Our Journal 2020
Pollyplatt Community Primary School & Scampton Church Partnership
We are really excited to have been invited into Pollyplatt Community Primary School this year to run Christian assemblies once a month. Following a meeting with Sam Jackson the head teacher it was decided that a member of the leadership team would go in to run the assembly on the second Wednesday of each month. The first assembly on the 12th February will be all about being creative. Joe told the story about looking after Gods creation based on the sermon on the mount (Matthew 6,9, and Luke 12. Then taught the song 'We are marching in the Light of God, but in Zulu! (Siya Hamba).
I’d love to stand up there with the band at a Family Service and strum my guitar. However, when I get down to it, I try out a new tune and just make a mess of it. I was talking to Pete the Puppet (the resident Scampton Family Service character) about this. He told me (rather rudely) that I had no staying power! and if I wanted to do something well I needed to keep at it. He told me that when he was learning his extreme sports, he said, he practiced. He added that he didn’t have to practice hard because he was naturally talented.
Apparently he believes I have no natural talent so I must practice very hard. Then I might, possibly, be good enough to play in the band. Then he added that he still didn’t think I would be good enough! But his rude comment made me think that often we make new years’ resolutions but fail after a few days. Perhaps we should think of it as practice. When we fail maybe we should pick ourselves up again and try again. This year I’m planning to read the whole Bible in a year. But I’m also taking Pete’s advice. When I fail (because I certainly shall fail!) I’ll pick myself up and start again. That way I might not manage to read the Bible in a year. Perhaps it’ll take me 15 months … or 18 months … or longer. But at least I will have done it.
What do you think you could do to grow in your own spiritual journey?
As we move into the next decade Sue and the leadership team at Scampton Church wish everyone Gods blessing for a Happy New Year.
Exciting things during 2020
Reordering of Scampton Church - Update
The remedial work to the North aisle roof and North Nave roof is still ongoing. In fact due to the scaffolding still being in place we had to cancel the outdoor nativity which we had planned for Christmas Eve. We thank everyone for their understanding, Following the replacement of the pews with stackable chairs and the installation of an AV system, architect's plans have now been drawn up to create an internal toilet, bell ringing gallery, kitchen servery and central heating in the church.
Specialists have surveyed the ancient bells and it is looking promising that they can be restored to ring again. There are still a lot of permissions and grant work to be undertaken, but as we move into the new decade of the 2020s the future of Scampton Church as a Church, Community and RAF Heritage Centre, looks excitingly positive. Senior officials from the RAF Museum London have been very supportive and have offered their expertise during our Heritage Lottery Fund grant applications.
Two options for the kitchen servery are illustrated below: