Boston Connected is made up of a series of small projects to enable the community of Boston to come together during these uncertain times. To find out more about these projects please see below.
For centuries the church of St.Botolph, the ‘Stump’, has stood at the heart of the community of Boston, both the town itself and the surrounding area. Through golden days and tragedy it has been an icon of community, of this place and of the Christian faith.
During these unprecedented times, like others throughout the world, we are enduring challenges, hardship and tragedy, both as individuals and as a community. Here in the Parish of Boston we want to mark what we are all going through and so beginning on May 7th, the ‘Stump’ will be lit every Thursday evening as a symbol of respect, solidarity and hope. It will shine as a beacon to honour those whose endure. It will shine as a light of hope in the darkness of these times.
Prior to ‘lockdown’, every week people would light candles in the ‘’Stump’’ and leave prayers that would be prayed by the ministry team. Unfortunately, due to the closure of churches this is not possible at the moment. However, we invite you to send your prayer requests to us. We will pray them, both in our private prayer times and once a week in our Prayer Service at midday every Thursday. We invite you to join us for this short, informal service via Zoom. To send your prayer requests or to join us for the service, please email email@example.com or call (01205) 310929. You will then be sent the ID and password to join the service. To get onto Zoom simply go to www.zoom.us/join.
Flowers of Hope
Here in the Parish of Boston we know that many of you are keen knitters. Over the years we have been privileged to benefit from your passion – most recently with thousands of wonderful poppies which we displayed in the ‘Stump’ as our community commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.
Now, as a world, a nation and a community we are facing another challenge, a silent enemy that is destroying lives, businesses and hopes. Yet there will be an end to it, and when that happens we plan to reopen our church and commemorate all we have been through and celebrate the future that lies ahead. As part of this we are asking you all to pick up your needles!
Once again with the help of our local branch of the Lincolnshire Spinners and Weavers, we are embarking on another knitting project. Can you raid your scrap boxes and use those oddments to knit an array of colourful flowers. When the church is open again they will be displayed on panels representing the four seasons of the year, to make a colourful and inspiring image of hope.
It doesn’t matter what pattern you use, or what colours. The only guidance is size and we ask that the flower heads are no larger than 5 inches or 12.5cms please.
Make as many as you can and keep them until we are able to re-open. As. Soon as this happens we will let you know where to bring them.
We look forward to seeing the results. Happy knitting!!