Members of our three Parochial Church Councils met over three evenings last week. Amongst other things we discussed the Mission Communities Initiative. We need to decide how we are to organise our Mission to the people of our Town and Villages…
…we are looking closely at how we can best use our church buildings to assist in this task…
…Having met as a Group of Parishes in June, our individual PCC’s are now working at what it means for each of our churches to play to our strengths…
…to help with this, your Churchwardens will be inviting YOU to come along to a meeting at YOUR church in the next few weeks. At these meetings we will identify what it is that we do well and see what must change to make us more effective in supporting people in their spirituality.

All this work is important as Bishop Christopher is re-organising the Diocese to become similarly effective…
…as part of this, David Court is to be consecrated Bishop of Grimsby at a service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday (25); there will also be a service of welcome for Bishop David in Lincoln Cathedral at 5.30pm next Sunday (27). If you are going to attend at the Cathedral, please let us know if you have room in your car for passengers…

The work on Mission Communities is also important, because we need to reorganise ourselves for another reason...
…The Rector of the Skegness Group of Parishes, Malcolm France, has announced his intention to retire from his parish duties before the end of the year. Malcolm has been Rector for almost 12 years and last weekend was the 50th anniversary of him leaving school for the world of work, so you will appreciate that it is probably time to move on. Recently, Malcolm was diagnosed with heart disease and continues to receive treatment whilst working on reduced duties. The Churchwardens will now need to be thinking about preparing a statement of need for the parish in preparation for recruiting a replacement for Malcolm. The work we are doing on Mission Communities will directly inform this preparation.

In other developments, the Diocese is appointing people to help with this Mission Communities initiative across the County. Fran Jeffries is one of those new appointments. Fran will be licensed to her new duties on Tuesday (22) at 7pm in St Luke, Stickney. Bolingbroke Deanery. Pick-up points for the Coach:
5.50pm Bus Stop on Roman Bank at top of Church Lane, Winthorpe
6.00pm Roundabout St Matthew’s Church
6.10pm St Clement’s Church, Viking School
Please be on time at your pick up point.

Confirmation: if you or someone you know would like to think about making their Baptism vows for themselves then please come along to St Matthew’s Church for an information event on Wednesday (23) at 6.00pm. The new Bishop of Grimsby will be leading the Confirmation Service on Sunday 19 October.

The Workplace Chaplaincy is offering a training opportunity for volunteer chaplains both lay and ordained. A visiting chaplain is often helpful in providing support and information to people at work. If you would like to find out more, come along to an information event at St Matthew’s church on Monday 28 July at 2.30pm where you can find out more. Canon Andrew Vaughan, will lead us.

At St Nicholas, Addlethorpe preparations are in hand for an event to commemorate the outbreak of World War 1 on Sunday August 3. There will be displays of flowers, visiting bell-ringers, stalls and refreshments during the afternoon culminating in a service of Commemoration at 4pm. If anyone has any WW1 memorabilia or a bicycle from that era that they can contribute to the exhibition, please contact the parish office or Churchwarden George Paul 872348.

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, tinned stew, soup, powdered mash, UHT milk, rice pudding, pasta, pasta sauce, Weetabix, tinned fruit, tea bags - make sure the items are well in date, (no fresh foodstuffs can be accepted)…
…please leave your gifts at your church and the Churchwardens will ensure they arrive at the collection point in St Matthew’s.

Our Churches are often open…
…St. Marys Church, Winthorpe is now open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm and will remain so until late September. Visitors to the Cemetery will have access to the Church to view its beauty and maybe say a prayer or light a candle in memory of a loved one. Refreshments served …
…St Peter & Paul, Ingoldmells, Café Church, opens 10am – 1pm every Wednesday & Saturday morning
...St Matthew’s, Skegness which is open every morning and where refreshments are served at Pop In, on Tuesday’s 10am – 2pm and Friday 10am- 12.00pm…
…if you would like to be involved please contact the parish office.

The Autumn Raffle tickets 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 for your tickets…
…your support for this is appreciated as the calls on Church Funds to pay the costs of running five churches are many

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 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