Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a time for everything. Our lives contain a mixture of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, harmony and struggle, life and death. I am so aware that certain events in our calendar can be trigger days of discomfort, as well as bring joy to others. As we are planning and putting together our celebration for Mothering Sunday, I would like to offer the following words as a prayer, a reflection and a point of solidarity we have through Christ who strengthens us.
To those who have just given birth to their first child - we celebrate with you. To those who have lost a child/children - we mourn with you. To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains - we appreciate you. To those who have experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or children running away—we mourn with you. To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears and disappointment – we walk with you. (Forgive those who say foolish things. They don’t mean to make this harder than it is). To those who are foster mums, mentor mums, and spiritual mums – we need you. To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you. To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you. To those who have lost their mothers – we grieve with you. To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience. To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst. To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn with you that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be. To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths. To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren - yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you. To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you. And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising – we anticipate with you.
This Mothering Sunday, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you all.
We hope that as many of you that are able can meet with us during our Zoom service.
With love Kathryn
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Scampton Church is open for individual prayer and reflection between 10am and 4pm everyday. Come into the peace and light a candle for a loved one.
We are looking forward to going live on Zoom this month. Don't forget to bring your coffee and your biscuit for a chat at 10am. Everyone is welcome....and we mean EVERYONE. Drop in and out as you like.
Here's the ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88523393468
Catch up on last month's Family Service HERE
'Keep Marching On' to the FOODBANK!
As we enter March.....The hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" springs to mind.
A then got thinking about our wonderful Salvation Army and it's founder William Booth.
A love this Roosvelt saying, often quoted by William Booth "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care"
Jesus was constantly moved with compassion when he saw the needs of the people and as Christians we are called to have the same mind.
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe, keep looking out for your neighbours and if you able, keep donating to food banks.
Looking forward to day we can all March back into our Church building, until then see you on Zoom :)
Much love an blessings Celeen ('a true Yorkshire lass') xxx
We invite you to grab a tin from your kitchen cupboard, and then place it into the ('BAT BOX') in the church porch (always accessible). We call it the Bring a Tin ('BAT') initiative.
We send the food to local food banks 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. 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)
Reflections on the life of our church
What a difficult year it has been for us all, in so many different ways. As Boris Johnson announced on Monday the beginning of the easing of the restrictions that have affected us all, in varying degrees, I’m sure we are all grateful for the incredible work that has been done by the NHS, Doctors, scientists and government, in an impossible situation, to try to keep people safe. There are lots of people who think they would have done a better job – but would they? It has also brought out the best in so many people, in the love and care they have shown to their friends and neighbours.
I thought I would briefly reflect how it has affected the life of the church. There have been very few services and weddings and funerals have only been attended by a maximum of thirty people. We have not been able to meet and I for one have missed the contact with others and the support that you receive from everyone. I would like to extend a massive vote of thanks to those who have kept things going during the lockdown. There have been online services, weekly prayers and information from the Springline PCC, newsletters, church cleaning and repairs to mention just a few. It has not been easy but thank you to everyone involved in any way. I will not mention any names as I would be mortified if I accidently left anyone out.
One area in which we are really suffering is in the finances. We still have ongoing expenses. £4,000 Parish Share (towards the cost of our Rector), £540 Springline Expenses, £1,276 electricity, £569 insurance, £122 music licence and £733 general maintenance. Overall expenditure was £7,610 in 2020.
As there have only been a few services collections were £1,082 less last year than in 2019. There was a reduction of £982 in wedding and funeral fees and the income of the Lottery was down by £243 due to the death of some members.
We were obviously unable to hold any fundraising events.
The overall income for the year was £5190. THE DEFICIT FOR LAST YEAR WAS £2,420.
This is clearly a situation that cannot continue and I am appealing to you all to think if there is anyway you could increase your offering to the church to enable us to carry on our valuable work. I appreciate that it has been a difficult year for everyone and you might not be able to help but there are several options you could consider.
Join the Scampton Lottery. This costs £27 every three months and you stand a chance of winning a prize each month.
Join EasyFundraising. This costs you nothing but each time you shop on line with member companies (there hundreds including Amazon and M&S) a % donation is made to the church.
Make a one off donation.
Set up a standing order. This does not have to be for very much but would ensure that the church has an income whether we are able to meet or not. The account is St John the Baptist, Scampton Sort 08-92-99 Account No. 65805127.
Please consider how and whether you could help and thanking you in advance. If you need any further assistance please speak to either myself or the Church Treasurer, Jane Deville email@example.com Barbara Young,
01522 731900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Church Annual General Meeting - Moving forward with a positive attitude
Who would have believed that an elderly man, trudging up and down his garden with his walking frame, would capture the hearts of so many? Yet Captain Sir Tom Moore did. As did his mantra that "Tomorrow will be a good day".
Others have emulated Sir Tom’s achievement. Described as ‘very bright and very bubbly, full of life’, 100-year-old Dabirul Islam Choudhury raised £420,000 to fight Covid by walking around his garden while fasting for Ramadan.
In a less widely reported story, lively 110-year- old May Willis urged us to ‘make the most of what you've got’, saying she enjoyed looking out of her window at people passing by.
What do these centenarians have in common? A positive attitude.
No one would deny that the restrictions of the past year have been tough for us and many more people . Loneliness, job loss, lack of social interaction, of physical contact, worries about the future can have serious implications for mental health. And, like physical illness, mental illness calls for greater intervention than simply adopting a positive attitude. But to describe what is often little more than fed-up-fever as a mental health crisis is to conflate that which is outwith our own ability to address with that which may be changed through attitude.
Are we in danger of focusing on negatives? On what is denied us. Scroll through Twitter and it’s there in every second tweet. But if we are still healthy, still able to feed ourselves and pay our bills, still have a warm and comfortable home, we are better off than 90% of the world.
The example of those remarkable centenarians suggests it is a positive attitude – and a commitment to social and individual responsibility – that is more important than facts.
As Psalm 118 says ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it….Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, and his love endures forever.’ Pat Elliott
Scampton Church's Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 31st March so if you are on the electoral role you are invited to nominate new members or officers of the leadership team, including church wardens. As we begin the easing of restrictions, let's be positive and make this next year an uplifting and exciting one for YOUR CHURCH. We really need you on board. If you would like to make a nomination please contact Rev. Sue Deacon or Barbara Young.
Let's create something brilliant
*JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT TO CREATE YOUR WORK OF ART*
The Scampton Church Nativity Video was really popular and we had some great feedback saying how much you enjoyed creating your video clip and sending it in. So... we thought we would do it again but this time ask you to create a dance video.
Here's what we would like you to do:
1. Watch this video on You Tube. It's called 'Every Move I Make' CLICK HERE to access it.
2. Either copy some (or all) of the dance moves whilst watching the video, or make your own dance moves up.
3. After a few practices get someone to video you dancing. Make sure the You Tube video is playing in the background as this makes it easier to edit our dance video together.
4. Send your video to email@example.com - ('We Transfer' is a good medium for sending videos via e mail) or Whats App to 07870665245 by Friday 5th March.
5. We will show the completed dance video on Mothering Sunday.
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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
Help the shed!
Would anyone like to help with putting a fresh coat of fencelife on the shed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2021 Winners:
£50 No 112 Ursula Lambert - Scampton
£25 No 89 Nellie Lang - Hemswell
£10 No 135 John Spratley
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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