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|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.|
|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.
|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!|
|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 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|
|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.
|Brexit - A Viewpoint||04/10/2016|
What should the Christian's perspective be?
For the first half of this year the question on everyone’s lips was ‘In’ or ‘Out’, ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’. This divided families, friends, neighbours, and the people in our churches as we looked at all the different perspectives, speculations and forecasts of what would happen either way.
On June 23rd the majority of the people who voted, voted for us to leave the European Union, this unexpected vote was followed by disbelief, anger, and elation, depending what ‘camp’ you were in, but the decision was made and rightly or wrongly we have got to live with it. Brexit was born!
Roughly 75% of people in this area voted to leave, mainly, it is said, because of the numbers rather than the nationality. The question one person asked was “Will it make a difference?” People respond differently according to how they are affected in their immediate environment, and their belief of doing what they think is right.
Three months on some changes are noticeably taking place. I spoke to various people asking what the effect they thought, from a Christian perspective, it was having on society and what were the positives and negatives.
Like my friend I am very concerned how the fall of the value of the pound has greatly affected the charities, with peoples giving and the exchange rates, for our overseas charities, people who are already suffering and in desperate need won’t get the help they normally receive.
Another of my concerns, that the predictions of the Wall Street banks saying that we would quickly fall back into a recession, had not happened, which ultimately will be better for people than expected. But as a Christian, I am very concerned what it means for the population of migrants who have already made their homes here.
A man from a Methodist Church in the midst of this heavily populated migrant area, told me of a split of opinions in his church over the vote, causing considerable amounts of bad feeling, tension and unease. After the vote he said that some people of this area had started to be vindictive towards the foreigners in their midst throwing things at them, being abusive, and even sending hate mail, which is still continuing today. His church, he says, is still in a state of unrest and silent tension which greatly concerns him. We read in Matthew 5: 22-25 how we are liable to God’s Judgment by being angry or insulting our brothers and sisters, and that we should be reconciled to them before we offer our gifts to God, this of course works both ways in communities.
Some haven’t experienced these problems but worry what will happen to the foreign people in our local society who are employed, some doing menial jobs which our fellow countryman will not do. Others thought less immigrants would mean more jobs available.
We have a lovely Polish family who have been worshipping with us for over two years and are loved by all. Had it made any difference to them I asked? I was surprised by their answer: they were pleased that the vote had been to leave the European Union. They felt embarrassed by the behaviour of some of their fellow countrymen, in the fact that they were abusing our system having little thought for the English people being thoughtless and only thinking of money. They had come to this country to give their children a better life but Pawel got a secure job first and somewhere to live, even though he was qualified in the financial sector in Poland, he was happy to take a lorry driving job for the sake of a better life for his family. They came expecting to integrate, pay their taxes and contribute to the society, which they are doing, and playing an active part in the church which is very important to them. Pawel had heard verbal abuse, from some men he worked with, against foreign women office workers before the vote, but more so after. Joanne had not experienced anything like this but had felt occasionally that people were showing dislike for her because she spoke with a foreign accent, she put this down to them having some bad experiences, and accepted that some just did not want anyone here from another country. They feel happy and settled here, and are used to mixing with different faiths and cultures and the children, converse in both languages. One thing Joanne said which made me think: ‘My wish is that one day we will be called citizens not immigrants’.
In the O.T. we read of Ruth caring for her mother-in-law and how Boaz was generous with his harvest. Jesus gave examples for us to follow, he gathered in the marginalized, the weak, and the outcasts of society, he showed compassion to the poor and needy, we read in Luke 11 v 37-54 how he chastised those who were doing wrong, denouncing the attitudes of Pharisees and Lawyers. In the parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’ Luke 10 29-37 he asks “Who is our neighbour”? The hymn says When I needed a neighbour where you there? Isn’t this the question we should be asking ourselves?
I believe as Methodists, we need to be reminded that we are committed to support communities in this country and worldwide both in our giving and our prayers, seeking to take action for injustice, feeling compelled to respond, be good neighbours. We cannot change the vote but we need to behave responsibly, and make measured decisions. This is such a diverse topic with many views, we have to look at the teachings of Jesus for guidance as we go out into our society. We cannot close the door after church on a Sunday and leave our Christianity behind.
Deirdre Moden Local Preacher in Training
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.
|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.
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.
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.|
A relaxing afternoon when young and old alike enjoyed board and computer games. Tea and cake kept everyone sustained!
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.
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.
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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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™.
|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.
'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.
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.
|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.|
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.|
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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?
|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 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.|
|£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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|A truly magical afternoon for all the family with magician Paul Vickers delighting everyone with his magic show. T...view story|
|18/06/2017||Dino visits Sunday Worship|
|Nicky and her helpers prepared a superb lunch for us all to enjoy after Sunday service. Good food and fellowship w...view story|
|Junior Church members helped Rev Alan Barker describe the meaning of Easter to the congregation and then enjoyed Easter ...view story|
|All welcome to this ecumenical time of prayer at our sister Church in St. Thomas's Road. Come for a short while or...view story|
|02/12/2017||Christmas Tree Festival & Fayre|
|Decorated Christmas Trees in the Church with entertainment at 12 noon by Spalding Parish C of E School Choir.&...view story|
|Christingle Service led by Rev Alan Barker. Donations for Action for Children (NCH)....view story|
|09/12/2017||Christmas Tree Festival & Fayre|
|Decorated Christmas Trees in the Church with entertainment at 12 noon by Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestr...view story|
|24/12/2017||Family Christmas Celebration|
|Family Christmas Celebration service led by Rev Frances Ballantyne. All welcome....view story|