The Methodist Church


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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alive in Ruskington and many names synonymous with the village over the last 200 years are constantly referred to in historical documents.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

Messy Church:  Second Saturday of each month from 3pm to 5.30pm.  All-age family fun and fellowship through themed craft activities, songs and food.
For further details or to book a place for you and your child(ren) please contact Becky Guilliatt at

Weekday activities:
*Holy Communion - 2nd Thursday at 10:45 am
*Home Groups – alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays - 10:00am - contact Jean 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 2018:

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 Paul Jones & Fiona Hendley’ on Wednesday 24th January at 7.30 pm (6.45 pm to 7.30 pm Refreshments) at the New Life Centre, Mareham Lane, Sleaford NG34 7JP.  Tickets £10 from Bob Abbott Tel: 01526 833437  E-mail:  Tickets also available online at: 

Paul was the lead singer of Manfred Mann and the Blues Band.  He now hosts his own show on BBC Radio 2.  Fiona is an accomplished actress and singer.  She starred in the TV series ‘Windows’ and has held leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, where the two met.  They share their fascinating story of how success in show business didn’t bring them the happiness they longed for but then they found Jesus.  They will also sing songs from their album.

‘Cranwell Military Wives Choir in Concert’ on Thursday 22nd February at 7.30 pm at the  Ruskington Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington NG34 9DX.  Tickets £5.  The Military Wives Choir Foundation was created following the enormous success of the No 1 single ’Wherever You Are.’  The choirs bring women together in the military closer through singing.

‘An Evening with Michael & Teenie Harcus’ on Thursday 8th March at 7.30 pm at the Ruskington Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington NG34 9DX.  Admission Free – Retiring Collection.  Michael and Teenie, contemporary singer/songwriters from Westray in the Orkney Islands, specialise in gospel harmonies with a contemporary country feel.  Michael has released nine albums, with family and friends contributing to the CDs.  He started to tour in 1999 with his first album and, today, continues to sing and minister throughout the UK and further afield.

‘An Evening with Live Issue’ on Saturday 21st April at 7.30 pm at the Ruskington Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington NG34 9DX.  Admission Free – Retiring Collection.  Live Issue are one of the most popular Country Gospel Groups in the British Isles from Northern Ireland, not only for their musical ability, but also for their sense of humour and love for the Jesus.  Since Live Issue reformed back in 2006, the band’s unique style of music and ministry has reached a whole new generation across Ireland, the United Kingdom and America.  The LaGrange Daily News in Georgia remarked: ‘The members of Live Issue have become ambassadors not only for Country Gospel Music, but also for their Christian faith and everything that is good about Northern Ireland.  

‘Worship Service led by Live Issue’ on Sunday 22nd April at 11 am at the  Ruskington Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington NG34 9DX.  All are Welcome

‘An Evening with Graham Kendrick’ on Friday 18th May at 7.30 pm at the New Life Centre, Mareham Lane, Sleaford NG34 7JP.
Tickets £13 from Bob Abbott Tel: 01526 833437  E-mail: 

Graham Kendrick has been described as a ‘father of modern worship music’ whose songs are ‘crammed full of poetic, divine, biblical truth’ that have ‘sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.’  For more than 30 years he has been at the forefront of Christian music in the UK having written and recorded hundreds of songs, many of which are well known around the world, including Shine Jesus Shine, Knowing You, The Servant King and Amazing Love.  Graham is based in the UK and travels internationally participating in tours, festivals, conferences and training events, as a worship leader, speaker and performer.  He is an active advocate for the charity Compassion International, encouraging audiences worldwide to understand worship as a way of life, and true intimacy with God as sharing in the concerns of his heart and participating in his mission to the world.  Compassion operates in over 24 nations and facilitates the support of over a million children.  Graham was one of the founders and the songwriter behind the global phenomenon March for Jesus, which has mobilised millions of Christians to ‘take the walls of the church’ and bring praise, prayer and acts of goodwill and reconciliation on to the streets.  

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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