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Sunday  24 th of February is the 2nd Sunday before Lent.

Sung Eucharist at All Saints in Fosdyke at 9-30am

Parish Eucharist at Kirton at 11:00am.

Messy Church at 1:30pm in Algarkirk Village Hall. Pancakes, Fat Tuesday and getting ready for Lent.

FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT  25 February – 10 March 2019.  For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year we are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.  Have you tried our Fair Trade Chocolate on sale in Kirton Church after Mass?

Our nest Baptism Preparation Session takes place at The Vicarage on March 2nd at 11:00am.

ASH WEDNESDAY IS MARCH 6THMass with Imposition of Ashes at All Saints Fosdyke at Noon.   Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes in Kirton Church 7:00pm.

Please can you bring back to Church your Palm Crosses from last year to be burnt to make the Ashes for this year.

The Way of the Cross on March 9th at Kirton and every Saturday of Lent at 10:00am. Our first session will be an ecumenical Way of the Cross led by Rev’d David Curran.

Parish APM 2019 April 7th APM at Kirton Church after Eucharist 12-15pm and the

Renewal of Electoral Roll –electoral roll forms available Sunday 17th Feb-17th March.

BAND CONCERT March 16th at 7:30pm in Kirton Church. The Kirton Brass Band along with the Boston Salvation Army Band present an amazing concert in Church. Tickets on sale now at £8.

LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER.  Full information available on our web site and in the Churches of Lent  and Holy Week services. Please sign the lists if you wish to be involved in the “God at the Movies” course on Wednesday evenings in Lent and if you are interested in the Book study group, time to be arranged.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES WITH FR PAUL BLANCH - DEPARTURE DATE: 07 Oct 2019. RETURN DATE: 11 Oct 2019.      No: DAYS: 5  Lourdes by air from Stansted - COST PER PERSON:     £570.00

COST INCLUDES:       Return flights Stansted – Lourdes.

            Airport duty & passenger taxes.    1 suitcase per person for the air-craft hold, 20kgs

            4 nights full board 4* Hotel Padoue, Lourdes.   Half day excursion to Bartres.  Northern Star Travel courier.

WHAT IS EXTRA:       Single room supplement £115.00    Return Coach from Kirton to Stansted.

            We offer travel insurance at £45 per person with no age limited or the need for medical screening subject to certain criteria being met.  A deposit of £200.00 per person would be required to make the booking, people can pay by instalments on a month to month basis should they wish.   You are invited to a special evening at The Vicarage on February 21st at 7pm to hear more about this proposed trip.

Coming to a Church very near you!

Coming to a Church near you!

If you have watched the Hotel Inspector on TV, then you will know how the hotel inspector Alex Polizzi is on a mission to salvage some of Britain's worst-run hotels and B&Bs. Well, we have invited Fr Trevor Thurston-Smith to be our Church Inspector to come and take a closer look at our three churches in the Kirton Group, to assess our ministry of welcome, the quality of our Sunday worship, our PCC management style and to ask how could we improve our kerb appeal to people looking for a Church.  What is our occupancy rate?  How is our signage?  Do we give attention to detail?  How is our menu?

Fr Trevor will be making appearances at all three of our churches in 2019 just like the Hotel Inspector,I wonder what he will find?

 A native of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Trevor worked as a Civil Servant for a number of years before training for ordination at Chichester Theological College. He was ordained deacon in 1986, and priested in 1987, both at Sheffield Cathedral, and he served curacies at St Mary and St Nicolas, Rawmarsh, Rotherham and later at St John the Divine, Horninglow, Burton-on-Trent, in the  Diocese of Lichfield.

Trevor left full-time parochial ministry for a number of years and worked for Social Services in Derby and then as a project worker in a rehabilitation hostel for people with mental health problems. He was then seconded to a charity affiliated to 'Shelter' offering support to homeless people and working with local housing providers in developing specialist supported housing for people recovering from mental ill-health. He later worked for the Methodist charity MHA Care Group as a Regional Community Projects Manager, overseeing a number of schemes providing low-level support and befriending to isolated older people and developing specialist community- based services for older people living with dementia.

Whilst in Derby, Trevor also ministered on a voluntary basis to people living with HIV, and in 2005 he moved to Leicester to take up the post of Bishop’s Chaplain for people affected by HIV and Director of the Charity 'Faith in People with HIV'. Always needing a strong parish base to use as a ‘springboard’ for his ministry, it was at this time that Trevor began to worship at St Thomas’ South Wigston and became ‘Honorary Curate’ there for a number of years before returning to full-time parish work as Priest-in-Charge of Broughton Astley and Croft with Stoney Stanton. He became Rector of the newly-created Benefice of Wigston in June 2014.

Originally evangelically converted, but a definite Anglo-Catholic at heart, Trevor now describes himself as a 'Charismatic Catholic' and values and respects all traditions within the Church of England. He has an interest in contemplative spirituality and is a member of the Sodality of Mary Mother of Priests (a dispersed community of priests living under a common rule) and a Priest Associate of the Holy House of Walsingham.  He is an enthusiastic believer in the ministry of healing in its broadest sense and is a member of the diocesan deliverance ministry team which deals with concerns about the paranormal.

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The Parish Church of SS Peter & Paul, Kirton in Holland.
Sunday: The Parish Eucharist at 11:00AM followed by Coffee.
Thursday: Holy Eucharist at 9:30AM
Daily Morning & Evening Prayer at 9am and 5pm except Sunday morning and Monday.
Saints Days and Holy Days as announced.

Please note the Vicarage telephone number is 01205 624128.

Sunday 17th of February is the 3rd Sunday before Lent.
Parish Eucharist at Kirton at 11:00am.

Kirton PCC meet with Kirton Methodist Church Council at The Methodist Church on February 19th at 7:00pm.

Feb 24th Messy Church in Algarkirk Village Hall for a Pre-Lent Pancake Fun afternoon. Session begins at 1-30pm.

Our nest Baptism Preparation Session takes place at The Vicarage on March 2nd at 11:00am.
ASH WEDNESDAY IS MARCH 6TH. Mass with Imposition of Ashes at All Saints Fosdyke at Noon. Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes in Kirton Church 7:00pm.

Please can you bring back to Church your Palm Crosses from last year to be burnt to make the Ashes for this year.

Also, the Way of the Cross begins on March 9th at Kirton Church and every Saturday of Lent at 10:00am.

Parish APM 2019 April 7th APM at Kirton Church after Eucharist 12-15pm and the 
Renewal of Electoral Roll – please see forms at the back of Church for you to enrol on the new Electoral Roll for the parish of Kirton. New electoral roll forms available for completion from Sunday 17th February - Sunday 17th March

BAND CONCERT March 16th at 7:30pm in Kirton Church. The Kirton Brass Band along with the Boston Salvation Army Band present an amazing concert in Church. Tickets on sale now at £8.

LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER. Full information is now available on our web site and in the Churches of our Lent programme and Holy Week services. Please check this out and book the dates in your diary. Please sign the lists if you wish to be involved in the “God at the Movies” course on Wednesday evenings in Lent and if you are interested in the Book study group, time to be arranged.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES WITH FR PAUL BLANCH - DEPARTURE DATE: 07 Oct 2019. RETURN DATE: 11 Oct 2019. No: DAYS: 5 Lourdes by air from Stansted - COST PER PERSON: £570.00
COST INCLUDES: Return flights Stansted – Lourdes.
Airport duty & passenger taxes. 1 suitcase per person for the air-craft hold, 20kgs
4 nights full board 4* Hotel Padoue, Lourdes. Half day excursion to Bartres. Northern Star Travel courier.
WHAT IS EXTRA: Single room supplement £115.00 Return Coach from Kirton to Stansted.

We offer travel insurance at £45 per person with no age limited or the need for medical screening subject to certain criteria being met. A deposit of £200.00 per person would be required to make the booking, people can pay by instalments on a month to month basis should they wish. You are invited to a special evening at The Vicarage on February 21st at 7pm to hear more about this proposed trip.

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Sunday 10th of February is the 4th Sunday before Lent.

Sung Eucharist at All Saints in Fosdyke at 9:30am.

Parish Eucharist at Kirton at 11:00am

Holland Deanery Synod at Holy Trinity Church in Boston on February 13th at 7:30pm.

Kirton PCC meet with Kirton Methodist Church Council at The Methodist Church on February 19th at 7:00pm.

Messy Church in Algarkirk Village Hall for a Pre-Lent Pancake Fun afternoon. Session begins at 1-30pm.

Our nest Baptism Preparation Session takes place at The Vicarage on March 2nd at 11:00am.

ASH WEDNESDAY IS MARCH 6THMass with Imposition of Ashes at All Saints Fosdyke at Noon.   Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes in Kirton Church 7:00pm.

Please can you bring back to Church your Palm Crosses from last year to be burnt to make the Ashes for this year.

The Way of the Cross begins on March 9th at Kirton Church and every Saturday of Lent at 10:00am.

Group Parish APM’s 2019

March 28th APM at Fosdyke Church  7:00pm

April 7th APM at Kirton Church after Eucharist 12-15pm

April 9th Algarkirk APM ain the Village Hall at 2:00pm

Renewal of Electoral Roll – please see forms at the back of Church for you to enrol on the new Electoral Roll for the parish of Kirton. New electoral roll forms available for completion from Sunday 17th February - Sunday 17th March

Help us Raise funds for Kirton Church every time you spend or buy on line.

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. Just click on www.easyfundrasing.org.uk/causes/stpeterpaulskirton

BAND CONCERT March 16th at 7:30pm in Kirton Church. The Kirton Brass Band along with the Boston Salvation Army Band present an amazing concert in Church. Tickets on sale now at £8.

LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER.  Full information is now available on our web site and in the Churches of our Lent programme and Holy Week services. Please check this out and book the dates in your diary. Please sign the lists if you wish to be involved in the “God at the Movies” course on Wednesday evenings in Lent and if you are interested in the Book study group, time to be arranged.

Important News from Algarkirk Parish Church

                           

           

New Year, New Campaign for Algarkirk's Church    

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.”        

ENDS   

           

Notes to editors        

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.       

About the Heritage Lottery Fund    

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK.  www.hlf.org.uk.   

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:         

Cheryllyn Humphreys, AMPG Communications Officer. cheryllynh@gmail.com / tel: 07796010319

    

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February 3rd is the Festival of Candlemass.  Today we encourage all the Churches of the group to join with us at Kirton at 11:00am for a special Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

The name “Candlemass” comes from the solemn blessing of candles for use in church and in homes during the year. We will unite our prayers and hearts with our forebears as we walk in procession around the Church on this feast, a tradition that stretches bacl to the time of Pope St Gelasius I (d 496). St Bernard of Clairvaux also said that in processing we imitate Mary and Joseph, Anna and Simeon, walking two by two with candles lighted from the blessed fire of the Church.

Please pray for Vimbai, Natalie, Sebastian and Damien who make their first Holy Communion today. A party will follow Mass, all are welcome.

John Alexander Manzi RIP   It is with real sadness that we report that John died on January 22nd in Reading, Berkshire. There will be a Requiem Mass sung in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton on February 8th at 2:00pm followed by Cremation at Boston Crematorium.

Group Parish APM’s 2019

March 28th APM at Fosdyke Church  7:00pm

April 7th APM at Kirton Church after Eucharist 12-15pm

April 9th Algarkirk APM ain the Village Hall at 2:00pm

Renewal of Electoral Roll – please see forms at the back of Church for you to enrol on the new Electoral Roll for the parish of Kirton. New electoral roll forms available for completion from Sunday 17th February -  Sunday 17th March

Help us Raise funds for Kirton Church every time you spend or buy on line.

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. Just click on www.easyfundrasing.org.uk/causes/stpeterpaulskirton

BAND CONCERT March 16th at 7:30pm in Kirton Church. The Kirton Brass Band along with the Boston Salvation Army Band present an amazing concert in Church. Tickets on sale now at £8.

LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER.  Full information is now available on our web site and in the Churches of our Lent programme and Holy Week services. Please check this out and book the dates in your diary. Please sign the lists if you wish to be involved in the “God at the Movies” course on Wednesday evenings in Lent and if you are interested in the Book study group, time to be arranged.

Please pray for The Reverend Sudharshan Sarvananthan who will be installed as the new Rector of Wyberton and Vicar of Frampton on 12th February 2019 in St Leodegar’s Church, Wyberton.

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January 27th - Epiphany 4, today we offer a Parish Eucharist at All Saints in Fosdyke at 9-30am.

Parish Eucharist 11:00am at SS Peter & Paul in Kirton followed by coffee. 

Algarkirk PCC meet in the Village Hall on January 29th at 2:00pm

Group Parish APM’s 2019

March 28th APM at Fosdyke Church  7:00pm

April 7th APM at Kirton Church after Eucharist 12-15pm

April 9th Algarkirk APM ain the Village Hall at 2:00pm

Renewal of Electoral Roll – please see forms at the back of Church for you to enrol on the new Electoral Roll for the parish of Kirton.

Help us Raise funds for Kirton Church every time you spend or buy on line.

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. How? Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Our retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.  Just click on www.easyfundrasing.org.uk/causes/stpeterpaulskirton

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION – Parents seeking a Baptism for their child in any of our Churches are invited to this informative session at 11:00am on February 2nd at The Vicarage.

 Festival of Candlemass – FEBRUARY 3RD . On this Sunday all the Churches of the group are invited to join with us at Kirton at 11:00am for a special Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple also with the reception of four young people who will make their 1st Holy Communion. These young people have been working hard for months on a course entitled “Welcome to the Lord’s Table”.  Please do your best to support these young people in their life of faith.

BAND CONCERT March 16th at 7:30pm in Kirton Church. The Kirton Brass Band along with the Boston Salvation Army Band present an amazing concert in Church. Tickets on sale now at £8.

LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER.  Full information is now available on our web site and in the Churches of our Lent programme and Holy Week services. Please check this out and book the dates in your diary. Please sign the lists if you wish to be involved in the “God at the Movies” course on Wednesday evenings in Lent and if you are interested in the Book study group, time to be arranged.

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January 20th - Epiphany 2, we share worship with our friends from Kirton Methodist Church in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Today we offer a Parish Eucharist at 11:00am followed by coffee.

Today's Gospel passage is the account of Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding at Cana. For me, this Gospel passage about the wedding is not just a description of something that happened 2,000 years ago. Rather, I see the Gospel being re-enacted in the work of the followers of Christ today. What can we learn form this Gospel today as we think about unity and greater cooperation within our two Churches?

Please try to pray this prayer everyday:

God, One in Three Persons, in Christ you have made us one with you and with one another. Be with us now and by the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit, free us from the self-centredness, arrogance and fear that prevent us from striving towards the full visible unity of your Church.

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Fr Paul and Churchwarden Margaret Ormston and the PCC extend our thanks to the entire congregation for this year’s Christmas Gift envelope response. Including Tax recovered for Gift Aid your gifts to Kirton Church exceeded £1,134.

Kirton PCC meet on January 22nd in The Vicarage at 7:00PM.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION – Parents seeking a Baptism for their child in any of our Churches are invited to this informative session at 11:00am on February 2nd at The Vicarage.

Festival of Candlemass – FEBRUARY 3RD . On this Sunday all the Churches of the group are invited to join with us at Kirton at 11:00am for a special Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple also with the reception of four young people who will make their 1st Holy Communion. These young people have been working hard for months on a course entitled “Welcome to the Lord’s Table”. Please do your best to support these young people in their life of faith.

Next Sunday: Sung Eucharist at Fosdyke at 9:30am

11:00am Parish Eucharist at Kirton.

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January 13th is the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus.  Today we offer a Parish Eucharist at 11:00am followed by coffee.  At 2:30pm we welcome into the family of the Church Logan Baines, through Holy Baptism.

The Baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of His public ministry. John, the forerunner, was preparing the way for Jesus by preaching repentance and baptizing people in the Jordan as they acknowledged their sins. John also proclaimed that one greater than he would come and “baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8). With these things in mind, it is not surprising that John resisted when Jesus asked to be baptized by him. Why did Jesus need to be baptized? Why would he submit to John in this way? There are a number of reasons worthy of exploration. First, Jesus certainly was not baptized for forgiveness of sins, since He was sinless. There was no need for Him to repent. Still, in this act, He showed His solidarity with sinful humanity and gave indication of His role as Saviour. Second, as indicated in the second reading, this event expresses Christ’s anointing as the Messiah. It also reveals His identity as the Son of God through the voice coming from Heaven and brings to light the Trinity through the action of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit seen at the baptism. Finally, Jesus’ baptism prefigures the Sacrament of Baptism that He would institute, in which we receive the Holy Spirit and are adopted as children of God, while also being cleansed of our sins.

Since most of us were baptized as infants, we do not remember the event. Yet, no matter what age you were baptized, it still has the same effects: cleansing of sin, imparting of grace, giving of the Holy Spirit, adoption as a child of God, and incorporation into the Church. Take time today to thank God for the gift of baptism and reflect on the importance of your baptism.

Fr Paul and Churchwarden Margaret Ormston and the PCC extend our thanks to the entire congregation for this year’s Christmas Gift envelope response. Including Tax recovered for Gift Aid your gifts to Kirton Church exceeded £1,100.

Joint Churchwardens Meeting at The Vicarage on January 16th at 2-30pm.

Sunday January 20th is the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Our friends from Kirton Methodist Church will be joining with us on this day at 11:00am.  Please try to pray this prayer everyday:

God, One in Three Persons, in Christ you have made us one with you and with one another. Be with us now and by the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit, free us from the self-centredness, arrogance and fear that prevent us from striving towards the full visible unity of your Church.

Kirton PCC meet on January 22nd in The Vicarage at 7:00PM.

February 3rd is the Festival of Candlemass. On this Sunday all the Churches of the group are invited to join with us at Kirton at 11:00am for a special Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple also with the reception of four young people who will make their 1st Holy Communion. These young people have been working hard for months on a course entitled “Welcome to the Lord’s Table”.  Please do your best to support these young people in their life of faith.