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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




 We hope you are keeping safe during this current period of lockdown. 

 We have reflected deeply on the implications placed upon us as we continue to navigate the guidance and work out what we are able to do safely. Whilst we keep this guidance under review the way forward at present is as follows.


 Collective or congregational prayer and regular scheduled services

For the time being these services have been suspended but will be subject to review as outlined above.


 Weddings and baptisms (also known as christenings) may possibly go ahead but will be guided by any changes made by HM Government and the Church of England.  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 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






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


 From St Chad’s Registers

We share in the sadness of those who mourn the death of a loved one, remembering those whose funeral has taken place on the following dates:

5 February Keith Johnson

12 February Mary Walker

12 February Robert Wood



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

Lincoln Road (South), Kennington Close, Monckton Way and Woods End.

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



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Rev Adam Watson

St. Chad’s Readings for March


March 7th

Lent 3

Exodus 20:


1 Corinthians 1:18-25       

John 2:13-22

March 14th

Lent 4

Numbers 21: 4-9

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

March 21st

Lent 5

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

March 28th

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:


Philippians 2:5-11

Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 [40-47]



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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

At the time of writing this, our chapel is still closed for services but we are hoping that as the number of people receiving vaccinations increase and restrictions decrease, then we can safely re-open for services and other activities.  

The chapel was however opened for the funeral service of Keith Johnson. Please continue to remember in your prayers Marian, family and friends as they try to come to terms with this sudden loss.


As they have been doing for the last year, 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 - March 2021


 In the northern hemisphere, our experience of Lent and its traditional practices is strongly linked with what is normally happening in terms of the weather and the progression of the seasons. The start of Lent falls at a time that is still cold and wintry (as I write this, there is still snow on the ground), before most of the buds and shoots have even begun to stir. However, at Easter, spring is definitely coming, and the first flowers of the year are blooming and leaves are emerging, as if to greet the resurrection.


 This year, it feels like we have been in Lent for 12 months - but Easter is coming, as we look forward to the end of lockdown, and restrictions easing as more people are vaccinated. This poem celebrates that cold space at the start of Lent, when trees and bushes are still bare and unadorned, and contrasts this stripping bare with the Christmas festival, which ordains that trees should be set up and dressed extravagantly.



 Lent is a tree without blossom, without leaf,

Barer than blackthorn in its winter sleep,

All unadorned. Unlike Christmas which decrees

The setting-up, the dressing-up of trees,

Lent is a taking down, a stripping bare,

A starkness after all has been withdrawn

Of surplus and superfluous,

Leaving no hiding place, only an emptiness

Between black branches, a most precious space

Before the leaf, before the time of flowers;

Lest we should see only the leaf, the flower,

Lest we should miss the stars.

  Jean M Watt


 I was expecting the poem to highlight the elegant, essential structure of the branches and shape of trees that can only be seen before the blossom and then the leaves emerge. But the last line mentions instead what can only be seen when the branches are bare - the distant stars seen through the twigs, which will be hidden from view and eclipsed when the leaves are thick.


 I have been hugely encouraged by the power of the local, how people have looked out for their neighbour, how conversations have deepened and friendships strengthened over the past year of forced abstinence. While I’m aware that many people are living with grief at this time, let’s not forget the points of bright light that we have seen, and commit to remember and continue these good habits, and not let them be eclipsed, as winter turns to spring.


 Grace and peace, Helen.

 Thanks to Janet Morley ‘the heart’s time’, a poem a day for Lent and Easter.



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

Making time to PRAY


Do you ever wonder whether praying works or whether God answers your prayers?

I’m sure that you  might have offered a silent prayer , especially at  times when you are feeling really in need of some help . I expect that when we do, we ask God to solve many things from the most of complicated problems to our own simple needs.

When prayers are answered in the way we would like, we usually accept the decision, get on with our lives, and probably forget to thank God. If the prayer is not answered we blame God and maybe grumble, but perhaps later we realise that He had more insight into the problem than we did and His solution is much better than ours.

We are particularly thankful if the outcome of a major problem is better than we hoped. A few months ago, I had the misfortune to suffer from a stroke. It proved to be  a difficult one to treat and I was rushed to QMC in Nottingham for surgery  to remove the rather large clot. Now when you are whisked away from all those whom you love without  having the ability to speak properly and say comforting words to the family, I can assure you that you could feel very alone and isolated from your familiar surroundings. What I did have , however was plenty of time to pray !


One of the things that comforted me was the knowledge that I was in good hands as well as  feeling the compassion of the doctors and nurses as they navigated me through various departments to the security of my recovery ward. It was a close call, but throughout it I felt carried by a tangible weight of prayer, and upon my return to Lincoln County Hospital I was very moved and comforted by a visit  from one of the Hospital Chaplains who put into my hands a beautiful “Holding Cross”. We sat and prayed out loud with prayers of thanks; for the skill of the surgeon and the nursing staff as well as the other patients in my “bay” not forgetting my family who had last seen me disappearing at high speed into Lincoln with blue lights flashing!


I do feel God is with us and gives us strength to face our difficulties if we ask him. As Jesus said “knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew Ch 7  vs 7/8)  but if we don't knock we cannot expect the door to open.  But sometimes we need to realise  that the answer to prayer is in our own hands, even if we need something inside us to urge us on !

Recently Archbishops Justin Welby (Canterbury) and Steven Cotterill (York), in an open letter invited everyone across England – whether they have faith or not – to pause, reflect on the “Enormity of this pandemic”  and to pray for everyone, especially the poorer communities, minority ethnic communities and those living with disabilities”  and perhaps have hope because we believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. After all. this is the Christian hope that we shall be celebrating next month at Easter

I try to close off every day by saying thank you to God in  a little prayer but today I would invite you to join me in this prayer……


Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the NHS and social care staff, who are such a blessing and lifeline for us all; thanks also for our clergy, and other front line workers and so many  good neighbours who care for us in our time of need.

In Jesus’ name we pray      AMEN


 Peter Everett  ALM Benefice Ministry Team