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The Lincolnshire District is at the forefront of many things in the Methodist Church. We are the first to initiate a District-wide Local Church Pastor Scheme; we are the first to be developing a District-wide Community Health Care Volunteer Chaplains scheme; and we are the first to be engaging in Positive Prevention, a partnership with police and the county council in training our ministers, lay workers and officers to be more aware of the issues relating to social media use and abuse.
In addition to these cutting-edge projects we are about to launch our first Sabbath Lincolnshire.

This will be on 18 February, the First Sunday of Lent. It is the day we recall that Jesus managed to avoid the temptation to take the easier route to satisfy himself and chose instead to do as God commanded. On that day we will be inviting people to make the day extra special by avoiding social media, washing the car, doing the garden or the shopping etc. In other words to keep the Sabbath – if only for one of the 52 days in the year.

These are just a few of the ways in which we think creatively about our discipleship and service.

We are realistic about the situation we find ourselves in and offer an authentic approach to life and witness.

Rev Bruce Thompson
Chair of District

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Sabbath Lincolnshire

Sabbath Lincolnshire - Sunday 18th Febuary

Join others in the District by making the first Sunday in Lent an extra special Sunday.....

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Sabbath Lincolnshire - First Sunday in Lent, 18th February

What are we hoping to achieve?

Sabbath provides spiritual rhythm and a sense of celebration in that one day each week is sacred to God and reserved for family, but we recognise that Sundays are not always a day of rest.  Those involved in church find it to be a demanding day.  Stewards arrive early at church, set up and are the last to leave.  They, and so many others, do not find it easy to relax on a Sunday; those who rush round taking people to church in cars, those for whom this is the only day they can do certain tasks both in the home and elsewhere.  This is not to mention those who work on a Sunday.

Sundays are also the time when we in church all come together and we seize this as an opportunity to do church business either before or after worship.  The consequence is that we diminish any sense of worship, yet Sabbath is supposed to be a healing day; just one day in each week when we can pause, ponder and pray without the distractions and the demands of the other six days.  Without this rhythm something is lost and we are all the worse for it as individuals, in relationship, in community and indeed the environment.

We recognise that the Jewish Shabbat is a Friday night through to Saturday night which is of course at the end of the week and therefore more naturally given to rest and recuperation whilst the Christian Sabbath is the first day of the week and subconsciously we are gearing ourselves up for the week ahead.

So what will be our plan be for the day?

It doesn’t sound much fun to suggest that we will not engage in social media, that we will not send any emails (or check them), that we will not make phone calls unnecessarily, that we not do our shopping or our gardening, that we will only drive if it is absolutely essential and that we might try to avoid TV!  Not washing the car may be the easiest of all!  But even if we can’t stick rigidly to all of this then we could make some effort in some areas and provide for ourselves a greater degree of space to pray and reflect in order that we reacquaint ourselves with Sabbath rest. 

But doing this together, across our District will encourage us to do more than we had imagined possible.  How effective Sabbath Lincolnshire will be is down to each individual.

Please advertise the day through your weekly notices and monthly magazines. 

Every blessing

Bruce

Communication Advice

   Communication Advice 2014    In 2015 various people across the District met to discuss Internet Etiquette, and here is what the group came up with:

 

 

Inspired by Church of South India

District Link with South India

Did you know that the District has a partnership link (along with the Diocese of Lincoln) with two Dioceses in the Church of South India?  Our link is with the Diocese of Tirunelveli and the Diocese of Tuticorin-Nazareth, both at the very southern tip of India, and over the years we've learnt and prayed about church life in India.  You can read about the link on their website

Events

Open Days at Queens

The Centre for Discipleship and Theology at The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham

Open Days for those wanting to explore a call to study theology

Saturday 17th February and Saturday 19th May

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Insight Meetings

Join Rev Bruce Thompson for mornings of study, reflection and prayer based on the lectionary themes for the following week. Preachers, Worship Leaders and Ministers may find these mornings of particular relevance.

New Dates for 2018: 3rd February, 10th March, 12th May, 9th June and 14th July

The sessions start at 9.30am with refreshments available from 9.15am. 

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At San Damiano, Metheringham
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Equipping for Ministry by MET

Equipping for Ministry Weekend hosted by Methodist Evangelicals Together (MET)

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018
Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem, Staffs.

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