Revd Juliet Wrigglesworth
Our Church Stewards:
Chris, Colin, Laura, Trisha, Gwyneth and Chris
Chris M, Moss T and Laura (Worship Leader)
Our worship is a mix or traditional and contemporary. We have copies of ‘Singing the Faith’ and ‘Complete Mission Praise 2005’. Hymns are usually projected. We have a choir on Sunday mornings (in normal times) and our singing is led by organ or keyboard. Large print copies of some of the books are available, just ask.
Our Fellowship Home Groups:
The Cloisters (Thursdays) – Laura and Moss
Wolsey Way (Wednesdays) – Rev Alan Barker
Riseholme Road (Mondays) – Chris Matthews
Our Pastoral Care:
As well as our minister, we have a number of 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.
Our Outreach (in normal times):
The ‘Well’ (our coffee lounge at the front of the church on Bailgate) has usually been open every weekday for a coffee and a chat, but has had to close during the Covid-19 pandemic. It hopes to re-open in 2022. 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. 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 gave 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 run courses, such as Christianity Explored, introducing the Christian Faith, Freedom in Christ and a Marriage Course.
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, FISH (Food In School Holidays), Goodwill Children’ HomesSouth 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 appeals.
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. The church has a car park. There is akso 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 in Britain 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 but include a pre-school Playgroup.
Bookings for hire of the premises
We have a large hall, 2 smaller rooms, and a room with conference facilities, all of which can be hired. For further information go to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 2011 to 2016 we 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 was completed in October 2016. 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 and visitors 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.