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

 

 

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Sabbath Lincolnshire Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

145 Methodist Churches in Lincolnshire about to celebrate a very special Sabbath. 

On the first Sunday in Lent this year, as Christians commemorate the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness, Methodists across Greater Lincolnshire are being invited to take the Sabbath seriously.

Inspired by the Chief Rabbi’s initiative Shabbat UK, the Chair of the Lincolnshire Methodist District, the Revd Bruce Thompson, has called for a concentrated and prayerful response to the Third Commandment to remember and keep the Sabbath holy.

‘It is often said that Jews haven’t just kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews’, commented Mr Thompson.  ‘Scattered, marginalised and often persecuted, practising Jews have retained an identity despite being a minority community.  The Church seems to be losing more influence over the world’s affairs.  It is therefore incumbent upon Christians to retain and further develop an identity that will not only create a deeper sense of belonging but also impact positively upon the wider community.’

On hearing of the initiative the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has sent greetings to the Methodist Churches in Lincolnshire: 

‘I was delighted to hear of plans for ‘Sabbath Lincolnshire’ and I send my very best wishes to everyone taking part.

The inclusion of the Sabbath in the Ten Commandments, given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai, is an indication of its centrality in our lives. The Sabbath provides an opportunity for us to enter a day when we can ‘see the wood for the trees’. It is a time when we can focus on all that which is of true value to us – our faith, our spirituality, our families and our communities. On the Sabbath we can invest in that which we live for and not just that which we live with. It is a day on which we can spend more time on real, rather than virtual communications and relationships – something which can be challenging in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

May you derive as much inspiration and fulfilment from this project as we, in the Jewish community have from ShabbatUK over recent years and may all of your continued endeavours be blessed.’

Methodists in Lincolnshire are invited to refrain from using Social Media for just the daylight hours on Sunday 18 February; to avoid doing any shopping, gardening, cleaning the car or even watching TV.

The Revds Katie Deakins and Sarah Parkin, ministers in Cleethorpes and Caistor respectively have produced a resource booklet to encourage and inspire participation.  In it there is focus on a special meal that can be prepared in advance of the day, taking time to chat and listen to those around the table and to play board games together afterwards:

‘The Sabbath is meant to be a time of worship to the Lord God and a time of family sharing.  After your meal, do not rush off to do other things, sit and enjoy one another’s company.  Take time to listen to each other, chat about what has happened in your week.  Give everyone around your table a voice - from the old right through to the young.’

Mr Thompson believes that this is the beginning of a long project.  ‘This is just the first year; we hope that in coming years more and more people will be attracted to celebrating Sabbath Lincolnshire.  It is our intention to develop the resource material and to explore more fully what Sabbath means.  Our environment is suffering as a consequence of seemingly endless productivity without pause.  It would be good for us all to give ourselves and nature a rest.  Our spiritual forebears knew exactly what they were doing when they felt called to pause for one day each week and worship God.’

Events

Lincoln Theological Society Lectures 2018

Passion Plays - The Mysterious Revivals of Religious Drama

Professor Jolyon Mitchell

Thursday 8 March 7.00 for 7.30

Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. He is president of the U.K.'s National Association for Theology and Religious Studies and directs a number of interdisciplinary research projects.

Educated at Cambridge, Durham and Edinburgh, Jolyon Mitchell worked as a producer and journalist for the BBC World Service and for Radio 4 before he went to Edinburgh where his teaching and research focuses on religion, violence and peace building with particular reference to 'The Arts'.

Because of his original research he is in demand as a lecturer all over the world.


Modern Stained Glass and Monastic Tradition

Dr Jonathan Koestle-Cate

Wednesday 16 May 7.00 for 7.30


The Food of Love - Music and Theology

Rev Richard King

Thursday 18 October 7.00 for 7.30



All lectures are in the Robert Hardy Building at Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY

Tickets

All Tickets £5.00, including wine or juice and parking, are available from:

Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Covered Market: http://www.christianbookshops.org.uk/unicornlincoln.htm 

Lincoln Cathedral Shop: www.lincolncathedralshop.com

And on the door.

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Data Protection Training

Did you know that new Data Protection regulations come into force in May this year?

CTAL has organised training to get churches and charities up to speed on what they need to do to prepare and become compliant wiht the law.  This takes place on Monday 26th February at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

Link to the CTAL website for details

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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