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Please be aware that all notices below are subject to the current situation regarding coronavirus and restrictions may apply

 

Our public worship services are once taking place on

Sundays at 11am in church

There is no longer any requirement to book a place, unless you specifically require a socially distanced seat. You will now need to wear a mask or face covering, unless medically exempt. 

 

The church building is now open daily 10am - 4pm 

Notices 22nd May 2022

Monday 23rd May

7pm Monday study group – speak to Rev Rebecca

Saturday 28th May

4pm to 5.30pm Messy Church in school

Friday 3rd June

7pm Caythorpe Singers Concert in church

Sunday 5th June

12noon – Church Picnic after the 11am service

Wednesday 8th June
2pm Ladies Group meet in the Church Room

7.30pm Churchwarden’s Visitation service at Lincoln Cathedral                                                       

Thursday 9th June

2pm Cornerstone meets at Sally-Anne’s house

Tuesday 21st June
2pm Mission and Ministry Group meet

Thursday 23rd June

2pm Cornerstone meets at Sally-Anne’s house
Monday 27th June

7pm Fabric Committee on zoom or in church

Tuesday 12th July
7pm PCC meeting

 

Caythorpe Singers Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

The Caythorpe Singers will be performing on Friday 3rd June at 7.00pm in church. Tickets include a glass of wine or fruit juice and a cake.  £5 a ticket or £12 for a family.  Tickets will be on sale from Sunday 23th April.  Why not invite your family and friends to help celebrate the Jubilee weekend?

 Church Picnic for the Queen’s Jubilee

After the 11am church service on Sunday 5th June, we are planning to hold a picnic.  Teas, coffees, and juices will be available but bring your foodok Group

Book Club
The date of the next meeting will be Tuesday 14th June at 2pm in the Church Room.  The book for June is ‘On Chapel Sands’ by Laura Cumming.  Speak to Jennifer for more information.

 DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 25TH JUNE

Rebecca’s Priesting Service

Rebecca’s priesting will be at 10.30am at St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Spalding.  All are invited to come and support Rebecca.

(Please note, it’s NOT in the Cathedral)

 We are planning on having a coach.  Please sign up on the list at the back of church if you would like travel on the coach.  There will be a cost to this but this will be the cost of the coach divided between the number of people travelling.

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 Cornerstone

Our Cornerstone Study Group will start meeting again on the first and third Thursdays of the month.  Our next meeting will be on 

We have changed the meeting time to 2pm - 3pm.
We will be meeting in-person

  Sempringham Walk

There will be parish walk from Pointon to Sempringham Abbey on August 13th in the afternoon. Meet at Pointon Mission Church at 2pm. Lifts will be available. Walk to Sempringham Abbey and enjoy a talk on the history of the Abbey and a short act of worship in this historic church.

 Help for Ukraine
There are several families arriving from Ukraine to stay with host families in Sleaford. We are collecting items to help all refugees when they first arrive. If you can help by providing toiletries and / or stationery, it would be a great help to them. The stationery is for children to take to school so needs to be pens, pencils, pencil cases, highlighters, rulers and felt-tip pens. Perhaps you could put a pencil case together with items for a primary or secondary school child.

Wednesday Morning Services

We are planning to re-start our Wednesday morning services at 11am.  These will meet in the Church Room and will be a mixture of communion and morning prayer services.  There will be a time for refreshments and socialising afterwards.  Please come along. 

The first service is on 1st June 2022

 

Books for Children
Up to half a million story books will be given to primary school-aged children ahead of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by the Church of England and Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York’s global prayer movement.
The book, ‘Queen CJ and the Bouncy Castle’, is the latest development from the Cheeky Pandas, a children’s online cartoon series created by Swell Revolution, led by Pete and Nicola James which has featured contributions from people including Archbishop Justin Welby, Nicky Gumbel, and CBeebies' Gemma Hunt previously.

The free storybook, based on the theme of faithfulness, helps children understand the faithfulness of the God – in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years of faithful service.  


Join the PCC

We currently have two spaces on the PCC, if you feel that you can serve God and our church family in this way then please talk to Rev Mark.  You must be on the electoral roll to be able to serve on the PCC.

 Budgeting – is sorting out your money becoming increasingly difficult with all the price rises?

Some members of our congregation have completed a money training course which helps with budgeting so that you know how much money you have coming in and can plan ahead. We are planning on running the first series of 4 sessions soon on Wednesday afternoons. If you are interested in finding our more, please speak to Mark or Rebecca or hand the slip below to one of them.

 Men’s Group

 It is hoped that the men’s group will start meeting again for fellowship and food. Our first meeting will be on Thursday 19th May at 7pm in the Horseshoes at Silk Willoughby.

 

Ladies Group
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8th June at 2pm in the Church Room.  Speak to Rev Heather for more details.

 Prayerline

Why not come along to our evening prayer group called Prayerline.  It is meeting this Thursday 14th April, 7-8pm, in the church.

Enjoy time to be quiet and listen to God.  


 Churchyard Clear Ups – Dates for your Diaries

The churchyard clear ups will be on Saturdays 2nd July, 3rd September and 5th November from 10am until 12noon.
Everyone welcome – the more the merrier.  For more details see Jaki Lowder or email 

 APCM Reports 

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will soon be upon us and this is a reminder that reports for 2021 need to be written and sent to Maria   so they be collated in time for the APCM on May 3rd  at 7pm. With thanks. 

 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

 Being a Local Mission Church

Pray about our church mission ideas: Messy Church; an Alpha Course; running a Christians Against Poverty course.

Ask God what your part is in helping in these activities – prayer, support, assisting, administration, helping with refreshments, making resources, leadership, advertising…


 
We have decided to stop collecting names on a Sunday morning so instead you’ll just be welcomed with a friendly smile!  If anyone reports that they have tested positive for Covid19, a general email will be sent out to all contacts that we hold.  For those not on email, you will receive a phone call – if we have your telephone number.  If you think we haven’t got your contact details, please let Maria know.

 Acting Bishop of Lincoln

The Bishop of Ely, Stephen Conway is to be Acting Bishop in the Diocese of Lincoln, following the retirement of Bishop Christopher Lowson in December 2021.  This will allow time for an appointment of a new Bishop.  The arrangement will be initially for a period of one year after which it will be reviewed. Stephen Conway has been Bishop of Ely since 2011, having previously served as Archdeacon of Durham and Canon Treasurer of the Cathedral, and later as Bishop of Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salisbury

Thank-you
The PCC met on Tuesday and are pleased to report that thanks to your generous giving, we are hopeful to meet our covenant to the Diocese this year and next year.

Fabric Update
The Diocese has supported our request to repair the church clock chimes. We are just waiting for the parts to be repaired so that the clock and chimes will work again. The wooden shelf at the back of church and the children’s reading shelves in the choir area have been removed to give us more space.
 

  Caring for the Environment – more details 

A series of three Eco Church webinars is available to all who are interested in Eco Church.
Topic 1: An introduction to Eco Church and getting started, 25th April, @ noon
Topic 2: Gaining momentum and working towards an award, 26th April, @ noon,
Topic 3: Eco Church and Net Zero Carbon, 18th January @ noon or 28th April, @ noon, 
The whole programme of net zero carbon webinar dates and topics, plus videos of past topics can be found on the Church of England Website: https://www.churchofengland.org/about (...)

Pill Packing recycling

Please don't bring your pill packaging for recycling, unfortunately the scheme that had allowed for these to be recycled is no longer accepting them. The pill-packet recycling box has been removed.

Welcome and Coffee
Could you help with this important part of Sunday mornings?  We need people to 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


Ladies Group
After some discussion we are moving our monthly meetings to Wednesdays at 2.00pm in the Church Room. We hope this will allow more ladies to join us for a chat, discussion/debate and of course that drink – either hot or cold. It also gives us more freedom to go on outings/have a meal together or invite a speaker. More details from Rev Heather.
 
 Thank-you
Sue Tuck took the men’s clothes that had been donated for men leaving prison. The charity carrying out this work were extremely grateful. Please continue to leave men’s clothes in the box at the back of church. We only need men’s clothes as Lincolnshire only has a men’s prison.

Free Leaf Mold

There is a large amount of Leaf mold in the container near the Lych-gate. Anyone who can use some in their garden please help yourselves. We really need to empty it before the leaves in the churchyard start falling.

Clergy Days Off

Rev Mark will take Saturday as his day off

50/50 Club 

The 50/50 club is looking for more members. It costs £12 to join for the year and each month there is the chance to win £20.00 in the monthly draw. Please contact Maria for more details.

Green Envelopes

Anyone interested in starting to give in this way instead of through the collection plate please talk to Jan or David.

Information packs are also available for people who might consider giving by direct debit instead of by envelope or standing order.

Quarrington Roll of Honour

Members of the congregation have been researching Quarrington's Role of Honour for the First World War. These are the men who are either remembered on our memorial in church or are buried in our churchyard. They have kindly given us a copy of their research which will be kept under the memorial in church. They have also given permission for us to make a copy which can be loaned out. If you would like to borrow it please sign it out and return it a week later to give everyone a chance to read it. There is a signing out sheet at the back of church. 

I believe they will soon be starting to research the Second World War. If anyone has information on anyone from the Sleaford and Quarrington area who served in either war please see Jaki so she can put you in contact with John.

Card Reader - donations

There is now a card reader available after the service if you would like to make your collection donation ‘cashless'. Please see Rev Al or David Pursell if you are interested 

Sleaford Larder

The Larder are short of a number of items.  Please can you consider donating. These can be placed in our donation box at the back of church and then they will be taken down to New Life Church.

Request

Please would you save the plastic tops from milk containers as they can be collected to aid the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. We are also collecting used pens, and pill packaging.