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Third Sunday in Advent

Advent liturgy - Hope Peace Joy Love: Sunday 3 – Joy

Today we light a candle of joy. The true joy of knowing God and the joy shared with the world through the birth of that special baby Jesus.As we light the candle we focus on the joy in our lives and take a moment to share something with our neighbour that we are rejoicing in and are happy about this week.


Remind us Lord that there is much in life which makes us full of joy and happiness.


Lord we come to you to give thanks for all we have and for all those we love.  Remind us to be sharers of this joy and thankfulness so that all might feel it in this advent season.  Amen



Sunday 17 December at 10.30am

Rev Ian Evans

Third Sunday in Advent

Lectionary: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service

6.30pm: Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 24 December at 10.30am

    Rev Neil Vickers

    Fourth Sunday in Advent

Lectionary: 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 16:25-27

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service






Sun 17 Dec


Candlelit Carol Service at Zion

Sun 17 Dec


Candlelit Carol Service at Zion

Wed 20 Dec


Short mat bowls at Zion

Thu 21 Dec


Drop-in coffee morning at Zion

Thu 21 Dec


Meet & Eat Christmas lunch at Zion - Booking Essential.

Fri 22 Dec


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

Sun 24 Dec


Midnight Christmas Eve Communion Service at Centenary

Mon 25 Dec


Christmas Day service at Zion; Rev Neil Vickers





Night shelter

The night shelter has opened  from this week and Ian is looking for volunteers to help. Zion is down to do Fridays. Please see Ian Harwood if you can volunteer or if you would like to know more.



Christmas greetings from Jean Haigh...

JEAN HAIGH writes “I wish you peace and joy this Christmas and will be thinking of you. Christmas will be spent with all my family and I am looking forward to special services with my new church family”



RoadHoG update

The members of the RoadHoG Team would like to wish all its supporters “A Very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!” Whether you support them in Prayer, Financially, or in any other way, THANK YOU!


The next RoadHoG Prayer Meeting will be held on Friday 19 January 2018 at 7pm at Kirton Methodist Church. On the following day, Saturday 20 January, there will be a commissioning service for Tony Coe, the newly appointed Schools Worker, at the CTiB Christian Unity Prayer Time at Centenary Church between 12 noon and 2pm. Please do come and join us there if you can.


With the colder weather come icy roads, high winds and slippery surfaces all of which can make driving the RoadHoG Bus extremely tricky. Please pray for safety for the Bus and Drivers over the next few months... For more information: www.roadhogbus.org.uk


Presidential Christmas message

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released their 2017 Christmas message on the subject of visitation. You can read and watch their full message online at: http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/all-news/christmas-message/


Visiting is at the heart of Christmas. In the birth of Jesus, God became a guest in God’s own world - what an amazing truth that is! The familiar Bible stories which will be told and re-told again this Christmas in churches, schools, homes and on television and radio will remind us of many other visits too; Gabriel visits Mary, Mary visits Elizabeth, the angels visit the shepherds, the shepherds visit the Holy Family, the magi come from distant lands, following a star to visit the new-born King... some of those visits were long-planned, others happened spontaneously. Whether or not we feel organized and “ready” for Christmas now, there is a place for everyone at the manger.



This Christmas our prayer is that you might visit the manger once more and know in your hearts the coming of the Christ child, to worship and to hear again this fantastic story of incarnation, of joy and of wonder and give thanks for this marvellous gift and that we might all, through the visits we make and receive, change the world.


O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant.

Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him, born the king of angels;

O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.


Church Weekend Away at Overstrand, Cromer

October 2018

The Leadership Team are looking at the possibility of booking ‘The Pleasaunce’ (Christian Endeavour Holiday Home) for the weekend of 5th/6th/7th October 2018 for our church weekend away.  But before any booking we need to know how many people would be interested in going.  Costs per person are £130 for standard room and £145 for ensuite room.  Zion would also like to invite the young people too but hopefully this would be at a reduced rate.


I need to let Evie, the acting manager, know if we are wishing to book by 17th Dec.  If you would be interested or need to know more please contact Jean Burgess – 01205 368391, email – jdburgess60@tiscali.co.uk by 17th Dec at the very latest.



Online Advent Calendar

The Methodist Church online advent calendar on the Advent Offering theme of 'Comfort my People' is available online: http://www.methodist.org.uk/adventcalendar



Action for Children volunteers

Action for Children is taking part in the 1 Million Minutes campaign to combat loneliness with its focus on parents. Running until 18 December, the 1 Million Minutes campaign aims to encourage people to volunteer.

Find out more here: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/how-to-help/1-million-minutes

Thank you… from Barbara


  TO all our members who support the wider mission of the Methodist Church. In the last financial year £98.31 was raised for the work of the Mission in Britain Fund, which is a decrease of £26.39. £295.38 was raised for the World Church Fund. This figure includes £79.83 for JMA. This is an increase of £131.72. The majority of the money raised comes from mission boxes.  I do have spare boxes if you would like to support these mission funds.

  TO all our Church welcomers. You do an important job in ensuring everyone gets a friendly welcome when they enter our doors. I will soon be writing out a new rota if you would like to join our team, please speak with me.


TO our Bible readers. It is a pleasure to have so many people willing to share in this task. I hope you, like me, enjoy the different voices of our readers which enhances the worship we share.  I will also soon be writing out a new list of readers for 2018 and if you would like your name adding, or taking off, the rota please speak with me.

TO our music makers. We have a small team of dedicated music makers who give their time to play for us, without them our worship would be much poorer.


To all those who help behind the scenes to make everything at Zion run smoothly


‘All We Can’ Gift Catalogue

Give a life changing gift for your loved ones this Christmas. From helping vulnerable widows in Cameroon ‘Build a farm’ to ensuring farmers in Zimbabwe have ‘Seeds for life’, there are Extraordinary Gifts to buy at www.allwecan.org.uk/christmas



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.


 Advent resources

The Join Public Issues Team (JPIT) has published resources to help preparations as we journey through Advent. Each week focuses on a different way to prepare for the coming of Christ, and provides stories, prayers and actions based on the lectionary readings for Advent: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/resources/worship-prayer/prepare-ye-the-way/


2018 Bible reading notes

Please let Barbara H. know if you wish her to order your 2018 Bible reading notes…


Call for stateless rights

A new initiative calling for improved rights for ‘stateless’ people has been backed by faith leaders including the Rev Loraine N Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference.


The statement calls for action on the part of the UK Government to review its policies towards stateless people as many end up in prolonged and pointless detention while the Home Office tries to remove them from the UK. You can read the it online here:



Where will this advent take you?

Journey with the Bible Society (and a few biblical friends) to take on #AdventChallenge! They will send you three biblically-inspired challenges a day to help you bring the Bible to life every day of December. The challenges are simple, practical, Bible-based and life-affirming and this year include child-friendly challenges for schools and families.



The Real Advent Calendar

The Real Advent Calendar is the only charity advent calendar with a free Christmas storybook. It will help everyone enjoy and share the Christmas story. Fairtrade Belgian chocolate. Available now for only £3.99. http://www.eden.co.uk/real-advent-calendar/


Olive Tree

Christmas stock is being displayed now, we have a large range of charity cards including tearfund, Compassion, Leprosy Mission and Traidcraft.


From 1 December until 24 December we will have our nativity scene displayed. Please bring groups up and spend time around the nativity and enjoying our homemade mince pies. Please book in advance. Linda, Olive Tree, High Mill, Kirkby Hill, Old Bolingbroke PE23 4HP. 01790 763627

























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