News

 

We are now in the Easter season…
…our celebration began early in the morning (20) with the Light of Christ at 6am at St Mary, Winthorpe, followed by Breakfast in the Sam Eley Room…
…the Light of Christ was then carried through to our service at 9.30am at St Matthew’s Church and on further to services at 11.00am at St Clement and at St Peter & Paul. A real day of celebration…
…Skegness Singers have supported supporting our devotions throughout Holy Week and lead our singing at St Matthew’s this morning…
…your donations towards the cost of flowers are most welcome and our Churches look well decorated to reflect the new life of Christ…
…we continue for the next few weeks to worship and reflect on the possibilities of Resurrection.

Christian Aid encouraged us during Lent to Count our Blessings…
…the theme has been “People and the Planet.” Zanan Bchuk is a village in northern Iraq, where Christian Aid works to improve things…
…if you have been following the Newsletter you will know how much you will give in response. Please give your donation to your Churchwarden, who will pass it on to Churchwarden Terry Allaway who will add it all up and send it off and tell us how much was raised.Messy Church met every day during Holy Week and the production of:
…E-A-S-T-E-R spells Easter…
was very much appreciated…
…special thanks go to all the organisers who worked extremely hard to make sure the event ran smoothly including making props, rehearsing readings and singing on stage…
…our Messy Church Easter celebrations will continue on Saturday 26 April at 4.00pm. We will be looking at the story of the disciples meeting the risen Jesus. Lives changed for them – and they can change for us too. Come along and find out how.

The Community Larder is currently run from the Storehouse, North Parade; your gifts are welcome…
…the need is for:, tins with ring pull tops of meat balls, Irish stew, corned beef, potatoes, tomatoes, spaghetti, milk, biscuits, pasta in packets/jars/tins, Weetabix, packets of cereals, and small cartons of long-life milk; make sure the items are well in date, and note; we cannot take fresh foodstuffs…
…please leave your gifts at your church and the Churchwardens will ensure they taken to the collection point in St Matthew’s Church.

Are you interested in improving your listening skills?…
…The Acorn Healing Foundation are running a Christian Listening Course at the Storehouse on 25 April between 9.30am – 4pm. The course has been organised for the Street Pastors, and there are a few places available for members of our churches to attend. There is no charge for the course. If you are interested contact the Parish Office to book your place.

The paths at St Mary Winthorpe Churchyard have been resurfaced by the Town Council contractors. The cost is £1800, and the Town Council has generously contributed £1000 in recognition of the continued partnership between Town Council and the Church for people visiting the Churchyard & Cemetery.

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?...
…Have you thought about the situation of Christians in Palestine?...
…What is the Discipleship Team going to do?...
…all of these questions are covered in the latest edition of Crosslincs, the Diocesan Newsletter which has been re-launched…
…the new editor is Sarah Baker, previously Editor of the Skegness Target and a friend to our Churches. Pick up a copy from the back of your Church. It is a good read.

The Parish Office will be closed from 12noon on 17 April and re-opens 9am Monday 28 April. Your Baptism or Wedding Service may be booked from Wednesday 30 April.


War tears lives apart
Love can help piece them back together
‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer… in whom I take refuge.’
2 Samuel 22: 2 - 3

For a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is a part of daily life.
Right now, fuelled by the devastating violence in both Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the numbers of people driven from their homes by war is on the rise.
It stands at 42 million people – an appalling statistic and a stain on the conscience of humanity. We can’t turn our backs. We must act now.
The good news is that your church can make a real difference.
Last year, a magnificent 20,000 churches across the country helped raise over £12m for Christian Aid Week.
This Christian Aid Week (11–17 May 2014) we want to go even further. We want every church in Britain and Ireland to get involved – whether by giving, acting or praying.
Together we can send people living in fear this message: you are not alone. We’re with you, helping you to rebuild your lives, and working for peace.
Imagine what such an expression of love would mean to people searching for the strength to cope with the devastation of war, and how it could help to drive out their fear.
Demonstrate God’s love for those living in poverty and show how much good the church is doing in the world this Christian Aid Week.
Together we can reach the 42 million people caught up in conflict and help them live a life free from fear.

Could you provide the gift of hope?

£15 could provide blankets for refugee children to protect them from bitter night-time temperatures.
£40 could provide enough good quality and nutritious food for two refugee children for a month.

£150 could help us provide specialist emotional support for a child deeply traumatised by the horror of war that they’ve witnessed or experienced.
Be an instrument of God’s peace. Give, act and pray this Christian Aid Week.










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 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