Grimoldby Methodist Chapel is now closed but Grimoldby Methodists meet at Grimoldby Village Hall LN11 8SW
Breakfast Church: starting at 9.30am on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Tea-Church: meeting at 4.45pm on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Rev. David Newlove
Sandra: 01507 328094
Mark: 01507 327373
Since the turn of the new century, many of our village churches and chapels have been under threat due to so few people attending church whilst costs have continued to escalate. As a steward at Grimoldby Methodist Chapel I was becoming increasingly alarmed with the accelerated decline of our own congregation and with regular average attendances of six being the norm, I felt we needed to change our patterns of worship to encourage new and younger membership.
Along with Deryck and Barbara Hand I attended the Lincolnshire Conference on fresh expressions, which was a platform for new and exciting styles of worship being piloted around the country. We came away visibly refreshed but it would be another six months before breakfast church would be launched. In between there was lot of quiet contemplation and prayer, and then Deryck, Barbara, Margaret, my wife, and myself began to hold a series of meetings to develop our ideas on our new style of church.
Breakfast Church is held on the third Sunday of the month in Grimoldby Village Hall. We begin with serving breakfast which can include bacon butties, sausage sandwiches, toast, croissants fruit etc and is followed by all age worship, which will last between 40 to 60 minutes. Having chosen a theme for the morning's worship, using either the lectionary or seasonal or religious festivals, we plan activities accordingly which could include a quiz, a game, craftwork, a sketch etc, interspersed with upbeat songs, and the appropriate Bible message. Involvement of everyone is key, whether it is via discussion, ice-breakers, games, or during prayer time. We take a simple idea of a prayer tree and adapt to fit each service, whether it is writing prayers on leaves, or flags, or triangles, placing prayer requests on maps, or crosses etc, but we encourage creativity and imagination.
Two years ago after the decision had been taken to close Grimoldby Chapel, we set up t-church, which now meets at tea-time the first Sunday of the month. It starts with a bring and share tea and Community Groups Alford Rainbows, Brownies and Guides meet on Monday evenings, Alford Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet on Tuesday evenings, Alford Girls' Brigade meets on Friday evenings - for times please check with the leaders. The Society of Friends (Quakers) meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month for their worship and contemplation. at 10.30 a.m. in the Guild Room.