Church Open Week:
16 to 21 October
'Open Week' begins tomorrow and we hope to see visitors coming through our
doors for the first time. Much publicity has been achieved through the press,
radio, website, social media and banners and posters. However, we also know
that often the most effective means of publicity is 'word of mouth', so please
remember to mention 'Open Week' to the people you meet over the coming few
days. Also, we still have some sessions which are not covered by volunteers, so
please consider helping out on one of these three-hour sessions. A briefing for
all volunteers will be held in Room 1 immediately after today's service, when
written notes will also be handed out.
Messy Church at Gipsey Bridge:
Sunday 29 October
‘Light up the darkness!’ 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.
Remembrance Sunday at Wrangle:
Sunday 12 November
is a change to the current quarterly plan for Wrangle Methodist Church.
Please note that on Remembrance Sunday, 12 November, the plan is now to meet
outside the Parish Church at 10.45am instead of at the Chapel. Two weeks
later on 26 November Rev. Julie will be leading the service at the Chapel and
this will include Sacrament.
Methodist Women in Britain District Day:
At Moorland Park Methodist Church, Lincoln. Lunch £3.50 per head.
‘Darkness and Light’, act of worship led by Diane Patrick. Contact Margaret
with numbers for catering and any special dietary requirements: email@example.com.
For further details contact Diane Patrick – 01469 573638 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 23 November
are looking for community groups in and around Boston to take part in some free
lantern making workshops where people can come together and have some fun and
create their own spectacular light up lanterns for the Illuminate Parade in
Boston on 23 November. The lantern procession will take place between 5.30pm
and 6.30pm in the Market Place. Last year’s parade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQSy1Jpb1-o
workshops will take place at Geoff Moulder Activity Room between 10am and 3pm
on Saturdays 15 October, 21 October and Sunday 22 October and at The Guildhall
in Boston between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays 28 October and 18 November. If
interested in taking part, please give your name to Lesley who is happy to
co-ordinate on behalf of Zion.
Christmas Tree Festival at Centenary:
Thursday 30 November
have agreed that Zion will do a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival at
Centenary on 30 November. The theme of our tree is to be the church activities
we do at Zion. If anyone wishes to help organise or make decorations on the
theme and help set up the tree, please contact Jean Burgess.
More details to
‘Healing and Wholeness Service’ at
Thursday 19 October
Methodist Church is holding a 'Healing and Wholeness Service'.
Rotary Shoebox Appeal
Sunday 22 October
brought 30 boxes into Zion last Sunday and they disappeared like snow in summer!
Thank you. So an additional 20 boxes have been put in the coffee lounge for
those who need them. Filled boxes can be left by the sanctuary doors and I will
then put them near the altar table. It would be good to have all the boxes in
for a Blessing on Anniversary Sunday (22 October) but if you can’t manage that,
don’t worry. Blessings...........John
Zion Christmas Fair
Saturday 25 November
year the Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 25 November. To make the raffle a
success WE NEED PRIZES. Last year
the raffle took £267. If anyone regularly frequents a local business and feels
they could ask for a prize it would be very much appreciated. A list will be
near the Church door in the foyer for you to write down who you are asking so
businesses do not get repeatedly asked.
There will be a list for those wishing
to help to sign and boxes out nearer the time. Many thanks in anticipation of
your help, Christmas Fair organisers.
the latest RoadHoG newsletter on the noticeboard and online at: www.roadhogbus.org.uk. All visits have
resumed with good numbers of young people coming on board. Please pray concerning
the possibility of appointing a part-time schools worker as part of the bus
Jacqui Vickers – 25 years!
Vickers has been a Local Preacher for 25 years. Family pressures prevent her
being active on our current Plan so we do not see her in the pulpit very often.
In acknowledgement of her service and her roots at Zion she will be presented
with a long service certificate at our Chapel Anniversary service on 22
October. Well done Jacqui!
Boston & South Holland Talking Newspaper
able to see the printed word is something a lot of us take for granted. Visually
impaired people are unable to do this but still like to keep up with the local
news. We can help by providing a free weekly audio recording on a memory stick
and a simple to use player for those who are eligible.
you know someone – a relative, neighbour or friend – who is visually impaired
but wants to keep in touch with local news and events, please tell them about
their local Talking Newspaper.
Talking Newspaper always needs help to maintain quality of service and share
the workload of running a small charity, which is why it regularly needs, and
welcomes, new volunteers.
of The Boston and South Holland Talking Newspaper Association can also raise
free donations simply by shopping online using Give as you Live. Shop at over
4,100 leading online stores including Amazon, eBay, Tesco, John Lewis,
Sainsbury’s, Just Eat and Booking.com to name but a few! https://www.everyclick.com/bashtn/info
more information on becoming a volunteer or receiving the Talking Newspaper
please contact us: Boston & South Holland Talking Newspaper, The Len
Medlock Voluntary Centre, St Georges Road, Boston PE21 8YB. E: email@example.com; W: www.bashtn.org.uk
Spend a little time helping those who feel
The British Red Cross is looking for people
to spend a little time helping those who feel alone. They are introducing a
brand-new service to help tackle loneliness and social isolation. By joining
the national team of up to 500 volunteers you can help change the lives of
people in Boston.
To find out more contact: Annabel Bradley, 0345 054 7171, ConnectBoston@redcross.org.uk
the Church noticeboard and leaflets in the coffee lounge for more information.
Disaster relief for the Caribbean
The Methodist Church in Britain is raising
money to support the humanitarian aid and relief work following the heavy rains
and winds causing disaster across the Caribbean:
The Church is working with its humanitarian
aid and relief partner in the Caribbean, the United Methodist Committee on Relief
(UMCOR), which is supporting affected communities as soon as their needs are
assessed. You can read more details, including the effects of Hurricane Maria, on
the Methodist Church website: http://www.methodist.org.uk/
This Halloween, spread God’s love for
over the world, there are children facing things that children just shouldn’t
face; children who through no fault of their own find themselves in the darkest
situations – famine, conflict, child labour, forced marriage and violence. The
mock horrors of Halloween that so many mark each year are nothing compared to
the real, daily horrors that the most vulnerable children face.
yet. Halloween is a time for us as Christians to declare that ‘the light shines
in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1:5 NIV). Christ
himself is the light that breaks through the darkness; the hope that overcomes
despair; the love that compels us to pray that every child might be free from fear,
no matter where they are in the world.
Halloween, why not commit to praying and sharing God’s love for children all
around the world? Why not help and encourage the children in your life to pray
for those who are just like them even when they might be far away and living
lives that are totally different from their own? They may be continents apart,
but Christ’s love stretches to the ends of the earth.
Chris McDonald, Head of Christian Influence
& Engagement, World Vision
Halloween World Vision has launched a set of children’s resources to equip and
empower UK churches. Pumpkin Heroes captures the fun and excitement of this
popular festival whilst bringing God’s love to life.
Get your free Pumpkin
Heroes kit at www.worldvision.org.uk and
help children become heroes in their local community as they discover how to
spread God’s light and love.
from UCB Word For Today)
stock is being displayed now, we have a large range of charity cards
including tearfund, Compassion, Leprosy Mission and Traidcraft.
20 October, 11am to 3pm - study day - The Tabernacle, its meaning and
relevance - led by Norman Huntingford. Cost £10 which includes tea/coffee
and lunch. Please book in advance.
31 October, 6.30pm-8pm - All Hallows Eve Service, preacher Rev Ivor Haythorne.
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