Our Journal 2018
Nativity Play - Sherlock does Christmas!
Thanks to Bill and Lynn and all the cast who made this years Nativity play a huge success. Half of the £190 collection made at the event went to Macmillan Cancer Care.
There were some strange hair do's at this years Christingle service. There was red hair, blue hair, a pink haired local minister, and lots of wiggy type hair, but the person to top it all was Vicky who had her hair shaved off to raise well over £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The £143.28p collection made at the service went towards her brave effort. Well done Vicky, and to all the people who supported her.
Following the conclusion of the 2018 Alpha course the feedback from the folks who came along was very positive, especially as to how their view of the Christian faith had changed. Here are some of the comments made by them about the way they now see their Christian faith:
"Much stronger; Developed by gaining a better understanding; I now need to find out what’s right for me; Deeper understanding; It has been strengthened and challenged; Tested by the questioning; Desire to explore more faith issues; Want to delve deeper."
Everyone was supportive of a discussion life group which was arranged to follow up the course, and as the year progressed a number of meetings were arranged discussing topics like:
How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
Does God heal today?
How can I resist evil in todays world?
Whats the difference between a congregation and a Church family?
How do I look deeper?
What is worship?
Our special Armistice Centenary event ran during remembrance week. It was made up of three parts. The Lost Voices Concert, The Remembrance Service and a World War 1 Flying Corps Exhibition.
All parts of the special event made the Armstice Day Centenary a time to reflect and remember.
The Lost Voices Choir Concert was on the 10th November and was a performance of songs from the trenches, along with readings written by soldiers during World War 1. All 100 seats allocated were taken.
Over 200 people attended the following mornings Remembrance Service which included the dedication of a commemoration rose bed planted with 6 roses called 'Peace' The rose bed has a plaque inscribed ARMISTICE DAY 100th Anniversary 1918 - 2018 ‘All gave some - Some gave all'. Large poppies were placed on the 64 Commonwealth and German war graves by local children.
A servicing RAF officer commented "As the member of RAF Scampton to be present and having the honour of laying a wreath, I was moved by the whole service and the dedication. It truly was an honour and I feel blessed and humbled to have been there with my family".
For the rest of the week there was an exhibition of personal stories of those members of the Royal Flying Corps who served at Scampton Airfield during WW1 and who lost their lives whilst protecting the country from Zeppelin bombers. The small exhibition alongside the RAF chapel in church was free to enter and a collection box for the Armed Forces Covenant Fund raised £20.
All of the events were accompanied by 'there but not there' silhouettes representing nine pilots who lost their lives flying from either Scampton or North Carlton airfields during World War 1.
Look who's moved the font
This is Mike and Glen who are Lincoln Cathedral stonemasons. They spent a day last weekend moving the font from its location in the entrance to the bell tower to its new home adjacent to one of the pillars in the nave. Access to the bell tower floor area was severely restricted by the position of the font. Mike said 'moving the font to its proposed location would be really beneficial due to the presence of continuous damp in its current location which has started to delaminate the base and the plinth'.
Moving the font will also free up the bell tower floor area, and assist access to the bell tower, which is currently used for storage. The short term plan is to use the bell tower floor area more practically and flexibly. Firstly to locate a portable digital mixing desk which is part of a new digital audio system incorporating a hearing loop, part-funded by the Bishop’s Transformation Fund, and secondly a temporary moveable, servery from which refreshments can be served, thus freeing up more space for seating in the current refreshment area.
A longer term plan would be to use the bell tower floor area for a disabled toilet facility. The relocation of the font will help maintain our current Church growth rate and our ‘fresh expression of church’ transformation.
The family service this month was our annual Harvest Celebration. The theme of the service this year is 'sharing' and its based on the bible reading from Isaiah 58 verse 7. Pete the Puppet was up to his usual 'extreme' antics with none other than Ed Sheeran this month.
All of the donated food has been sent to Lincoln Community Larder who are very grateful. Here's their letter of thanks.
Because the theme was all about sharing the service also saw the launch of our Christmas appeal 'Operation Christmas Child', which we are taking part in with Scampton Primary School. It means packing up a small shoebox with a few gifts for children who would not normally receive a Christmas present. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Thanks to Crumera for sending the photos.
New team to work the sound desk
A new team has been created to set up and operate the sound desk at each service. Thanks to all who have volunteered.
'After Alpha' Group Restarts
The response for an Autumn get together was really encouraging with fourteen people coming along.
We listened to a 20 minute talk (with visuals) on Romans 12. 1-13 and discussed what makes a Church community/family. The obligatory coffee and cake was on hand!
then a break for the half term period....
12th November, 26th November
Then would you believe it we are into Advent!
Pews Out - Chairs In
A great big thank you to all those people who came to help with the transition from pews to chairs. Moving the unsold pews out, taking part in the big clean up, shampooing the carpets and wax polishing the oak furniture, touching up the paintwork in church and finally setting out all the new chairs. What a transition!
I was recently asked why are we selling the pews and replacing them with chairs. Lots of things went through my mind but the one thought that stayed with me was that we need to make our church building accessible to everyone in an effort to introduce them to Christ. After all - that's my job!
In the middle ages churches were used for a variety of functions such as courtroom, school, library, hosted meetings, elections, debates, plays and festivals. In fact until relatively recently church buildings were multi-functional community centres. It was only in the mid nineteenth century that church buildings put a restriction on secular use. However, attitudes are now changing again. Over the past 30 years we have entered a digital age where my children and grandchildren take for granted things like smartphones, ultra HD TV, Facebook, Facetime, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Raspberry Pies (that's computers that junior school children build not the sort you eat!).
Church buildings are again becoming places where people can meet to serve each other and the community in love, just as Jesus taught, but this time in a digital age, where our lives are surrounded by technology, the speed and breadth of which leaves me stunned!
In Matthew 28 Jesus said to His disciples "...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.Therefore and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
It is my passion to follow Christ in this task, and if my generation is not going to be the one that 'puts God to bed' then I think we have to move with the times, carrying our faith, hope and heritage with us. If this means chairs instead of pews, digital TV screens and audio systems, a toilet, a kitchen, and a new roof, then bring it on!
Sue Deacon (Local Minister)
Talking to God
That's what the family service was all about this month as we took a deeper look at the Lords Prayer, and focused on Matthew 6. 5-15.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Pete the Puppet was away doing some 'extreme sunbathing' and Gloopy and Paddy came in to tell us what a loving Father God is. Here they are in the photo in full flow...
RAF 100 Family Service Celebration
We were blessed during July to host our friends from Goldsboro, North Carolina. Doc and Judine Heidicker came over to the UK to attend the dedication of the 121 and 133 Eagle Squadron badges at the RAF Club in London. Doc is the Wing Historian at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina whose history lies in the airfield at Kirton in Lindsey as far back as World War II. Whilst over here they spent 10 days with us in Market Rasen. “What to do with them?” we asked ourselves. We knew we could fill their days with enough RAF events but we wanted them to experience community life and be part of something special. It was during a conversation with Sue Deacon that she invited us to attend the Family Service on Sunday 08 Jul to celebrate the RAF’s centenary. Doc and Judine admitted that they had not been to Church in a while and were intrigued to find out what was involved.
The Family Service was the best Service that I have ever attended. The warmth that we received when welcomed to the Church was very special to us. From the moment the Service commenced to the moment we left, we felt we had been part of something special. Doc and Judine enjoyed themselves immensely commenting how important it was to involve the local children in the centenary celebrations; they will become our future one day and it is important to remember the sacrifices made by so many on our behalf. The best part of the morning, for me, was Pete. I wasn’t expecting to see a puppet but it was absolutely magical and I laughed at his antics. I am not sure how he managed to get into the cockpit of a Red Arrow when some of us, who have worked at RAF Scampton for 14 years, are still waiting!! The flying of dedicated paper aircraft was a lovely touch as well.
Thank you very much for the invitation to join you at this very special service. The Scampton community is an extremely special one very dear to our hearts.
Gill Angel (Community Development Officer) RAF Scampton.
We've just heard on the news of the Ministry of Defences decision the close RAF Scampton because the investment needed at the base would be better spent improving the RAF's existing core sites. Sad news indeed, especially for all the 600 staff employed there and, in this its centenary year.
Here's the poster and a collage of photos from our celebration of 100 year anniversary of the RAF. All self explanatory really!
Church Family Prayer
At our last family service we all put together ideas for a church family prayer. Well, our church warden Chris has had a look at the contributions and put this together.
Lord, help us to concentrate on You
As we help other people
Lord, help us to concentrate on You
As we love and respect one another
Lord, help us to concentrate on You
As we remember all things that You have made
Lord, help us to concentrate on You
As we think of those less fortunate than ourselves
Lord, help us to concentrate on You
As we go from this place
Lord, help us to concentrate on You
More Children Join 'The Band'
Lovely to see Emily and Hannah playing keyboards this month. Well done both of you.
Don't forget if you play an instrument and would like to join in then tell us. We'll send you the music well in advance and you can play as much or as little as you like.
New Church Family Prayer
We are creating a new 'Family Service Prayer', especially for Scampton Church, which we will say at the beginning of the family services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Ideas from the congregation were offered in prayer by Hannah and Emily at our June Family Service. We will share next month what the final prayer looks like.
The Chairs are Coming!
After about 4 years of research and campaigning, we have now received approval from the Church of England to dispose of the pews and replace them with chairs. Four of the more ornate pews will be retained, as will the more modern pews in the RAF chapel. We are hoping the timescale is about six weeks.
Some pews have already been sold but there are still some left, so if you would like to buy one the smaller ones (6'11") are £100 each and the bigger ones (8'4") are £130 each. A 'donate a chair' scheme has now been launched. The idea being to provide an opportunity for people to dedicate chairs in memory of a loved one who has departed, or to celebrate a person, a church, school, club, company, regiment or other organisation.
Download a 'dedicate a chair' leaflet HERE.
Open Churches Weekend
The open churches weekend was a real success, raising £343, and was uplifted by the wonderful sunshine. There was lots going on including the royal wedding live on TV and a reflective walk around the Commonwealth War Graves and Churchyard. If you missed it you can still take the 'virtual tour' here...
'A right royal wedding'
What a beautiful way to learn about the Church of England Wedding Service and celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The sun shone on Scampton Church as pupils, staff and parents attended Scampton Primary Schools ‘Mock Wedding’. Wedding cars, flowers, confetti – we had it all.
The Wedding Party consisted of Bride, Groom, Best Man, Bride and Groom’s Parents and Bridesmaids and Page Boy. The Ushers handed out service sheets for the service. As the 'morning' progressed Sue taught the different parts of the wedding service.
We all arrived back at school for wedding cake and to sing the National Anthem. Later, BBC Radio Linclonshire interviewed pupils about their experience.
For more photo's go to the school blog HERE
Alleluia - He is Risen - He is Risen indeed - Alleluia!
Well 75 people came along to celebrate the Risen Christ. The service represented what the disciples must have felt like when they encountered the risen Christ. In fact following His resurrection Jesus was seen not only by His disciples but by other people on 11 occasions, and on one occasion was seen by over 500 people.
Jesus disciples were suddenly transformed from defeated, despairing and dejected to being overwhelmed with joy. Just like all those who came along this morning and enjoyed watching some videos of the Easter story, the Easter egg hunt, Pete the puppet up to his usual antics, pass the Easter prayer parcel, and the Easter Conga. The Easter Conga you might ask - what is that! Here are some photos....so make your own mind up what the atmosphere was like.
Sue and Joe have been working with some of the children at Scampton School during the Easter term and someone said...lets have a band! So no sooner said than done and seven of the children came along and played 'Seek ye First the Kingdom of God' during the service. Well done all of you.
Churchyard Bench Seat Restored
The teak bench seat dedicated to William and Margaret Lockwood and their son Jack who died serving his country in 1943, has been stripped re-oiled and re-secured. It's now a lovely place again for quiet reflection and prayer or a summer picnic!
The Beast from the East
Wow! what a cold week with freezing temperatures and 15 cm of snow! Would the family service go ahead?
Here's how Sue described the morning on her Facebook entry ...
'Went over to church at 7.15 this morning in my jimmy jams to put the heat on for the 10.15 family service.
Wondered why I was bothering as surely no one will come out in this weather. Oh Ye of little faith. Over 60 braved it!!!!'
Not only that but the Rural Dean also braved it, and poor Walter got himself wrapped up in a sheet during Sues talk based
on The Lords Prayer, and Forgiveness. (Luke 11. 1-4.)
Thanks to Jonathan for sending in some photos he took at our Alpha Sunday service.
We need your help
If there is one thing for sure... Scampton Church Family is growing!
In our growing church help is always needed. Here are a few ways that you could help.
Prayer - It's often said, “I can’t do much, but I can pray.” That is a sad way to think about prayer. The truth is, not everyone will pray. Prayer is never the “least you can do,” but should always be thought of as the most important thing you can do. Pray for Scampton Church, its leadership team, and those in the church who have needs. Don’t just pray for situations to be resolved in a positive way, but pray more deeply than that. Pray that people will be changed and become spiritually stronger.
Music and singing - We still need a few more singers and especially someone who can play a few simple chords on a keyboard. So if you know of anyone who enjoys music and can sing or play then get in touch.
Cleaning and Flowers - We have a small team who do a brilliant job, but are always looking out for help, no matter how small.
Children and Young people - We are looking to set up a youth group so if you can help out here then get in touch with Chris, one of our church wardens.
Welcome Team - If you are outgoing and can strike up a conversation with others, you can help out with the Welcome Team - seek out visitors and do what you can to help them feel welcome and comfortable. Help them to get the things they need to have a great experience at Scampton Church. You don’t have to be given a title to be friendly!
Audio/Visual - We are building a comprehensive audio/visual experience in church and need more people to operate it. So if you are interested in or have experience with Powerpoint, mixing desks or band setups, then get in touch. We'll give you lots of support and training.
Transformation, Fund Raising and Event Organisation - Our aim is to transform Scampton Church building, and create a community church and heritage centre which could be used daily for community events. Every generation leaves its mark on a church building and this transformation will make our church fit for purpose today. This is a really exciting project and is now underway with the replacement of the north aisle roof, a new A/V system and the replacement of the old and unstable pews with chairs. There is still a lot to do. We need helpers.
Cooking - There are always events that require the provision of food, so if you like baking cakes or can help out with catering arrangements on our Alpha course which is starting this month, then ping us an e mail.
Maintenance - Do you paint, garden, or enjoy minor DIY... we have a job for you!
Our first ever Alpha course started on the 5th of February and the group has ten members who signed up for the nine weekly sessions. So far we've munched through lasagne, pancakes and sheherds pie with vegan/vegetarian alternatives. We are already looking forward to other dishes like pizza, curry and pie and peas!
A recent piece of feedback read...."I think its fantastic, Being free to talk about what you want is brilliant..and what an amazing group of people."
So all is looking good.
We're always looking for volunteers to help at Alpha. There are several teams you can get involved in so if you’d like to help with Alpha, please drop Sue an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m already thinking of all the exciting changes that are planned at Scampton Church for 2018.
When speaking about change and being a changed person, it makes me think about the time when a man called Zac met Jesus and was changed from a ‘skin flint’ into a generous man. (Luke 1.1-10) You can hear more about Zac and his encounter with Jesus at our Family Service on 7th January.
It’s easy sometimes to sit in our comfortable world and resist any change that makes us a bit uncomfortable, but we live in a changing world and that change is getting faster.
So…. are you sitting comfortably? I think that we must never become too comfortable in our Christian life. It’s said that a minister’s job is to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable. To walk with God means that we cannot stay as we are. This means we must always be asking ourselves “what next, Lord?” for me personally, and for us together as a church family. One way of finding answers to our personal questions and doubts about our faith is to discuss it with others in a respectful way. In February we are providing an opportunity to do just this by running an Alpha Course.
This is my personal invitation to you to come along. Join me for a meal, watch a short film and discuss your beliefs or challenge the Christian faith in a friendly open and informal way.
So here’s to 2018… bring it on
...and we hope you enjoy reading this years journal. Remember also you can follow us on Facebook.
Rev’d Sue Deacon (Local Minister)