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Sunday 16 September 2018

at 10.30am

  Worship led by Revd Julie Doddrell

  Harvest Celebration Service

  Gifts of Food for Centrepoint Outreach will be received at the service.

 Bible: Ruth 2:1-23 (p268); Luke 12: 13-21 (p1045)

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service

NB: Centrepoint has a Drop-In centre where people can get a meal. It also provides emergency rations for individuals and families for up to a week.


Food used includes: Tins of meat for hot meals e.g. stewed steak, minced beef, chilli, Bolognese sauce etc. Tins of meat for sandwiches e.g. ham, spam etc plus soup and baked beans. Tins of fruit. Also dry goods are needed including: tea, coffee pasta, rice and cereals.

You can help in their work by providing any items on the above list. Please check that gifts are within the “use by date”.



Mon 17 Sep


Knit, Natter, Craft and Chatter at Zion

Mon 17 Sep


Community Cuppa at Zion

Tue 18 Sep


Mission and Outreach meeting at Zion – all welcome

Wed 19 Sep


Short mat bowls; newcomers welcome

Wed 19 Sep


Wednesday Fellowship; Cooks Lock

Thu 20 Sep


Drop-in coffee morning at Zion

Thu 20 Sep


‘Freedom in Christ’ Introductory Evening at Zion

Fri 21 Sep


Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO); suggested donation £1

Sat 22 Sep


Visit to Epworth. Sign up on the board near the church entrance.

Community Cuppa at Zion

Monday 17 September

2pm to 4pm

Join us to find out more about local groups; meet new people and make new friends; free tea, coffee and cakes provided.


Do you want more information or need transport?

Telephone: 01529 302466.

Email: samantha.smith@communitylincs.com

Mission and Outreach Group

Tuesday 18 September


The next meeting of the Mission and Outreach Group will take place at Zion on Tuesday (18 September) at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along, and especially those with ideas for outreach! Papers for regular attenders can be found on the table outside the sanctuary.

Short mat bowls

at Zion


Short mat bowls has resumed on Wednesday evenings at Zion. We welcome newcomers.


Freedom in Christ Course

at Zion

Thursday 20 September


Invitations to the 'Freedom in Christ' course have now been issued to everyone regularly attending Zion church. Invitations have also been sent to other churches in the Boston area. You should be able find an envelope addressed to you on the table outside the door to the sanctuary. If you cannot find one, please see Stuart.


The course will take place on Thursday nights over 10 weeks, and is designed to help people who are already Christians along the way to a deeper and more mature faith and hopefully to become more effective and fruitful followers of Christ.


There will be an Introductory Evening at Zion church on Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm. You will then see a talk about the course on DVD, and a discussion and question time will follow. You can then make a final decision about joining the course which will begin the following Thursday, 27 September at 7.30pm. The final session will be on 29 November. If you have any questions, please speak to Stuart Birkett in person or by phone (01205 364499).



Coach trip to Epworth Old Rectory

Saturday 22 September


Home of the Wesley family and birth place of Methodism. Leaving from Kirton Town Hall at 8.45am and Centenary Methodist Church at 9am. Entrance and coach cost £20. If you would like to go please sign up on the board near the church entrance. Lunch can be added for £7.50. Revd Julie Doddrell will lead a service in the Epworth Methodist Chapel. For more information contact Sheila Lymer 722701.


MacMillan Coffee Morning at Blenkin Memorial Hall

Thursday 25 September

10am to 12 noon

Proceeds shared between the Walking Group and MacMillan

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 28 September


Celia and friends are hosting a coffee morning on Friday 28 September for Macmillan from 10 til 12. Raffle and greeting card stall. Everyone welcome.


Tea for “MD” at Zion

Saturday 29 September

3pm to 5pm

Entertainment by the Spalding Ukulele Orchestra. Teas, Sandwiches, Savouries, Cakes, Raffle & Tombola. Tickets £6 from Gill Wright or Pam Francis – proceeds to Macular Disease Research.


Sleaford Keswick Bible Ministry 2018/19

Friday 12 October


At Riverside Church, Southgate, Sleaford. Speaker: Phil Webb, pastor and Bible teacher.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/sleaford-keswick/home.

Further details from the Chairman: Jack Marris, 01526 833176.

Email: jack.marris@talktalk.net.






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New Methodist Youth President promises a year of courageousness

Jasmine Yeboah was inducted as the new Youth President of the Methodist Church with a service at St Mark’s Methodist Church, Tottenham, London on Saturday 1 September.



Jessie Legge

It is with real sadness that we have to announce the death of Jessie Legge on Wednesday morning this week, following a short period of serious ill health. The funeral will be on Thursday 6 September at Perth crematorium at 1pm for immediate family and friends, followed by a service of celebration for Jessie's life at Dunblane Cathedral at 2.15pm. Our thoughts are with Ray and the family at this sad time.




Church Vacancies

You may not be aware that at the moment Zion has only ONE Church Steward – Ian Harwood, our Senior Steward! From September, Lyn Johnson will be taking up her role as a Church Steward and we are in desperate need of others to take on this role so that there can be shared responsibility for the running of the church.


We also need a Cradle Roll Secretary to help when there is a Baptism and Jean continues to wait for more Pastoral Visitors.


Please do ask yourself if you could take on any of these roles. For more information, speak to Neil, Irene or Jean who will be happy to give you further details and a job description.


Food Bank Statement

Zion Methodist Church regrets the decision of the PCC through the Steering Committee to replace the Project Manager of Boston Food Bank and the way in which the decision was communicated to him. The Food Bank today is the result of 5 years of dedicated work by the Project Manager and his team of volunteers, many of whom have now decided to withdraw their support. As a consequence of this decision I have to advise you that Zion Church has decided, at its Church Council, to temporarily withdraw support both in the financially and in food donations.



Door Stewarding

We need some more door stewards to assist in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings. At present the duty comes round once every ten weeks but some time ago it was about once a quarter. The job is important but not onerous. Can you help? If so then contact John W by email or at church.


Door Stewards’ Duties:

  Be present on Sunday morning as soon as possible after 9.50 am.

  Greet worshippers and assist the on-duty Sunday Steward as necessary

  Check that there is fresh water in the pulpit, distribute Church notices, take up the offering.

  Tidy up afterwards; this includes collecting up any hymn books, bibles etc.  that have been left out.


RoadHoG update

Praise God that the bus has passed its MOT - no mean feat for an old bus!   Thanks to John Cropley and his team for maintaining the bus so well.


Please come and join us in prayer as we start the new academic year with RoadHoG at St Andrews Parish Church, Butterwick on Friday 31 August from 7-8pm. Hope you can make it. 

Thank you once again for your prayers.



Holland Places of Worship Festival

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September




Holland Places of Worship Festival gives you the opportunity to explore some of the rich variety of places of worship in our area. This is the first year of opening our churches and other worship spaces to the public so please support it if you can.


See the brochure in the coffee lounge and the website for a short profile written by each participating place. There is also a map so you can plan your time and find your way around and details of what's on at each place. So grab a coffee and come on in!



Remembrance 100

Saturday 4 August

Remembrance 100 launches on 4 August 2018 with 100 days of Peace and Hope, leading up to the centenary of Armistice Day. On 4 August 1918 King George V called a National Day of Prayer. One hundred days later the war ended.


100 Days of Peace and Hope features contributions from members of the Methodist family and others, alongside Bible readings, prayers, reflections and peace-making activities. The resource is available to download for free:






Holiday @ Home

4-6 September

Come and enjoy a time of fun at Zion for your Italian Holiday at home. Starting at 10am and finishing approx. 3pm each day. For further details contact Lesley and pick up a programme.


One of our aims for the venture is to create something for the community, allowing people living on their own and those that are unable to have a holiday to be able to come along, join in with activities and feel they have had a break from their normal routine. To help this happen we are asking if anyone is coming on their own in a car, to bring at least one more person with them that will benefit from the venture. 


Highlights include:

  A morning at the museum – Italian glassware, maps, pictures, holiday memories

  Cacio al Fuso – a game similar to lawn bowls

  DVD about Italy

  Film time with the ice cream van in the interval!

  Italian food demo

  Italian theme Crazy Golf

  Italian themed jigsaws

  Mosaic crafts – make a souvenir to keep, or give away as a holiday present

  Tower of Pisa game

  Visit the Italian Scooter outside in the car park

If you know anyone that has an Italian car (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Lancia,  Maserati, Pagani) that would be willing to come along on the Wednesday at some point for us to have a look at and have a chat would be fantastic.



Lincolnshire Youth Mission Open Day and AGM

Saturday 8 September

Lincolnshire Youth Mission (LYM) invite you to their Open Day and AGM on Saturday 8 September from 10.30am to 2pm (AGM at 1pm). This will take place at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Wragby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4PN.

LYM is the “parent group” of RoadHoG so please do go along if you can. RoadHoG may be able to offer transport from the Boston area if sufficient people are interested.

Please let Kev know if you’d like transport by calling him on 0790 9094038. Visit the RoadHoG and Godpod buses, hear teams from all 3 projects talk about their work.

Refreshments provided.


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Zion Methodist Church, Boston – a page for Zion Methodist Church where you may share and comment on the posts about what is happening on a daily basis.

And on the subject of Facebook… Our Facebook Page has 90 Followers. If you use Facebook please follow/Like the page to help us reach 100. The more people that follow the page, the more people we can reach.



1000 Letters

Write a letter to the young people attending 3Generate and encourage them to be courageous in their faith by sharing your own faith story. The letters will help children and young people feel connected to, and part of, the wider body of the Methodist Church.



Methodist Women in Britain podcast

Sandra Goodwin, Methodist Women in Britain President 2017-2019, talks with Mike Ivatt about Methodist Women in Britain and the place of women within the worldwide Church.



Methodist Church: Our Calling

The Methodist Church reaffirms the nature of its mission, ‘Our Calling’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWeMRKtL6MQ




The Big Sing

Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 October

South Holland Methodist Circuit is excited to announce a Big Sing Weekend with Alison Adam, a member of the Iona Community who has presented worldwide encouraging folk to sing. There are three events:


Saturday 13 October: a ‘Little Sing’ – an event for Primary Aged children. 2.30pm to 4pm


Saturday 13 October: a ‘Big Sing’ – whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned chorister, you’ll be more than welcome. There’s sure to be plenty of ideas for you to take back to your choir or church, or just enjoy having a good sing in good company! 7.30pm to 9pm


Sunday 14 October: Circuit Celebration – starting at 10pm – all welcome


All events to be held at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding and free to attend. There will be an opportunity for donations to be made.

Further details in the Summer but book the date now!


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