circuit Steward), Stephen C (who will be stepping down in September after many years faithful service), Elizabeth H, Jenny B, and Carol L.

 

We meet as a Circuit Leadership Team along with Rev. Julie, Rev. Val, and Rev. Ann roughly every 6 weeks and for the last year this has been via zoom. We meet to discuss the work already taking place within our Circuit and to plan its future development.

 

A role description is available from the office and if you are interested to find out more about this role before putting yourself forward, please contact me for an informal chat.

 

Thank you.

 

Lynn - Senior Circuit Steward



Summer Season Concerts at Centenary - stewards needed

It is wonderful that we shall have the Centenary Concerts taking place over the summer on Wednesday evenings from 7 July through to 22 September from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. However, we do need stewards x 3 for each of the Wednesdays and are asking for support with this.  Stewards will need to arrive early and stay afterwards to help close up.  

 

If you feel able and willing to steward, please let us know with Wednesday date(s) you can offer by 23 June please. A rota will be arranged in due course. Many thanks in advance for your help.

 

7 July: Kate Witney (Soprano Soloist)
14 July: Stamford Stompers (Dixieland Jazz)
21 July: The BIZ Boston (Screen & Stage Songs)
28 July: The Settlers (60s Pop Band)
4 August: Pat Campbell (Vocal Hits from 50s to 2000s)
11 August: DreamBelles (1940s Wartime Songs)
18 August: Trumpet & Organ
25 August: John Lyon (Organ)
1 September: DreamBelles (ABBA Tribute)
8 September: Coastal Community Choir
15 September: BUGS (Ukulele Band)
22 September: Boston Community Choir


More details of the concerts here.


District Vision Day: Saturday 4 September - save the date!

“A child shall lead them” – hearing the voices of young people. A day for anyone working with children, young people and families AND anyone NOT working with children, young people and families. Don’t miss it!



RoadHoG – new “Stop” at Fenside Community Centre

At Churches Together in Boston's AGM, this appeal formed part of the RoadHoG report. I thought it was worth sharing, especially as it relates to work at Fenside. Please pass it around and think about possible volunteers - not necessarily from Zion's own membership - but through your other Christian networks locally too perhaps? Even if you've had this message before, it won't hurt to put it out there again and give it some extra prayer in hope of responses. Thanks very much. Locum Rev Val!


RoadHoG

We hope to open a new “Stop” at Fenside Community Centre as soon as possible. We have received a grant to fund this and we have volunteers from both St Botolph’s Church and Hospital Bridge Methodist Church, willing to be trained to staff the Bus there – however we do need more volunteers! If there is anyone in your Church Fellowship willing to be used of The Lord in this extremely needy area of our Town, find out more here.



Andrew Birkett

On Sunday 9 May, Anne and Stuart Birkett went up to Leeds to be at their son, Andrew's, preacher accreditation service. They took with them a card, gift and greetings from Andrew's first church, Zion. Andrew has responded as follows:


"Thanks to COVID restrictions, I had a long wait between qualifying as a Local Preacher and my accreditation service, but the day finally arrived recently, and I was thrilled to receive a gift to mark the occasion from my “home church”, Zion, a beautiful NIV study bible. The very first thing my mentor said to me at the start of my training was “buy a new bookshelf”, and it was good advice – a preacher can never have enough commentaries, bibles and other books, and the study bible you sent me will be really helpful as I prepare services, thank you.


With blessings and good wishes on behalf of everyone in the Leeds North and East Methodist Circuit, particularly at Christ Church in Halton. Andy Birkett''



Easter Box

Thank you messages are still arriving and this was received last week from one of our CAMEO ladies who says 'everything in the box with its meaning was a joy to receive'.  Her son and family were finally able to visit her from Kent last week and 'were touched by the very thoughtfulness of it all'.



Message from Rev Ann

Dear all

As you probably all will have heard by now, I begin my sabbatical on 1 May, returning back to duty on 1 September.  During my sabbatical I am looking at resources I brought back from Yad Vashem (World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem) specifically with the aim of creating some assemblies to share with school children age-appropriate material about the Holocaust.

 

Before I go though, I'd like you to make a date in your diary for 26 September 2021.  This is the date we have set aside for the Annual General Meeting.  At this meeting, we will be discussing much more than business.  With everything that hasn't happened because of Covid, we need to try and work out what Zion's vision is for the next few years.  If we're allowed, it would be good if you brought a packed lunch so we can eat together and enjoy fellowship before we talk of Zion's future.  Please come prepared to discuss and share your thoughts as to what you think Zion can do for its local community, and what you think our priorities should be.

 

I look forward to seeing you all when I return back to duty, but in the meantime, be assured of my continued prayers.

 

Rev Ann



General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The church council, as managing trustees, is responsible for ensuring that a review of GDPR takes place over the next few weeks and reports back to the District by the end of May. 

 

Any personal information (name, address, telephone & mobile numbers, email addresses etc) held by any officers of the church, leaders of groups etc. must be current and up to date.  Any old lists, past circuit plans, pastoral or church directories should be destroyed/shredded.  If you no longer hold any office and have given up a church role, please ensure that any personal information/old paperwork is destroyed.  Likewise, the same applies to any old documents/lists etc. held on computer and these should also be deleted.  Thank you for your help.


 

Fundraising for Scarlett

Please pray for Celia’s Great Granddaughter Scarlett and her family. Scarlett is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with epilepsy and Angelman-like Syndrome. She has very limited communication skills and her family have been told that she may never walk. There is currently a 4 year wait for Disabled Facilities Grants so her family are fundraising to adapt their home.


You can find out more and give online at: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/scarlettsjourney


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