Caistor Methodist Church
Minister: Rev. Heather Wilson
Caistor Methodist Church is a growing community of young families, teenagers, and adults of all ages. We worship together, we eat together, we support and encourage one another and everyone who joins us. We aim to be inclusive as we serve God in our town.
We are associated with Caistor Primary School . As a C of E and Methodist School, all have worked hard to develop a Christian character, valuing tolerance, diversity, mutal respect, honesty and empathy. We believe that they are outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners - developing a moral foundation and trying to ensure that they care, share and learn together. We are proud to be their partners in this endeavour!
- We are currently experimenting with different patterns of services. The first Sunday of the month has either an All-Age service at 10.15AM or Express Plus (also for all ages) at 4.30PM. On the 4th Sunday at 10.15AM there is a service of Prayer and Praise. On the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sundays the 10.15AM service tends to be more traditional.
- Express: weekly, Sunday at 4:30PM (except 1st Sunday of the month and school holidays). A short time of worship aimed at being accessible to all, followed by a meal together.
There is Midweek Communion on the 1st Thursday of the month at 9:30AM, and an Evening Worship service at 6:00PM on the 3rd Sunday of every month in the Wesley Room.
Sunday School or FROG (Fully Rely On God) is available for children and young people at 10:15AM (except August) unless there is an all-age service.
The monthly evening worship service can take a variety of forms, including Café Worship, Modern Praise and more traditional styles.
This Month's Services
Caistor Chapel is currently open for short Sunday worship at 10:30 AM with a limited attendance. Please contact Bridget Andrew ☏ 01652 628586 regarding reserving a place for future services.
- 3rd OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Atkinson
- 10th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Childs
- 17th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
- 24th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Hardcastle
- 31st OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Wilson (HC)
HC = Holy Communion
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
We have a variety of Social gatherings available. Groups that meet include:
- The Rambling with God Group. – [No walking involved just verbal rambling] – meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings of the month. (contact Bridget Andrew ☏ 01652 628586)
- Thursday Group. – Meets Fortnightly at 2:00PM (contact Yvonne Woolston ☏ 01472 852337)
- Men’s Group. –
- Knitting and Reflection. – alternate Tuesdays 10AM to 12PM in the Heritage Centre.
- Night Prayer. – Wednesdays at 9PM.
- Luncheon Club for over 60s. – Alternate Wednesdays.
- "Hullabaloo" - Pre-school Music Group. – [Monday mornings during Term Time]
We also pride ourselves on providing Local Community Groups with a place to call home. Presently our premises are used by The Caistor Male Voice Choir, an Art Class and an Embroidery Class, Music Groups, Venture Scouts and Brownies.
If you are interested in making us the home of your group then please contact our Bookings Officer, Kathy Flint ☏ 01472 851606.
We are also happy to note that the Youth Club , for year 3 (7/8 year olds) and above, now meets each Wednesday evening in term time ( 6:00PM - 7:15PM in the Church Hall). We are grateful to one of the Circuit Youth Workers – Charlie Watkinson – and local volunteers for leading this. A lively and enthusiastic bunch of young people enjoy games (with and without modern technology!), crafts and time to “chill out” followed by a short optional discussion time. If you know young people in the Caistor area, do encourage them to come and try it out.