Glentham Methodist Church
Minister: Rev. Heather Wilson / Rev. Louise Carr
Although small we are a lively and active Church. The building was once a Village Institute, providing venue and accommodation for visiting Theatre Companys, becoming a Methodist church in 1911. It has a large garden and house attached with a short term lease.It is the only Methodist church remaining in a 7 mile radius, taking in a number of small communities and the village of Hemswell Cliff.
We are a truly All Age congregation with a renewed sense of vision. With regular 'normal' services plus Messy Church, Men's Breakfast, Prayer & Bible study, Holiday club and outreach into the local communities the Church seeks to grow in faith and fellowship with new initiatives and friendly welcomes. As part of this the church conducts school assemblies in both Normanby by Spital and Hemswell Cliff Primary Schools.
We have three different worship times 10:45AM [1st and 3rd Sunday of the month], 6:00PM [2nd Sunday of the month] and 9:30AM [4th Sunday of the month]. We feel this offers a way of connecting with a wider range of people. We share in breakfast at 8:45AM prior to our 9:30 services to which you are very welcome.
In addition we occasionally we have Café style worship and film afternoons. It may interest you that BBQ's are often held after special services in the summer.
This Month's Services
Glentham Chapel is currently open for short Sunday worship at 10:30 AM with a limited attendance. Please contact Jenny and Peter Atkinson ☏ 01673 878806 regarding reserving a place for future services.
- 3rd OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Alderson
- 10th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - No Service
- 17th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Wilson (HC)
- 24th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - No Service
- 31st OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
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
As part of our aim to be an All Age congregation we run the following:
- Family Church: 10:45AM - [1st Sunday of each month] - (contact Alison Faulkner ☏ 01673 818718 for details.)
- Messy Church: 10:45AM [3rd Sunday of each month] - (contact Jenny Atkinson ☏ 01673 878806 for details.)
Alongside our services, we have a very wide variety of Home groups and Social gatherings available that meet either Fortnightly or Monthly, as follows:
- Men’s Breakfast: 9:00AM - [Every 2nd Saturday] - at The Crown Inn, Glentham. - Breakfast £5-50 with free chat and a different speaker each month!! (contact Peter Atkinson ☏ 01673 878806 to book your place.)
- Sugar & Spice: 9:30AM - [Every 3rd Saturday] - Held at The Willows Garden Centre, Glentham - An opportunity for the ladies to share friendship and informal discussion about some of the 'big questions' in life over a coffee/tea/cake -(contact Janet Faulkner ☏ 01673 818718 or Jenny Atkinson ☏ 01673 878806)
- 'Presence' Ecumenical Bible Study/Prayer Group: - 7:00PM [2nd & 4th Thursday of the month] at "Tilsit" (contact Peter Atkinson ☏ 01673 878806)
For our younger generation, each year we put our heads together and come up with ideas, then we run a 5 day long Holiday Club event for 4 - 13 year olds in the Summer Holidays dedicated to Fun, Games, Craft, Songs and Stories. Remember to keep an eye out for other children's activities though, as we also provide Holiday Clubs at other times within the year.
The God Pod
The GOD POD is one of our community outreach initiatives ...
It is a converted single decker bus, that has been equipped to be a means of taking the Good News of Jesus from inside the church to where people are.
Members of Glentham Chapel take the Pod to Hemswell Cliff twice a month on a Sunday afternoon between 2:00PM and 4:00PM.
We never know who will come on board. Numerous children plus the occasional adult spend time with us – all seeking to know more about Jesus. It is a pleasure to see children come running from all directions to listen to the Bible stories and take part in all sorts of puzzles and crafts. We have tremendous fun with all ages from 4-40!! We have been told that for adults it is often a place of peace and calm to discuss, pray and find a closer relationship with God. To be honest - Bible stories, songs and prayers quite easily fill the 2 hours as we spend time caring and getting alongside the folks at Hemswell Cliff. It is a very rewarding activity!