Methodist Churches across the Market Rasen, Caistor and Gainsborough area have united to form one church, meeting in 16 different locations.
The new Wolds and Trent Circuit stretches from Brookenby in the east to Gringley on the Hill, Nottinghamshire, in the west.
“We will be covering a large area, but the point of the merger is to reduce some the bureaucracy and leave the churches free to serve the needs of their communities,” said Superintendent Minister, the Rev Andrew Lomax.
And as part of the process, they committed themselves to raising funds for the Nomad Trust homeless charity in Lincoln.
“The fundraising project for Nomad is an example of what we can do together,” added the Rev Lomax.
“The original target we set was £500, but the commitment and generosity of people in the churches has meant we exceeded £1,400.”
A certificate of appreciation was presented to the new circuit by Ian Hardcastle, a ‘friend’ of the Nomad Trust, at the first Sunday service to celebrate the union, held in Gainsborough.
The chair of the Lincolnshire District of the Methodist Church, the Rev Bruce Thompson, preached and the other two circuit ministers, the Rev Liz Childs and the Rev Anne Coates, shared in the service.
The inaugural circuit meeting will be held at Glentham tomorrow, Thursday.
All the churches previously in the Market Rasen and Caistor Circuit continue with their usual programme of services.
However, Binbrook Methodist Church ceased to exist on September 1 and has now become a class of Caistor Methodist Church.
They continue to worship with the Anglican community at St Michael and All Angels at Brookenby.