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Hello Everyone…
I’d love to stand up there with the band at a Family Service and strum my guitar. However, when I get down to it, I try out a new tune and just make a mess of it. I was talking to Pete the  Puppet (the resident Scampton Family Service character) about this. He told me (rather rudely) that I had no staying power! and if I wanted to do something well I needed to keep at it. He told me that when he was learning his extreme sports, he said, he practiced. He added that he didn’t have to practice hard because he was naturally talented.
Apparently he believes I have no natural talent so I must practice very hard. Then I might, possibly, be good enough to play in the band. Then he added that he still didn’t think I would be good enough! But his rude comment made me think that often we make new years’ resolutions but fail after a few days. Perhaps we should think of it as practice. When we fail maybe we should pick ourselves up again and try again. This year I’m planning to read the whole Bible in a year. But I’m also taking Pete’s advice. When I fail (because I certainly shall fail!) I’ll pick myself up and start again. That way I might not manage to read the Bible in a year. Perhaps it’ll take me 15 months … or 18 months … or longer. But at least I will have done it.
What do you think you could do to grow in your own spiritual journey?

As we move into the next decade Sue and the leadership team at Scampton Church wish everyone Gods blessing for a Happy New Year.

John Beverley
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Scampton Church / School partnership

As you drive through the village in December, the sight of the Christmas tree beautifully lit up is a delight.  Scampton Parish Council organised a switch on ceremony with carols and hot chocolate. The lights were switched on by pupils from Scampton CE Primary School.

Again this year we celebrated Christmas with a nativity, a fair, a concert, a party and a visit to the pantomime. We made cards, calendars and decorations. Our youngest pupils wrote letters to Santa whilst our oldest pupils rewrote the Christmas Story using language features from other authors. Within all of that there are many learning opportunities whether calculating profits from the Christmas Fair or learning craft skills, music skills or writing composition. It's always amazing to look back over the years at how many different things have come from that well known bible story from over 2000 years ago. Each year we can also think of a different way that the story is relevant to our lives and that of others today. How might the journey to Bethlehem have been for Mary and Joseph? How frightening must it have been to be homeless in a new place, and pregnant too? There are many displaced, frightened people in the world and our community today. At School hopefully children have learnt FROM the story, not just about the story. Wouldn't it be great if children learn the equality between the shepherds and the wise men, that they learn to be as kind as the inn keeper or as loyal and faithful as Joseph. Somewhere in the story, there is a value for us all to learn from - it's a story children will keep with them and revisit every year of their lives. No other story used in any school has that sort of power.

Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at Scampton School.

You can now follow all our activities now on Twitter - @scamptonschool

Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD

Family Service
We are looking forward into the new decade at this month's family service at 10.15am (oops forgot to put the time on the poster!).
Maybe we should think of our resolutions for the new year and decade as events that require training and practice. If we can't run a marathon at first attempt we shouldn't give up. Sometimes we'll fail with our resolutions but we need to persevere - to practice.

Christmas Photoshoot

Here's a few photos taken by Crumera at Christingle and the Follow the Star Carol Service. Thanks to everyone who helped out to make all the Christmas events memorable.

The Bat Box Is Really Empty!

Lots of people have been popping into church leading up to Christmas and donating much needed food.  If you would like to help take the food into town then contact Sue.
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.
('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)
Exciting things during 2020
Reordering of Scampton Church - Update
The remedial work to the North aisle roof and North Nave roof is still ongoing. In fact due to the scaffolding still being in place we had to cancel the outdoor nativity which we had planned for Christmas Eve. We thank everyone for their understanding, Following the replacement of the pews with stackable chairs and the installation of an AV system, architect's plans have now been drawn up to create an internal toilet, bell ringing gallery, kitchen servery and central heating in the church.
Specialists have surveyed the ancient bells and it is looking promising that they can be restored to ring again. There are still a lot of permissions and grant work to be undertaken, but as we move into the new decade of the 2020s the future of Scampton Church as a Church, Community and RAF Heritage Centre, looks excitingly positive. Senior officials from the RAF Museum London have been very supportive and have offered their expertise during our Heritage Lottery Fund grant applications.
Two  options for the kitchen servery are illustrated below:
Special Children's Communion Service
The service is on Sunday 19h January at 4pm and is geared up especially for primary school children.
The story this month is about Jesus' s meal at the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10.25-42)
RAF Stained Glass Window - Update
The Christmas appeal has had some success in raising a few hundred pounds at, but we have had some exceptional success with our sponsorship appeal. So far four of the Red Arrows, the rose window, the roundel window, the dated panels, the Lancaster, the RAF badge and twelve of the small coloured panels have received sponsors.
Every sponsor is invited to submit a commemorative statement which will appear, along with their logo, in the leather bound commemorative book which will sit on a oak shelf beneath the window.
Thanks go to the companies and individuals who have sponsored, some of whom wish to remain anonymous.
PING (Europe), ITP Aero, Sills and Betteridge, Thermofax Limited, Hearing Star, The Dambusters Inn, Moulds Fencing, The Bomber Command Memorial Trustees Green Park London, The Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, Lindum Group, and The Cottam Will Trust.
If you would like to sponsor a window panel please contact Sue
Cleaning team for this month
This month it's: Sally and Neil
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 busy month of December.
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 The Dambusters Inn.
Lottery Winners
December 2019 Winners:

£160   no 14 Christine Bartrop - Scampton
£100   no 24 Jacqui Wilson - Scampton
£70   no 89 Nelly Lang - Hemswell

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

(Licensed with West Lindsey District Council - Reg. No. LO1015)

1pm Tuesday 7th January
The Right Reverend David Court, the Bishop of Grimsby and Acting Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln will be at Scampton Church for a light buffet Lunch with our Churchwardens, the Ministry Team and you if you would like to come. You are cordially invited.
 Please notify Barbara or Chris, if you would like to come along for lunch and a chat.


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