Neil’s welcome service in Grimsby
Sunday 1 September
taking a mini bus to Neil's welcome service and there are currently 6
spare places on it. Anyone interested in going should contact Stephen, either
by email or phone.
It will be a first come first reserved basis and cost will
be shared between all passengers. We will be back well in time for Ann Lett's
welcome service at Zion.
Ann Lett’s welcome service at Zion
Sunday 1 September
A Circuit Communion
Service to welcome Ann to Boston, followed by a faith tea (bring some food to
The Service will also
include the 'welcome' of the Rev. Julie Doddrell as Circuit Superintendent and
will be led by our Chair of District, Rev. Bruce Thompson.
Everyone is welcome!
‘Holiday @ Home’
from Tuesday 3 September
‘Holiday @ Home’ will have a Scottish theme this year. Tuesday 3 September to Thursday 5 September.
Please put the dates in your diaries and invite your friends and neighbours
Programmes are now ready. Please take one and one for a friend or neighbour
that you would like to invite.
Zion Church Open Week
Monday 14 October to Saturday 19 October
Church is to hold an 'Open Week', beginning on Monday 14 October and ending on
Saturday 19 October. During that time the church will be open each day between
the hours of 9am and 6pm. The public will be invited to come into the church to
talk with church members about the life of the church (or indeed any other
topic!); explore the church, its hall and meeting rooms; sit quietly in the
church; or to find out about the (both religious and community) activities
which take place in the church. We intend also to mount a display of the
history of Zion. Regular activities that
take place in the church will be unaffected.
We previously held an
'Open Week' in October 2017 as a response to research which showed that
an interest in Christianity was often initiated simply by visiting a church. We
also felt that the church ought to be open as much as possible to the general
However, to have the Church open for six days, we will need
volunteers! It is proposed that, as in 2017, each of the six days is split into
3 blocks of 3 hour shifts, and at least 2 volunteers will be needed for each
shift. So please begin to consider how you will be able to support this
initiative, and welcome the public into our church. You may find this a good
opportunity for your own prayer, quiet reflection or reading! Over the coming
weeks a rota will appear on the white board near the church entrance. So please
be ready to sign up for a session (or 2!). If you have any questions or
suggestions, please direct them to Stuart B.
The Church Open Week is to be supported by a display of Zion
church history, but including references to the closure of chapels near Boston,
especially where some of the worshippers transferred to Zion. So if you have
any photographs or information about chapels such as Hubberts Bridge, Holland
Fen or Fosdyke, please speak to Stuart B or Ann F.
Zion Christmas Fayre
A helpers list will be going up no later than 11 August.
Please speak to Elaine or Lyn if you are able to help and/or if you would like
to know more.
Methodist Prayer Handbook
Inspired by the Methodist Church’s call to
worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism, this prayer handbook
focuses on ‘responding to the gospel’. It explores how we can respond through
prayer and action.
Please let Barbara know if you wish her to order
you a copy of the new Methodist Prayer Handbook.
The cost will be £3.50.
Collection Box holders
Would collection box holders (World Mission
Fund, Mission in Britain Fund and JMA) please let Barbara have the boxes for
emptying as soon as possible. Thank you!
Andy & Michelle
Andy & Michelle would like to thank Zion for the offer of
financial support and prayers for Andy’s pastoral work in Malaysia. Their thank
you card is on the noticeboard in the coffee lounge. They are looking forward
to visiting us in September. Please remember them in your prayers. In
particular, please pray for Godliness in life, especially in caring for baby
Isla; wisdom in time management; and skill and clarity in teaching.
Open Doors: One down, two to go…
A few weeks ago, the Foreign Office released a report on what
the UK government is doing to support persecuted Christians around the world. This
is such a unique opportunity for change: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/news/stories/advocacy-190731/
Since then, thousands of supporters have emailed their MP to
prioritise Open Doors’ three requests of the UK government. These would enable
the UK to be a beacon of hope for persecuted Christians and other religious
minorities. Wonderfully, one of these requests has already been actualised!
Lord Ahmad has been re-appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on
Freedom of Religion or Belief. Email your MP today, asking them to support Open
Doors’ two remaining requests of the new Prime Minister…