The congregation at Holbeach Methodist Church is not alone in trying to find its way beyond the difficulties of the pandemic during which many activities and lettings ceased, at least for a time. So being able to welcome three new members in January 2022 is cause for great celebration and encouragement.
The church, with a congregation of around 15 to 20 on a Sunday, is blessed with modern premises (only 35 years old) and these have been and are still well used by the church and community. As well as the Sunday service there is a Thursday coffee morning which concludes with a service. Most people at the coffee morning, not all of whom attend on a Sunday, stop for the service.
Other activities are beginning to start again and the newly appointed Circuit Support Worker, Darren, has lots of good ideas. One idea is to leaflet the parents at the local primary school to invite them to a breakfast drop in after dropping off children at the school gate.
Holbeach might appear to be fairly affluent so it was a surprise when new Superintendent, Rev Luke Smith, made contact with the secondary school and found out that 40% of secondary school pupils in Holbeach receive free school meals. This got the church thinking and planning and with the support of the school a uniform exchange will open on a Thursday morning during the regular coffee morning.
News from Holbeach is something that we must return to in a few months' time as it feels like a "watch this space" story as new things begin to emerge. May God bless their endeavours and faithfulness through difficult times.
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