We welcome the Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt. Reverend David Court, who is to lead our Group Service of Confirmation today (19)…
…we welcome all those who are to be confirmed and assure them of our prayers…
...welcome to all of you from our five churches…
…following the Confirmation Service we welcome the family and friends of Rocco Parsons who is to be Baptised.

Deanery Chapter II meets at Sutton on Sea St Clement tomorrow (Monday 20) at 7.30pm. This is a fellowship meeting for all clergy, readers, and Accredited Ministers…
…please also note that Peter Liley will be inducted as Rector of Mablethorpe on Monday 10 November 7pm. Deanery Clergy, Readers, and Minister are invited to robe.

The Rector, Malcolm France, has been invited by the Bishop of Lincoln to be a member of the College of Canons of Lincoln Cathedral. The ceremony of installation takes place in the Cathedral at Evensong at 5.30pm on Monday 17 November, to which we are all invited. Thank you to all who has expressed your warm appreciation to me on this appointment – several people have pointed out that this is the first appointment as Canon for the Rector of Skegness since Canon Morris in the 1930’s. There will be a coach going from the parish. Please book your seat through the Parish Office.

All Souls will be marked on Tuesday 4 November at 10.30am in St Clements Church. There is a list at your church to enter names of loved ones to be remembered. Churchwardens are requested to ensure the list is delivered to St Clements in time for the service.

A petition to the Chancellor of the Lincoln Diocese has been sent off, seeking support for the proposal to replace lead with plain tiles on the South Porch Roof of St Nicholas Church. We are now awaiting the decision of the Chancellor and praying for it to go our way.

The Community Larder continues to support a number of people each week. Ingoldmells and the Infant Academies have once again been very generous in their support through their Harvest Festivals. Your gifts of food for the larder are appreciated. Specific items are requested as these prove easier to store and distribute; items wanted include: Pasta, Pasta Sauce, packet soups, UHT milk, powdered Mash Potato, Weetabix, Tinned stew, tinned fruit, teabags.

The Book Stall is back! This week it is at St Matthew’s. Come along and browse. There are many books and gifts available – ideal for Christmas presents!.

The Churchwardens and Ministry Team met on Thursday (16) to work out the Schedule of Services for the Advent and Epiphany Seasons…
…this will be a very busy time and the Team has had to consider how best to use the resources so as to be available for as many people as possible – five churches, five monthly school assemblies, workplace chaplaincy visits, home communion visits, funeral services and bereavement support, wedding services and Space to Think, Pop-Ins, Café Church, Mothers Union, Marthas, Omega Group, Concerts, Exhibitions, Carol Services, Baptism Preparation, Messy Church, Toddlers, Church Sitting, Hospital and Hospice visiting, and much more…
…this means that we must be careful to ensure that each of our team of Clergy, Churchwardens, Accredited Ministers, and Volunteers has a healthy work/life balance so as to be fresh for a lively ministry…
...the decision was made that St Matthew’s will continue to hold a 9.30am Sunday communion service, and each of the other churches will hold a communion service once a month. This makes it easier for clergy from within the deanery to cover services if and when required…
...the team meets the Archdeacon again on Monday 10 November at 4pm in St Matthew’s Church to continue the work to prepare a job advert for a new Rector to replace Malcolm…
…we are looking at our traditions, our condition, and our future; in other words, where we have come from, what we do now and our hopes of how our new Rector can lead the parish in the future…
…this must involve all sections of the community thinking prayerfully about our expectations for our new Rector and the future of our group…
…make sure you discuss matters with people in the Towns and Villages who share in our Chaplaincy work. Also share your thoughts with members of the Church Wardens & Ministry Team…
…they have the job to produce a document which explains the needs of the community, looking at the Group as a whole as well as the needs of the individual parishes and churches…
…Reverend Julie Donn, as Associate Rector, will lead the team during the vacancy…
…let us keep in our prayers the Churchwardens, members of the Ministry Team, and our Volunteers.

The Pet Service last week (Sunday 12) at St Peter & Paul, Ingoldmells was a very enjoyable occasion. Most of the pets (and humans!) behaved themselves. Winnie and her friends were there and of course she was in charge. Everyone enjoyed a lovely afternoon buffet after the service. Thanks to Anne and the team who provided the refreshments and to Julie who led the service.

Further funding towards the cost of repairs to our churches was received this week from the Listed Places of Worship Scheme: £986 was received in respect of St Matthew’s Church.

Our long-time friend Peter Askew died last week. Peter faithfully attended St Matthew’s and St Clement’s Churches over very many years. Peter was originally in the care of Skegness Home for the Blind (now Syne Hills Care Home). Peter will be missed by all who worshipped with him. He was one of life’s characters and coped with his blindness in a most patient way.

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