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. Everyone is most welcome.
This Month's Services
Upton Chapel is currently open for short Sunday worship at 10:30 AM with a limited attendance. Please contact Jennifer Fothergill ☏ 01427 838347 regarding reserving a place for future services.
- 3rd OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Smith
- 10th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Lloyd
- 17th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
- 24th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Brown
- 31st OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
We 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 4:00 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 ...
Prayers for COP26 - the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31st October – 12th November 2021. Leading up to that event Deacon Cedric May is writing a series of prayers, one for each day of the month throughout October. The theme is "Prayers for the Planet and COP26".
Each week's prayers will be found as a part of our Pause for Thought Area. Please take a look if you wish.
District Vision Day
The District Vision Day in support of young people will be held on Sat 13th November 2021 @ St. Giles Methodist Church, Lincoln between 9:30AM and 4:00PM. It is an exciting and comprehensive programme and we hope that every church can be represented – even if children and young people are not present in the congregation much can still be done.
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 7:30PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month @ Upton cum Kexby Village Hall.
- Craft Group - Meets on the 1st Monday and 3rd Wednesday of the Month between 1:00PM and 3:00PM. The group is open to all!
We have recently started our monthly Coffee Morning again, with thanks to those Ladies and Gentlemen that did all the work. We hope to continue our Coffee Mornings throughout the Summer 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!