Upton Methodist Church
Minister: Rev. Louise Carr
We have a small, but charming, well kept Methodist chapel that was built in 1822. The 1851 census recorded a 'Great Many Sabbath Day Scholars', so it is presumed that is when the Schoolroom was added. In 1839, 63 of the 70 seats were let to residents of Upton and Kexby. From our records we can note that a local farmer John Olivant, and John Laughton, (Landlord of the Rose and Crown) were the first stewards and trustees.
So as you can see - stretching back to our origins - we have always had strong links with the local community. Throughout the years, and still today, the Fotheringham family have been loyal members and have taken an active role within both the church and village activities. It is important to us that our Church continues to provide our rural community with care and support, sustained faith and spiritual development, and all important fellowship.
Our Sunday morning services are at 10:30AM followed by fellowship with coffee/tea and biscuits.
With regards to our Covid precautions there is no longer a need to book a place for our services but the Track and Trace sign in continues on arrival at the chapel. We ask that everyone wears a mask until everyone is seated then it is a personal choice whether they are worn during the service, We will be serving coffee/tea after the service if people wish to stay.
This Month's Services
- 5th DECEMBER 2021 - 10:30AM - M Childs
- 12th DECEMBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Elvidge
- 19th DECEMBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Carr
- 26th DECEMBER 2021 - 10:30AM - @ Gainsborough
The Circuit will also be preparing home worship resources for each Sunday... Please download this week's HERE. This resource is available alongside the Circuit Zoom Service, a live video-conferencing service that will be taking place each Sunday at 6:00 PM if you wish to join us. If you need help regarding downloading Zoom, connecting to the service via your computer or telephone then please contact one of the circuit ministers.
If video calling is not your thing then please find an alternative home worship sheet for this week available HERE.
At this time it is beneficial to check out the ways in which you can CONNECT with your Lord and with others at this difficult time... In addition please have a read of A Methodist Way of Life and consider the things you can do ...
District Vision Day
The District Vision Day in support of young people that was to be held on Sat 13th November 2021 @ St. Giles Methodist Church, Lincoln has been postponed due to lack of support. The District Children's, Youth & Families Team offer their thanks to those who were intending to attend and they hope that they may be able to hold the event or something else instead in the Spring.
Pilgrims in Advent Retreat Day
Help for Afghan Crisis and Refugees
We have been asked to look at what we might do to support Afghan Refugees arriving in this country. Rev. Louise has spoken to West Lindsey District Council who have as yet made no plans to receive any refugees. However the Government’s warm welcome programme which was announced on 18th August 2021 has not been opened nor have details been given to local councils. West Lindsey will hold a meeting after these are announced to decide on their pledge. They did not take any Syrian Refugees on a similar programme (data from an internet document of all Lincolnshire Councils).
If you have a strong opinion on this I would suggest writing to the Leader of the council, Cllr. Owen Bierley whose contact details can be found HERE.
Increase in Scams
There seem to be a number of scams using Christian terms at the moment. Please be very careful. Never reply to such a text or email. Rather contact the person by a different means to check. Your Ministers will not ask you to purchase gift cards on their behalf by email or text. Please let us know if you receive such an email or text so we can pass the information on to Action Fraud and the Police.
Mothers in Israel
On Tuesday mornings at 10:00AM Rev. Louise Carr will be running a study group looking at Mothers in Israel, a recent book which explores the influential women in early Methodism. Anyone is welcome to join us, just ask Rev. Louise for the Zoom code. The author is going to give us a talk on Zoom one Thursday afternoon.
Social and Community Life
As we are a small congregation we tend to cultivate good friendships, and develop quality connections through attending other Church held Circuit events and services. That stated our members do take an active role within local social activities, such as:
- The Upton and Kexby Friendship Club: - Meets Thursday, 2:00PM - [Fortnightly] in the Methodist Schoolroom.
- Upton cum Kexby Womens' Institute: - Meets at 2:00PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month @ Upton cum Kexby Village Hall.
We do usually meet for a Coffee Morning on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:00AM till 12:00 NOON. Why not take a ride out and come and visit? We will be glad to welcome you!
(Due to the rising Covid infection rates in the area at present, we feel that it is best to suspend our monthly Coffee Mornings for the moment. We will inform everyone when we can begin to meet again for a good Cuppa and a Chat...)