Welcome to Bailgate Methodist Church
Our Minister: Rev Andy Burrows (tel 01522 532828)
Located in the Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln, Bailgate Methodist Church is a traditional church with a variety of weekday activities. Our main meetings are for worship on Sunday:
10:30am (every Sunday unless otherwise advertised).
6:00pm (every Sunday unless otherwise advertised)
The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) is usually celebrated during one morning and one evening service each month. A choir leads the singing on Sunday mornings.
The Sunday School (‘Influence’) meets at 10.30am in the church before leaving for their own groups after the first hymn and a short talk.
The ‘Well’ (coffee lounge) is open every week-day between 10am and 3pm (Fridays until 1pm) at the front of the church on Bailgate. Everyone is welcome to come in for a coffee and a chat. There is also a bookshop.
For more information about our Lincoln Circuit of churches see: lincolnmethodist.org.uk (or click here: Lincoln Methodist Circuit website.)
A Christmas Message from our former Minister and current member: ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us’
I have always loved words; words to speak, words to read and words to listen to. I play Scrabble against the computer, and like to solve, or help someone else to solve crossword puzzles. I love to make puns (yes, I know some of you suffer from them they are so bad) and, like many children I always wanted to find a word which was longer than my friend’s, so supercali……. And antidisestablish……. were favourites in those days.
Here are three ‘long’ words I read the other day – incredible, unbelievable and indescribable, which you can find in one of the new translations of 2 Corinthians 9:15. Paul urges his readers to praise God for this special gift – Jesus, the Word made flesh. Another long word comes in a Christmas hymn by Charles Wesley – (StF 208) as he urges us to praise in songs divine ‘Our God, contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man.’
‘How can a word become a man?’ might be the question you would like answered, and so we go to John’s gospel where we find the title quote. John was writing to two groups of people – the Greeks and the Jews. In Greek thought the term ‘Word’ means the controlling principle behind the world, that which holds everything together and gives it meaning. In Hebrew thought ‘Word’ is a sort of shorthand for the way God acts.
God speaks and something is done. In the beginning God said “Let there be light” and there was light. Add the two ideas together and ‘Word’ refers to all we can know of God through his actions in history.
So when God decided to come to earth to let people see who he was and how he wanted them to be, he came in human form – in flesh – a term we understand very well. We need to look at the word ‘became’ to link his coming with those three long words quoted above. This is the mystery of God, the bit that asks us to take a leap of faith, so that we understand this is God speaking to us in a language we understand.
It is incredible, which means it is so extraordinary that it cannot be believed at face value; it is unbelievable because it is the supernatural meeting the very ordinary; and it is indescribable because as one children’s hymn puts it – “Mary was greeting God with a kiss.”
If you also find it incomprehensible that it was for you he came, may I suggest you read or listen to the gospels of Luke and Matthew and hear the message loud and clear – Good News for ALL people – including you.
May God be with you this Christmastime and bless you with his love, joy and peace.
Rev Alan Barker
Site content last updated : December 29th 2019