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Weekly Notices 09/12/2018
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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
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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.

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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
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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.


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.

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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