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Lincolnshire is one of the few Methodist Districts in the country where more than 1% of the local population are members of the Methodist Church.  This illustrates that we believe in relating to the context in which our chapels and churches are set.  We aim to meet needs as they arise, stand alongside our neighbours whatever their faith allegiance, speak out against injustice, be a beacon of hope in a despairing world and do so as disciples of Jesus.

Rev Bruce Thompson
Chair of District

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Sabbath Lincolnshire

Sabbath Lincolnshire - Sunday 18th Febuary

Join others in the District by making the first Sunday in Lent an extra special Sunday.....

Sabbath Lincolnshire - First Sunday in Lent, 18th February

What are we hoping to achieve?

Sabbath provides spiritual rhythm and a sense of celebration in that one day each week is sacred to God and reserved for family, but we recognise that Sundays are not always a day of rest.  Those involved in church find it to be a demanding day.  Stewards arrive early at church, set up and are the last to leave.  They, and so many others, do not find it easy to relax on a Sunday; those who rush round taking people to church in cars, those for whom this is the only day they can do certain tasks both in the home and elsewhere.  This is not to mention those who work on a Sunday.

Sundays are also the time when we in church all come together and we seize this as an opportunity to do church business either before or after worship.  The consequence is that we diminish any sense of worship, yet Sabbath is supposed to be a healing day; just one day in each week when we can pause, ponder and pray without the distractions and the demands of the other six days.  Without this rhythm something is lost and we are all the worse for it as individuals, in relationship, in community and indeed the environment.

We recognise that the Jewish Shabbat is a Friday night through to Saturday night which is of course at the end of the week and therefore more naturally given to rest and recuperation whilst the Christian Sabbath is the first day of the week and subconsciously we are gearing ourselves up for the week ahead.

So what will be our plan be for the day?

It doesn’t sound much fun to suggest that we will not engage in social media, that we will not send any emails (or check them), that we will not make phone calls unnecessarily, that we not do our shopping or our gardening, that we will only drive if it is absolutely essential and that we might try to avoid TV!  Not washing the car may be the easiest of all!  But even if we can’t stick rigidly to all of this then we could make some effort in some areas and provide for ourselves a greater degree of space to pray and reflect in order that we reacquaint ourselves with Sabbath rest. 

But doing this together, across our District will encourage us to do more than we had imagined possible.  How effective Sabbath Lincolnshire will be is down to each individual.

How shall we proceed from here?

Material will be made available for personal devotions and guidance.  Worship material will also be made available for Sunday worship.  All of this material will be circulated by 28th January.   It may well be possible to produce a very brief address live on Facebook on the evening of 18th February.  This would draw the whole experience together and to a fitting end. 

In the meantime please advertise the day through your weekly notices and monthly magazines. 

More information to follow soon. 

Every blessing

Bruce

Vacancies

The District Council is seeking to find volunteers to fill various District roles in the coming months.  Please consider if you can help with a particular area of work.

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Lincoln Faithwalkers

Faithwalkers is a group of people that go on walks once a month. The walks are open to all to attend, but where there are restrictions these will be noted, e.g. for accessibility.

Please remember that whilst children are welcome to join us, they must be accompanied at all times.It is also important that you dress for the occasion, suitable footwear and clothing, etc. Most of the time you will need a packed lunch and plenty of drink to keep hydrated. We walk all year round and normally meet at Burton Road Methodist Church and then travel by car to the walk, if transport is required then no problem give us a call or email and we'll fit you in.

 

Mark Thompson

Equipping for Ministry by MET

Equipping for Ministry Weekend hosted by Methodist Evangelicals Together (MET)

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018
Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem, Staffs.

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Open Days at Queens

The Centre for Discipleship and Theology at The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham

Open Days for those wanting to explore a call to study theology

Saturday 17th February and Saturday 19th May

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