SS Peter & Paul in Kirton, SS Peter & Paul in Algarkirk and All Saints in Fosdyke, Lincolnshire
Sunday March 31st is the 4th Sunday of Lent. Mothering Sunday. Family Mass in Algarkirk VillageHall at 9-30am and Parish Eucharist at Kirton at 11:00am followed by Coffee.
The Way of the Cross at Kirton every Saturday of Lent at 10:00am. Fridays from 4-30pm until Evening Prayer at 5pm we shall have Rosary and Exposition.
KIRTON Parish APM 2019 Both our Annual Parish Meeting (APM) and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) take place next week on Sunday 7th April after the Parish Eucharist. If you are interested in being a Churchwarden, a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) or being our parish’s Deanery Synod Representative to the Holland Deanery please have a word with Fr. Paul. Forms are available at the back of church. This is an opportunity for you to take an active role in the running of the church. If you would like a less formal opportunity to serve God, as a Server, Reader, Sidesperson etc, please have a word with Fr. Paul. PCC MEETING - TODAY Sunday 31st March - in church after the service to accept the accounts.
LENT Course at The Vicarage at 6:30pm to embark on a cinematic journey to discover where we see God in everyday life events. April 3rd The movie “The one hundred-foot journey”
April 10th The movie “Unfinished Song”
The Chrism Mass. In Holy Week our Bishops gather with their clergy to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and holy chrism which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year. You can join us at Lincoln Cathedral on April 16th at 11am followed by lunch. (Numbers needed) or join us at The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham for the Richborough Chrism Mass with Fosdyke on April 17th at Noon. Lunch is also available but numbers are required. See Fr Paul for details.
12 Volunteers needed to have their foot washed at the Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper on April 18th at 7pm. See sheet on table in Church.
April 14th PALM SUNDAY
Sung Eucharist and Palm Procession in All Saints Church in Fosdyke at 9:30am.
SS Peter & Paul in Kirton at 11:00am. The Parish Eucharist with Blessing of the Palms, Palm Gospel and Procession.
Mass and Homily on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday of Holy Week at 7pm in Kirton Church.
April 18th Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper and Stripping of the Altar at Noon in All Saints Church in Fosdyke.
In SS Peter & Paul in Kirton at 7:00pm Mass of the Last Supper, Footwashing and Stripping of the Altar followed by the Watch of Prayer at the Altar of Repose until 10:00pm.
April 19th Good Friday Morning Prayer and Litany 9:00am in Kirton Church
The Way of the Cross for Good Friday at Noon in All Saints Church in Fosdyke.
Solemn Liturgy of the Passion in SS Peter & Paul in Kirton at 3:00pm
The Great Easter Vigil for the Kirton Group followed by Wine and Nibbles at 7-00pm Holy Saturday.
Solemn Mass of Easter Day and Procession at 9:30am in All Saints in Fosdyke.
The Solemn Mass of Easter Day and Procession at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul Kirton.
The Algarkirk Major Project Group is launching a new campaign to raise £300,000 to save the endangered church of St Peter and St Paul in Algarkirk (Boston, Lincolnshire). The money is required as match funding now that the “mini cathedral of the fens” has been awarded £1,789,100.00 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. “If we are to save this church for future generations, and make it a valuable resource for the local community, then this is a challenge we have to meet,” explained AMPG Chair, Di Reid.
It has been over five years since local people came together to form the Algarkirk Major Project Group (AMPG) and raise the money needed to repair this important building; to maintain the church as a place of worship within the village; to conserve and interpret its scheme of Victorian stained glass and interior decoration, which is one of the finest examples of Gothic revival in the country; and to re-establish the church as a resource for the community, which will include improving the facilities at the church. They have been supported by the Diocese of Lincoln; Lincoln University, Heritage Lincolnshire, the local community, the Community Payback Scheme, and, their parish priest, Fr Paul Blanch.
The grant represents 68% of the total project cost: the remainder needed will have to be generated through further fundraising and volunteer activities. Much, it is hoped, will come from major charitable organisations, but about a third will need to come from smaller, individual donations. The renovation and conservation work is expected to take about three years to be completed, but the AMPG are inviting the community to rally behind them.
"We have now been given permission to start the work on the church,” stressed Di Reid. “At the moment specialists are tackling dry rot in the church – itself a massive undertaking. After all the hard work involved in getting approval for the grant, finally getting permission to start, being able to recruit the contractors and project manager, and so on, is tremendously exciting. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support, but we need more volunteers of all ages, and fund raisers to join us in saving this amazing building. We know how close the stained windows are to being lost forever. There are urgent problems relating to the structure and the decoration of the building that need to be addressed quickly if this historically and architecturally important church is to be saved. Hopefully, this spring will see the start of the work needed to solve those problems, but we have a huge challenge ahead.”
Fr Paul Blanch said: “People have been worshipping at this site since the C10th. Now. Thanks to National Lottery players, we can hope that this church can be a source of spiritual inspiration and a focus for village life for many years to come. I cannot praise enough all those whose hard work has brought us this far. The church is here to serve the community, but it needs the community to continue to support the project if we are to make the most of the opportunities offered here. I am delighted to now be part of the project to preserve this wonderful building and all that it represents."
“Since the AMPG started, a number of community based activities, ranging from craft clubs to a Messy Church, have been introduced which all add to the village’s resources. Plans for the church now include activities and workshops that have been attended by people from all walks of life and from all over the country, the installation of a café area, proper craft workshop facilities and a small library for the use of the community, as well, of course as continued church services," added churchwarden, Clive Briggs.
The Diocese of Lincoln Church Buildings Department confirmed, “This is a Grade I listed building of national significance. It is a large Fenland church, the earliest parts of which date from the late 12th century, with phases of development following in 13th, 14th, and late 15th centuries. Between 1850 and 1854 the church was extensively restored by R. C. Carpenter, who collaborated with the famous Victorian designers J. G. Crace, Hardman & Co. and A.W.N. Pugin to produce a stunning scheme of decoration in the chancel. Later, a substantial scheme of stained glass windows by the important nineteenth-century manufacturers Clayton and Bell was installed.”
About the Algarkirk Major Project Group (AMPG)
In 2010 the church of St Peter and St Paul, Algarkirk faced closure unless action was taken to help repair and preserve the structure. In response, an overwhelming show of enthusiasm and support by the people of Algarkirk started the process of rediscovering the value and magnitude of this building to the local community. With mops and bucket loads of enthusiasm, Diocesan support and other professional guidance, local volunteers took the church to the point where, two years later, the AMPG was established with the aim of putting together a successful plan to re-establish Algarkirk's church as a centre and resource for its own community and a beacon of excellence for heritage-lovers everywhere.
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Worship at SS Peter & Paul in Algarkirk.
During major restoration works the following services are scheduled.
March 31st Mothering Sunday (Lent 4)
A Family Eucharist in the Village Hall at 9-30am.
Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall – April 9th at 2:00pm.
Good Friday April 19th
The Way of the Cross at 10-30am. If weather permits, this will be in the Churchyard.
Easter Day April 21st
A Family Eucharist in the Church of possible or the Village Hall at 3:00pm.
Information during the temporary closure of Algarkirk Church due to major works now in progress.
Regular Sunday and weekday worship is suspended until such time as the Archdeacon and Diocesan Advisory Committee deem it safe to re-open the Church to the public.
Funerals are taking place in other local church buildings, with burials in our Churchyard unaffected.
For further details please do not hesitate to contact the parish priest as above, or either Churchwarden on the following numbers:
Clive Briggs 460796
Cheryllyn Humphries 07796010319.
Sunday Worship in the Group is as follows:
Every Sunday at 11:00am Parish Eucharist at Kirton.
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 9-30am Sung Eucharist at Fosdyke.
December 30th Sunday after Christmas 8am Holy Eucharist at Kirton.