are now in the Easter season…
Work to improve the garden at St Matthew’s Church continues. Johanna Whitehead is ready to sow grass seed on the area outside the kitchen, and Gavin Escott continues to nibble away at the hedge. Many thanks to both.
George Osborne paid us
£1200 this week; this was the benefit to church funds from those
people who have signed up to the Gift Aid Scheme. Have you signed
up yet?. If not, speak to your Churchwarden who will find the form
for you.Can you capture the life of your Church in a single photograph?...
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
you support the Community Larder?
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 Salvation Army in High Street. They operate a voucher scheme so that anyone who approaches us for help can be given a voucher and present it at the Larder to get the help they need. (Note for Churchwardens: please contact the parish office for further details).
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 - 12noon Saturday 10.00am - 12noon