Eight o’clock on Thursdays has been our evening clap for carers, a public gesture of appreciation for all those who ‘go out to work so that we can stay in’. Despite the heartache and heartbreak for millions globally, the Coronavirus pandemic has been an important reminder to us all of the importance of caring.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians (2:4) ‘let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others’. Every day we’ve been heartened by the dedication of health workers, the commitment of key workers, the kindness of communities, the concern of family and friends. From the bravery and self-sacrifice of those caring for Covid19 patients to the smallest gesture of support for a lonely person, there have been countless examples of altruism as we all look out for each other.
But caring isn’t just for times of crisis.
Whether it’s taking care of the homeless, the dispossessed, the lost, or taking steps to support the desolate, the despairing, the defenceless, we all have a responsibility to care for others, for the environment, for the future. Perhaps, in the continuing uncertainty of the days and months ahead, the importance of caring will become so entrenched in our society that, as the Carers Week campaign says, ‘Looking after each other is something that we do’. Pat Elliott (Leadership Team)
'I heard this on United Christian Broadcast, and I agree:- "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care" Celeen Crum (Leadership Team)
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The Bat Box and the Crisis!
Thanks to the people have been popping into the church porch, and donating much needed food. During the last 2 weeks these 19 items of food have been donated and taken to the food bank. Many people are desperate during this crisis.
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.
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)
Reordering of Scampton Church -
Your Help is Needed
Following the re-roofing of the North aisle, RAF chapel, and vestry; 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 building.
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. Our appeal for help in creating a small team from the community to further develop this initiative did not attract any interest. If you have an interest in helping create this vision please contact Sue. An explanatory meeting is to be held later this year.
Two options for the kitchen servery are illustrated below:
Children's Art and Remembrance Project
A grand aviation raffle was organised to fund the Chilcren's Art and Remembrance Project. We have sold few hard copy tickets because of the crisis. If you can help by selling a few tickets to friends and relatives we would be really grateful. In the meantime we have placed the raffle online also to try and compensate for our losses. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help sell a few books of tickets.
RAF Commemorative Stained Glass Window - Update
A big thank you to those who have sponsored a window pane to help this meaningful tribute happen.
Every sponsor is invited to submit a commemorative message which will appear, along with their logo, in the leather bound commemorative book which will sit on a oak shelf beneath the window.
If you would like to help by sponsoring a pane and dedicating it to a loved one please contact us
Scampton Church / Schools partnership
Polyplatt Community Primary
'Pollyplatt Primary School sends its best wishes to all and would like to extend its thanks to all critical workers for the incredible job they are doing to keep us safe. We would also like to send our thoughts to those families who have been affected by COVID-19.' Sam Jackson (Headteacher)
School Lane , RAF Scampton, Lincoln LN1 2TP
Have a look at what we have been getting up to during lock down on our blog HERE
You can also follow all our activities now on Twitter - @scamptonschool
Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD
Cleaning team for this month
The church is still locked up so no cleaning until we hear the news we are waiting for!
Your building may be closed but your church is still alive.
Living Churchyard Project
Wild flowers planted in the churchyard. How many can you identify. Download the explanatory leaflet HERE to check your answers.
Unfortunately 97% of our lowland wildflower-rich grassland across the UK has been lost since the 1930’s. We have joined lots of other churches who are doing their little bit to help halt that decline.
With support from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Riseholme College has donated a number of wild flowers to plant in the churchyard to create a small wildflower meadow area.
We have introduced flowers that overlap in their flowering period throughout the year, providing a much needed continuity of nectar supply for long tongued pollinating insects like butterflies and moths
The wild flower area is close to the stream which will bring additional wildlife benefits. A number of small frogs have been seen in amongst the grass and flowers.
Nesting boxes and bat boxes have also been installed in the church yard to encourage nesting birds and a roost for bats.
The increment of wild flowers in the church yard will also provide an educational opportunity for children from Scampton and Pollyplatt Schools to wander around and identify the different species using a newly designed leaflet. You can get a preview by downloading it HERE.
May 2020 Winners:
No 21 Barbara Young £50
No 24 Jacqui Wilson £25 No 63 Wendy Griffin £10
Thechurch'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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