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Methodist Church

History of Ruskington Methodist Church

There has been a Methodist Church in Ruskington since 1849 with extensions for the schoolroom and vestries added in 1867 and 1909 respectively.  The building at that time was heated by a coke boiler which was situated adjacent to the Church building.  Because of the proximity to the Beck, the stoke hole and cellars would occasionally flood which caused considerable difficulty and damage.  In 1924 the piano and harmonium were replaced with a small pipe organ and some of the young people had to act as organ bellow blowers.  By the 1940s the building was showing signs of extreme deterioration and it was decided that new premises should be erected.  At one time the land where Baxter’s Garage now stands was considered, but eventually four small cottages on Prince’s Lane were purchased.  In 1947 the final decision was taken to demolish the cottages and clear the ground ready for the erection of the new building.  Many fund raising events took place.  By 1957, after securing grants from both the Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes and the Joseph Rank Trust, enough money had been raised to start work.  The stone laying took place on 14 September 1957 and the building was eventually opened for worship on 18 September 1958.  The final cost was about £6000 with an additional £1000 for chairs and organ.  The old school room continued to be used for some time, until it succumbed to wet and dry rot.  It was demolished and a new one built, which was opened in 1971.  Many people have worked very hard over many years to keep Methodism alive in Ruskington and many names synonymous with the village over the last 200 years are constantly referred to in historical documents.  Mr Ben and John Brighton were instrumental in helping raise money for the projects.  They are probably best known as the original owners of what is now Adams Factory; several members of the Peatman family were involved in different capacities, as were members of the Silson, Hudson and Wilson families.  The Church has continued to thrive with different activities taking place throughout the week.  It is a place of welcome and fellowship that has continued since those early days, when a few people met together with enough vision to go forth in faith.

Recent renovations and alterations have resulted in a new foyer area with improved access to the schoolroom and Church, a brand new fitted kitchen with new appliances, and a new rear storeroom that opens directly into the schoolroom.  In addition to this the whole building has been rewired and the vulnerable gas pipe brought inside.  It is intended that these alteration will improve the capacity for mission with better access for the disabled, a coffee lounge area, increased seating capacity and an area where children may play during services that has direct access into the Church.  

At present there are several user groups comprising three Whist Groups, Bridge Club and various meetings of the University of the Third Age.  The Church itself has a variety of activities as detailed below.

Sunday worship is held at 11.00 am unless otherwise stated
Evening worship on the 2nd Sunday at 4.30 pm
‘Discoverers’ Sunday School on the 1st Sunday of each month at 11 am

Weekday activities

Weekday activities:
*Holy Communion - 2nd Thursday at 10:45 am
*Home Groups – alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays - 10:00am - contact Colin Porter 01526 830344 or E-mail: or Rev Colin Martin 01526 833438 or

Prayer Meeting Tuesdays – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Prayer Breakfast - 1st Wednesday – 8:00 am.

*Pleasant Monday Afternoon Group - 4th Mondays – 2:15pm – contact Betty Taylor 01526 834303
*Coffee mornings - on first Saturday – 10:00am – 12:00 noon

Come and meet other young Mums at Tots and Toast – Fridays – 9:00am – 10:30am

Lunch Bunch – on 2nd Tuesday of each month – 12:30pm

Soup and Sweet - 4th Tuesday of each month - 12:30pm

Contact Judith Kirk 01526 832987 or E-mail: or Colin Martin 01526 833438 - email

Seasonal Children’s activities – contact Becky Guilliatt 01526 569684 or E-mail:

Coign Christian Music – Programme of Events 2017:

The aim of Coign (meaning ‘Cornerstone’) Christian Music is to present music that helps Christianity move nearer to the soul of the people.  It is music with a message that continues to inspire in the twenty-first century.  Our inspiration comes from Psalm 40 verse 3 “And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear and shall trust in the Lord." 

Forthcoming events:

‘An Evening with Len & Barbara Cooper’:  Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington on Thursday 26th October at 7.30 pm.  Len and Barbara are contemporary Christian singers/songwriters living in Sleaford. 

They spent 11 years in Cyprus, where they were part of the leadership in a Filipino Church.  They share their encounters with God through music and words.  Admission Free – Retiring Collection.   

‘An Evening with Paul Wheater’:  Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington on Thursday 16th November at 7.30 pm.  Paul is well known locally as ’Yorkshire’s Jim Reeves’.  His relaxed style of singing has resulted in packed theatres all over the UK, including the world famous London Palladium.  Radio and television have frequently featured Paul and he has used these appearances, as well as his time on stage, to witness to his faith.  His secular songs are loved by thousands, but Paul says: “I am fortunate to have made my living by doing something that I enjoy so much, but singing in order to spread the good news of the Gospel message is the greatest privilege that I can imagine.”  Admission Free – Retiring Collection.

‘Christmas Carol Concert with the Brass Quintet of the Band of the Royal Air Force College’:  Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington on Wednesday 13th December at 2 pm.  Tickets £6.  Since its formation in 1920, the Band of the Royal Air Force College is arguably the Band which is most steeped in musical history and tradition.  Based at Royal Air Force College Cranwell since its formation, the Band continues to perform at a diverse range of venues and engagements across the UK and in countries worldwide.  The brass Quintet plays by permission of the Defence Council.  A varied programme of Christmas music, Carols, and a ‘Sing - Along’.


Further details of these events and tickets, where required, can be obtained from Bob Abbott Tel: 01526 833437 or E-mail: r.abbott097@btinternet.comm

For further information, baptisms, and weddings by appointment, please contact:

Minister:  Rev’d Ann Lett, 45, Leasingham Lane, Ruskington NG34 8AG  01526 830192 or E-mail:

Church Secretary – Mrs Judith Kirk 01526 832987 or E-mail:
Bookings Secretary – Mrs Linda Butterworth – 01526 834831 or E-mail: 

To go on the mailing list for Coign Christian Music concerts etc please contact:
Mr Bob Abbott 01526 833437 or E-mail:

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