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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



The Government has announced that the lockdown easing in England has been delayed to 19th July. In effect this means that the restriction on social contact will remain. There has been an easing with regard to the number of guests at weddings but venues will still have to adhere to the social distancing rules and risk assessments will have to take place. We will continue to work towards how this relaxation can be managed safely.

We will examine how these changes can be introduced with regard to collective or congregational worship, baptisms, weddings and funerals.

This will be dependant upon any modified advice that is received however this will only happen if it can be done safely with particular regard to the rules around social distancing.

Any changes to worship patterns will be posted on the Benefice web site  or on  Facebook under St Chad’s Church.  Until that time the way forward at the time of writing is as follows:

Collective or congregational prayer and regular scheduled services

We have began to deliver an in person Sunday Worship at St Chad’s outdoors (weather dependant) at 10.30. Please email or call Revd Jane on 01673 860087 to book in. It is essential that you wear a face-covering.

The following prayer/services are also offered:

Private Prayer at St Mary's (Welton) on Monday 10.00-12.00 No need to book in advance - just turn up wearing your face-covering

Morning Prayer 09.30 Tuesday-Friday on Zoom - please head to our website for access:

Private prayer at St Germain’s (Scothern) on Tuesday 10.00-12.00 No need to book in advance - just turn up wearing your face-covering.


For the latest information on services please refer to our Facebook Page.

Weddings and baptisms

As mentioned earlier the Government restrictions on numbers have been eased however we will be guided on how this can take place safely.  Please contact Shirley our administrator on 01522 931076 to discuss any plans you may have for the future.


Funerals - Graveside services have become especially popular with families however the capacity will be determined by how many people could be accommodated whilst maintaining social distancing so please phone Shirley our administrator for more information.


Online Services

At 19.15 every Sunday evening we post a service on Youtube for anyone to watch (do a search for ‘WDS Benefice’ and you’ll find it).


At 16.00 every Sunday in term-time we are holding our 4 O’Clock Service online. This time is an opportunity for families to have fun, friendship and to worship together in different ways. See the 4 O’Clock Facebook page for more information.


You can also find us on Facebook under “St Chads Church Dunholme”

This will provide you with the most up to date information and details of any number of services that are available for you to watch or hear together with the St Chad’s Service which is available from 7.15 on Sunday evenings.

The service sheet to accompany this service will be available alongside other bits of church news which you may find helpful to you.

Warmest wishes



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 Dunholme streets as follows.

Nursery Close, South View, Spring Close, St Chad’s Court and Lawson Court.

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



Introducing our new Curate Jane!

 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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Rev Adam Watson

St. Chad’s Readings for July


July 4th

Pentecost 6

Ezekiel 2:1-5

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13

July 11th

Pentecost 7

Amos 7:7-15

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29

July 18th

Pentecost 8

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

July 25th

Pentecost 9

2 Kings 4:42-44

Ephesians 3:14-21

John 6:1-21


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Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Church

Looking forward in hope.


Film Club is planning to be back in business on Thurs Oct. 7th

We are looking forward to seeing our regulars again and hopefully lots of new faces too. It is a very friendly group open to all, meeting on the first Thurs of the month in the Chapel for a film followed by afternoon tea. For more information ring Linda on 860998 or

Keep watching for updates in the months to come.


Christmas is Coming!!!

Thank you to all who have been knitting green strips to make the knitted garlands to decorate the village. Please keep them coming we will stop collecting at the end of October to give time for assembly. If you have not yet joined in this project you are more than welcome all you need to do is knit strips of approx. 49 stiches and 10 lines in green double knitting wool on size 10/3 ¼ mm needles. You can drop them off at 16 Ryland Rd. Welton, ring 860998 if you would like more information.


Toy Collection

As usual I will be collecting toys to give to under privileged children this Christmas. We collect for all ages from babies to teenagers they will be distributed in and around Lincoln.

You are always very generous and I am hoping you will be able to help again this year. Donations may be delivered to 16 Ryland Rd. Welton from now until Mid. December. Thank you


Methodist Church

These are the words of a lovely song:


By Your Spirit You’re making me like You.

Jesus, You’re transforming me,

That Your loveliness may be seen in all I do.

You are the potter and I am the clay,

Help me to be willing to let You have Your way.

Jesus, You are changing me,

As I let You reign supreme within my heart.


Marilyn Baker. Copyright © 1981 Word’s Spirit of

Praise Music/Adm. by CopyCare.


This song reflects word found in Jeremiah 18:1-6

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; So, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

God has a message to speak to the people. He drawers Jeremiah to the potter’s house where he can learn by watching the potter working. The message he receives is a tough one, ‘You have sinned. Let me remake you to the perfection I have in mind for you. Let Me be your creator God and trust your life to My hands.’ The message for Jeremiah was that God desired to take the people back to the centre of who they are; a people who honour and worship the one true God.  The people did not want to hear the message and they rebelled and through this it bought about their own 


demise. It is a message still relevant today and one we can find really challenging.

This passage reminds us that any mistakes/sins of the past are not set in concrete. Rather, they are in the hands of God, the potter. God will remould, remake, and re-create us to be a vessel fit for service. A reminder here, ‘we are not the potter.’ The reminder here is that God can take our past and remould it to the perfect present and future.

There must be a willingness to submit ourselves to the potter.  Another song has the line, ‘Change my heart O God.’ There must be a real desire to change and no matter where you stand the potter can always remould you. Recognising our own imperfections and bringing them to God will result in new life and new opportunities.

I finish with a prayer which you might like to say:

Lord God, I come to you recognising my own mistakes and with a willingness to change. You will remould me and turn me into a beautiful vessel. Thank you that you love me and see my full potential.



Praying you every Blessing


Superintendent of the Lincoln Methodist Circuit




The Spirit of the Computer


Your Computer, your Tablet and your Phone

have no spirit for worship of their own.

No human touch ability,

no eye to eye sincerity.

No look of love, and no embrace,

No sympathy or smiling face.

Social distancing and fear

are not the things that God holds dear.

The opposite is more Christ’s way,

which makes us strong if we obey.

Zoom may let us have our say,

If you can beat the time delay.


Computers have no beating heart,

they cannot take the Spirit’s part.

Pixelled faces, jumpy voices,

Timing an entrance, weighing up chances,

I’m just not on that digital page,

I guess that’s all to do with age.


We have been blessed with our devices,

they’ve played their part in an awful crisis.

But pray that soon, for Heaven’s sake

God’s will will be the way we take.

Church is not made of scattered stones

but built as one in community homes.


So let’s all do our very best

to bring an end to the awful test.

Obey the rules and soon we’ll be

gathering again at Church for tea.

Hear God’s voice, be free at last

and sing His praise without a mask.


We’ll hug a friend, or one in need,

take a hand and be a friend indeed.

Kneel in thanks before our Lord,

shoulder to shoulder our Jesus adored.

Thank you Lord for bringing us through,

Restored, forgiven, in love renewed.

Dale – 10 / 4 / 2021



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