I cannot tell you how excited I am about re starting our Family Service this Sunday! We took the decision to have an outdoor service as we are still only allowed 30 people inside the church and as our numbers exceed that, it seemed an obvious solution. (Please pray for good weather, if not bring a brolly!) THEN we realised that for a very long time we had been planning a pet service - this was surely an ideal opportunity. After all, our pets are part of our family! During lockdown, like so many of you, I have been ringing and checking on people who I know are on their own. One lady said, ‘ I don’t know what I’d do without Patsy (her dog), she‘s a true companion. She's always there for me and loves me unconditionally.’ I replied ‘a bit like Jesus then’. In Genesis 2v18 we read ‘then the Lord said, it is not good that man should be alone - I will make him a helper as his partner. So the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to the man. In Hebrews we read ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid‘ As far as pets are concerned, they can only go so far, but the ultimate helper, friend, comforter, companion, confidant, soul mate, advisor, ally and defender, is of course Jesus. With Him at the helm there is nothing to fear! God bless you all, including your pets.
Rev. Sue Deacon (Local Minister) Please be encouraged to share the newsletter with your friends and family
We were very sorry to lose a member of our Monday morning Eucharist congregation Edith Stirk, mother of Wendy Griffin our previous churchwarden, who passed away in Torquay in March. Edith has been a supporter of our Church for many years. Her ashes will be interred in the family grave in our churchyard this week. Our condolences go out to Wendy and all the family. Sue
Scampton church building is open again for prayer and reflection between 10am and 4pm every day.
Battle of Britain 80 Commemorative Service
You are welcome to attend this special commemorative service, arranged in partnership with RAF Scampton and The RAF Aerobatic Team, to honour 'THE FEW'.
Due to COVID-19 government guidelines only 30 people are allowed inside the church and this will be restricted to RAF personnel. The service will last for about 30 minutes and will be transmitted from the church tower to people outside on the grass. A collection will be made on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund and RAF Scampton Commemorative Window Appeal.
Bring a chair if you wish, but PLEASE REMEMBER SOCIAL DISTANCING.
Battle of Britain 80 Stone Snake Video
The stone snake is growing but we need it to reach the Commonwealth War Graves by the 15th September. Can you help us by painting a stone to honour THE FEW.
New Family Communion Service
We continue to expand our services at Scampton Church and constantly aim to develop as a result of feedback. During 2019 we ran a children's communion service on a Sunday afternoon. Although popular with a few children, parents and carers thought that the service was too child focused. We have now redesigned the service to be more family embracing. It will now run on the third Sunday of every month at 10.15am
Scampton Church / School Partnerships
Pollyplatt Community Primary
We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to Pollyplatt on Thursday. COVID-19 has posed many challenges for schools across the country and we are no exception. However, we are overjoyed at the prospect of joining together on Thursday as a whole-school family once more. Whilst aspects of school will feel different, our school values remain, as does our desire for the children to 'fly beyond'.
I would like to thank the whole school community for the support they have provided during lockdown, reopening in June and during the last six weeks where we have worked hard to provide a safe learning environment for staff and children. Our very best wishes also go out to the staff and families who have moved on to pastures new since the end of last term. Sam Jackson(Head Teacher) Scampton Pollyplatt Community Primary School,
School Lane, RAF Scampton, Lincoln LN1 2TP http://www.pollyplatt.lincs.sch.uk/
Scampton C of E Primary School
This week sees the school fully reopening to pupils in all year groups. For some it has been nearly six months since they have been in their classroom. We've heard much about the issues facing pupils and their families, both through lockdown and for the return to school but throughout this time, we've actually seen some positives too. Through our online interactions with pupils, we've seen our values shine in pupils through their resilience, patience and courage and we look forward to the opportunities our time apart from one another have developed. Things will be different in school when pupils return, in order to keep everyone safe, but in the same way that we kept the spirit of the school alive whilst we were apart, we're sure there will be some creative events ahead - from Harvest Festival to the Nativity, sports events to arts festivals - we don't know what they will look like yet, but they will happen in some form. Keep up with us through this year's blog - www.scamptonschoolnews2020.blogspot.com.
Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD
Lincoln Foodbanks need your help!
Thanks to everyone who is donating much needed food. If you would like to help take the food into town then contact Sue.
We invite you to grab a tin from your kitchen cupboard, bring it to the family service, and then place it into the ('BAT BOX') at the back of church. We call it the Bring a Tin ('BAT') initiative.
We send the food to The Lincoln Community Larder whose aim is to provide basic food for people in crisis. They do this by issuing Larder Vouchers to a variety of agencies in the area who then refer people to them who are in need of assistance in the form of food. The larder provide 3 days worth of food for each person included on the voucher.
Of course the Church is always open so you could just pop in and drop a tin in the box anytime. Lincoln Larder give advice about the best tins required by them here. ('For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.' Matthew 25.35)
A Song in my Heart
I woke up this morning with this song on my heart, and thought I would share it with everyone. Celeen
Digital Bell System
Thanks to the fantastic generousity of Scampton Village Community we are now able to place the order for the new digital bells system in the church tower. This system also allows for services to be transmitted outside. The first successful trial took place over the VE75 weekend earlier this year. A second trial of the system will take place at the RAF Battle of Britain 80 Commemorative Service on the 15th September at 11am. Here is a breakdown of how the £2,439 has been raised. (The total now includes VAT as we are unable to reclaim this.) House to house collection in Scampton Village - £542.30 Bank transfer donations - £880.00 Gift aid - £117.00 Scampton Church contribution £890.00
Again a massive thank you to everyone. It will be wonderful to hear church bells in the village again. This is not a temporary fix as the new system will complement the original 3 historic bells when hopefully they are restored in the distant future.
Should anyone wish to be part of the project but was not in when the house to house collection was made, then please drop your envelope off at my house, Parsonage Lodge, High Street, Scampton.
Scampton Church Aviation Raffle Draw
Thank you to everyone who supported the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window Aviation Raffle. The draw took place on Friday 14th August at The Dambusters Inn, Scampton.
The draw was made by Wing Commander (rtd) Bill Ramsey, who captained the last ever Vulcan flight.
Bill, along with co-pilot Squadron Leader (rtd) Martin Withers DFC, have kindly signed photographs of the Vulcan XH558 which they piloted on its final journey. Accompanying the signed photo is the story of that poignant final flight. The signed photo and text are perfect for creating a vestige should you wish to frame them. An example is shown below.
We are offering both the photo and text at £25 including postage. All proceeds go towards the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window Appeal.
Again thank you for your support of this meaningful tribute to all who have served at RAF Scampton, especially through two world wars and the cold war. Full details of the raffle prize winners can be found at www.scamptonchurch.org/aviationraffle.
We are grateful to both pilots, and Vulcan to the Sky Trust for supporting this offer.
If you are interested in purchasing the set please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaning team for this month
This month it's: Simon and Linda
If you see them around - give them a big thank you! Regular cleaning of an old building is essential, and help is always wanted to keep on top of things. If you would like to help out with cleaning our church please contact Sue
Thanks to Jo and Dean for doing it during the messy time when the dry rot issue was being treated.
August 2020 Winners:
£50 No 26 Paul Quincey - Scampton
£25 No 7 Bill Shaw - Ingham
£10 No 76 Virginia Hughes - Scampton
The church's weekly lottery scheme directly supports Scampton community initiatives, like the Scampton 'VE Day' 75th anniversary celebrations.
Recent beneficiaries include the village defibrillator fund, the Queens 90th birthday celebrations in the village, and the church roof fund.
Entry to the draw costs £9 per month paid quarterly in advance by standing order.
Monthly lottery prizes are usually drawn on the fourth Sunday each month, with all draws being independently drawn and witnessed. Prize money is paid electronically into the bank account of the winning ticket holder.
Winning ticket numbers and names are published in this newsletter, on the church website and notice board, and in the Village Venture magazine.
You have to be in it to win it - contact us for an entry form - GOOD LUCK
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