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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





St Chad’s Church Notices

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

The 4 O’clock Service is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration, and hospitality.

What’s on in December

3rd Afternoon Tea

17th Join in the Carol Service in Church at 6 p.m.

Where is it?

Held at Dunholme, St Chad’s Church of England Primary School and as the name implies it is at 4.00 pm and everyone is welcome.  Look at our website shown above and follow the links for more information.

Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms

For enquiries in relation to funerals, weddings and baptisms the first point of contact is St Chad’s Church Administrator, on 01522 931076 or by e-mail at



During December St Mary’s, St Chad’s and St Germain’s churches in our Benefice will be praying for families living in Lincoln Road (South), Kennington Close and Monckton Way Dunholme.

If you would like to join us or just know a bit more before

you make up your mind, please contact Glyn on 862358 or Dave on 860986.






3rd December

Advent 1


Scothern: No Service*


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Holy Communion

10th December

Advent 2


Scothern: No Service*


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Morning Worship


Welton: Evening Prayer

17th November

Advent Sunday


Scothern: No Service*


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Carol Service


Welton: Holy Communion


Welton: Carol Service

24th December

Advent 4

Christmas Eve


Scothern: No Service*


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Dunholme: All Age Nativity


Dunholme: Midnight Communion


Welton: Crib Service


Welton: Midnight Communion

25th December

Christmas Day


Welton: Morning Worship

31st December

1st Sunday of Christmas


Dunholme: Holy Communion



Letter from the Church  

It’s that season again!

Christmas, Yuletide, Noel, the festive season, whatever we call the upcoming season, we all have those traditions that we remember and maybe try to recreate each year. Perhaps it’s a particular day that you must put the decorations up on or a specific colour you must trim the tree with? Christmas may be the only time in the year when families get together and share precious moments together, either in person or via video communication. So, what is it about this time of year that makes it special? I am reminded of a line from one of The Vicar of Dibley’s Christmas specials. You may remember the one where Tristan, the producer of Songs of Praise, asks the Vicar to marry him and his fiancée, Aoife. Aoife says, ‘That’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it, love?’ Indeed, in our Nativity plays, we witness the love of God with the birth of his son, Jesus. However, if we are to believe the Christmas adverts, it is more like the Vicar’s response, ‘It is that and overeating til you spew!’ It seems that food makes the season. We are bombarded with adverts enticing us to buy copious amounts of food because, according to one well known supermarket, ‘When the food’s good, everything’s good!’

I prefer to agree with Aoife, though, that Christmas is centred around love. Of course, this is not to say that we do not experience love throughout the year, but there is an almost magical feeling of love around Christmas, or this may just be the romantic side of me. One of my favourite modern Carols is called Love shone down, by Jo Boyce and Mike Stanley. The imagery of love shining all over the world like a bright light, reaching out to every part of the world, over hills and valleys alike, is very evocative.

Over the last year, we may feel as if we have been living, and continue to live, in a world of darkness, shadowed by war and destruction. When we turn on the tv, the radio, the computer, or look at our mobiles, we are confronted with negative news stories. Perhaps this Christmas, we can dispel some of the darkness by our love for one another. It could be as simple as a smile, an invite to a lonely neighbour or a sympathetic ear. Together, however, perhaps we can look forward to a brighter future where love does indeed shine all over the world.

I would like to leave you with a verse from Isaiah 9, ‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.’

I wish you a Christmastime filled with love and peace.

Suzanne Maple – Licenced Reader




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Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church

Welton and Dunholme Methodist Church

Services for December
Everyone welcome to join with us

As we celebrate that 1st Christmas.

Dec.       3rd          10.30am             Own Arrangement

              10th        10.30am          Rev. Martin Amery

              17th        4.00pm            Rev. R. Mottershead

                                                        Carols by Candlelight

              24th        10.30am          Carol Praise

25th 9.30am Christmas Day

31st 10.45am Rev. R. Mottershead

N.B. Please note varying times.

Christmas blessings to you all from everyone at Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Toys for Christmas

Thank you to all who have already contributed to my Toy collection for needy families this Christmas. I will be continuing to collect right up until Monday December 18th so you still have time. Just a reminder we collect gifts for young people from babies to teenagers and ask that they are unwrapped. Donations can be left at Chapel or at 16 Ryland Rd. Welton.


Film Club

Our last screening was of ‘The Impossible’, the story of a family split up when the tsunami hits their holiday island. Stressful and tearful in parts however like all good tales they all lived happily ever after. Dec 7th is our next Film Club when we shall be back to our normal Thursday slot beginning at 2.00. We shall be showing a Christmas film and eating Christmas food, if you would like to join us please ring 860998 to book a seat at this very popular event.


Ladies Fellowship

We had a lovely relaxing afternoon for our November meeting exploring the mysteries of aromatherapy with Gemma. She is a Welton girl who has set up a company called Perfect Touch offering beauty and wellbeing treatments. Gemma was so organised and instructed us on making some beauty products. We had a great time and I am sure we all look and feel much more relaxed now. We meet again on December 14th at the earlier time of 1.00pm. We are asked to bring some food to share and also our favourite Christmas Poem.



Coffee Mornings

What could be better on a cold morning than to pop into a warm building with a warm welcome and a warm drink. We are open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10.00-11.30am. December 16th will be a special Christmas Coffee Morning where there will be stalls and a bumper raffle. Why not dust off your Christmas jumper and come and join in the fun


From the New Methodist Minister

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 -1519) lived during the Renaissance. His paintings of The Last Supper and Mona Lisa are among the most popular and influential paintings of that time. He was not only an artist, but also a scientist, architect, engineer and inventor.

One of his most famous inventions was a flying machine (also known as the "ornithopter"), which is inspired by the flight of winged animals, which he observed with astounding precision. For example, his sketches reveal that he identified that when a dragonfly's front wings are raised, the hind ones are lowered.

Da Vinci drew his inspiration from Creation. Over 500 years after his death, Creation continues to inspire bioengineers as they design wings for aircraft.

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed watching dragonflies flitting over the water. I do not fully understand how hundreds of sensory neurons on each wing work to control their flight, but I was inspired to give thanks to the Creator of such an intricate insect.

As the wind picked up, these delicate creatures coped effortlessly with the change of direction. I don't have the skills to design aeroplane wings that can deal with turbulence, but it doesn't stop me marvelling at how such a small insect can master aeronautics.

Watching the dragonflies, two thoughts came to mind. The first was from one of my favourite poems called Leisure by W.H. Davies (What is this world if full of care we have no time to stand and stare . . . ) The second was from a book by Henri Nouwen (Bread for the Journey) where the author reminds us that, 'everything in creation belongs, with us, to the large family of God.'

Ultimately it's God the Creator who inspires us through the natural world to inventions and developments that enhance our lives.

I wonder what or who inspires you?

Every blessing,

Rev. Richard P. Mottershead – 07771 624 885



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