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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014

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The Parish Church of Dunholme is dedicated to St Chad.

There has been a church on this site for at least 700 years and there may have been a worshipping community in the village for even longer.  The fact that the Doomsday Book (1087) makes no mention of the church in Dunholme does not necessarily mean that no church existed.  It is one of 31 churches dedicated to St Chad, a native of Northumbria




Face Coverings in church buildings


Face Coverings are no longer compulsory however people still have a choice and ask for respect to those who would prefer to continue wearing them,


Thank you for your understanding.

Other bits of church news, which may be helpful to you, can be found on our Facebook Page under “St Chads Church Dunholme” or our web page where you will also find the most up to date information and details of any number of services including “the 4 o’clock service” and other services that you may have an interest.


The 4 o’clock service

What is it?

A weekly act of worship for children and their grown ups.  Run by the Anglican ministry team.  Everybody’s welcome whatever kind of family you belong to.


Where is it?

Normally on a Sunday during the school term periods and held at Dunholme, St Chad’s Church of England Primary School and as the name implies it is at 4.00 pm on a Sunday.  Look at our website shown above and follow the links for more information.


Whats on in July!


3rd July – Afternoon Tea

10th July – Creative Service

17th July – Active Service

24th July – Holy Communion

31st July – No Service


Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms


For enquiries in relation to funerals, weddings and baptisms the first point of contact is Mrs. Sophie Fleckney, St Chad’s Church Administrator, on 01522 931076.


St Chad’s Church Notices


During July St Mary’s, St Chad’s and St Germain’s churches in our Benefice will be praying for the families on Dunholme streets as follows.

Ashing Lane, Mainwaring Close, Market Rasen Road and Beck Lane.

If you would like to join us or just know a bit more before you make up your mind, please contact Glyn on 861907 or Dave on 860986

Vinyl Night – What is it?

Come along to share in music and community at St Chad’s in Dunholme every third Thursday of the month (next is 21st July) @ 7.30pm

Dust off your favourite vinyl or listen to good tunes brought by others.

Don’t forget to bring any refreshments - soft or not!!  All are welcome!





1st May

Easter 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion

8th May

Easter 4


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Morning Worship


Welton: Evening Prayer

15th May

Easter 5


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion

22nd May

Easter 6


Scothern: BCP Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening

29th May

Easter 7




Welton: Holy Communion

Benefice Service

Ministry Item for Parish Magazine - March Editions 

I  can’t believe how fast this year is progressing !

The First day of SPRING  is approaching fast !!! How appropriate  that such an exciting festival  as Easter should be connected with a time of new growth,  the buds in the trees beginning to show colour, all the spring bulbs  in bright cheerful colours  and summer migrant birds  arriving to raise their broods in a perfect climate.

In some countries they still celebrate Shrove Tuesday with huge “Mardi Gras” processions.  And now we are at a time of fasting. After Shrove Tuesday  when Households traditionally were  encouraged to use up  various  fresh and dried fruits by filling delicious pancakes,  and by the next day , known as Ash Wednesday , a Fast can begin. Throughout  this time of LENT our thoughts are drawn to towards  Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the darker events of Holy Week. We can be thankful that the scriptures give us such a clear picture of the stresses and strains that Jesus and his disciples underwent during this time.

I expect that you will all be looking forward to the forthcoming Easter holidays, it is after all the most treasured of Christian Festivals. 

 I think the first Easter Eggs were on sale on Boxing Day in some shops, and I have fond memories of cracking open my Easter Egg  AFTER Sunday Lunch, and nibbling away all afternoon ! But Have you ever wondered why the date for Easter hops about a bit rather like the Easter Bunny ! ?

I’ll try  to explain….  Back in the days of Anglo Saxon Britain in the 6th and 7th century, two forms  of Christian Church were used. In The North , Scotland and Wales they used  a Celtic form of worship, usually  spoken and written in Gaelic  whereas  in England the Roman form was used, spoken and sung  in Latin.

 Both of these forms of worship were introduced by two dedicated missionary Monks.  St Columba sailed across  dangerous waters from Ireland to land on the Isle of Iona and from where he and his  fellow monks spread the Word .

Meanwhile  another band of  Missionary monks arrived in Kent lead by  St Augustine where they established the first Christian  presence in the South East  and built the first English Cathedral  at Canterbury in 597 AD.

As it happens with two forms of worship, things can vary a bit – including  when  it was the right time to celebrate Easter. The Celtic Easter was more closely associated to the changes in the seasons, whilst the Roman  Church  first officially celebrated  Easter after the conversion of  Emperor Constantine in 312 AD using the “Julian” calendar.  However a  lunar month is technically 29 ½ days long , but in English  Common Law  we say that it is  exactly  28 days !!   No wonder  it was confusing !!

As Christianity spread throughout the Kingdom it was clear that  no such differences could be allowed to carry on, and so  a big meeting was called at a neutral halfway meeting point  - Whitby Abbey, which was  administered under the good offices of  the  formidable Abbess Hilda.  I would have loved to been there to see and hear the various too-ing  and fro-ing. But eventually  after much discussion and  a considerable amount of prayer time, a decision was reached !  

They were to refer to the events of the first Easter in the  New Testament and the fact that Jesus arose from the dead  during the Jewish feast of the Passover.      And from the Old Testament , we learn the means by which the Passover date is calculated .  It was to be on the first Sabbath following the full moon after the Spring Solstice, which in our calendar would be 21st March

However a  lunar month is technically 29 ½ days long , but in English  Common Law  we say that it is  exactly  28 days !!   No wonder  it was confusing !!

Thankfully  we  now have a bench-mark for the fixing of Easter dates , and  are  hugely  grateful for the dedication of all concerned. May you  stay safe and well in the coming weeks .

I should like to leave you with a prayer for Lent from the Celtic  tradition……………

Circle us Lord

Keep hope within ; Keep fear without.

Keep peace near;  Keep conflict far.

In Jesus’ name we pray


Thank you and God Bless           Peter Everett     ALM






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Rev Adam Watson


 As you may have heard, we welcome our new curate Jane to work across Welton, Dunholme and Scothern. Due to current restrictions, an ordination service hasn't been possible, but it will happen later in the year. In the meantime she will continue to work with us as a licensed lay-worker.

Here is a little bit about her:

 "I come from Walsall in the West Midlands.

I studied for a degree in French and German, married my husband, Matt, and we had our first two children in Cambridge. The third was born in France, where we lived for 10 years. We returned to England nine years ago to be closer to family living in Lincolnshire. I have been an English as a Second Language and French teacher, a Parish Administrator, a Cub Scout Leader and Open the Book Team Leader. I have also trained part-time for three years with St Hild College, where I was stretched and formed through theological study and being part of a large, diverse community.  

I'm really looking forward to being part of a team ministering in our new home 

among the communities of Welton, Dunholme and Scothern. I long to see growth through working with all generations."


Revd Adam Watson

01673 565244

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Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church

Methodist Church


Methodist Church

Services in July – all welcome

Services start at 10.30am unless otherwise stated.

3rd          Rev. K. Tomlin

3rd 5.00pm Strawberry Tea*

10th        Rev. A.Swann, Holy Communion**

17th        Rev. M.Amery  

24th        Bev. Gibson

31st        Rev.M.Doughty


Happy to announce that after cancellation during Covid, we have reinstated coffee after morning worship.


*Strawberry Tea…will be held in the Chapel. Everyone is welcome, it would help with catering if you could let us know.(01673860998)

**During this service we will be remembering those we have loved and lost particularly during the pandemic.


Coffee Mornings…There is a wide choice of beverages as well as a warm welcome, every Wednesday and Saturday from 10.00 – 11.30am. We also have toys for the little ones. So why not have a break during your shopping and pop in.


Ladies Fellowship…Our task for last month’s meeting was to find a good news article in the newspaper or magazine. Not an easy task, however we managed to find some great nuggets which led to much discussion. On July 14th we are off out for a lunch at The Dambusters in Scampton , our summer treat!


Irene Hunter…It is with sadness that we learnt of the death of Irene on May 26th. This also happened to be her 94th birthday. Up until Covid she was a regular member of our congregation hardly ever missing a week. She was a very vibrant lady into crafts, including stained glass, one of our organists, and cared deeply for the homeless and she loved her scarves!!.  Sadly twenty years ago she was floored by a stroke plus meningitis leading to her losing many of her abilities and needing lots of assistance. It is due to the dedicated love and support she received from family and carers that sustained her for so long.

Our deepest sympathy go to Ray and the family at this time





Methodist Church                           

I have just begun to read a book called, ‘Restore, Renew, rebuild.’ The book is written by Debra Green and Paul Weston.  Published by SPCK and ISBN 978-0-281-08700-6. The book says, ‘The Church is entering a season of change. Together, we need to restore, renew and rebuild to create a more hopeful, faith-filled future-and bases its thoughts on the Book of

Nehemiah as a guide of how to achieve this.

The book of Nehemiah is fascinating book that sees in ruins and Nehemiah a Jew living in exile. He works for the King as a cup bearer, a highly respected position.  His role would mean that he would often hear information shared at the King’s table. He was seen as completely

trustworthy. His job was to protect the King from poisoning by drinking from the King’s cup first. Because of his role, a good relationship built up between the King and Himself. Through this relationship Nehemiah

restores the walls of Jerusalem. I encourage you to read the full account.

Post covid there are many challenges for society and of course for the church too. I have just returned from a conference that encourages the church to, ‘Build back better.’ I believe we can only face these challenges together and that Church has much to offer as we look towards a better future.

Of course, we are now having to deal with problems that have presented themselves because of the lockdowns. On the news today it was

reported that Fuel prices will continue to rise (Petrol, Diesel, Electric, Gas). This increasing burdens on everyday life are hitting people hard. Over the last few months, we have seen a great increase in the Foodbanks where families come in desperation. Many are coming for the first time and many feeling  ashamed at having to use them.

This use will increase as people struggle to meet demands on their

finances. Please remember to help by giving items of food and money to your local Foodbank. It can become quite depressing for some and there is a need to support in other ways too.

What Nehemiah teaches us is that there is Hope and although things might be tough now there will be a brighter future. I am also reminded of the hope that comes with faith. There is a wonderful hymn written by Stuart Townend and Mark Edwards. The first verse says:

There is a hope that burns within my heart,

That gives me strength for every passing day;

The glimpse of glory now revealed in meagre part,

Drives all doubt away:

I stand in Christ, with sins forgiven;

And Christ in me, the hope of heaven!

My highest calling and my deepest joy,

To make his will my home.

May you find hope and know the love that Jesus Christ offers to all. Please ask if you need help I any way.


 As always you are most welcome to come along and join in the

activities of Church life.



Superintendent of the Lincoln Methodist Circuit





Our Chapel was founded by a young Wesleyan preacher by the name of John Hannah in 1815.  He was the third son of a local coal merchant whose parents were both Wesleyan Methodists, so it is probably not a surprise that he became a Minister himself at a young age in 1814, when he began preaching in the villages surrounding Lincoln.  He was noted as an impressive preacher and a ready public speaker of unusual eloquence and ability who twice held the office of President of the Wesleyan Conference, first in 1842 and then again in 1851.  He travelled extensively, twice visiting the United States with the Wesleyan Conference of Great Britain as a representative of English Methodism along with numerous positions in the United Kingdom, both as a Minister and a theological tutor at parishes as varied as Stoke Newington, Hoxton and Didsbury in Yorkshire.

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John Hannah

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Introducing our new Curate Jane!