Our Journal 2019
Scampton Church Journal Archive
An Inclusive Family Thanksgiving
At Scampton Church we believe that following and worshipping Jesus should be fun, exciting and not too 'stuffy'. We are passionate about developing 'Fresh Expressions' of Church to encourage one another to grow in our faith and to enable our worship, prayer, and teaching to be modern and relevant. In an effort to make our church as easily accessible as possible to anyone we want to live out our faith through our upfront statement of welcome and intent. Inclusiveness and accessibility for all became our priority because without that, encouraging our community to get to know about Jesus would become insincere, as Jesus Himself preached God’s inclusive kingdom. So to help this to happen our six word invitation to services and activities was conceived. We decided that if at all possible, we would make everything we did:
INCLUSIVE, INFORMAL, INTERACTIVE, FRIENDLY, FUN AND FREE!
For a few years now we have been developing our monthly family service, which has steadily grown in popularity. The more we thought about it the more we realized that the central part of the service ie. our thanksgiving communion, was not INCLUSIVE of children. The Ely report, and the regulations made at the 2006 Church of England Synod state that dioceses in the Church of England now welcome children to Holy Communion before confirmation; a fact that is not widely known. So, with the help of David Court, the Bishop of Grimsby, Jonny Bell and Charlotte Bloom from the 'Lincoln Diocesan Children and Youth Mission’ we started to develop an action plan… And so our new and exciting expansion to our already popular Family Service was conceived.
We wanted children to be welcomed and valued equally, not excluded from this key element of worship. We followed the Diocesan advice, which stated that children must be seven years or over and be Christened/Baptised.
My grandchild at 7 years of age is a part of the new ‘i’ generation (born after the millennium and so called because of mobile technologies: iphone, ipad, ipod, Wii, iTunes, iOS) and at school, is already learning about prisms, cubes, rhomboids and spheres, swiping, pinching, Googling, Gooey (that's really spelt ‘GUI’ meaning graphical user interface for those who might not know), and raspberry pies (not the ones you cook!). She is a part of a new generation brought up on technology and encouraged to be openly questioning at school.
Children are naturally included in family life and if parents or carers are participating in a thanksgiving or communion service, then today’s ‘i’ generation of questioning children are likely to say ‘why can’t I have some’! We felt that Jesus wants to feed all who want to understand, so we wanted to make the answer – ‘yes, you can have some’.
The gift of bread and wine is not for certain people only. Jesus shared bread and wine with the male disciples, as was culturally normal at the time, but this is not to say that the model of sharing bread and wine in Jesus time and culture is only appropriate to male followers now.
In the early stages of the venture there were concerns about unconfirmed children of seven years of age taking communion. We tried to answer some of the concerns raised as follows.
Q: Is my child too young to understand?
A: Experience over the years in the Church of England has shown that children of 7 years and over have sufficient maturity and understanding to participate in Communion.
Q: What if my child is not baptised/Christened?
A: This is not a problem. In most cases, children can be baptised/Christened before the next communion service.
Q: Don't I have to wait until my child is confirmed before they can take communion?
A: No - The Church of England now allows for children to take communion with the local Bishop's permission, and preparation beforehand.
Q: As an adult I'd like to know more myself. How do I do that?
A: Why not come along to our next Alpha Course.
Also we thought that:
If the whole family of our Church worship and receive together, then children learn to behave appropriately.
Children should be welcomed and valued equally.
Having children share in family communion is the true historical tradition of the Church.
Children gain specific teaching at a receptive age and understand what they are doing to their level of understanding.
Confirmation is not rushed into and children would become more aware of the promises they are making.
One Way Jesus
Our March family service followed the theme of Humility:
While teaching one day, Jesus started talking about the religious leaders and describing how they acted. The behaviour he describes is the the opposite of humility - they do everything for show, they take the best seats and wear the finest long robes, biggest tassels and demand respect when they walk around.
Jesus lived in the opposite way! He was born in a lowly barn, he put others before himself, and he never bragged. Jesus tells his followers that “Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honoured.”
Based on Matthew 23.1-12
The children (and we noticed most other people joining in!) enjoyed learning the actions to the song 'One Way Jesus'....turned up really loud!
Revd. Dr David Young
It is with sadness that I report the death of the Revd. Dr David Young who passed away on the 9th February. David was a particular close friend of mine and a disciple in Christ, and I am truly indebted to him for his warmth, advice, and gentle encouragement to me. He was a part of the Springline team and regularly presided at services at Scampton.
I read a passage from Matthew's Gospel recently, when Jesus was asked by a lawyer, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus’ response was: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ I think this passage epitomizes David's values.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Barbara, at such a sad time. She and David shared some wonderful time together and their love for each other was a joy to see.
Barbara is raising money to help Marie Curie Cancer Care. You can find out more HERE.
Revd. Sue Deacon (Local Minister)
With the very mild weather during the third week of February the snowdrops, aconites and crocus are doing their thing and the churchyard is filling with colour to herald the forthcoming Spring.
Wine Tasting Evening
Thank you to everyone who supported last weekend’s wine tasting evening. The evening was run by Brian Elliott, the founder of midweek wines website. Brian is a wine writer and international wine competitions judge. A newspaper columnist and magazine feature writer for many years. Presenter of master classes at Tesco wine fayres and foodies promotions, he has also been a key presenter at Oz Clarkes 'three wine men' events, and recently launched 'festivals of wine'. Thanks to your support, £742 was raised to benefit the school and its pupils. Thanks to your support, £742 was raised to benefit Scampton School and its pupils.
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m already thinking of all the exciting changes that are planned at Scampton Church for 2019.
It’s the end of another year and a time when many of us reflect back at what we have done during the past twelve months and look forward to our plans for the new year. Following my involvement in the Springline churchs very busy run up to Christmas, and then a busy time for me personally on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, I thought I would sit down and reflect back on the achievements of our Church community here at Scampton during 2018. I went to our journal pages on our website and was amazed at just what we have achieved during the last twelve months. Why not have a look yourself, or better still watch the video!
So….what plans for the New Year you might ask?
Prayer, worship, support and encouragement is the core of our church life together at Scampton, and I have a dream that we can make our church services, and our service to our local community, more vital and meaningful. My hope is that our services continue to be unstuffy and filled with joy, heartfelt prayers, inspirational music, meaningful messages and that the Bible is opened-up in a simple way so that we can help people draw closer to God, and in doing so grow in our numbers. Also that our church building continues to be at the centre of community activities in Scampton.
I would be interested in hearing your dreams for our church and community too. Please contact me to share your dreams and visions for our church during 2019. Time and money are needed, so I invite you to dream, to give, to share, to witness and to work, so that God’s love may be felt by everyone who wants to keep our church growing at Scampton.
Rev’d Sue Deacon (Local Minister)