The Rector was installed to his Canon’s seat by the Dean of Lincoln, as Canon Prebend of Carlton-cum- Thurlby, in the Cathedral at Evensong last Monday…
…many thanks to all who have sent messages of goodwill and to those who made the journey to Lincoln for the occasion; your support is appreciated.

Today (23) is the occasion of the last appearance in the Parish of our Rector, Reverend Canon Malcolm France…
…the group service for the people of all our five churches and parishes is at St Matthew, Skegness…
…this will be followed by a Farewell Reception in the Community Gateway for Malcolm & Almeda; they will be moving to Cromer in Norfolk this week.

Malcolm & Almeda have been overwhelmed by your generous comments as they prepare to leave Skegness. We wish you all well as we know that Skegness is a great place to live and work. There are a great number of people working to ensure that Skegness develops its position as the premier resort on the East Coast.

Street Pastors received an early Christmas gift of £3,200 from the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick. This is a real boost of support to the Street Pastors who do such a good job in supporting the vulnerable of the night time economy in Skegness.

The Book Stall is back! This week it is at St Clement’s Church. There are many books and gifts available – ideal for
Christmas presents
The Advent Wreath Festival opens next Sunday, Advent Sunday (30) at 4.00pm with a service of Advent Carols led by the Skegness Singers…
…the exhibition will be open daily from 10.00am to Noon every day until Christmas Eve…
…the festival is a display of Advent wreaths from businesses and groups in the Skegness area. Perhaps you would like to display a wreath to advertise your business or group, as a family activity or perhaps in memory of a loved one…
…the cost is just £10 per wreath and should be delivered to St Matthew’s week commencing 24 November anytime between 09.00 and 12.00…
…even if you cannot make a wreath, why not post some flyers through your neighbours’ doors. Let us make this event the most spectacular yet!
…in order to help with this, we offer:
A Wreath Kit £10; a ready-made wreath £15; a Wreath Ring – basic ring for you to use your imagination £4

Joan Baker, a long-time friend of our churches died last week aged 91. Joan had been one time Branch Leader of the Mothers Union, a benefactor to a number of schemes at St Clement and St Matthew, Skegness, and faithfully took her regular Communion…
…the Funeral Service will be held on Friday 28 November at 1.00pm in St Matthew’s Church.

Children’s Society collection boxes: take yours to the Parish Office for emptying. There is a Messy Christingle on Saturday 13 December at 4pm in St Matthew’s Church. Collect your box for the New Year at that event.

It has been a challenging year as we seek to support the Mission and Ministry of the church in Lincolnshire. Our Parochial Church Councils met last week; amongst other things they finalised the Parish Share payment to meet part of the cost of ministry: Ingoldmells PCC have added £1,000 from the funds raised at Café Church to their payment of £3,000 making £4,000 in all; Martha’s contributed £1,000 from the Pop-In funds to help Skegness & Winthorpe pay £27,480; Addlethorpe agreed to pay £3,000. This brings our Group total to £34,480. This amount plus fees from weddings (£4,000) and funerals (£11,000) goes towards a total cost to our Diocese of £5,500,000 to pay for the cost of deploying the clergy…
…many thanks to the Martha’s who have set up a fundraising group to support the work of the parish and we will all wish to support them as they identify ways to help raise the Parish Share in 2015.

The Churchwardens and Ministry Team are working to produce a document which explains the needs of the community, and the individual parishes and churches as we seek a new Incumbent…
…each parish needs to gather local knowledge; Addlethorpe has already produced their initial document…
…June Clingan, Terry Allaway and Gwen Drury have the responsibility of collating the information from all of the parishes…
…the first draft needs to be completed by middle of December, the Archdeacon will meet us again in January.
During the interregnum Reverend Julie Donn, as Associate Rector, will lead the team…
…the programme of services allows us to worship every Sunday somewhere: we do need to think that if there is no service at our local church then we can go and worship at a church near us instead. In this way we can still take our Holy Communion each week…
…forthcoming services see page 7.

‘Step into Christmas’ is a Skegness Fellowship of Christian Churches (SFCC) event and will be held in one of the shops in the Hildreds Centre between December 1 - 14. It will provide some space to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas as well providing the opportunity to buy Christian gifts, and also to donate to the Community larder…
…our day for helping in the shop will be 10 December - 10am and 4pm. Please contact the parish office if you can help...
…in conjunction with this event, the Hildreds Centre have donated a Christmas tree to be decorated with baubles in memory of a loved one. Each bauble costs £2 and the proceeds will be divided equally between the Skegness Partnership and the SFCC…
…the light switch-on for this event will be at 6pm on Thursday December 4, and will be led by the Fellowship. Don’t miss these events.

The church bells at Ingoldmells & Addlethorpe have not been rung for Sunday services or special occasions in recent years. We are seeking people to train up as bell ringers. If you are interested, please contact Eddie on 871167.

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.


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

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