The work on Mission Communities continues…
…St Matthew, Skegness hold a church meeting today following the service to discuss issues around Mission Communities; stay and be part of the debate. This is the last of our church meetings…
…St Mary Winthorpe held a church meeting last Sunday (14); reports indicate that there is much work to be done to identify suitable resources for Mission…
…St Clement, Skegness have begun their thinking around how to use resources differently…
…at St Peter & Paul, Ingoldmells we have already begun introducing changes to focus on Café Church on Wednesdays and Saturdays…
…at St Nicholas, Addlethorpe we have a plan to involve the community in activities in the building.

The Churchwardens and Ministry Team meet on Tuesday 30 September at 7pm to work out the responses to our church meetings and how to best support our five churches as a mission community. We need to come up with a revised programme of services for the Autumn and Christmas period and into the New Year that also reflects the absence of the Rector who has announced his impending retirement…
…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 the original date.
…later in October the Churchwardens will need to begin work on preparing a parish profile to attract prospective candidates to be our Rector.

It is most important that we ensure that the resources we have are put to the best use and that we do not attempt to over commit.
We continue to use our churches for community events…
…the Community Concert last evening (20) was a good showcase for local talent...
…a Macmillan Coffee morning will be held at St Matthew’s Church on 29 September, between 10am – Noon. Doreen Watkinson and Belinda Clapperton will be your hosts…
…St Barnabas Hospice hold a Lantern Walk on 18 October, starting at St Matthew’s Church at 6.30pm…
...St Matthew’s, Skegness is open every morning; refreshments are served at Pop In on Tuesdays & Fridays 10am – 2pm…
…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.

The Tuesday Pop-In at St Matthew’s Church goes from strength to strength. We are most grateful to Philippa & Paul Dunham who provide all sorts of goodies at their own expense, which means that all the takings go towards much needed church funds…
…Friday Pop-In Lunches are popular and also produce a good profit over and above the costs of the ingredients…
…the Café Church at St Peter & Paul, Ingoldmells relies on the goodwill of many people who contribute time, money, and energy to this successful enterprise…
…we are most appreciative of all who volunteer to make our Churches great places.

Jean Smith will be licensed as a Reader in the Diocese of Lincoln at a Service in the Cathedral at 10.30am on Saturday 11 October. Many of you will wish to support Jean, so we plan to run a coach to Lincoln, leaving Ingoldmells at 8.15am and collecting through Winthorpe and Skegness, at a cost of £12. Please contact Gwen in the Parish Office as soon as possible to guarantee your seat. We would aim to give time for shopping and be home by 4.30pm.
Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday 5 October. As well as our usual programme of morning services there will be a Harvest Songs of Praise at St Nicholas Addlethorpe starting at 3pm which will be followed by light refreshments.

Harvest Meals are being arranged and there are three to choose from (or you can attend all of them!)…
…Pop-In Harvest Lunch is on Friday 3 October from 12.30pm at St Matthew, Skegness. Book your ticket at £6…
…St Peter and St Paul Church Ingoldmells invite us to Harvest Lunch at the Three Tuns after the Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 5th October...
…at St Nicholas Addlethorpe Harvest Supper is at 7.00pm at Poplar Farm, on Monday 6 October, price £5.50. Contact Churchwarden George Paul 872348

Your harvest gifts of dried and tinned goods will be donated to the Community Larder.

The Autumn Raffle will be drawn at the Pop-In Harvest Lunch. There are only 3 weeks left to get your tickets. If you have any raffle tickets at home, please sell them to your friends and neighbours – only £1 each! Please bring in the ticket stubs and money to the Parish Office by 30 September.

We are preparing a petition to the Chancellor of the Lincoln Diocese seeking to support for the proposal to replace lead with plain tiles on the South Porch Roof of St Nicholas Church. A public notice is on display. The matter is on the agenda for the PCC meeting on Thursday.

The Mothers Union, Coast and Cluster Lunch was hosted by us at St Clements Community Hall last Tuesday (16). We welcomed many members from all over East Lincolnshire.

Our very good friend Val Haden died on Tuesday last (16) after a very long illness. Val was Confirmed in St Matthew’s Church in June 2008 and has gained spiritual support from her faith. Her strength of character has been an example to us all, and she will be sadly missed. The Funeral Service will be at 1030am on Thursday 2 October in St Matthew’s and will include a celebration of Holy Communion. Val’s coffin will be received at Church on Wednesday evening at 8.30pm.

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