Our theme for this year is “Stewards of Creation”. Genesis 2 : 15

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of  it.”


During May we are into the period/season of Easter as marked in the church calendar which looks to be a busy month. Thursday 21st May is Ascension Day the day where we observe the resurrected Jesus Ascending to Heaven as was witnessed by his disciples. This prepared the way for the coming of the Holy Spirit “who proceeds from the Father and the Son” (Nicene Creed). This then leads us to Ascension tide and the 11 days of prayer using the Jesus Loves all Prayer Journal which I referred to on a previous communication. Sunday 24th May is also Aldersgate Sunday, the date when we Methodists remember the conversion of John and Charles Wesley, more of that nearer the time. Then on the last Sunday of May 31st we celebrate Pentecost, the time when the Holy Spirit descended on all believers who were gathered together in Jerusalem, more about this nearer the time. Reflections and prayers on a separate sheet.

Sunday 3rd May, 4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10
In Heavenly Love abiding
Jesus the Lord said I am the bread

Sunday 10th May, 5th Sunday of Easter
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15—16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Christ is made the sure foundation

Sunday 17th May 6th Sunday of Easter (also Rogation Sunday at Thorpe Fendyke)
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14: 15-21
God moves in a mysterious way
Lord thy church on earth

Thursday 21st May Ascension Day
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47 or Psalm 93
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53
Crown him with many crowns
Hail the day that sees Him rise

Sunday 24th May 7th Sunday of Easter also Ascensiontide,
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
Rejoice the lord is King
The head that was once crowned with thorns

Sunday 24th May also marked as Aldersgate Sunday, commemorating the conversion of John and Charles Wesley
Isaiah 12:1-6
Psalm 130
Romans 5:1-11
Mark 12:28-37
And can it be
Where shall my wondering soul begin
O for a thousand tongues
Best of all God is with us

Sunday 31st May Pentecost (Red)
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23
Come down O love divine
O worship the king all glorious above
There’s a spirit in the air

Worship Services
The Methodist Church here in Skegness along with all Methodist Churches in the U.K., are following Government guidelines in closing the church for Worship and other activities.

These are strange times for all of us as we go into uncharted waters. Through the media we know that what is happening here is happening throughout the world. As a church we are called to respond to Gods love no matter what is happening. Whilst I encourage looking after our neighbours this should not be done as a detriment to our own health, care should be taken in protecting ourselves, by protecting ourselves we then protect those whom we come into contact with.

If anyone needs to speak to someone please feel free to phone me, we are at the moment setting up a network of contacts to enable us to keep in contact. Please keep in contact with each other by telephone or internet.

My thoughts, this week, have been with this time of year in the Church calendar as we are midway through the period of lent. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent which is forty days of what used to be fasting leading up to Good Friday and Easter. Sundays are not included in the forty days as they are feast days when we celebrate our Lord rising from the Grave conquering death. The forty days are meant to reflect the forty days after Jesus’ baptism when the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. This as we know was a time of temptation, solitude and fasting. After this time Jesus came out of the wilderness ready to fulfil his calling as the Son of God. We are all entering into this time of solitude, for some it will be more challenging than others, it may seem like a wilderness where we may face temptation. Just as Jesus took one day at a time, I would encourage you to do likewise. Let us remember the lilies in the field and the birds in the air who neither sow nor reap.


Rev Graham P Miles BTh