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News from local churches and brief CTSD council meeting notes & links
The Alpha Course starts on 28 September, organised by Harvest Church

Fresh Expressions: a series of Vision Evenings introducing mission shaped ministry available from the LincsFX website

Thursday 15 September
CTSD MeetingSt Paul's; meeting open for prayer from 7:00pm. Agenda refined to:
Light Project (ecumenical hostels in Peterborough), CAP update, Finance, Ecumenical Day of Prayer 10-4, 6-7 Saturday 1 OctoberChristian Aid, Street Pastors, Palm Sunday 2017, Space 4U, Spalding Churches Emergency Help Fund, Spalding Christian Business Group, Chaplaincy, Alpha (28/9), Spalding Transport Forum (website; 3pm on 17/9 gardening at the railway station and info evening 7:30pm on 22/9 at the Council Offices) and Preacher Exchange (9/10)

Installation service
(6 September) of
Rev Steve Simcox as Minister in Charge of
St John's (in the benefice of St John's w Deeping St Nicholas); welcome by Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton

Thursday 7 JulyCTSD Meeting, St Norbert's; meeting was open for prayer from 7:00pm. Agenda included:
Space 4U, Promotional materials, CAP meetingFinance, Christian Aid & URC coffee morning 26/10Street Pastors, CTSD website (individual church web/comms policy/strategies invited), Ros Lukins & St John's awards, Gritter blessing 2016, Harmony Festival, Palm Sunday 2017Spalding Churches Emergency Fund, Spalding Christian Business Group, LCS, Johnson Hospital chaplaincy, 24/7 prayer space, Gosberton Baptist anniversary, Harvest Church
Dates of meetings: 15 September at St Paul's (prayer from 7:00pm), 14 November at St John's (prayer from 7:10pm)
2017 meetings:
Thursday 26 January: AGM Spalding Baptist
Wednesday 15 March: St Thomas’s Road
Monday 8 May: Lighthouse
Tuesday 4 July: St Mary & St Nicolas
Wednesday 6 September: Broad Street Methodist
Thursday 16 November: St Norbert's
Sunday 19 June
, 10:30am: Harvest Church move to Scout and Guides HQ on Monks House Lane (near PE11 3YS).
See also: News 13/12/15Connect on 29/11/15

Alpha courses and Messy Church venues are listed within the CTSD website Just Looking page (May 2016)

May 2016: The Bishop of Lincoln announces that the new vicar at St John's is to be the Rev'd Canon Stephen Simcox 
Flower Festivals 2016

2016 Flower Festivals: listings and brochure available

Thursday 10 MarchCTSD Meeting, St Mary & St Nicolas

Friday 4 March
Receive Children, Receive Me, written by the Christian women of Cuba [FB]

10:30am: WWDP service at St Thomas's Road Methodist, PE11 2XX

2:00pm: WWDP service for The Glen & Gosberton groups at St Bartholomew'sWest Pinchbeck

2:30pm: WWDP service in Elloe East at Holy Trinity RC church, Holbeach

Tuesday 12 January
, 7:30pm, CTSD AGM at Lighthouse, meeting open for prayer at 7pm.  Agenda included:
Election of officers with Bob Earl (right) serving as Lay Chair until next meeting, Membership application approved for Harvest Church Spalding, [Constitution], Purpose of CTSD, how to encourage participation in unity events, Finance, Christian Aid, Street PastorsChristmas outreach feedback, Lent talks 2016Palm Sunday 2016Preacher Exchange dates (second Sunday of WPCU, when there are two, and second Sunday in October), Tourism Working Group, Spalding Churches Emergency Fund, Spalding Christian Business Group, SE Lincs Industrial Chaplaincy, Prayer Day for Spalding & District 2016 at Broad Street on 1st October 10am to 4pm (poster available), WWDP & Preparation day, Rev Frances Ballantyne to join the Methodist Circuit in September [CT Mkt Hrb] and Refugees (info circulated by email 19/1)
Dates of meetings: Thursday 10 March, M&N (moved from 7/3),
Wednesday 4 May at Broad Street, 7 July at St Norbert's, 15 September at St Paul's, 14 November at St John's

See also our News archives

Christmas church services: listing and brochure available on this website

St Norbert's webcam has been installed during December so housebound parishioners are able to watch services via this new live stream on YouTube, launched over Christmas

Monday 14 November: CTSD meeting at St John's (prayer from 7:10pm).  Agenda included:
Finance, CAP update, Good Friday 2017, Preacher Exchange 22 January 2017, Day of Prayer 2016, CTSD meetings format - fraternals/collegiate soup lunch, Street Pastors, Harmony Festival, Lent 2017Palm Sunday 2017, Christmas services listing and brochure, Industrial Chaplain, Spalding town council proposal, WPCU 2017 pastoral changes at St Paul's

Welcome service
(3 September) for Rev Frances Ballantyne, pictured (left) with Rev Bruce Thompson at Broad Street Methodist

Pentecost Sunday 15 May 2016, 3:00pm: CTSD service at Broad Street Methodist and signing of the renewed
Covenant with guest speaker Rev Ian Walters
Images from the service are available on this website

Wednesday 4 May, 7:30pm: CTSD Meeting, Broad Street in the Fellowship room, meeting opened for prayer at 7:00pm.
Agenda included:
Finance, Christian Aid, Street PastorsPalm Sunday 2017Tourism Working Group, Spalding Churches Emergency Fund, Spalding Christian Business Group, Police & Crime Commissioner Candidates, CAPOpen Church weekend Gainsborough (FB) and Grantham (FBChurches Together brochure, Autumn Preacher Exchange 2016 & 2017 and WPCU 2017
Dates of meetings: 7 July at St Norbert's, 15 September at St Paul's, 14 November at St John's
A warm welcome to
John Rose at CTAL along with our thanks and best wishes to Mel Parkin as she begins training in Cambridge this autumn. CTAL's April Update is now available

Thursday 10 March, 7:30pm, CTSD at St Mary & St Nicolas Maples Room, meeting open for prayer at 7pm.  Agenda included:
Bob Earl confirmed as Lay Chair, Finance, Christian Aid, Street PastorsChristmas outreach feedback, Lent talks 2016Palm Sunday 2016Preacher Exchange dates, AgapeCare foodbank appeal 15-29 March, Tourism Working Group, Spalding Churches Emergency Fund, Spalding Christian Business Group, SE Lincs Industrial Chaplaincy and Easter services listing
Dates of meetings: Wednesday 4 May at Broad Street, 7 July at St Norbert's, 15 September at St Paul's, 14 November at St John's
CTAL have circulated copies of Lincolnshire County Council's Really Useful Stuff handbook to ecumenical groups during March 2016

Details of the CTSD Lent Lectures   'Aspects of Love' is now available (3/2); all welcome, Mondays at 7:30pm from 15 February at Broad Street Methodist

Wednesday 17 February, 6:30-7:30pm:
Street Pastors Information evening at Lighthouse church, PE11 2XP
The CTBI theme for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2016 is 'Salt of the Earth'

January 2016: Old website downloads (pdfs, ppts) deleted; core event entries remain