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Rev Andy Burrows BD (Hons), Dip Th (Camb)
Our Church Stewards:
Pat Scott (senior)
Rev Alan Barker
Dr Brian Scott
Mr Chris Matthews
Our worship is traditional. Preaching is central. We have copies of ‘Singing the Faith’ and ‘Complete Mission Praise 2005’. Hymns are usually projected. We have a choir on Sunday mornings and our singing is led by organ or keyboard. Large print copies of some of the books are available, just ask.
We have five housegroups meeting fortnightly at different times during the week. The leaders are:
Rev Alan Barker
Mrs Erica Taylor
Dr Brian Scott
Our Pastoral Care:
As well as our minister, we have 18 pastoral visitors. All church members and adherents are assigned to one of them and these are the first port of call when there is a need.
The ‘Well’ (our coffee lounge at the front of the church on Bailgate) is open every weekday for a coffee and a chat. Every Thursday morning the church lounge is open for coffee which raises money for charity. We run a Luncheon Club once a week during term times for the elderly in our community who live alone. We man a food bank. Some church members are Lincoln Street Pastors. We have our Scouting and Guiding groups who join us for morning worship on ‘Parade Services’. We run a ‘Toddler’ group once a week. We have invited the surrounding community to a free BBQ in the church car park most summers. This gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves, inform our guests of what we have to offer, and to give out information about the Christian faith. From time to time we and the other local Methodist churches run courses, such as Alpha, and Christianity Explored, introducing the Christian Faith, Freedom in Christ and a Marriage Course.
We are part of the Lincoln Food Bank and open for an hour on two weekdays a week to provide a supply of food to those referred from other agencies.
Our Charity Support:
We support a number of charities both by direct giving and special events such as the Lincoln Christmas Market hospitality and Thursday Coffee Mornings. The charities we have supported include The Barnabas Fund for persecuted Christians, Goodwill Children’ Homes South India, St Barnabas Hospice, Christian Aid, Action for Children, The Children’s Society and Cancer Research. For many years we have strongly supported Samaritan’s Purse and have filled many hundreds of shoe boxes for their international Christmas appeal.
Our Church building:
Bailgate Methodist Church can be found in the uphill area of Lincoln, about five minutes walk from the Cathedral. We are close to the Roman Newport Arch on the corner of Bailgate and East Bight. There is limited on-street parking in Bailgate, and ample pay-and-display parking close by in Westgate.
Bailgate Methodist Church was opened in June 1880 in the already historic area of uphill Lincoln – The church lies just within the walls of the Roman Colonia close to Newport Arch, a Roman gateway, believed to be the last such gateway still used by traffic.
The church which serves both the local community and those from surrounding areas is part of the Lincoln Circuit of Methodist Churches.
The church hall is a centre for many church based or associated groups. We have regular meetings of our ladies groups, luncheon club, Thursday morning coffee, choir, toddlers, and Scouts & Guides at all levels.
Other groups using our premises are too numerous to list fully, but include Community Bible Study UK (CBS), a Flower Club, Playgroup, Keep Fit, Stamp Club, Computer Club, and so on – something for nearly everyone in fact.
Over the past 5 years we have made plans and raised the funds to make the front of our church more welcoming, attractive and better able to communicate with and serve our local community. This work is now complete. The wooden front doors have been replaced with glass doors, and the three lancet windows have been extended downwards with plain glass so that passers-by can see into the church sanctuary. Furthermore, we have greatly enlarged the foyer, providing a general café-like area, a kitchen, a children’s area, and a bookstall. This is called The Well and is now manned during the week for members of the community to come in for a coffee and a chat. The area will also be used for small meetings and for occasional café-style services during the week.