News

 

The work on Mission Communities continues…
…St Clement Skegness; a goodly number of people joined the Churchwardens last week to think the strengths and weaknesses and also thought up a wish list of how we could better use our resources in mission. The Tuesday morning communion is well supported as is the Mothers Union, the Church Hall attracts a lot of bookings, and we would like to explore it as a base for Messy Church. We would also like to find ways of keeping the church open during the day for people to use for their own spiritual development.…
…St Mary Winthorpe hold a church meeting on Sunday (14) at 12noon after worship; come along and help work out how we can work to our strengths…
…St Matthew Skegness hold a church meeting on Sunday 21 from 11am following the service; again come along and be part of the debate
…Celebration Churches are St Nicholas Addlethorpe & St Peter & Paul Ingoldmells. As you will read elsewhere in this Newsletter all three are busy developing this role; this includes Café Church, church openings, and community involvement in managing the building…
…our three PCC’s will meet the week beginning 21 September and will review the points made at the church meetings. The following week the Churchwardens and Worship Leaders will meet to work out the new pattern of worship and mission.

Book your place for Pop-In Lunch, Friday 5 September 12.30pmThe Churchwardens and Ministry Team meet on Tuesday 30 September at 7pm to work out our programme of services for the Autumn and Christmas period and into the New Year. They will need to take into account our work on Mission Communities…
…please note change of date for the meeting, which has had to be rearranged because many ministers are required to attend a Safeguarding Course on Monday 29.
…later in October the Churchwardens will need to begin work on preparing a parish profile to attract prospective candidates to be our Rector following Malcolm’s announcement that he is to retire…
…these are exciting times, your Churchwardens are inviting YOU to be part of the discussion; the Bishop of Lincoln is also providing information through the Crosslinks newspaper; pick up a copy at your church.

Friday 5 September 12.30pmThe Churchwardens and Ministry Team meet on Tuesday 30 September at 7pm to work out our programme of services for the Autumn and Christmas period and into the New Year. They will need to take into account our work on Mission Communities…
…please note change of date for the meeting, which has had to be rearranged because many ministers are required to attend a Safeguarding Course on Monday 29.
…later in October the Churchwardens will need to begin work on preparing a parish profile to attract prospective candidates to be our Rector following Malcolm’s announcement that he is to retire…
…these are exciting times, your Churchwardens are inviting YOU to be part of the discussion; the Bishop of Lincoln is also providing information through the Crosslinks newspaper; pick up a copy at your church.

In parallel with Mission Communities activities, Bishop Christopher has invited us to be part of the Discipleship programme for the Diocese in 2015. This starts with events this Autumn so that we can be ready…
…a Messy Church workshop in Sleaford on Saturday 20 September or in Louth 27 September…
…Commissioning of the Discipleship Team takes place on Thursday 25 September 7.30pm at St Swithin, Lincoln; the team includes Fran Jeffries…
…you are invited to be involved; let us know at the Parish Office which events you wish to attend; we will arrange car sharing.


The Rector will be joining with the Town Twinning visit to Bad Gandersheim this week, and after sharing worship with them on Sunday travel to Dresden for a week’s walking in the hills on the Czech/German border.


It is good to see Churchwarden Christine Keenan once again able to perform her duties at St Mary Winthorpe, following her recent illness.

The Churchwardens at St Peter & Paul thank Tracy Hatcher for the donation in memory of her brother Richard who died in February. The money was raised in a collection made at the firm in Nottingham where he used to work and was organised by Ken Wilkins.  We purchased two new communion cruets for the church.

We are disappointed that the Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee has failed to support the PCC at Addlethorpe in the proposal to replace lead with plain tiles on the South Porch Roof of St Nicholas Church. This means that we now have to appeal direct to the Chancellor of the Diocese for the necessary permission. The lead was stolen five years ago and this just adds to the delay. In the meantime the plastic covering is in danger of becoming a permanent replacement. This church has form: in 1705 the Churchwardens demolished the Chancel as it was too costly to repair!

Ride & Stride in aid of Lincolnshire Old Churches Trust takes place next Saturday (13). Why not get yourself sponsored to cycle or walk from Church to Church and see how many you can visit?
The Art Exhibition during Carnival Week at St Mary Winthorpe in partnership with the Skegness Art Group raised £682, which is shared equally.

Tickets for the Autumn Raffle are now available for sale at £1 each. The draw will be held at Pop In Lunch on 3 October. Please see your church warden.

Improvement works to the doors at St Matthew’s Church began last week. The inner doors have been widened, and the outer doors are to be refurbished which may mean they will disappear to the workshop for a few weeks. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Our Churches are often open…
…St. Mary Winthorpe is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm. Refreshments are served...
…St Peter & Paul Ingoldmells, Café Church, opens 10am – 1pm every Wednesday & Saturday mornings…
...St Clement’s, Skegness has an Open Day on Saturday, 13 September from 10am – 3pm, with refreshments and stalls, to which you are all invited...
...St Matthew’s, Skegness is open every morning; refreshments are served at Pop In on Tuesdays & Fridays 10am – 2pm.


























Parish Chaplaincy

The work of the Church in our community is divided into four Chaplaincies: we work with Children and Schools, with people in Hospital, with people at work and with people who are bereaved. For details of how you may help with the work in any of the Chaplaincies please contact the Parish Office

Workplace Chaplaincy, meeting people at work. We continue to visit people at work; we hold a lunch for people in business; we invite firms to support the Advent Wreath Festival during December.

Childrens Chaplaincy, meeting people at school and those in the uniformed organisations. We gave regular talks at school assemblies, hold schools events in Church, hosted schools at harvest festivals, carol services, and Christingle services. We are developing alternative opportunities for worship by way of Messy Church which meets monthly on a Saturday afternoon.

Hospital Chaplaincy, meeting people at the Hospital. We have a support group made up from members of the staff at the hospital. We have provided information leaflets to go in the patient's bedside folders. We provide information leaflets for the staff. We hold information events for local ministers who are encouraged to be part of the chaplaincy service.

Bereavement Chaplaincy, meeting people who have lost loved ones. We have widened our base of volunteers to include members from the Skegness Fellowship of Churches. We run a training courses. We take funeral services, make follow up calls, provide memorial services, make our churches available so that people can spend a quiet moment and light a candle in memory, and try to be as supportive as possible.

Work on developing the Workplace Chaplaincy continues.

What is confirmation?

Confirmation is part of the process of admission to Holy Communion and valuing our Christian life. It starts with your Baptism. In this group of parishes we baptise about 60 children each year. Parents and Godparents encourage their children to learn to know God in public worship, follow Jesus in the life of faith, and serve their neighbour after the example of Christ. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to find the benefits of the Christian life. Being confirmed is a public statement of something you have decided; sharing Holy Communion with fellow Christians is one of the greatest outward symbols of your inward desire to life a fulfilled Christian life. If you, or someone you know, would like to be confirmed, please let us know.

Our Legacy to the Church

Through the centuries our Churches have been cared for and maintained by the hard work and generosity of countless generations of people. And it is thanks to them that our Churches are available to us today to use and enjoy. It is our responsibility to ensure that future generations of people will be able to look back in gratitude for what we have done to keep the buildings in good order.

One of the ways in which we can do this is to leave a gift to our church in our Will. If this is something that you would like to do then please pick up a leaflet from the literature table in your Church and take a look at what is involved.

Legacies

Leaving money in our Will is a splendid way of ensuring that the work of the Church that we supported in our lifetime can continue after our death.

Age Concern Age Concern operates a Well-being telephone call service. A telephone call is made to the older person providing a weekday social contact. This is to ensure all is well; if there is no reply action is taken to check things out. Volunteer callers are also needed. For how to access the service and on volunteering, please contact Emma Maltby on 768693

HOP
Stands for: Healthier Older People.  There are two types of classes - one for over sixties and one for fitter under fifty fives. Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings, 10.30am at Ingoldmells in St Peters Hall, and Tuesday & Friday mornings at 11.00am at Skegness in St Clements Community Hall.  Contact from Doreen (820274)

Day Centre
St Barnabas Hospice runs a day therapy unit on Fridays at Skegness Hospital. Volunteers are needed for making drinks and chatting with patients. If you could spend a few hours a week to help with this excellent servicve then please call in to the unit any Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Can you support the Community Larder?
This is a scheme to provide emergency food rations in times of crisis and is there to help people when there is a delay in the receipt of benefit cheque or in a sudden family crisis. All the local churches are supporting the scheme.

Something as simple as having a collection box in your church. You asked to donate a tin, jar or packet now and again. Items that are asked for include tinned vegetables, meats, spaghetti, or beans (all with ring-pulls); also: jams, cereals, teabags, powdered milk, instant coffee, pasta, pasta sauces, and soups.

Items collected will be taken to the community larder at the Storehouse.

 

Your Churches are Open

St Matthew, Skegness: Monday to Friday:   9.00am - 12noon

St Clement, Skegness: Tuesday 10.00am until 11.30am

St Peter & Paul, Ingoldmells Wednesday - 10.00am - 1.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm