Hello Everyone… I have been quite taken aback and upset this Christmas by the lack of the Christ element! It seems to have been lost in all the hype. I went into a shop the other day and there wasn't ONE religious Christmas card. For goodness sake, we wouldn't have it if it weren't for Jesus. IT IS HIS BIRTHDAY WE ARE CELEBRATING. However my heart soared on Saturday evening when I went to the commissioning of six new Street Pastors including Springlines own Roy Butterworth, who will join David Capps from South Carlton on the streets of Lincoln. I don't know if you are aware of this group of Christians who parade the streets of Lincoln on Friday and Saturday nights until 4am to help anyone who finds themselves in difficulties, - being incapable through drink or drugs, having no means to get home, sore feet, have lost contact with their friends or feel threatened by another person. These 'angels' provide water, flip flops, a means to contact home and a safe haven - 21st century Good Samaritans! As they walk outside there is always a prayer team supporting them back at HQ. They are putting Christianity into practice, as were the Alive Church members collecting in Tesco's, for their food bank. Can you imagine how you would feel if you couldn't afford food for Christmas, let alone any presents for your children. What can I do? What could you do to help someone this Christmas? It can be as simple as a kind word, a smile, or filling our BAT box in church. Let's make it a bumper collection at our Christingle service on Sunday. Let's put OUR Christianity into practice as a birthday present for Jesus. Have a wonderful Christmas. Sue
Revd. Sue Deacon (Local Minister) PS: Please be encouraged to forward our Scampton Christmas Newsletter to your friends and family.
Christmas at Scampton
Christingle Family Service
Download the Christingle service sheet
All of the family service content is projected but if you prefer a hard copy of the service sheet you can download it HERE
Try not to forget your tin for the food bank at the back of church. Lots of people need your help this Christmas.
Follow the Star Carol Service
Christmas Eve Nativity
Christmas begins with Christ
On Christmas Day at 9.30 we have a Celebration and Thanksgiving Communion Service - Bring yourself, bring your family and your dog if you like, bring your presents, and join us in saying a thankyou to Christ - born today 2019 years ago.
RAF Stained Glass Window - Update
The campaigns Christmas Video Appeal can be watched HERE. It contains some interesting historical photos of RAF Scampton.
If you read the 'fake news story’ in the national press over the weekend which stated that the project had not gained approval from the diocese. This is totally fictitious. We have the full support and approval of the Lincoln Diocese, The RAF, Historic England, and the National Churches Trust. We have complained to the newspapers concerned,
Due to some generous re budgeting by The University of Lincoln we are now targeting £19,200 to fund the window, its installation and the associated children's arts project.
We are about half way there.
Thanks to everyone who have donated. Local firms like Sills and Betteridge, The Dambusters Inn, and Witham Oil are keen sponsors. The Rose Window received its sponsorship today! Also thanks to 'Hearing Star' and 'PING (Europe)' for sponsoring two of the Red Arrows on the window, The Bomber Command Memorial London for making a pledge to sponsor the RAF badge, and an anonymous donor for making a pledge to sponsor the Lancaster.
If you would like to sponsor a pane of glass on the window or know of a company that might wish to do so then the sponsorship key is illustrated below.
Scampton Church / School partnership
Thanks to everyone from Scampton Church who filled a shoebox with toys for under priviledged children around the world. They were taken to Scampton School and a human chain was formed by all the children in the school to convey them all from the assembly hall to the waiting collection van.
Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD
Cleaning team for this month
This month it's: Jo and Dean
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 the people who have joined Easy Fundraising for Scampton Church. We have raised over £50 so far and it costs nothing.
Please sign up to support St John the Baptist, Scampton on #easyfundraising. Then you can raise a FREE donation for us every time you shop online. 4,000 shops and sites will donate, so you can help us out when you buy the things you'd be buying anyway - AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOURSELF. Click the 'sign up now' box below to join in. Barbara Young (Churchwarden)
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.
November 2019 Winners:
£50 no 99 Charlotte Bloom - Scampton
£25 no 19 Mel Deacon - Scampton
£10 no 112 Ursula Lambert - 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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