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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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Lincolnshire Community Healthcare Chaplaincy

Community Healthcare Chaplaincy: the story so far

As a GP, the Medical Director for NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and an ordinand with the Church of England, Dr Robert M Jaggs-Fowler has a vision for chaplains in GP surgeries.  In April 2017 Lincolnshire Methodist District took this project on....

 

Action for Children

Bonds of perfect charity - How Action for Children brings fullness in abundance

Action for children 1Our work, which comes in truly various forms, reaches children and young people across the UK. It is, therefore, quite challenging to convey in a few words how we make a real difference. However, a closer look at just one of our almost 600 services can do just that.


Tafarn Newydd Children & Families Service, based in Pontypool, Wales, supports disabled children. During the week, children with Autism, aged up to four years old, can play, learn and develop in a safe and happy environment, with multi-agency support tailored towards their specific needs.

An after-school club is available to reduce the risk of family breakdown by providing regular short breaks. It offers disabled children, aged from four to eighteen, chances to integrate with the local community through fun activities of their choice.


During weekends, the service runs Saturday short breaks for children, aged from 8 to 18, with a diagnosed or emerging diagnosis of a range of disabilities. Here, we support children to increase their social independence and access community activities

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While these initiatives operate, parents and carers can have a regular break, or do the crucial things that are essential, but sometimes made very difficult with a child with additional needs, such as grocery shopping.


You can learn more about what we do and how we do it through special events like Action for Children Sunday. This year, the annual occasion takes place on Sunday 8 July – some churches may mark it on another Sunday before or after that. The generous offerings from these special worship services go towards helping more children and families, whatever their needs.

Thank you for your support and generosity to Action for Children.


Dean Pettipher
Methodist Talent and Communications Intern, Action for Children
For more information, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit actionforchildren.org.uk.

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:

 

 

Events

Weekend Away at Launde Abbey

Following the first District lay weekend away last year we are pleased to announce that the 2018 weekend away will take place from 5th to 7th October 2018.  Please reserve your place as soon as possible.

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Summer School at Cliff College

Summer School for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders in training

6th August to 10th August 2018 at Cliff College

Choose from different modules

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Lincoln Faithwalkers

Faithwalkers is a group of people that go on walks once a month. The walks are open to all to attend, but where there are restrictions these will be noted, e.g. for accessibility.

Please remember that whilst children are welcome to join us, they must be accompanied at all times.It is also important that you dress for the occasion, suitable footwear and clothing, etc. Most of the time you will need a packed lunch and plenty of drink to keep hydrated. We walk all year round and normally meet at Burton Road Methodist Church and then travel by car to the walk, if transport is required then no problem give us a call or email and we'll fit you in.

 

Mark Thompson