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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





As you are aware we have now moved to “Step Three” of the Government’s roadmap to lift lockdown restrictions and as Church we will continue to work towards how this relaxation can be managed safely.

We will review 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 outdoors (weather dependant) at 10.00. Please email or call Revd Jane on 01673 860087 to book in. It is essential that you wear a face-covering

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

Weddings and baptisms

The Government restrictions still place a cap on the number of people that can attend 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 during lockdown 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 June St Mary’s, St Chad’s and St Germain’s churches in our Benefice will be praying for Dunholme streets as follows.

Bishop Close, Lady Elizabeth Court and Manor way.

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 June


June 6th

Pentecost 2

Genesis 3:8-15

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Mark 3:20-35

June 13th

Pentecost 3

Ezekiel 17:22-24

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17

Mark 4:26-34

June 20th

Easter 7

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

1 John 5:9-13

John 17:6-19

June 27th

Pentecost 4

Job 38:1-11

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Mark 4:35-41

June 30th

Pentecost 5

Lamentations 3:22-33

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43

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Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church.

What a joy it was to re-open for worship on Easter Sunday morning.  Social distancing allowed us to have 34 people in the congregation and we were at capacity!  Our service of Holy Communion was especially moving as it was conducted by our minister, Revd. Helen Hooley.  It was her last service with us before her period of leave, then sabbatical and move to her new circuit in Cumbria.  We were pleased we could say goodbye in person, thanking her for her ministry with us and the wider circuit and wishing her well in her new appointment.   The fells of Cumbria will be a great contrast to Lincolnshire but she said that she will always remember us as she walks them in the boots she intends to buy with our cheque!  Welton and Dunholme is now coming under the ministry of Revd. Alan Swann and we are looking forward to working with him and having him lead our services.


We will be continuing in June with weekly services at the Chapel with whatever restrictions and precautions are required in place. 

Sunday June 6th: Chris Matthews

Sunday June 13th: Revd. Martin Amery

Sunday June 20th: Revd. Alan Swann (Holy Communion)

Sunday June 27th: Own arrangement


With restrictions easing, we are hoping to open for some of our other activities towards the end of June or early July.  When we have sorted which of these are feasible, we will contact those people who participate in these and also put details on the notice board outside Chapel.     

In the meantime, our pastoral visitors and attendees are continuing to keep in touch with people associated with our chapel and all our activities.  However if you know of anyone who feels that they would like some contact, please get in touch with our pastoral lady, Barbara, on 860823.

It is good to keep in touch as a church and to know that prayers are being said.  If you wish for us to pray for someone or a particular situation, please let Ruth (861461) or Barbara know. 


Newsletter May 2021


Farewell to Lincolnshire!

This will be my last newsletter to you all, as I move to take up a new position as superintendent in the Cumbria district. There is sadness, as I leave behind many people who I would count as friends, and particularly those who have been praying for and with me and my family over the last 7 years - thank you. And there is joy, as I start in a new place, with new people to meet and walk alongside. And there is uncertainty; the churches I’m going to serve have not yet opened their doors after the last lockdown.


This year, Thy Kingdom Come, takes place from 13th May to 23rd May 2021, nine days that the church sets aside to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (not that we don’t pray on other days too!). And the words from the first day in the accompanying prayer journal seem to fit my situation

“The first followers of Jesus weren’t called Christians. That came later. They were called followers of ‘the way’ (see Acts 24.14). This seems like a good place to start: especially at such a dark and difficult time for our world. The Christian faith is a way of life. In fact, Jesus himself says to his friends on the night before he dies, “I am the way”.

Jesus shows us what humanity can be like when it is lived God’s way. His kindness, generosity, goodness, and forgiveness are from God. This is what God is like. God welcomes everyone.


Life is hard. The way ahead isn’t obvious. And faced with difficulty and uncertainty, God doesn’t send us a rule book or a map. He sends a companion to walk with us: Jesus, the way. And he is not just the way for us – but for each and every person. Let us pray for those we know and love that they may find the way of Christ.


Loving God, when I’m feeling lost or lonely or afraid or uncertain of the way ahead, be my guide, a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. And today help me to be a good companion to those I meet.”

May you know God’s presence with you, in the joy and the sorrow, and the uncertainty, and may we be good companions to those we meet on the road.


Grace and peace, Rev Helen.



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