To Know God and to Make God Known

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Our public worship services take place on

Sundays at 11am in church

The church building is open daily 10am - 4pm 

Notices 14th July 2024

For more information please click Community Help Sleaford   

Care Homes
We are looking for volunteers to assist our ALMs in taking communion into care homes.  This happens approximately monthly.
 If you are interested please speak to Sue Tuck. 

Drop In
If you wish to book a wedding or baptism, please come along to meet Rev Rebecca.
These will take place 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. 5-6pm in the church room.

 Parish Communications

Please do not phone the Rectory

 You can contact the church on 07719 952205
 

 

Coffee and Chat
meets twice a month during the summer months. In July our next meeting date is July 18th . Everyone most welcome and our meeting times are 10.30 -12.00.

This year’s churchyard clear-up dates are: - 
Saturdays August 31st, and November 9th.

We would be delighted to see you if you are able to help.
Sessions run from 10.00am to noon each day.

Please see 
Churchyard Clear-up Dates for more details

 Cornerstone
Cornerstone will now meet fortnightly. 
The next meeting will this Tuesday 16th July at 1.30pm.
 
Cornerstone will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month and will hold a social on the 5th Tuesday in a five week month.

Warm Space
The Salvation Army are running the Warm Space again. Taking place on Friday’s 11.00am – 1.00pm.  All very welcome. Bring your friends along too!! 

 Churchyard
Due to the recent weather, we are finding a lot of twigs and small branches breaking off the trees in the churchyard. If you are visiting maybe you could help us by picking some up and putting them in the bags by the lychgate. This will make the gardener's job a lot easier.
You will also notice that the gravestones which were unstable have now been repaired. Any donations, towards the repairs, from families affected would be welcome.
As you will be aware we have 8 war graves in the churchyard. These are looked after by volunteers. This entails checking the gravestone to see if maintenance is required, keeping the space tidy and cleaning the stone with a brush and water when necessary. We have recently lost some of our volunteers and are looking for new ones. Please talk to Jaki Lowder or contact Maria if you are interested.
We have a lot of leaf mould which has been bagged up. Please help yourself to bags next to the lychgate. 

Electoral Roll
This is the register of people who attend St Botolph’s Church regularly and call St Botolph’s their main church.  It is important for our records that this accurately reflects the people who attend.  If you’re not sure if you’re on this roll or if you have joined the church in the last twelve months and would like to be included please speak to one of the Churchwardens or one of the Welcome Team who will be able to give you a form to fill in. 

Ladies’ Group
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th August at 2pm in the church room. Please speak to Rev Heather for more details.  

Men’s Group
This meets for a meal at the Horseshoes on the first Thursday of each month.  Please speak to Charles Coulson for more details.  

 Prayer Corner
Please have a look at the prayer requests board and pray for people. There are also prayer cards available for you to use or give away to others, please take one if you'd like too. The books on the shelf in the prayer corner can be borrowed or taken if there is one you would like to read. 

St Botolph’s is officially in an interregnum or vacancy. Rev Philip Johnston, the Rural Dean for this area and the priest for St Denys’ Church in Sleaford will take over the official role of care for St Botolph’s Parish for the time being. Luckily, Rev Rebecca will continue to serve her curacy at St Botolph’s so will be with us until at least June 2024. During this time Rev Philip and Rev Lorna Brabin-Smith Partnership Dean will meet with the Churchwardens and the PCC.

Fundraising
Do you have any fundraising ideas? We are planning a quiz night, a concert and a tabletop sale. What else could we do? Are you able to get involved or organise an event? 

  Screens in church
If you’d be interested in learning how to use the screens or the sound desk so that you can help to support services, please let Rev Rebecca know who will be organising some training next month. 

 Morning Prayer - Don't forget that Morning Prayer is on Zoom Mondays and Thursdays at 9.00am.  
It's a great, prayerful way to start the day. Why not follow the link from the weekly email or contact Maria for the details of how to join? 

There is no morning prayer on Bank Holidays   

Prayer
After the 11am service, there will be an opportunity to ask for private prayers in the prayer space at the front of the north aisle. During coffee time, just make your way there and there will be someone who can sit and pray with you.

 Leaf Mould - There is plenty of leaf mould near the lych gate that is free to a good home – please help yourself.

 Welcome and Coffee
Could you help with this important part of Sunday mornings? We need help welcome people to church and others to help make coffee after the service. Coffee is a social time when we can chat after the formal service so it is important to keep this going. If you can help, please speak to Jaki Lowder or email Jaki on lowder2@btinternet.com 

 Time to Change Together 
There is a map on the noticeboard at the back of the church showing the area of our Local Mission Partnership. Each week we will email with the newsletter a photograph of one of the villages in our partnership, please pray for the Christian community in that place. Please pray for all those who minister and worship within this partnership, that we would work generously and collaboratively to serve all the communities represented. 

Church Giving
Do you make your giving using the green envelopes or by Standing
Order. Did you know if you use the Parish Giving Scheme, it is
easier to claim the tax back on your giving. This provides a
significant amount which contributes to our annual income. It
doesn't cost you any more. If you're interested, please ask one of
the Welcome Group for a leaflet about it.