Lea Methodist Church
Minister: Rev. Louise Carr
In these days when so many of our churches are being turned into houses, it is good to know that in 1950 the founder members at Lea turned a former Lodge house into a Church.
The official opening was held on Saturday 10th November 1951, when over 200 people attended. More details of the history can be obtained from the Stewards.
There have been many joys, sorrows and wonderful experiences that have been shared over the years at this church. We are happy to say that present day Lea Methodist Church and its members are moving forward to another exciting phase in the life of the Church. We all endeavour to keep the Church and its surroundings a witness to God.
All in all, there is a wonderful atmosphere in this lovely little Church and members look forward to sharing this special building with all who wish to come. We do ask for your continued prayer and the blessing of the Holy Spirit in our new "Little Retreat" venture and all future ones.
Morning Worship is every Sunday at 10:30AM followed by fellowship with coffee/tea and biscuits ... Everyone is most welcome.
This Month's Services
Lea Chapel is currently open for short Sunday worship at 10:30 AM with a limited attendance.
- 3rd OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Carr (HC)
- 10th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Elvidge
- 17th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
- 24th OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
- 31st OCTOBER 2021 - 10:30AM - Alderson
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.
The Little Retreat
In 2017 The District Chairman Bruce Thompson had the vision of our Church also becoming a Retreat Centre for day retreats, conferences and art groups. As we have always said, all are welcome.
With the blessing of the members, plans were drawn up and work to transform the whole building will begin as soon as possible. To compliment the interior work, members decided the garden would benefit from a makeover and that it would be a Community Peace Garden to share with the whole village and be a restful place for all who will be using the premises.
With the help of NCS young volunteers parts of the garden have been totally transformed and members carried out work on the renovations. You can see below the transformation...
On the 19th August 2018, morning worship began with the blessing of the garden and the young NCS volunteers who had worked so hard to achieve so much in four days. A crown of thorns tree was also planted by Rev. Louise Carr...
As we are a small congregation we do have limited social events and tend to cultivate good friendships, and develop quality connections through attending other Church held Circuit events and services.
That said, In 2017 two new groups were formed:
- Prayer Shawl Fellowship which usually meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10AM - the group are knitting prayer shawls and Twiddlemuffs which are being donated to the residents of local Residential homes, baby bonding blankets for premature babies at Lincoln maternity hospital and are hoping to start on trauma teddies soon. Last year we knitted the Christmas angels and angel bombed the nearby park which we will be doing again this year. For more information contact Margaret Lilley ☏ 01427 615933, or Pat Gray ☏ 01427 629250.
- Bible Fellowship which meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2PM. Contact: Pat Gray ☏ 01427 629250.
The local Primary School reception class also visit the church each term to take part in crafts. The most recent visit involved painting stones to be used in the garden.
In addition, our premise is home to the The Village Guild, which meets at Lea Chapel on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:15PM. The meetings generally consist of either a speaking engagement, a music event or a members social get-together. More information about the Village Guild can be found through contacting Mr Philip Holmes on ☏ 01427 613913.