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Hello Everyone…
As most of you know, I have been off for the last month on sick leave (thank you all for your messages).
Thankfully my body gave me a warning that I needed to slow down. But the most peculiar thing happened – I COULD NOT PRAY. I just couldn’t concentrate on anything. My daily conversations with God were non-existent – I’d start and then my mind would wander on to something else – my chats with Him throughout the day stopped as well. I told Him, if ever I needed to pray it was now – and found myself saying “Lord teach me again how to pray”. This immediately triggered off the question that Jesus’ disciples asked Him. He answered, “When you pray, say – and quoted the Lord’s Prayer. SO THAT IS WHAT I DID! For quite a while that’s all I could do, until gradually I added bits on the end and thankfully am now back to normal (for me!)
So if you’ve never prayed before and think you don't know how to, or don't know what to say – just do what I did. If you analyse it, it says everything you need to say! Then gradually add bits at the end particularly things you are grateful for; certain people you know who need prayer, concerns for the world and the environment etc.
This month’s Family Service is looking at New Beginnings, so if you haven’t done so before, why don’t you start praying today.

Rev. Sue Deacon (Local Minister)
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Family Service
This month we are going to see how Jesus started a new beginning in His life following His baptism by John the Baptist. If you would like to read the Bible passage it's Matthew 3.13-17
All the service is projected onto the screens but if you would prefer to follow the service sheet you can download it here.
Pollyplatt Community Primary School & Scampton Church  Partnership
Reflecting back......
Last term was an incredibly busy term. When I look back to September, I feel tremendously proud of the hard work and achievements of our whole school community and the journey we have been on together. 
Notable among the many events in and beyond the school was our Harvest Festival, held in school and well attended by parents and representatives from the church. Our assembly was a triumph with the children presenting a mixture of poetry, art and song. Our school believes strongly in the value of consideration and I feel a sense of great pride to work in a school community to whom thinking about and caring for others plays such an important part. In addition to the mountain of food collected for the Lincolnshire Larder, the school has also raised funds for the NSPCC, Children in Need and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). 
The children in our eldest classes presented a poignant service in memory of the fallen soldiers during our Remembrance Service in November which was also attended by the Station Commander from RAF Scampton. 
The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 performed a super Nativity. The audience, which was bursting at the seams, seemed to thoroughly enjoy the combination of fine acting and singing. As part of our festive celebrations, the choir performed at the annual switch on of the Christmas tree lights at RAF Scampton.
I’d like to thank our whole school family – pupils and staff as well as the wider community including our parents, community members, the RAF and the church. Our school could not function without your support.

For further information about events taking place in school, please visit our Website and Facebook page.

Sam Jackson (Headteacher)
Pollyplatt Community Primary School
School Lane, RAF Scampton, Lincoln LN1 2TP

A team from Scampton Church have been invited by Mr Jackson to run a school assembly once a month.  This is in addition to the Christmas and Easter assemblies that we have been invited to in the past. We are really excited about this wonderful opportunity to build on our Christian relationship with Pollyplatt Community Primary School .
Scampton Church & Scampton School Partnership
We have started our 2020 school blog - Go on....have a look's brilliant!
You can also follow all our activities now on Twitter - @scamptonschool
Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD

The 'BAT' Box
Thanks to the people who have been popping into church  and donating much needed food.
Lincoln community larder logoWe 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.
 If you would like to help take the food into town then contact Sue.
('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)

Reordering of Scampton Church - Update
The ongoing work to the North aisle roof is almost complete, and the new hatch to enable access to the tower roof will be installed this month. Heating specialists have visited the church and made their recommendations and the leadership will make a decision on the type of heating to be installed once the advice from the Diocese Advisory committee has been 'digested'.
Special Children's Communion Service
The service is geared up especially for primary school children.
The story this month is about when Jesus invites the poor to a banquet (Luke 14.7)
RAF Stained Glass Window
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 Sally and Neil for doing it last month.
Scampton Community VE Day Celebrations
Lottery Winners
December 2019 Winners:

£50   no 2 Barbara Meldrum
£25   no 73 Tim Townsend
£10   no 74 Sandra Allen

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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14th February - Don't forget the one you love - dedicate a small piece of the RAF Commemorative Window to them. It will remain there for centuries to come.
28th February - School Disco at Scampton School - 6pm and then a talk by 'Red Arrows Pilots' about their American Tour at The Dambusters Inn -  8pm
6th March - 'Day with the Red Arrows' Auction - The Dambusters Inn
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