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Message from Rev Frances 10/04/2020

An amazing week as we read about Resurrection, the return of Jesus being seen again by the disciples who thought he had gone for ever.

What a death to life, what a grief to joy, what a shock to the normal expectations.

Fear had its place, after all they were experiencing supernatural, which was soon replaced by joy.

Philip Yancey describes it as ‘a morning beyond belief’!

Would the Resurrection mean so much, or seem incomplete without the scars on his hands, feet and side?  Only Jesus could prove his identity by his scars.

But there were no angels in the sky, no kings bearing gifts, just appearances in ordinary circumstances, a private dinner, two people walking along a road, a woman weeping in a garden, some fishermen by a lakeside.

As they recognised, I’m sensing a joy that would be for the long-term….and a belief that now held;

If God could do that…………………..

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

                Butterflies 

In our prayers for this Easter week we can see from the image of the lifecycle of the butterfly that you bring life and colour from the seemingly dead-like chrysalis.

Your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, obeying your will, showing us life in all its fullness.

Hallelujah   He is risen! 

 



Message from Rev Alan 09/04/2020
Rev Alan sends Easter greetings and Reflections for Holy Week.  Click here to view Maunday Thursday.  Click here for Good Friday here for Easter Sunday and here for a story The Three Trees


Junior Church 08/04/2020

'You may not be able to see them but Junior Church members are still active. Jackie gave them the Bible passage Matthew 21 v1-11 and asked if they could come up with a Bible Verse, prayer or picture and these arrived by email.'

Angelina Palm Sunday poster

Annie's Palm Sunday poster


Holy Week at Methodist Central Hall 08/04/2020

Methodist Central Hall have provided details of their Good Friday service being broadcast on BBC local radio stations at 3pm and of their Easter Day service being streamed via YouTube on Sunday at 11am.

Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness"                                                                                                            John 12:44-46

HOLY WEEK

No doubt we're all feeling the sadness of not being able to gather to walk the Stations of the Cross with our friends at Westminster Cathedral, or share Maundy Thursday Communion, or attend our Good Friday reflection, followed by the ecumenical procession of witness.  Nevertheless, we urge you to take the time this week to read through Matthew's account of Jesus' journey to the cross – especially chapters 26 and 27, so that we are all better prepared to celebrate the joy of Easter Day.

GOOD FRIDAY

We are pleased to announce that there will be 15 minutes of reflection from MCHW broadcast at 3 pm on Good Friday.  It will be networked across all BBC Local Radio stations (English regions).  For many of you this will be via BBC London, BBC Surrey, BBC Essex, or BBC Kent - however, there are 39 different BBC Local Radio stations carrying the service.

EASTER DAY
We plan to bring you another 11 am live-streamed service, so do try and listen.  We are grateful to you for all the positive feedback and we are pleased that about 5,000 individuals or families from all over the world are listening to these live-streamed services.  A service order should be available on our website by Sunday morning and on our live stream page.  We are also in negotiations with Premier to see if we can bring you a special evening service on Easter Day too, with content provided by Premier Christian Radio.  We will send an update about this on Holy Saturday.  You can hear our Easter Day service/s at www.YouTube.com/mchwevents 



Message from Deirdre 08/04/2020

In all our turmoil of moving to Norfolk, and our bungalow still not ready for us to move into, our 6 year old grandson made us this rainbow to put in the window. They can't see us but this is a reminder that they are still there! I hadn't got anything to stick it up with so I propped it up with a knife and it has worked!!

At this time of year and in these circumstances we all need to know and realise, that God is with us and he so loved us, that he sent his only Son as a new covenant of hope for the world. Rainbows are a perfect reminder.
In the words of Julian of Norwich "All will be well"
Dee's Rainbow in window 


Hymn Quiz 07/04/2020

Just for Fun!  Can you identify 25 (mostly) well-known hymns from the initial letters of the words forming their first line e.g  ATNOJ  is At The Name OF Jesus. Try without using the index of your hymnbook.   It’s not easy! Stuck? You may need to ‘phone a friend’! 

I’ve included several Holy Week and Easter hymns.   Alan B

 

1.     MHB

2.     OJIHP

3.     TLMSINW

4.     TBTGRCS

5.     TIAGHFA

6.     NTWAOG

7.     AFJAFJ

8.     WAFWHIJ

9.     PMSTKOH

10.  GITFOGMF

11.  AG(HSTS)

12.  CTLIRT A!

13.  WISTWC

14.  LOAHLOAJ

15.  LDALE

16.  ATBAB

17.  FTGFWATM

18.  ACIBTISG

19.  IIGOW

20.  MMACOYP

21.  OCS

22.  APTOEDD

23.  YSOGYMP

24.  ACOOGAK

    25.  TGBTGGTHHD 



Everything's gonna be fine 06/04/2020

It was March 2020 ... The streets were empty, the shops closed, people couldn't get out.

 But spring did not know, and the flowers began to bloom, the sun shone, the birds sang, the swallows would soon arrive, the sky was blue, the morning arrived early.

 It was March 2020 ...Young people had to study online, and find occupations at home, people could no longer go shopping, or go to the hairdresser. Soon there would be no more room in hospitals, and people continued to get sick.

But spring did not know, the time to go to the garden arrived, the grass greened.

It was March 2020 ... People have been put in lockdown. to protect grandparents, families and children.

No more meetings or meals, family celebrations.

The fear became real and the days were therefore similar.

But spring did not know, apples, cherry trees and others bloomed, the leaves grew.

People started reading, playing with their families, learning a language, singing on the balcony inviting neighbors to do the same, being supportive and focusing on other values.

People realized the importance of health, of suffering, of this world that had stopped, of the economy that has plummeted.

But spring didn't know. the flowers gave way to the fruit, the birds made their nest, the swallows had arrived.

Then the day of liberation came, people found out on TV, the virus had lost, people took to the streets, sang, cried, kissed their neighbours, without masks or gloves.

And that's when summer came, because spring didn't know. He continued to be there despite everything, despite the virus, fear and death.

Because spring didn't know, he taught people the power of life.

Everything's gonna be fine, stay home, protect yourself, and enjoy life.

Read this and share, but mainly remain confident and keep smiling!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gavin Patterson



Daily Walk 06/04/2020

Seen by two members on their daily walk. Do you have a photo to share of something seen on your daily walk or maybe while gardenig or exercising? Email lu48@btinternet.com and we can start a collection

Taken on Daily Walk 1 (Horsewalker) Lama



Message from Rev Frances 05/04/2020

From today, Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy week or Passion week, we start with the palm branch waving and praising from the crowd, and by  the end of the week  some jeering and crying out 'Crucify Him’

I invite you to travel through the story line of this week, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.

See what Jesus does, where He goes, what He talks about and how he experiences this particular week in our Church Calendars.

Read about this week in the Gospels eg Mark 14 & 15, or John ch 12-19 .

Don’t rush the reading, you have the whole week to let the significance of His Story speak to you.

I will miss helping you take this journey, but maybe this year it’s a personal pilgrimage, discovering for yourselves how much He suffered because He loved you so much.

Rev Frances

                                             Thy Kingdom come 

                           Donkey

We are beginning the descent towards your Crucifixion Jesus, sensing that your kingdom was of powerful love not the love of power. Help us to be agents of your kingdom, giving grace to the needy, appreciating all those who as keyworkers are sacrificing their own lives to save another’s life. May people believe in your reign of goodness because of how we are helping and serving each other at this time,

May your Kingdom come, King Jesus,  Amen. 



Keith's gatepost 05/04/2020

Keith's good idea for Palm Sunday in his village

He put out Palm crosses with a message for passers by to help themselves 

.Keith Palm Crosses  Keith Palm Sunday Text



Message from Gill 04/04/2020

Message from Gill earlier this week.

The school that Millie goes to while Mum and Dad are working is close to where they live. My son was walking to work in his ambulance uniform while the children were playing netball. The teacher saw him and got the children to clap him, not realising that it was Millie’s Dad! Thought that was lovely!! The photo was taken by my daughter in law on her way home from a shift on ITU. It was quite emotional for her but very uplifting!! 

Gill B Millie's School 



Message from Rev Alan 04/04/2020

Message from Rev Alan

It’s Palm Sunday!

 

Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey!                                                   

Words of the prophet Zechariah were enacted and remembered. 

 

The crowds that gathered in welcome cried out ‘Hosanna’ – meaning ‘save and help us’.  

They also expressed thanks and praise.

 

It’s good to celebrate Palm Sunday as one of a crowd, but presently that’s not possible. 

However, today is one in which we can recall the importance of encouragement.  

The spirit of Palm Sunday was demonstrated again last Thursday when many stood at their front doors 

to applaud and express solidarity with those who work in the NHS.

 

So this weekend let’s aim to be more appreciative of all who aim to  ‘save and help’ 

– not only members of the health and emergency services = but others too, who undertake ‘the donkey work’ 

of fetching, carrying, caring, helping and supplying the needs of our homes and communities 

– all who are willing to lend a hand (or even a lift! Matthew 21:3) when it’s required.

 

Those who are working hard to provide assistance during this time of crisis deserve our thanks and encouragement! 

 

Today let’s bring to mind and pray God’s blessing upon all who humbly help and serve….



District Chair pastoral messages 04/04/2020

In addition to occasional posts, Bruce is also posting a ThursdayThought and a Sunday Message.  These can also be found on his blog https://revbrucethompson.wordpress.com/



To make you smile! 03/04/2020

Thought this cartoon was apt for our daffodil growing area! Reprinted with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph.  Their award winning cartoonist Matt is on the front page every day and is an immediate antidote to the daily headlines.

 Matt cartoon cropped



Gracie's letter to Prime Minister 01/04/2020

Pleased to see that Coronavirus is not uppermost in her mind!

Gracie letter to Prime Minister cropped 



Message from Rev Frances 01/04/2020

One of our Sunday readings (29th March) gives us an indication of life being lived with suffering,loss and grief.

John 11v1-45, a long reading , details Mary & Martha with their reaction as their brother was ill and died, and their reaction as Jesus seemed to delay or dawdle before he arrived.

Read the Bible account and see why Jesus names Himself ‘ I am the resurrection and life.

Creed image

                                                 Hallowed be your name

 

We can see you, our God, through the window of nature, in the variety of people we are praying for, and in the still voice that calls us to be more like you.

May we ‘hallow’what lies before us, by consciously referring it to you and seeking to become more like your Son Jesus Christ.

Praying this in the Holy name of Jesus



Storms don't last forever 31/03/2020

Storms don't last forever ... as we all know - Rainbows are a sign off hope. Some of our younger members have been making rainbows, as many people have across the country. 

Rainbow Angelina Rainbow Annie (2) OK

Rainbow Grace Rainbow Drawing Bennett twins

Rainbow heart Angelina Rainbows Bennett twins 



A poem by our resident poet Ron 31/03/2020

T’other DAY, OR SUNDAY, to give it more precision,

A letter and a bunch o’ flowers, came from friends on a mission

To let the isolated know that if they are in need

There is a group of folk right here your problem to give heed.

If shopping is your problem, be it food or medication

Can do, but not when on vacation!

Maybe a friendly chat to lighten up your day

which otherwise might lengthen into a sunless day



Count your Blessings 31/03/2020

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.

1. We may not be able to leave our homes - but we do have a home.

2. We may not be able to go to church - but we can pray at home.

3. We may not be able to visit our families - but we are able to keep in touch and even see them via modern technology.

4. We may not be able to go to our usual church events - but we can keep in touch via the website.

5. We may feel isolated and lonely - but we can get on the phone and help someone else in a similar situation.

6. We may be feeling old and vulnerable - but we haven't got the work and child care worries.

7. We may not be able to go to the shops - but we do have some lovely volunteers willing to do this for us.

8. We may get down in the dumps - but we can open a window and listen to the birds.

9. We may all have moaned about our government and our country - but we should be so grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses we have and the NHS.

10. We may be upset that we are in lockdown - but help the country by staying at home and staying safe.

I am sure you have many other blessings that you could count.



Sunday Worship and Gatherings 17/03/2020
Following Methodist guidelines and Public Health, all Sunday worship services are cancelled, as well as all other meetings/gatherings until further notice.  


Weekly Notices 15/03/2020
Due to COV-19, printed Notices will not be produced for the forseeable future but the website will be updated regularly with news.


Beetle Drive 25/01/2020
A happy, noisy, fun evening for all those who managed to obtain tickets for this sell-out event.  £556.50 was raised for Vision21 funds.


Christmas Tree Festival 22/12/2019
Click here for photos of the Christmas Tree Festival 2019


Nativity Service 18/12/2019

Our nativity service was led by Junior Church members from both 9am and 10.30 services.  Written by Jackie, with Keith as technical assistant, wonderful scenery painted by the children, the service was a delight and very well received by the large congregation.

Nativity 2019  Nativity 2019 2

Nativity 2019 3  Nativity 2019 4 



Christmas Concert with Mirinesse 16/12/2019

A most enjoyable Christmas Carol Concert with the Mirinesse Singers who performed a new composition 'A Chilean Carol' by local composer Philip Spratley who was in the audience.

Mirinesse Concert 2019  Mirinesse Concert 2019 (2)



Christmas Angels 14/12/2019

We were enthusiastic about knitting angels as a mean of showering God's love around the commuity of Spalding, via our Christmas Tree Festival and carol services.  Although the knitting pattern was the same, it was so obvious that angels were being knitted in a rainbow selection of colours.

What a lovely gift, with words of good news for the recipient of the angel.  It was a very successful endeavour, hoping that all 517 angels were given good homes at this season of hope, and would be a small token showing the love of God. 

Christmas Angel 2019  Christmas Angel 2019 (2)

Six Angels



Remembrance Day Commemoration 10/11/2019
The Spalding Community Choir recorded "In Flanders Fields" at Broad Street so that it could be played at todays Remembrance Day Parade in the market place. To watch and listen, follow this link: In Flanders Fields - Performed by The Spalding Community Choir


Carolcade 06/11/2019

Click here to see how you can play a part in choosing the carols to be sung on Christmas Eve.

 



Shoppers' Service 20 years celebration 16/10/2019

20 years ago Rev Jenny Park set up this Tuesday weekly service to give an opportunity to anyone for a short period of worship, a time to be still in a busy schedule.  It was also to benefit anyone unable to attend church on a Sunday, for those needing a time of reflection or a time to explore their faith, open to all whatever their needs.  

At first only a handful of people came but over the years it has evolved into a well attended ecumenical gathering led by our own members or other denominations.

We celebrated with a service of memories and reflections led by Rev Frances Ballantyne and Mrs Deirdre Moden with Mrs Gwen Baslington at the piano. 33 people attended, finishing with, as is the Methodist tradition, tea coffee and cakes to continue our fellowship with one another.

This 15 minute service is held each Tuesday morning at 10.45am.  Contact Dee 01775 762284 for more details or pop in to our Coffee Morning Tuesdays 10am to Noon. 

Shoppers Service 20th Anniversary 



Harvest 25/09/2019

We were delighted to welcome Reverend Jenny Park to take our Harvest services. Members were invited to bring donations for the Agape Foodbank and a good collection ensued.

Harvest 2019 Jenny Park  



Harvest Family Party 25/09/2019

Fun and Games at the Harvest family party!

There were games, fun, laughter and lots of nice food.

Harvest family party chocolate game  Harvest family party food cropped 

Harvest family party touching toes 

 



Our Image of Church 18/09/2019

Our Minister Reverend Frances asked us at the 9am and 10.30 am services to think of an object that would be a good description of CHURCH.  Some drew an image that had some connection to help us think of Church in a novel or fresh way.  Someone suggested Church is like ..a pair of hands, a pineapple, a spider plant with babies, even a watering can!  

The pineapple illustration certainly grabbed our attention, the person explaining that we are sometimes seen as daunting on the outside but nice once you get in! 

Her closing conclusion hopefully inferred that the Church needs as gardener, or God is building his Church and we need to trust Him for direction and guidance.

Rev Frances leading Breakfast Fellowship 1  Rev Frances leading Breakfast Fellowship 2



Holiday at Home 17/08/2019

This was a new venture with a variety of activities on offer for two days, including dominoes, design greeting cards, puzzles and knitting but the most popular was the making of palm trees and beach huts as scenery for the model railway.  Ham salad with icecream and traditional fish & chips was the summer holiday style food.  As the rain lashed down around the church we were transported by double decker bus to Athens with the Cliff Richards film Summer Holiday.  By plane to Sri Lanka, India and Israel via a power point presentation as 'Holidays with a Difference', seeing different cultures and experiences whilst sitting comfortably in church. 

Holiday at Home 1  Holiday at Home 2

Holiday at Home 3  Holiday at Home 4

Holiday at Home 5  Holiday at Home 6 

 



Junior Church 13/07/2019

Junior Church becomes fishers of men!

They had been very busy making fish, signs, nets and even a boat. It looks a great catch!

Junior Church Boat   

 

 



Breakfast Fellowship 13/07/2019

All welcome to Breakfast Fellowship in the hall on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 9am.  A time of food, fellowship, chat, music and reflection with activities for younger children.  Why not bring a friend!  

Breakfast Fellowship 1 Breakfast Fellowship 2 



Bible Month 13/07/2019

Our church was part of Bible Month, a campaign led by the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust charity encouraging churches to spend the month focusing on a single book of the Bible.  We studied the book of Colossians, written by St. Paul and had bibles on display, many open at the book of Colossians, for visitors and passers-by to see.  Some of the bibles were in different languages.  Rev. Frances led bible study groups at other churches in the circuit as well as at Broad Street.

Bible Month  Bible Month Glass doors

 



Spring Fayre 23/03/2019
Many thanks to everyone who supported our annual Spring Fayre.  The children's activities were popular and visitors enjoyed a large variety of stalls, games and refreshments.  It was a very successful event which raised £1,000 for Church funds.


Messy Church 26/01/2019

It was messy church and the children enjoyed a morning of crafts, stories and games. A Messy Wonderland!

Messy Church 1 Messy Church 2 

Messy Church 3 Messy Church 4



Winter Wedding 26/01/2019

Our Church beautifully decorated by our talented flower ladies for a lovely winter wedding in January.

Wedding decorations 1  Wedding decorations 2



Christmas Concert 15/12/2018

The Ukulele Orchestra's invitation was to 'Come and Sing with us' - and we did!  They entertained and we joined in, singing favourite Christmas carols and songs.  Mincepies served during the interval and a raffle helped raise £340 for Vision21 funds.

Ukulele Concert 2018 2 Ukulele Concert 2018 3 

 



Christmas Tree Festival 08/12/2018

 The heart of Christmas is Jesus, Son of God, born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, laid in a manger, birth foretold by the Old Testament Prophets, fulfilling God's plan, anounced by the Angel Gabriel, bore witness to by Elizabeth, arrival heralded by a star, worshipped by angels,shepherds and kings ad kept safe by God until the time was right to begin his mission to bring salvation to all people.

Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Rev Frances  Christmas Tree Festival 2018 LIVES tree

Donations from the Festival were for Spalding branch of LIVES.

Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Angel      Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Nativity

Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Robert Flkr photo



Mirinesse Singers 17/11/2018

A wonderful concert by the Mirinesse Singers was enjoyed by a large audience, a fitting end to our commemoration of the end of WWI.  A superb programme by Director Sam Graper featured music composed by those who served in the war, music linked to the women's suffrage movement and music reflecting the ides of remembrance and peace.  A trumpet solo by Pawel Nieweglowski added to the enjoyment and he played the Last Post to conclude the concert.  Poignant, powerful and peaceful. 

Mirinesse Concert  Mirinesse Concert Trumpeter Pawel

 



Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 06/11/2018

A superb display of poppies and memorabilia, commemorating the end of WWI in 1918. 

Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 1  Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 6 

Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 2  Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 3 

Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 4  Poppies & WWI Memorabilia 5



Service of Light 04/11/2018

A special service 'From Darkness to Light' was led by Rev Frances Ballantyne.  Opportunity was given for quiet reflection and lighting of candles to remember loved ones. 

                             Service of Light 



Desert Island Discs 22/09/2018

Reverend Keith interviewed castaway Rt. Hon. John Hayes M.P. and we learned of John's desire to become an M.P. from a very early age (7!) and his subsequent success many years later.  His commitment to his family and constituency shone through as he spoke, underpinned by the certainty of his faith.  His choice of music was interesting and made easy listening; his chosen book (poetry) and luxury item (cricket bat and bowling machine) surprised and amused the audience.  A superb buffet supper afterwards completed a most enjoyable and rewarding evening, realising £666.50 for Vision21 funds.

Desert Island Discs 1  Desert Island Discs 4



Annual Reports 2018 06/09/2018
Please read our Annual Reports 2018


Spalding Methodists Unite 01/04/2018

Easter Sunday began with the lighting of the individual St. Thomas's Road and Broad Street Churches candles.  The new candle, celebrating the joining together of the two congregations was lit by Senior Stewards from both Churches from the flames of the separate candles which were then extinguished. Membership lists of each Church were added to the table and Communion was celebrated by Minister Rev Frances Ballantyne for the first time as a united congregation.

                easter k1 



Circuit Service: New Local Preacher 01/03/2018

Deirdre Moden's accreditation service on 11th February was led by Rev Alan Barker. Rev Julie Doddrell (pictured with Deirdre) delivered the sermon.  Dee says "I would like to thank all the people (152) who attended this service for all their support over the last 3 years.  Julie has been the most amazing tutor.  It has meant a lot of hard work and new experiences, especially as it was all online!  It is surprising how when God calls you for service he equips you too, you just have to believe in him and yourself and the rest will follow.  It has been a very rewarding time and I shall endeavour to serve the Lord to the best of my abilities wherever he leads me." 

Dee Accreditation Service 1   
Dee Accreditation Service 2 


Christmas Concert 16/12/2017

The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding gave a wonderful Christmas concert to a good audience.  We enjoyed songs, carols and even poems by this versatile group who use our Church as their rehearsal venue each week.  £507 was raised from the evening which the Orchestra kindly donated to our Vision21 fund.

                   Ukulele Christmas Concert 1 



Annual Reports 2017 11/12/2017
Please click here to view the Annual Reports 2017


30th Anniversary Tuesday Coffee Mornings 28/11/2017

Since 1987 we have been holding Coffee Mornings each Tuesday, selling tea, coffee and home made cakes to raise money for Church funds. Fairtrade goods, preserves and second hand books were later added for sale. In 1999 we began holding a 15 minute Shoppers' Service which continues today.

Over 15 years ago we were approached by staff at the Chappell Centre who asked if they could bring two students to help.  Angela and Susan are still part of the team.  We celebrated 30 years with birthday cake and a blessing from Rev Frances Ballantyne. 

Tuesday Coffee 30th Anniversary Tuesday Coffee 30th Anniversary 2



Magic Show 11/11/2017

A truly magical afternoon for all the family with magician Paul Vickers delighting everyone with his magic show.  This was followed by a magic themed afternoon tea, with rabbit shaped jelly and icecream a highlight.  £205 was raised for Vision21.

Magic Tea 3 Magic Tea 4



Dino visits Sunday Worship 18/06/2017

Our Bible focus for the month of June is the letter of James and during Sunday worship preacher David Baldwin spoke about Chapter 3  v1-12 'Speech and Wisdom'.

James offers different images of the power of the tongue.  Like a bridle guiding a horse or a rudder steering a ship, so too the tongue has power over the whole body.  Christians need to be aware of the power of their words and the effects that they have. All speech should be informed by the wisdom of God and seek to bring about good.

We were amused by David's visual aid to illustrate this - a remote controlled dinosaur!  Certainly a sermon we shall all remember.

Dinosaur 



Sunday Lunch 04/06/2017
Nicky and her helpers prepared a superb lunch for us all to enjoy after Sunday service.  Good food and fellowship was enjoyed by our Church family.  One member even went to the trouble of dressing to match the napkins!


Easter Sunday 16/04/2017
Junior Church members helped Rev Alan Barker describe the meaning of Easter to the congregation and then enjoyed Easter craft activities in the hall, which, of course, involved lots of glitter and chocolate!


Voices Together 25/03/2017
Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding entertained a large audience with a rich mix of music from pop, jazz, 'world' and folk style.  A superb evening's enjoyment which realised £720 for Vision21 funds.


See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw 11/12/2016
A video from the service 


Christmas Concert 26/11/2016
We were superbly entertained by Lieut. Cols. Peter & Sylvia Dalziel who were accompanied by members of the Salvation Army Citadel Band.  A selection of Christmas songs and carols were appreciated by a large audience, making a good start to our Christmas festivities.


100 Years Young! 13/10/2016

Brenda Carrott enjoyed her lunch among friends at our October Luncheon Club after celebrating her 100th birthday the previous week.  Brenda, from Moulton Chapel, regularly attends the monthly Luncheon Club at Broad Street where a three course meal is served.  Members have an enjoyable time of fellowship together.



Harvest Festival 25/09/2016

Our Harvest Festival was led by Rev Alan Barker who enlisted the help of the children to display the produce.  The generous gifts of dry and tinned goods were later donated to the Agape Foodbank. The focus of his address was water, its necessity to sustain life and how much we use every day.  The children enjoyed helping to demonstrate this by carrying buckets (fortunately empty for the purpose of the demonstration!) from the back of the Church each time a particular use of water in our daily life was mentioned.



Junior Church Cake Sale 21/08/2016

Alongside their regular lessons, Junior Church members were busy this morning baking cakes to sell in aid of Cancer Research.  The cakes were sold after the 10.30 service while members were having coffee.  £50 was raised.  Well done to the young people and their adult helpers and thanks to everyone who purchased the cakes.



Cupcakes, Cookies and Coffee Morning 16/04/2016

What a wonderful morning!  Such attention to detail, a superb display of cupcakes and cookies to choose from, with cupcakes especially decorated with children in mind.  The Church hall was full with folk who had come along to enjoy the festive atmosphere despite the off-putting weather.  It was all enhanced by  bunting and floral table decorations.  Thanks to Helen, Annie and Paul for organising the occasion which raised £242 for Vision21 funds.

 



A Busy Saturday! 27/02/2016

Our annual popular £ Sale was held in the morning.  There were many bargains and it was well attended, raising a record £1240 for our Vision21 funds. 

In the evening we were superbly entertained by the Spalding Ukulele Orchestra. A welcome return by this popular group who have recently recorded a new CD in our newly refurbished Church.  Their generosity in giving this concert free of charge enabled more funds for our Vision21 project.

 A busy and very successful Saturday! Many thanks to all involved at both events.



Beetle Drive 23/01/2016
 A fun evening enjoyed by our Church family and friends. This successful social occasion added £320 to our Vision21 funds.


Pride of Britain Banquet 10/10/2015

A highly successful evening.  Over 60 folk enjoyed a 4 course meal with dishes celebrating the best of the British Isles.  There was also an opportunity to purchase items of interest, including learning to play the Ukulele, meeting the Queen (bee, of course!), days out and beauty treatments.  £1,250 was raised for Vision21 funds.



Summer Praise 12/07/2015

We held an outdoor celebration at Ayscoughfee  Gardens on Sunday12th July. The theme was The Way, and members and friends took part with readings, worship songs and reflections on life’s journey. Children enjoyed drawing each other and also their parents and helpers which later contributed to the Friendly Bus, a beautiful red vehicle made for the event. Broad Street music group led the singing and Rev Alan Barker asked for interesting traveller’s tales from anyone who wished to take part. The get-together was part of the outreach to which the Church is committed, including a refurbished building.




Tea on the Terrace 20/06/2015

A large gathering of members and friends enjoyed Tea on the Terrace at the home of Rita and Pete.  The weather was kind for most of the afternoon and folk were able to sample a wide menu and admire their newly planted garden.  A raffle and stall selling plants and cakes helped to raise a magnificent £1,025 for Vision21 funds. 



Quiz Night 18/04/2015

Several teams of members and friends turned out for this annual event (or evening of torture as one member quipped!)  Fortunately there were several multi-choice questions and a new round of musical ones to keep everyone involved.  A ploughman's supper added to the enjoyment. 



Voices Unplugged and Ukulele 28/03/2015
Voices Unplugged choir and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding entertained a packed hall.  This very popular evening lived up to its promise of a toe tapping time for a large audience and raised over £500 for Vision21 funds.


Games Afternoon 14/03/2015

A relaxing afternoon when young and old alike enjoyed board and computer games.  Tea and cake kept everyone sustained!    



Beetle Drive 24/01/2015

A large gathering of all ages enjoyed playing Beetle and ate hot dogs for supper.  Many thanks to Emma, Mark and family for organising such a fun evening.  £320 was raised for the Church Vision21 project.



Contractors on Site! 12/01/2015

Today Lindum, the contractors for the next phase of the Vision21 project began work on renovating the Church interior. 



Coffee Morning 15/11/2014

A very successful coffee morning run by the Church's children was well supported by members and friends.  There were various activities for children to enjoy. £200 was raised for the Scripture Union's Christmas comic appeal.



Comedy Evening 08/11/2014

A good audience enjoyed two one-act comedies presented by the drama section of Spalding Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (SADOS).  Coffee and home made cookies were an interval treat and £188 was raised for Vision21 funds.



Service of Light 02/11/2014
The theme for this year's service was 'The Light of Friendship'.  It included both familiar hyms and quiet recorded music.  The names of those who have died were remembered in prayers.  There was also the opportunity to light candles of hope and thanksgiving. 


Harvest Banquet 27/09/2014

Our Harvest Banquet was a great success both in mission and fundraising aspects.  The event was well supported and everyone had an enjoyable evening. We also appreciated the support from local businesses for lovely raffle prizes and provision of shloer for all of the tables. £653 was raised for our Vision 21 project.



Summer Barbeque 12/07/2014

Children had great fun in the garden at the home of Andrew and Petra, whilst adults relaxed in lovely surroundings on a beautiful summer's day.  A tasty BarBQ, followed by mouth watering desserts, was enjoyed by everyone who came.  Thanks to the generosity of our hosts £170 was raised for Vision21 funds.



Summer Praise 29/06/2014

The theme of Noah - God keeps His promises - was explored at the Summer Praise service at Springfields Festival Gardens recently. Rev Alan Barker led worship, with music  by Broad Street music group and themed activities for children. About 50 people enjoyed the pleasant surroundings singing worship songs old and new. Readings and drama added to worship and the children's artwork was displayed later in the Church hall. Broad Street's focus was again to have a presence in a popular location outside the Church and we look forward to another event next year.

 



Garden Party 21/06/2014

Many thanks to Elizabeth & Tom who hosted a garden party in aid of Vision21.  Visitors enjoyed a stroll around their beautiful garden with delicious tea and cake to follow.  The star attraction was the model steam railway which meandered through part of the garden and a selection of Tom's model boats were also on display.  £282 was raised for Vision21 funds.



Wiggle Walk 24/04/2014

The youngest children of our Church teamed up with Action for Children and The World of Eric Carle™ for a Giant Wiggle fundraiser to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the UK’s most read children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™.
The charity is encouraging children’s centres, nurseries and groups for under-5s throughout the UK to host sponsored Giant Wiggle events on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, 20 March 2014. The day, celebrated annually, marks the start of the 45th anniversary celebration of Eric Carle’s beloved book and 2014 marks Action for Children’s 145th year.
 Our sponsored event brought together under-5s and their families to wiggle along in giant caterpillar conga lines, encouraging them to help others, and open up their imaginations through storytelling and creative activities back at the Church. The children had a wonderful time walking in the rain and back in the Church hall creating collage, listening to stories and other themed activities including eating delicious butterfly biscuits.
A fun time was had by all.
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Spalding Folk Club 22/03/2014

There was a large audience for Spalding Folk Club and Slap Dash Dancers who provided an excellent Saturday evening's entertainment.  A good mix of songs, some composed by club members, together with appellation dancing was enjoyed by all.  We are grateful to both the Club and Dancers who gave their time freely. The evening was a great success and raised £381 for our Vision21 fund.



Super Soup Lunch 14/03/2014

Our "Super Soup Lunch" for the Christian Aid Lenten appeal was a great success, raising £253.76. The home made soup was enjoyed by all and it was very kind of Sainsbury's to support us providing bread rolls etc. The presentation by Nick Thorley from Christian Aid gave us an insight to how they work in partnership with communties to enable them to have a better long term future.



Barn Dance 22/02/2014

'Just one more dance please', pleaded one of the youngsters as the Barn Dance came to an end.  It was an energetic social evening enjoyed by all who came.  A Ploughmans Supper at half time was welcome sustenance to help keep up energy levels.  £163 was raised for Vision21.



Beetle Drive 26/01/2014

Hot dogs for supper were enjoyed by everyone who came to play Beetle on Saturday evening. Many thanks to Emma and family for organising this fun night for our Church family and friends. Great prize for the winner (and even a prize for the one who came last!).  Over £300 was raised for our Vision21 fund.



Quiz Night 23/11/2013
Who was the actor to play the first Doctor Who?  Just one of the questions at our popular Quiz Night enjoyed by everyone who came.  More taxing questions followed but were made easier by multi-choice options!  Hot dogs for supper and prizes galore ensured a fun evening for all.  The event raised £220 for our Vision21 project.


Curry Night 09/11/2013

Our Curry Night held on the 9th November was a great success. 60+ people had a lovely meal and as a nod to the "5th November" we had a quiz, between courses, around this historical event. Thanks to the generosity of several businesses, we had an excellent raffle. Whilst the money raised, £475, was for our Vision21 funds the important thing was the wonderful friendly atmosphere that was enjoyed by all



Antiques & Anecdotes 02/10/2013
A most enjoyable evening with Alan Smith, former auctioneer on TV's Bargain Hunt and Flog It.  Alan entertained a packed hall with amusing tales of his time as an auctioneer with T.W. Gaze & Son of Diss, Norfolk.  He brought along some interesting Victorian objects and described their unusual uses.  The event was sponsored by Mr  & Mrs Richard Pacey who supplied the delicious French bread for the Ploughman's Supper.  £665.50 was raised for our Vision21 project.


Tea in the Garden 16/06/2013
Heavy downpours failed to blight a lovely afternoon at the home of Geoff and Judith Dodd. Many folk turned out to enjoy cream teas served in their beautiful garden (or indoors at times!) and over £400 was raised for the Vision21 project.


Summer Praise 09/06/2013

A Summer Praise service was held at Springfields Gardens by Broad Street Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. The aim was to take our worship to the people. and the theme was Creation, which was ideal in such a wonderful setting.
The service was organised by the Mission team headed by our Minister Rev Margaret Mwailu, accompanied by our music group.
This was a very successful event enjoyed by over 120 people and about 20 children joined in the activies with our junior church leaders,  many taking part in the service.
We would like to thank Springfields Gardens and staff for all their support for this event. 

 



Flower Festival 17/05/2013
Another successful Flower Festival was held over the May bank holiday weekend.  Beautiful floral tableaux were created by talented members and friends and were much admired by the many visitors.  Home made cakes and snack lunches were popular and raised much needed funds for the Church. We also featured on BBC radio programme Pirate Gold as we held the final clue to the treasure hunt on the Sunday morning.


Concert 17/05/2013
A well attended concert was held with popular organist Eric Wayman and Boston based choir The Haven Singers.  Items from the Church's famous organist Gatty Sellars were included in the programme and the 'hit' of the evening was Eric's rendition of 'The Dambusters' to celebrate the 70th anniversary. £400 was raised for Vision21 funds.


Concert 23/03/2013
Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding joined forces for a superb concert.  Despite the dreadful weather a large audience turned out to enjoy a fun, toe-tapping evening of music from pop, jazz, world and folk.  £543 was raised for Vision21 funds. We are grateful to both groups for their contribution to fund raising for our major project.


Garth School Visit 07/03/2013
For three consecutive Monday afternoons George and Daniel, from the Garth school, came along to Broad Street  for work experience with their teachers. This covered various aspects of their cuririculum, with help from their teachers they cleaned our silver, washed cups and spoons and did a little light dusting, whilst listening to music. Sensory tasks are very important, George loves music; it makes him happy and they both loved the feel of the bubbles in the soapy water.


Super Soup Lunch 22/02/2013
A Super Soup Lunch was held here as part of the Lenten Appeal for Christian Aid on 22nd February. This event was very well supported; a variety of homemade soups were served along with an assortment of bread rolls tea and coffee plus a bring and buy stall. Total funds raised were £233. Many thanks to Sainsbury's for their generous donation, enabling us to have a lovely assortment of bread rolls etc.


Valentine's Banquet 16/02/2013
66 people enjoyed a Valentine's Banquet at Broad Street on Saturday 16th February. The after dinner speaker was Steve Weatherly-Barton sharing some of his amusing experiences from his days as a Taxi Cab driver. We wish to thank the people who contributed to our prize draw including Bennetts Butchers, Amy Vere at Aspire, Mishishi, Phil at ARK, and Neame Lea Nursery for their generous donations which helped to make our evening a great success and a total of £625 was raised for our Vision 21 project.


Christmas Quiz 14/01/2013
Celia's popular quiz raised a record £185 for Vision21 funds. The winner of the Christmas Quiz £10 prize this year with a 100% accurate return was Sue Abrams of Weston.  Many thanks to all who purchased copies.


Cantemus Concert 22/12/2012
By popular request Cantemus once again entertained with their annual Christmas Concert to the enjoyment of a full audience.  Eric Wayman conducted and introduced a varied programme of Christmas items at this sell-out event.   


Christmas Tree Festival 10/12/2012
Two superb weekends of festive displays in Church with superbly decorated Christmas Trees.  Donations were for Lincs. & Notts Air Ambulance. The Christmas Fayre in the hall was well supported and raised funds for Vison21 project.


£1 Sale 17/11/2012
Bargains galore were on offer at the second successful £1 Sale we have held, which raised £632 for Vision21 funds.  Thanks to everyone who donated goods and helped on the day.


Quiz Evening 20/10/2012
A fun evening enjoyed by church members and friends.  Do you remember who married Cynthia Powell in 1962?!  Not many did (John Lennon) but there were plenty of other questions which we all answered correctly!  A Ploughmans Supper was served in the interval and over £200 was raised for our Vision21 Project. 


SADOS Concert 13/10/2012
A very enjoyable evening of Songs from the Shows performed by Spalding Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society in concert.  This concert by SADOS members was by way of a 'Thank you' to Broad Street for allowing use of our premises for rehearsal on winter evenings when they would find it too cold to sing at 'The Shed', where they normally rehearse.  £658 was raised for Church funds. 


Vision21 Launch Weekend 10/09/2012

Our Church Vision21 project was launched over a very successful weekend (7,8,9 September).  Past members were invited to celebrate a day of Nostalgia, to bring photos and mementos of their past participation in life at Broad Street, to reminisce with friends over a shared past at our town centre Church.

There were reunions of Youth Clubs of the 60s and 80s with a few members from the 50s joining in!  Photos and memories were exchanged and friendships rekindled.  A fun afternoon remembering a shared past.  More reunions planned? 



Lincolnshire Honey 15/07/2012
We now have Lincolnshire honey on sale!  The bees are now settled and happy in their new abode in Spalding and have produced the first comb of pure Lincolnshire honey.  This can be purchased from our regular Tuesday Coffee Mornings in the hall at Broad Street, £3.50 per jar.  Come and see our full range of home produced preserves and chutneys. 


6000th Jar of Preserves 04/07/2012
An invitation to pick plums from someone's orchard produced so much fruit that the idea of members making jam for themselves and pies for Luncheon Club went out of the window.  This was the start of jam and chutney making at Broad Street.  Five years later a small team of members has filled over 6,000 jars of preserves which are sold at our Coffee Mornings and annual Festivals. There are now 16 varieties of jam, 8 jelly, 15 chutney, marmalade and cordial from which to choose.  Members continue to offer their surplus fruit and vegetables each season and jars thankfully seem to appear as if by magic! The team is also grateful for donations to their "sugar fund", sugar being the most expensive extra ingredient necessary to keep this hive of industry busy.


Jubilee Garden Party 17/06/2012
A very successful garden party with a Jubilee theme took place on Saturday at the home of Geoff and Judith Dodd.  Visitors were able to visit the newly restored Blacksmith forge as well as enjoy viewing their beautiful garden.The weather was not helpful but didn't spoil the fun! The event was well supported and over £500 was raised for Vision21 funds.


WaterAid 15/04/2012
WaterAid uses practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.  During Lent we asked the congregation for donations to this worthy organisation and, with additional donations on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a total of £240 was raised.


£950 for Vision21 06/04/2012

Members of our Vision21 team decided not to waste their preparations for the cancelled South Holland Rotary Club Radar Challenge. An alternative route for the 8km sponsored walk from Spalding to Cowbit was planned and despite rain at the start and muddy conditions underfoot, everyone completed the course. Over £950 was raised for the Vision21 fund. Many thanks to the sponsors for their generous support.



Honey, honey, honey........! 18/03/2012
We now have honey on sale in addition to our usual preserves.  A new member of our Church has moved his beehives to Spalding so the next batch will be pure Lincolnshire honey.  In the meantime enjoy pure Norfolk honey on sale at our weekly Tuesday coffee mornings and fayres, price £3.50 per jar.


Traidcraft Exchange 09/03/2012
£500 has been donated to Traidcraft Exchange from the proceeds of coffee after the Sunday Service.  This money helps producers of Fairtrade goods to become self sufficient and also provides much needed facilities such as piped water and education.


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