News from churches across the area and brief notes and links from CTSD council meetings; see also our Facebook page for Hope4Spalding - with further news, events and more throughout the year.  Italics = awaiting confirmation; apologies for errors or omissions

Clergy & Staff Moves

Rev Mark Williams to be licenced as priest in the Haven Group on Monday 22 April at St Mary the Virgin, Swineshead (FB) ACNY PE20 3LJ

Rev Greg Bannister to be licenced as vicar and Rev Sophie Bannister to be licensed on open ended basis, 10:45am, 4 February at St John the Baptist, (FB); see also February 2021

Fr Stephen Buckman, 7:00pm, 27 February, Bourne Abbey ACNY

Rev John & Mary Bennett farewell and retirement, Sunday 30 June; various events in June at St Mary & St Nicolas (FB)

Rev Aileen Workman retirement service, 10:30am, Sunday 28 January; more info via St Mary & St Nicolas (FB)

Rev Michael J Howard retirement service, 10:00am, Sunday 21 January at Langtoft; more info via The Ness Group (FB) ACNY

Welcome to Allison Willson, church administrator and to Anthony Horton, Youth Worker, St John the Baptist, Hawthorn Bank, (FB) ACNY (10/1)


Youth and Community Worker, 35 hours pw; closing date 15 January;  more info from Broad Street Methodist (FB) (Circuit website) (21/12)

Church changes

Sunday 21 April, 2:30pm: Rev Angy Long and Rev Luke Smith South Holland Circuit service at Holbeach Drove Methodist

 listing collation continues throughout February

Snowdrop Walks and more; growing listing available

Lent Groups, Lent Lunches, Lent Talks in February and March 

World Day of Prayer (WWDP) 'I beg you bear with one another in love', Palestine, Friday 1 March; preparation day Friday 2 February, 9:45am at Spalding Baptist (FB)

Revive Thursday 25 April, 7:30pm: Revive with Rev David A Hull at Gosberton Methodist (FB) PE11 4NQ

Alpha courses - launch: Tuesday 9 January, 7:30pm, St John the Baptist, Hawthorn Bank, (FB) ACNY; also:
Thursday 18 January, 11:30am, fortnightly, alternating with Bible Study; further details from St John's

Christianity Explored Tuesday 6 February, 7:00pm for seven weeks in the Heraldic Suite, St Mary's, Whaplode (FB) ACNY (Elloe Stone group)

A Life Worth Living course starts Sunday 21 January, 10:30am, Harvest Church (FB)

Gaia Monday 5 - Sunday 25 February,  Lincoln Cathedral (FB)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January - 'Go and Do Likewise' prepared by Burkina Faso ecumenical team and Chemin Neuf CCN (CTBI, 2024 Resources)

Epiphany a selction of services for Epiphany on our January Diary page

Bourne Foodbank (FB) moved from Bourne United Reformed Church to the Butterfield Centre (FB), North Road, PE10 9AP on 29 December 2023

The Bread and Butter Thing launches Tuesday 19 March at the Iron Horse, High Street, Market Deeping, PE6 8EB; more info via Open Door Baptist church Deeping St James (FB) or Churches Together in the Deepings (FB)

Ecumenical prayer meetings are hosted by Broad Street Methodist (FB) (Circuit website) on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00pm for an hour

Spring Harvest: 'Up and Alive!' (FB) discounted day tickets for Thursday 4 April for Church Leaders and their families, in the region of the Lincolnshire Coast, at 75% off their usual price. Only 60 tickets available this year; more info via Lincoln Diocese (FB) (29/12/23)

See also Midweek and our Facebook page Hope4Spalding. Warm Spaces dates and times subject to changes; please check with the church for the latest

Warm Spaces; various churches open during the winter months or longer:

Mondays: 10 - 4 at Broad Street Methodist (FB) (Circuit website) as a 'Welcome Space'

Tuesdays: [Coffee Morning at Broad Street]

Wednesdays: 9:30 - 12:30 and 3-6 at Lighthouse (FB)

Thursdays: 12 - 5:30 at St John's (2023)

Fridays: 10:30am - 2:30pm at Spalding Baptist (FB) (Warm Welcome FB)

Sundays: 12 - 2:30pm at St Norbert's FB (Project St Thomas); see also Hub In Hub Out (FB)

Warm Spaces; neighbouring churches open including:

Monday - Friday, 10 - 12: Sutton St James - Baptist (FB)

Monday and Friday, 10:00am - 1:00pm: Pinchbeck Baptist (FB)

Mondays and Thursdays: Market Deeping - St Guthlac's (FB) ACNY

Mondays, 2 - 4: St John's, Baston (FB) - The Ness Group (FB)

Mondays, 12-2: Hub In Hub Out Holbeach (FB) at Holy Trinity Holbeach (see also St Norbert's FB and HIHO Spalding (FB))

Tuesdays: 10 at Bourne Baptist

Third Wednesdays, 3 - 6 at St Matthew's, Sutton Bridge (FB) ACNY

Thursdays in Whaplode, 10-1 at St Mary's, Whaplode (FB) ACNY; also other days around Whaplode

Thursdays: 9:30 - 1, Holbeach Methodist (FB) 

Our News and Diary Archives extend back to 1954; see also 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018