Welcome to our March newsletter...
Having attended the Ash Wednesday service yesterday, I got thinking about what Lent means to me. The dictionary gives the definition as “the period from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, of which the 40 weekdays are devoted to fasting and penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness.”
Traditionally people have given up something in Lent to help focus on the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, preparing for the start of his work and ministry but it should be so much more than this.
The Ash Wednesday service sheet states Lent – A time to return to God. It is a time when we should examine our beliefs and our personal relationship with God, to look at the suffering and injustices in the world and take courage and strength from our faith.
During Lent the Springline Parish has arranged a series of discussions, being led by The Revd. John Leach, to look at those “Hot Potatoes” which worry us all. He will be looking at subjects such as “Is there a God?” and “Why is there so much suffering in the World?” Increasingly we are encouraged to do something extra during Lent. Why don’t you join us for these informal evenings which will take place on Tuesday evenings in March at 7.00pm at Quayside Coffee, Burton Waters?
We would love to see you there as part of your preparation for Easter – remember to continue to explore your faith and, as Sue said last month, extend your prayers. Barbara Young
Churchwarden Please be encouraged to share the newsletter with your friends and family
Download a copy of the Family Service 'service sheet' HERE
Can't believe it - wow!
I can't believe the number of people popping into church and donating much needed food. 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 and pop it into church, or 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)
Thanks so much everyone
We have spent the last eight months teaching our children about the meaning of remembering Jesus at our special children's communion services at 4pm on the third Sunday of the month, in preparation for the launch of our new 10.15am Family Communion Service which starts on 19th April. We have designed three service plans all of which are intended to create the right atmosphere and context for Holy Communion but with all ages in mind.
We have confidence that this service will be as popular as our Family Service on the 1st Sunday of the month. Sue
Scampton Church / School partnership
It is always a delight when out of the blue, a suggestion to do good for others around the world comes from children. A few weeks ago a suggestion from a pupil led to our School Council organising a safari park adventure in school. Made up of soft toys brought in by pupils, children and adults paid £1 each to visit the 'Scampton Safari'. We raised over £130 that was given to the World Wide Fund for Nature's Koala Protector appeal set up to help wildlife in Australia that has been affected by wild fires.
With Lent now upon us, children are again this year doing some challenges set by the 40acts campaign. Each day, children will be given a particular challenge such as to sit next to someone you don't normally sit with for lunch or leave an encouraging note for someone. Click here to find out more. Such annual things that the liturgical calendar give us become traditions and opportunities to remind us to do kind things. Thinking about traditions, the day before Lent began, children enjoyed making pancakes and having pancake races - great fun for all.
As we head towards Easter, in addition to the 40acts challenges, we'll also be learning about the value of 'Love'. We'll be learning about the Easter Story and its message to us all - "For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son."
You can follow all our activities now on Twitter - @scamptonschool
Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD
Operation Christmas Child
Over 10.5 million shoeboxes were sent last year to children in places around the world that suffer from poverty, famine, drought and displacement. 400, 000 of these were from the UK, 28,107 were shipped from Grimsby, 68 of them started their journey at Scampton.
Those collected from Scampton School brightened up the lives of children in Romania, Moldova and Liberia where children will be treasuring your kind gifts.
Thank you to everyone from Scampton Church who dropped off shoe boxes at school. Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
RAF Stained Glass Window - Update
The order for the window has now been placed and it is hoped that it will be installed by early October; however money still needs to be raised to pay for the overheads, security screen, and the associated children's art, history and remembrance project.
This brilliant concept was originated by Claire, the window designer, and entails all of the children from Scampton C of E Primary School and Pollyplatt Community Primary School creating 6 collages of glazed tiles which will be framed in wooden frames. The theme of the collage will be remembrance and linked to the reasons why the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window was created.
The 6 collages will ultimately be presented to RAF Scampton, RAFAT, Scampton School, Pollyplatt School, The Dambusters Inn and Scampton Church. It is planned to have a remembrance service at Scampton Church on Sunday 8th November and the tiles would be displayed there. Then to have a Remembrance service for all of the 200 children and staff (and some parents) at the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre where the collages of tiles would be the focal point. Arrangements for the service at RAF Scampton have yet to be confirmed.
WAITROSE Lincoln have kindly agreed to allow 'The RAF Scampton Commemorative Window at Scampton Church' project to be in their MARCH green token scheme. So if you are shopping in Waitrose please be encouraged to support this meaningful tribute by dropping your tokens into the collecting box near the exit.
A Day With The Red Arrows
CLICK HERE for full details of the day with The Red Arrows
Cleaning team for this month
This month it's: Celeen and Gill
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 Simon and Linda for doing it following all the roof repairs.
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, are putting together a programme of events which will include a street party, dance and hog roast with a 1940's band, the sound of bells from Scampton Church tower 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.
Here's a few VE year dates for your diary
Our VE75 year aviation raffle tickets will be on sale at all of these events:
December 2019 Winners:
£50 no 14 Christine Bartrop - Scampton
£25 no 89 Nelly Lang - Hemswell
£10 no 6 Lynn Shaw - Ingham
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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