Scampton Church Journal Archive
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 email@example.com
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)