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The United Advent Service and Renewal of Churches Together in Spalding and District Covenant was held on Sunday 1 December at Spalding Baptist, especially welcoming South Holland Community Church, recently joined as Churches Together in Spalding and District subscribing members.
Hymns included 'Hark, the glad sound! The Saviour comes', 'Bind us together', 'O come, o come, Emmanuel' and 'Thou who was rich beyond all splendour' with readings from Isaiah 40 vs 3-5, John 17 vs 20-26, Galatians 4 vs 4-7 and 1 Thessalonians 4 vs 13-18.

The declaration (left) was signed by the following churches:
Spalding Baptist
The Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Norbert
Broad Street Methodist
St Thomas's Road Methodist
St John the Baptist
St Mary, Pinchbeck
St Mary & St Nicolas
St Paul
United Reformed Church
South Holland Community Church
St Bartholomew, Pinchbeck, and
The Religious Society of Friends

'We ... declare that we are united in pilgrimage as Churches which acknowledge God's revelation in Christ and confess the Lord Jesus as God and Saviour according to the scriptures.
'We recognise that we are bound by the love and will of Christ so to respond to his prayer that, in the spirit of repentance for our divisions we may be led by the Holy Spirit into fellowship and common purpose.
'And we seek hereby to fulfil our common mission to the world by witness and service together in proclaiming the gospel to the glory of God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit.'

Please see also 1991 and 2004.