Sunday 27 September
Worship at Centenary:
Sunday 27 September 2020
Also - Join the Circuit Zoom service on Sunday at 6pm
We are now recording
worship each week at Centenary (onto audio CD) for anyone who would like a
copy... this will continue at least throughout September. If you would like to
receive a CD, please pass your details on to Julie - email. Please do pass this information to anyone you think would like one; if
they can't access email, messages for Julie can be left in the circuit office -
355543. Our grateful thanks to those who are making this happen!
from Rev Julie
Julie is writing a weekly pastoral letter. If you have already received this directly then she has
your email address! If not and you would like to in future, then drop her an
This includes some resources for worship at home and
details of how to keep in touch via pastoral groups, Centenary on Sundays and
praying at 12 noon.
Other resources for worship at home
from Rev Ann
week, the Stewards and I met for a bit of an update with what’s what at
Zion. There were a few things that
cropped up that I need to tell you about.
I’m not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but L. has resigned
as a Steward. I have been grateful to her, for her dedication to the role and have appreciated the fact she has given
so much time to the work of the Church.
She remains the Cradle Roll Secretary, but of course we really could do
with at least one more steward. If this
is a role you think you could do, please do get in touch with me and I can let
you have a job description. CPD is very
clear what a church can expect a Steward to do, if you chose to do more, that
is your prerogative. Remember, God
equips the called!
I remind Church Council members we have a date in our diaries for 6 October
2020 7.30pm via zoom.
the next few months, can I encourage you all to have a look at the Mission
Planning Toolkit on the Methodist Church website. We will be chatting about it at the Church
Council, but I encourage all of our congregation to read it and do their best
to engage with it. You can find it on
the Methodist Church website here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/evangelism-growth/leading-churches-into-growth/write-a-great-mission-plan/mission-planning-toolkit/. If anyone would prefer a hard
copy, then do let me know and I can get one to you.
is hoped that we, as a Church, will use this document to help us understand
what God is calling us to do in our area.
The hope is that we will have a dedicated team to work through the
document - so if you’re interested, do let me know. It would be great if we could do an audit of
our area - that way we can see what our community needs, rather than giving
them what we think they need. It will
take time to develop, but ultimately, I believe God will reward our work - and
who knows what will happen then!
the meantime, can I remind you about the desire to bring RoadHoG to
Fenside. In a previous newsletter, it
was mentioned that a PCSO has asked if there’s a possibility of this. RoadHoG have considered it to be a potential
opportunity - however, we need volunteers.
I’ve put my name forward, but it would be good if some others could do
the same. This is a great opportunity
for us to engage with the youngsters in our area - one I don’t think we’d be
able to achieve on our own - so let’s not miss such a God given opportunity.
I understand many of you have thoroughly enjoyed the worship that has happened
over the last few weeks. As I have
mentioned previously, I have felt unable to join a physical service, but have
been praying about it and will be back to leading worship on the October-December
plan. I admit that I still feel a bit
uneasy gathering in such numbers, but trust our Finance & Property Team
implicitly that they are doing all they can to keep us safe. We are blessed to have such a dedicated team
serving our church in the way they do.
finish with an Irish Blessing I heard this morning on Radio Lincolnshire’s
harvest service. It’s a blessing I
haven’t heard for a long time, and as I heard it, I thought of those of our
county who continue to work hard so we can have food on our tables. I know many in this area work hard on the
land, for which I’m sure we are all grateful.
the road rise up to meet you.
the wind be always at your back.
the sun shine warm upon your face;
rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
God hold you in the palm of His hand.
meetings and Lay Weekend Away
of you may be interested in joining Rev Bruce Thompson for the monthly Insight
meetings. These are currently being held on Zoom rather than face to face. The
meetings consist of worship, bible study and discussion. All take place on
Saturday mornings from 10am until 11am. The dates for this quarter are 19
September, 3 October, 14 November, 12 December. Please contact Alison Godfrey
for Zoom details via email at email@example.com
may also be interested in the lay weekend away at Launde Abbey in
Leicestershire. At this moment in time
it is intended that the weekend away planned for 26 to 28 March 2021 at Launde
Abbey will go ahead unless any new government rules prevent it from doing so.
For more information: https://laundeabbey.org.uk/keeping-you-safe/. The cost is £238 per person. If you wish to attend please let Alison
Godfrey know as soon as possible via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Methodist Conference has declared
2020/2021 a year of prayer. Join others across the Methodist Church to pray
together, every Tuesday from 12.45pm to 1pm.
Read more and register here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/evangelism-growth/year-of-prayer/
You can also watch past prayer meetings on
the same link.
A prayer for God to break through in the
life of our churches:
God of love, God for all, your
purposes are more beautiful than we can possibly imagine. Fill us with your
Holy Spirit. Help us let go of all that holds us back. Open our lives and our
churches to new seasons of humility and faith, of change and growth. Shake us
up with the Good News of Jesus and show us the way. Amen
NOTICES FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS
and Growth: Year of Prayer
Methodist Conference has declared 2020/2021 a year of prayer where Church-wide
commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins, pioneering and
church planting will flow from a deep, contemplative orientation to God’s grace
Read more and take part here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/evangelism-growth/year-of-prayer/
part of this movement of prayer as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us be a
growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church of gospel people.
Online Prayer Meeting - Tuesdays at 12.45pm
others across the Methodist Church to pray together every Tuesday (starting 1
September) from 12.45 to 1.00pm on Zoom.
Register for the first Prayer Meeting
the weekly prayer meeting on Facebook Live or view past prayer meetings from
September here: https://www.facebook.com/MethodistChurchinBritain/videos/
online experience will draw on the diversity of Methodist traditions to help
the whole Church pray together. Each week, different leaders will share
Scripture, offer testimony, and creatively lead participants deeper into
prayer. This may include praying with images, with music, in silence, with
poetry, liturgically, or in free prayer.
Ways to Pray
we are, we are called to prayer, which is “oxygen for the soul” and “a
conversation of the heart with God”.
For suggestions for how to pray
Methodist Women in
all the latest information: https://mwib.org.uk/
A Call to Prayer for
- Prayer booklet
- The World Federation Newsletter – Tree of
from Jenny and Rev Ann re RoadHoG
you may be aware RoadHOG returned to the road on July 6th to carry out
community visits in a socially distanced safe way. We have been blessed by the support and
guidance of Fran Howard of Boston Community Policing and the support at stops
from PCSOs. One thing that was raised by
them was the need for the RoadHOG bus in Fenside. The Stump are looking to lead with a
potential team leader and we have the support of St Christopher's. I know we Methodists love to get involved,
and I have seen the benefit of ecumenical teams elsewhere and I was asked to
suss out if there was any interest from Zion in supporting this new stop as
team members or as a driver. If you want
a chat about this or have any interest, my email is email@example.com. We
are hoping to arrange a meeting of those with an interest (no commitment needed
at this stage) in a couple of weeks. In
the meantime, please keep praying for the young people of Boston, the team
members able to come out and for the bus!
regard to the above venture, I hope some members from Zion will feel able to
support this. It would be a great way to
connect with our Community at a level we wouldn't be able to achieve on our
own. I hope to join the team once I've
had some training - so hope to see you there!