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Christmas services
: listing available on this website for Christmas services, concerts and events across the area

Shoebox, Operation Christmas Child: Lighthouse Church is collecting for churches without their own collection point until Sunday 10 November 2013; other collection points also include Shoe Zone, Boston (PE21 6SR) and in Peterborough, Shoe Zone (PE1 1XH), the Salvation Army (PE1 2AU), the Cathedral (PE1 1XX) and the Regus Centre (PE1 5DD); also in Grantham & Sleaford - further details from Operation Christmas Child.

from 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957 have been added to this website including the formation of the Council of Churches, the Billy Graham Crusade and more

Sunday 15 September: Autumn Preacher Exchange details available on September diary page

Thursday 4 July, 7:30pm: CTSD Meeting, St Paul's 
Agenda included: correspondence,
appointment of CTSD officers (lay chairperson, Bible Society Action), 
 Street Pastors (launch service 7:45pm, 12 July at Lighthouse PE11 2XP);
CTSD Council meetings 2013 (17/9 & 13/11; 2014: 9/1 St Paul's, 11/3 St John's, 7/5 St Thomas's Road Methodist, 3/7 Spalding Baptist, 16/9 Lighthouse & 12/11 M&N)

Sunday 19 May
 3:00pm CTSD united service with guest speaker Nick ThornleyChristian Aid, with the signing of the renewed Covenantfollowed by refreshments and the invitation to bring your own picnic; at St John’s (PE11 1JQ); pdf poster available on this website - see May 2013

Churches Together in Boston have a new website:

Local churches with new websites include Pinchbeck Baptist and St Mary & the Holy Rood, Donington

Saturday 18 May
The People's Parade meeting in the auditorium at the South Holland centre, chaired by John Hayes MP, organised by Phil Scarlett of the the Spalding & District Chamber of Commerce. Entry by [free] ticket only from the South Holland Centre; doors open 10:30am, expected to conclude by 1:00pm.
It is understood that the meeting was to consider proposals for the future of 'Festivals of Food, Flowers and Arts' and 'Tulip Heritage Trails' as well as the place of Church Flower Festivals and then decide how to progress the formation of a 'stakeholders' steering group to lead on items such as the sourcing of sponsorship and funding and the overall organisation of any events.

Church Services over Easter
 - focusing on the meaning of the Crucifixion of Jesus and in celebration of His Resurrection; listing remains available on this website

Good Friday, 10:00am: Churches Together walk of witness, Spalding; leaving St Mary & St Nicolas church and St Thomas's Road Methodist church to meet at 10:15 in Hall Place and walk together to Spalding United Reformed Church

 Palm Sunday Service started at 10:45am at the parish church of St Mary & St Nicolas.  The procession from Holland Market on the 
flyer was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

18-25 JanuaryWeek of Prayer for Christian Unity; What does God require of us? (Micah 6.6-8). Downloads: CTBI & Go and Do actionsWCC

Thursday 10 January
, 7:30pm: CTSD AGM, Lighthouse Pentecostal church, PE11 2XP.  Agenda items included: appointment of CTSD officers (clergy chair, lay chair, treasurer, secretary & publicity officer), finance, CTSD Covenant
Christian Aid, preacher exchange, Lent lectures, Palm Sunday, Easter arrangements, 
Year of Mission, Street Pastors (16/2, 19/2 & 5/3).
CTSD Council meetings 2013 (12/3, 8/5, 4/7, 17/9 & 13/11)

Wednesday 13 November, 7:30pm: CTSD Meeting, Broad Street Methodist.  Agenda includes: 
Lincup Credit Union (Tanja Rodziewicz), Pinchbeck Baptist joins CTSD, donation to Christian Aid for the Philippines from CTSD, F
CTSD Council meetings 2014 (AGM 9/1 St Paul's, 11/3 St John's, 7/5 St Thomas's Road Methodist, 3/7 Spalding Baptist, 16/9 Lighthouse & 12/11 M&N)

After serving the area since 2004 until changes in local authority service provision, South Holland Nightstop has closed its many doors from 20 November 2013, offering thanks to everyone who has supported over the years.

Tuesday 17 September, 7:30pm: CTSD Meeting, Friends' Meeting House.
The meeting included: Christmas Lights switch on (17 November) with Jan Whitbourn, ministerial changes in the South Holland Methodist Circuit,
appointment of CTSD officers (Bob Earl - new CTSD lay chair, Bible Society Action - Jean Tucker),   
ZozulenkaCTSD 60th anniversary, Tulip radio
CTSD Council meetings 2013 (13/112014: 9/1 St Paul's, 11/3 St John's, 7/5 St Thomas's Road Methodist, 3/7 Spalding Baptist, 16/9 Lighthouse & 12/11 M&N)

South Holland Nightstop has been helping to provide urgent shelter for 16-18 year-olds, in association with Social Services, since 2004; this extract from the Spalding Guardian in September expressed the need for more volunteers.

Messy Church
 at St Thomas's Road Methodist themes up to 2014 are now available, also published on the Diary pages on this website

May 2013
Social Issues in the Fens have launched a Facebook page; the forum shares good news and practice from churches and community groups and draws on local and regional resources to help nurture a respectful and supportive environment across South Holland

St Margaret'sQuadring: church fully open for Sunday services and more, following completion of repairs to the roof this springtime

Wednesday 8 May, 7:30pm: CTSD Meeting, Spalding Baptist.  
Agenda includes: correspondence, St Norbert's, 
finance, constitution, CTSD Covenant
appointment of CTSD officers (ongoing vacancies for lay chairperson, Bible Society Action Group convenor, and the offer of a volunteer as Christian Aid organiser at the end of 2013), 
Christian AidPentecost united event,
Year of Mission (the need for a united front), Street Pastors - launch service planned for 12 July at Lighthouse PE11 2XP;
CTSD Council meetings 2013 (4/717/9 & 13/11)

Local Flower Festivals are listed on this website; the brochure (available at local churches and Tourist Info) is also available as a download.  A selection of pictures from many of the flower festivals can also be seen throughout the Diary pages for 2013.

Tuesday 12 March, 7:30pm: CTSD Meeting, St Mary & St Nicolas, Maples Room.   
Agenda includes: appointment of CTSD officers (lay chair, Bible Society Action Group convenor & Christian Aid organiser), resignation of Rosamund Seal from CTSD, finance, constitution, CTSD Covenant 
Christian Aid roadshow, Pentecost united event, 
Year of Mission and Palm Sunday speaker, Street Pastors training dates (4/413/4 & 11/5)
CTSD Council meetings 2013 (currently 8/54/717/9 & 13/11)

Lent Lecture series ran from 25 February to 25 March through Lent at Spalding Baptist, PE11 1BT.  Each lecture has been recorded and may be heard via the Baptist church website.

Saturday 16 and Tuesday 19 February
, 7:30pm: Street Pastors information evening at Lighthouse Pentecostal, PE11 2XP, 711591; also 5 March

Previous News pages available within the Archives section of this website