This is my first ever introduction to the newsletter, I'm honoured to have been asked. I wasn't sure what I should write about but after re-reading Sue's last intro, it all became clear to me.
"For He knows the plans I have for you".This is a quote that keeps coming back to me. It inspires me at my best and comforts me at my lowest.
As we enter this time of year and celebrate our harvest and abundance of food, it takes me back to one of my lowest times, when everything seemed to be going wrong. I was made homeless, with my wife and four children, left wondering where the next meal was coming from. We were helped by family and made aware of "The Community Larder" - a food bank, a non-discriminatory place to help those in need. When walking through the door everyone is treated as equal, with dignity and respect.
As the years have gone by, and my life got back on track, I've always been sure to remember the service that was offered by The Community Larder. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, these places are needed now more than ever. I continue to donate regularly through Scampton Church. Just a tin of something or a bag of rice/pasta (for example) will go towards providing families, people like you and I, with a hot, filling meal.
So, at this time, as we go into the season of harvest and we all celebrate with each other, enjoy it and count your blessings. And as I reflect on 12 years, God's message stays with me now as it did then.
Scampton Church Warden
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Bring tins for the Foodbank this Harvest Celebration!
A great big thank you to Annabelle who took the food to the Community Larder last month, which means the foodbank box is low on tins. 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 big thank you to everyone who work so hard to make our services so meaningful and enjoyable - come and join in our Family Service this Sunday as it's the Harvest Celebration. It's for all and everyone! Here's a few photos from last month's Family Service....
Hey...and thanks to Crumera for sending them in. Sue
Download the Harvest Celebration service sheet
All of the Harvest Family Service content is projected but if you prefer a hard copy of the service sheet you can download it HERE
Children's Service (including communion)
The service is on Sunday 20th October at 4pm and is geared up especially for primary school children.
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King George VI visit to RAF Scampton 1943
Queen Elizabeth II at RAF Scampton 1963
Cross of Sacrifice raised at Scampton Church 1950
Stand down of bomber command at RAF Scampton 1968 - flypast (Thanks to Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire for the photo's)
Gin Tasting Evening - Fund Raiser
We have a leak in the church roof and need to raise funds to fix it...The evening is being hosted by Brian Elliott. A newspaper columnist and magazine article writer for many years, Brian is a presenter at master classes at Tesco wine fairs. He is a key participant at Oz Clarke's three wine men events, and recently launched www.midweekwines.co.uk
This promises to be a great evening. Grab your tickets - they are going fast.
Allies in the Air Exhibition
The exhibition is at Scampton Church and has been running for two months, and is open between 10am and 4pm. It is being staged by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire. It tells the story of the many Allied airmen in the county during the First World War.
The exhibition closes for the final time at 4pm on 30th October. Hurry along if you haven't seen it yet.
Cleaning team for this month
This month it's: Gill and Celeen
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
Scampton Community VE Day Celebrations
The Scampton VE Day Celebration plans are starting to take shape. The organising committee consisting of members from Scampton Church, The Dambusters Inn, Scampton Primary School, Pollyplatt Community Primary School and The Parish Council ar putting together a programme of events which will include a street party, dance and hog roast with a 1940's band, A ringing of Scampton Church bells at 7pm on 8th May to co-ordinate with the national bell 'ring out for peace', and an open air service in the churchyard on the 10th May.
If you wish to get involved with our 'VE day community initiative' then contact Sue, or Steve at Dambusters.
September 2019 Winners:
£160 no 33 - Charlie Hebborn
£100 no 20 - D. Broadley
£70 no 88 - Elizabeth Green
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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