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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




 I am sure many of you will be wondering when we might be able to open a church building for worship. Can I thank you greatly for all the information we have received - it have been most helpful!  Many of you have indicated that you would like to attend an indoor service and even more an outdoor service when we can make it possible. We have been reflecting on the national guidance and considering how we might be able to move forward with it.


Because of the restrictions on our buildings due to size and furniture, it is clear that we would not be able to accommodate many people at all; certainly nowhere near as many people as would like to attend. At two metre distancing for example, our buildings can hold only ten or so people; and only a few more if there are couples or family groups. We will look to find out who might really need to come along most - those without access to online worship, for example.


As we move forward, we must continue to consider the challenges of:


Safety - Your safety is of prime concern.

Inclusivity - Ensuring that the opening of buildings is an act of inclusion not exclusion.

Good worship - That the experience of worship for those who can attend is a good one.

Sustainability - That our patterns of worship are sustainable.


In all the conversations we have had, we have been grateful for your great support, patience and understanding in that at this present time, opening a church building is not at all straightforward.


 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 August 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 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 which is normally updated on a Saturday evening and available for Sunday.


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


 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.



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Rev Adam Watson

Dear Reader, 


I wonder how you're doing? 

All is quiet in The Vicarage currently. The Vicar's kids are on their summer holidays which means they've stopped doing what the Vicar calls 'home-schooling'. I'm not sure what that exactly means but I think it has something to do with their watching people talk to them through what the Vicar call 'Electricals'. 


I usually love summer holidays as we often get to go away on exciting adventures to new places. Last year we went to a place called Scotland where the Vicar told me I should put my hunting skills to good use and catch him a Haggis. I never did catch one despite best efforts. I guess it's one of those mysterious animals hide out in holes in the ground or something. Anyhow, this summer will be different as we do what is called a 'staycation' or something like that. 


At least we've started to go on walks in other places. The other week we bumped into good friends at Willingham Woods. Just this week we went to Whisby Nature Reserve for the first time in months. I love that place. The Vicar chucks a ball for me to fetch all the way around the first lake until I reach the beach area. Then it's time for a swim. I love swimming. And I love to annoy him afterwards by shaking the water off over his legs. That's good fun. 


I wonder if you're going to get away this summer? If not, perhaps you can enjoy the fun places to explore locally too!


The Vicar has been talking about things we've learned in lockdown. 

He's been talking about the importance in being with others. Seeing people on 'electricals' can't be a substitute for seeing people in real life. Worse for us dogs as there's no scent to sniff!


So excitingly we've had a real new person turn up at the vicarage lately. She's what they call a new curate. Strange name if you ask me. Because of lockdown they haven't been able to fit her with a dog-collar yet. The Vicar calls that process 'Ordination'. Sounds strange to me. Anyhow, she's also known as Jane so do say hello to her if you see her about!

Have a good summer!


Bertie the Vicarage Dog


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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 August


August 2nd

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 32:22-31

Romans 9:1-5

Matthew 14:13-21

August 9th

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 37:1-4,


Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33

August 16th

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 45:1-15

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28

August 23rd

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost



Romans 12:1-8

Matthew 16:13-20

August 30th

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost



Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28