Well I don't know about all of you, but it's been a strange month as we try to return to some sort of normal. It's given me time to reflect on the current events and among those thoughts I honestly believed that we should be grateful that humanity had made it though the biggest test of a generation, and that at last we wouldn't care about the colour of our skin or what religion we are, or even what gender we are.
But my heart ached as I turned on the news to see riots in the States and protests around the world. Where, I asked, had humanity gone - as people fought over skin colour, as shops were looted and people were beaten. These humans who, three weeks ago, were caring for each other; all those good Samaritans - where were they? Had God just let us get on with it and walked away? No he hadn't. As usual God was there in the thick of it. He was the white guy standing up for the black guy. He was the group of teens helping the store owner protect his property, and the black guy seeing the E.D.L white guy getting beaten to death and picking him up and carrying him to safety
So you see, to me it means that even when you think the world is at its worst and that the human race is at its lowest, God is right there in the thick of it, sending in his good Samaritans to give us hope and to help us when we least expect it
So no matter how bad things look, there is always someone to restore hope and faith, and as we hopefully return to normal let's try to be that good Samaritan
Chris Kenny (Church Warden)
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How often do we look at someone and immediately make judgements about them from what they look like on the outside... This month's service, from our homes, looks a little deeper at the topic. The bible reading is taken from Luke 10.25-37 (the good Samaritan) and Psalm 51.10
The Bat Box has been emptied!
I popped into church to pick up the food for the food bank last Thursday and was really pleased to see the box full of wonderful gifts. Everyone has been so generous in answering opur plea for more food last month.
The volunteers at the food bank also sent their heartfelt gratitude to you. Sue
Volunteers at the Central Methodist Church food bank in town
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, 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)
Dry rot has appeared!
Sadly following the opening of the church building following lock down, dry rot has been found around the organ and PA plinth. The dry rot has appeared in the form of fruiting spores.This is being dealt with as a matter of urgency. A specialist firm has been contacted who state that the spores are not harmful to humans, only wood!
Thank you to the 5 people who took up my invitation (sent out last Friday) to donate to the digital bells appeal. Getting off to a start like that has been really encouraging. We are very keen to make this vision a reality, and appeal for your help. Also if you are a tax payer, gift aiding your donation would also add 25% more to the fund. Again a massive thank you to everyone in our wonderful community. Sue
In case you missed my last message about the appeal....Here it is again:-
The bells at Scampton church have not rung for many, many years. A large investment will be necessary to have the original bells restored. HOWEVER...
During the VE weekend this year Scampton church installed temporary digital bells which rang at 3pm and 7pm on VE75 Day and again at 3pm on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. The feedback from the village has been really positive with many saying that it would be amazing to have a digital system installed until the original bells can eventually be restored in years to come. The new digital system would enable church bells to be heard again in our village: on Sundays, at weddings and other special occasions.
The cost of installing the digital system is £1927.
We are willing to invest in the system, but cannot do this without your help.
Would you be willing to help fund this project by donating towards its cost?
If so please send your donation to Rev Sue Deacon Parsonage Lodge, High St, Scampton LN1 2SE
Cheques made payable to St John the Baptist
(Please endorse back of cheque 'Digital Bells')
BACS to: St John the Baptist Church
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Account number: 65762545
Reference: Digital Bells
Listen to an example of a peal of six digital bells played at church during VE 75 Day weekend. Thanks to Paddy Tomlinson for sending the recording in.
RAF Stained Glass Window - Update
Thank you to those who have sponsored a window pane during June. Without your donations, and all those who have donated before, this meaningful tribute would not happen:
Royal Air Forces Association Huddersfield
Stuart Hogg Family
Royal Observer Corps
Ann and Roy Dyster
Dave's Daily Bread
Scampton Village Community
If you wish to sponsor a window panel and dedicate it to a loved one, or relate it to a cherished memory, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scampton Church / School partnership
We are fortunate to have log books that go back to the opening of Scampton Church of England Primary School that document the 144 year history of the school including two world wars, a number of epidemics and now the Coronavirus Pandemic - a moment in history that is important to remember and learn from.
From 18th March 2020 when the UK Government declared that all schools should close for the ‘foreseeable future’ to slow the spread of the disease, so began an experience for us all to learn from and learnt from it we have. On Friday 20th March, pupils and staff said their ‘goodbyes’ not knowing when they would be in school together again. This included a group of Year 6 pupils who themselves wondered if this would be their last day at Scampton School as they were due to start Secondary School in September 2020.
It didn't take long for a new way of working, learning and being together developed and we learnt to value things we perhaps had not done so much for a while - spending time with our families, noticing the smaller things in life as our gardens started to spring into life, the wonder of watching seeds germinate, the joy of seeing our friends for the first time through video calls and as some children started to return to school from 1st June, the delight of being together in person once again.
Throughout this experience, we've learnt to value our key workers, to discover who our 'neighbours' really are and how as a nation we can work as a team looking out for each other and keeping one another safe. We've learnt how we are part of a world wide family, dependent on each other without borders. We've seen the best and worst in our world and will learn from this for a brighter future.
Although apart for so many weeks, we've stayed united as a school family. Daily our assemblies have followed themes of hope, new beginnings and endurance all through Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Ascension and into Trinity. Each week, our live assembly has kept our school family togetherness, again helping us realise that we are stronger together and each week through good times and bad times we have said our School Prayer together - a constant in an ever changing world around us.
Charlie Hebborn (Headteacher)
Scampton Church of England Primary School
High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire LN1 2SD
Children's Remembrance and Arts Project.
Squadron Leader Mark Discombe (Officer Commanding the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) has teamed up with Scampton Church to start a campaign to raise £2,200 to engage children in an arts project about remembrance when they eventually return to school in the Autumn term. The project is linked to the RAF Scampton Commemorative Stained Glass Window Appeal currently running at the church.
The majority of children at Scampton Primary School and Pollyplatt Community Primary School are currently in lock down. They will not now return to school full time until the autumn term.
An educational arts, history and remembrance project for all 200 pupils is aimed at giving them a lift back into school life as a reality instead of a virtual life!. 'VE75 Remembrance Day will be an ideal opportunity to ease children back into reality engaging them in a collective project of local interest and importance’ said local minister Reverend Sue Deacon.
‘Many children have no concept of the sacrifices made by previous generations which enable them to live in a free and democratic country, but this project will help to address that while enabling them to develop something tangible for their community’.
Following a talk by Squadron Leader Discombe, spitfire pilot and officer commanding the BBMF and, Ray Bainborough, the chairman of the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, and under the guidance of Claire Williamson, the RAF commemorative window designer, the children will design and make a glazed tile each which will represent their understanding of ‘remembrance’. The tiles will be joined together to make six framed collages; one of which will be given to each school, The Dambusters Inn (village pub), RAF Scampton, The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows) and Scampton Church
A selection of tiles will be displayed at a VE75 Remembrance Service at Scampton Church on the 8th November 2020 and then, hopefully, again at The RAF Scampton Heritage Centre on 11th November 2020 (Remembrance Day) when all 200 children, staff, parents and carers will take part in a remembrance service in the 617 Squadron hanger. (Security clearance yet to be authorized` and subject to any further Covid restrictions).
Both head teachers are keen to implement the project in their schools.
A raffle has been organised to raise the rest of the funds necessary (www.scamptonchurch.org/aviationraffle). As all raffle ticket selling functions have been cancelled the organisers are seeking help from anyone who would be willing to receive some raffle ticket books to sell to make this project a reality for the children. Please contact the project co-ordinator at email@example.com if you can help.
Cleaning team for this month
Hurray! Our church building is now open again
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
Easy Fundraising update
As you know we are in the process of re-ordering Scampton church building into a community centre for the village. One way of helping with this is by an app called 'Easyfundraising' Some people are already using it and so far just four users have raised over £60
If you would like to help create a Community and Heritage space at Scampton Church through your online shopping but missed the appeal we circulated a few months ago you can read it HERE. It costs you nothing. Barbara Young (Church Warden)
June 2020 Winners:
£160 no 111 Nathan Berger- Scampton
£100 no 89 Nelly Lang - Hemswell
£10 no 135 John Spratley - Brattleby
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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