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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


Physical Worship Update


 We were hoping to begin physical worship, prioritising those who cannot access our online worship, from the 23rd August. Since then we have been busy putting measures in place to ensure that we could start but on 14th August, we received news that the Government had updated its guidance on holding public worship. Having considered the updated guidance, we won't now be ready to go ahead as planned as we await further details from the Church of England and work towards ensuring safety.  We recognise that this delay will come as a disappointment but safety is, and must remain, absolutely paramount. 


 As soon as we are able to clarify the situation going forward we will publish that information on Facebook which you can under “St Chads Church Dunholme”


 Volunteers to Read/Lead the Prayers


 We are very thankful for those who have helped lead our prayers and read our bible readings for our online services. We know that it has continued to provide some amusement as people try to work out if they know whose voice it is! 


 St Chad’s has approval for the Post Office to continue to use the church building (please see notice in this bulletin for times of opening etc.). Rules regarding social distancing and safety remain the responsibility of the Postmaster.




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

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


 If you would like to join us as prayer triplets 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

St Chad’s Church Notices



 Service available on our Facebook Page


 A Sunday service of worship produced by the Clergy Team is broadcast on St Chad’s Facebook page and available for Sunday.


 You will find 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 is available alongside other bits of church news which you may find helpful to you.


 Please find us on Facebook under “St Chads Church Dunholme”


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Rev Adam Watson

Step Out Of The Boat’

I have recently re-read the wonderful story of how Jesus walked across – notice,  not through but across -  the sea of Galilee; rescued his impetuous follower, Peter, from drowning when he jumped over the side of the boat and tried to do the same thing; and finally calmed the vicious storm in which the disciples had  found themselves, before calmly stepping into the boat with them all to finish their voyage to the other side of the lake.  All of this in just a few, short verses (Matthew 14:22-33).  There are so many amazing things about this story, far too many to unpack here, but I want to talk about just one of them.

I wonder if, perhaps, at the moment you feel a bit like me?  Recently I have felt a little bit – well, quite a lot, actually – like one of those disciples in the boat that morning, being buffeted by the storm, tossed about by the wind and the waves.  It’s been dark for a while now and it’s still not yet light enough to see where we’re going; we’ve all been rowing hard, so we’re pretty tired but it feels like we’re hardly moving some days; certainly, the safety of the shore seems a long way off.  We aren’t even certain what the shore will look like when we do eventually get there, but we know that it won’t be the one we left earlier this year.  Does any of that sound familiar?

Are we there with the disciples, peering out of the boat, looking for the figure striding towards us across the waves?  And even if we are, what are we going to do when he asks us to trust him and to step out of the boat? Are we going to jump straight over the side like Peter? Or are we going to be like somebody from one of our favourite TV sitcoms, in a ‘no, no, after you, I Insist’ kind of way, whilst all the while hanging on to the side for dear life with absolutely no intention of letting go? 

We’ve been through a lot already this year and all the signs are that we aren’t out of the woods just yet.  Things are beginning to change now though, and no longer can we just huddle in the bottom of the boat and hope for the best. There are bound to be some difficult choices ahead as we start to move forward again and how we react to them will be what makes the difference, to our faith and our church life, as well as to what we do in everything else. At some point, as Christians we will be called to step out in faith.  Hopefully it won’t be quite so dramatic as that day on the sea of Galilee but we can take hope from the fact that Christ will be there, calling us, and reaching out a helping hand to grab us; he has no intention of letting us sink!  Look after each other and stay safe. 

Best wishes,

Revd Paul Maple – Curate, Churches of Welton, Dunholme and Scothern




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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

A Lord’s Prayer for Justice. 1996, from Ron Rolheiser.


 “In the world’s schema of things, survival of the fittest is the rule. In God’s schema, survival of the weakest is the rule. God always stands on the side of the weak and it is there, among the weak, that we find God.

Given the truth of that, let me risk a commentary on the Lord’s Prayer:


 Our Father … who always stands with the weak, the powerless, the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the aged, the very young, and those who, by victim of circumstance, bear the heat of the day.


 Who art in heaven … where everything will be reversed, where the first will be last and the last will be first, but where all will be well and every manner of being will be well.


 Hallowed by thy name … may we always acknowledge your holiness, respecting that your ways are not our ways, your standards are not our standards. May the reverence we give your name pull us out of the selfishness that prevents us from seeing the pain of our neighbour.


 Your kingdom come … help us to create a world where, beyond our own needs and hurts, we will do justice, love tenderly, and walk humbly with you and each other.


 Your will be done … open our freedom to let you in so that the complete mutuality that characterises your life might flow through our veins and thus the life that we help generate may radiate your equal love for all and your special love for the poor.


 On earth as in heaven … may the work of our hands, the temples and structures we build in this world, reflect the temple and the structure of your glory so that the joy, graciousness, tenderness, and justice of heaven will show forth within all of our structures on earth.


 Give … life and love to us and help us to see always everything as gift. Help us to know that nothing comes to us by right and that we must give because we have been given to. Help us realise that we must give to the poor, not because they need it, but because our own health depends upon our giving to them.


 Us … the truly plural us. Give not just to our own but to everyone, including those who are very different than the narrow us. Give your gifts to all of us equally.


 This day  … not tomorrow. Do not let us push things off into some indefinite future so that we can continue to live justified lives in the face of injustice because we can use present philosophical, political, economic, logistic, and practical difficulties as an excuse for inactivity.


 Our daily bread … so that each person in the world my have enough food, enough clean water, enough clean air, adequate health care, and sufficient access to education so as to have the sustenance for a healthy life. Teach us to give from our sustenance and not just from our surplus.


 And forgive us our trespasses … forgive us our blindness towards our neighbour, our obsessive self-preoccupation, our racism, our sexism, and our incurable propensity to worry only about ourselves and our own. Forgive us our capacity to watch the evening news and do nothing about it.


 As we forgive those who trespass against us … help us to forgive those who victimise us. Help us to mellow out in spirit, to not grow bitter with age, to forgive the imperfect parents and systems that wounded, cursed, and ignored us.


 And do not put us to the test … do not judge us only by whether we have fed the hungry, given clothing to the naked, visited the sick, or tried to mend the systems that victimised the poor. Spare us this test for none of us can stand before this gospel scrutiny. Give us, instead, more days to mend our ways, our selfishness, and our systems.


 But deliver us from evil … that is, from the blindness that lets us continue to participate in anonymous systems within which we need not see who gets less as we get more.


 Amen.”  Rev Helen July 2020



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

St. Chad’s Readings for September


September 6th

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 12:1-14

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20

September 13th

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 14:19-31

Romans 14:1-12

Matthew 18:21-35

September 20th

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-15

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16

September 27th

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 17:1-7

Philippians 2:1-13

Matthew 21:23-32