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SUNDAY JUNE 23rd  Trinity 1

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

Parish Eucharist at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton.

Messy Church at Algarkirk Village Hall at 1:30pm. We shall be exploring the Festival of Corpus Christi and the Holy Communion. All children are welcome.

Dear People of the Kirton Group of Parishes,

It is with some deep emotion that I inform you of my resignation as Vicar of Kirton, Algarkirk and Fosdyke. My ministry will come to an end within these parishes at the end of August when I shall move south to take up a new position as Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Ramsgate, Kent.

This news means that we have three months before the move, and I want to assure you all that it will be business as usual until the day we move. I want to thank those people who have shared my vision, supported my ministry among you wholeheartedly, and worked so hard to breathe new life into our parishes and their churches.  Fr Paul

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Description automatically generated Next Sunday we celebrate both Kirton and Algarkirk Patronal Festival – the Feast of SS Peter & Paul. There will be a joint service for all the group to come together on Sunday 30th June at 11:00am. On this occasion we celebrate our two patron saints St Peter and St Paul at our Sunday Eucharist followed by special food and wine afterwards.

St. Peter, originally known as Simon, was a fisherman by trade. Jesus called Peter, along with his brother Andrew, James, and John, to leave everything behind to become His followers. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”(Matthew 4:19).

It is because of Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus as Messiah that Jesus gave him the nickname of “rock” and stated that it was upon the rock of Peter’s faith that the Church would rise (Matthew 16:18). All the Gospel writers list Peter first when naming the apostles of Jesus. Time and again in the Gospels, however, Peter demonstrates that his faith is imperfect, but growing. St. Peter can show us how difficult discipleship can truly be, but he is also an example of the Lord choosing the weak and making them strong in bearing witness to Him. Peter was martyred (crucified upside down on a cross) for the Faith in the year 64 in Rome.

St. Paul’s background and journey of faith is somewhat different from St. Peter’s. Paul, who was originally known as Saul, was an educated Jew and a member of the Pharisee party, as well as being a Roman citizen. He first appears in the pages of Scripture in Acts 7:58, as being present at the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the first of Jesus’ followers to be put to death because of his faith in Jesus. Saul persecuted the Christians savagely, but was dramatically converted to the very One he had been persecuting after seeing Jesus in a vision (Acts 9:4). From that time on, Saul, who was now known as Paul, poured the same energy with which he persecuted Christ’s followers into bringing the Gospel of Jesus to many people.

Paul travelled around most of what was the Roman Empire, establishing Christian communities. His many letters form the bulk of the writings of the New Testament. Paul was also martyred in Rome, three years after St. Peter, in the year 67 AD, by being beheaded (His Roman citizenship would not permit his being crucified).

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SUNDAY JUNE 16th  Trinity Sunday

Holy Eucharist at 9:30am in Algarkirk Village Hall.

Parish Eucharist at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton.

Holy Baptism at 2:30pm in Kirton Parish Church . Today we welcome into the family of the Church by Holy Baptism - Myla Grace French

Understanding the Trinity.  Essentially the Trinity is the belief that God is one in essence (Greek ousia), but distinct in person (Greek hypostasis). The Greek word for person means "that which stands on its own," or "individual reality," and does not mean the persons of the Trinity are three human beings. Therefore, Christians believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are somehow distinct from one another (not divided though), yet completely united in will and essence. How can this be? Well, think of the sight of two eyes. The eyes are distinct, yet one and undivided in their sight. Another illustration to explain the Trinity is the musical chord. Think of a C-chord in music. The C, E, and G notes are all distinct notes, but joined together as one chord the sound is richer and more dynamic than had the notes been played individually. The chords are all equally important in producing the rich sound, and the sound is lacking and thin if one of the notes is left out.

The Son is said to be eternally begotten of the Father, while the Holy Spirit is said to proceed from the Father through the Son. Each person of the Trinity interpenetrates one another, and each has distinct roles in creation and redemption. God the Father created the world through the Son and the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters at creation.

JUNE 19TH AT KIRTON PARISH CHURCH – safeguarding training from 6:00 - 9:00pm. See Fay Baillie for full details and registration. This is a must for all PCC members and people active in our churches.

June 20th is the Feast of Corpus Christi. Special Mass and Benediction at Kirton at 9-30am. There will be Eucharistic Devotions at Noon in Fosdyke Church.

The Feast of Corpus Christi (also known as the Feast of the Body of Christ) is celebrated on the eighth Thursday after Easter. The celebration commemorates the ritual of the Eucharist and is a reflection of the Maundy Thursday observance during Holy Week.

Our next Messy Church at Algarkirk Village Hall will be on Sunday June 23rd at 1:30pm. We shall be exploring the Festival of Corpus Christi and the Holy Communion. All children are welcome.

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Description automatically generated Kirton Patronal Festival Sunday 30th June at 11:00am. On this occasion we celebrate our two patron saints St Peter and St Paul at our Sunday Eucharist followed by special food and wine afterwards.

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SUNDAY JUNE 9th  Pentecost Sunday

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

Parish Eucharist at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton.

Holy Baptism at 3:00pm in All Saints Fosdyke. Today we welcome into the family of the baby Alfie Lee Barraclough and his father Shawn Barraclough.

Happy birthday to the Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church!

The word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.

At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. Jews from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another. The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The colour of Pentecost is red and the priest wears red vestments on this day.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING AN ALTAR SERVER? If you feel a call to this lay ministry, then why not join us at Fosdyke Church on Saturday 15th June at 2pm for a training and fact finding session.

School Visit  On Wednesday 12th June we welcome some 75 children from Kirton School to Church to explore the Christian faith and its symbols and worship.

JUNE 19TH AT KIRTON PARISH CHURCH – safeguarding training from 6:00 - 9:00pm. See Fay Baillie for full details and registration. This is a must for all PCC members and people active in our churches.

June 20th is the Feast of Corpus Christi. Special Mass and Benediction at Kirton at 9-30am. There will be Eucharistic Devotions at Noon in Fosdyke Church.

The Feast of Corpus Christi (also known as the Feast of the Body of Christ) is celebrated on the eighth Thursday after Easter. The celebration commemorates the ritual of the Eucharist and is a reflection of the Maundy Thursday observance during Holy Week.

Our next Messy Church at Algarkirk Village Hall will be on Sunday June 23rd at 1:30pm. We shall be exploring the Festival of Corpus Christi and the Holy Communion. All children are welcome.

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Description automatically generated Kirton Patronal Festival Sunday 30th June at 11:00am. On this occasion we celebrate our two patron saints St Peter and St Paul at our Sunday Eucharist followed by special food and wine afterwards.

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SUNDAY JUNE 2nd  EASTER 7  Sunday after Ascension Day  

Parish Eucharist at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton.

Getting ready for Pentecost Sunday. What is the greatest need of the church today? Is it material things? No. The greatest need for the church today is to have a fresh outpouring of the Spirit of the living God. Why? So that we may bear witness to Jesus Christ in the midst of the world. We need the strength and the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can be competent, fearless, confident, and articulate in proclaiming the gospel to the world.  Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deanery Synod – The Holland Deanery Synod meets at St Guthlac’s Church in Fishtoft on Thursday June 6th at 7:30pm

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING AN ALTAR SERVER? If you feel a call to this lay ministry, then why not join us at Fosdyke Church on Saturday 15th June at 2pm for a training and fact finding session.

School Visit  On Wednesday 12th June we welcome some 75 children from Kirton School to Church to explore the Christian faith and its symbols and worship.

JUNE 19TH AT KIRTON PARISH CHURCH – safeguarding training from 6:00 - 9:00pm. See Fay Baillie for full details and registration. This is a must for all PCC members and people active in our churches.

June 20th is the Feast of Corpus Christi. Special Mass and Benediction at Kirton at 9-30am. The Feast of Corpus Christi (also known as the Feast of the Body of Christ) is celebrated on the eighth Thursday after Easter. The celebration commemorates the ritual of the Eucharist and is a reflection of the Maundy Thursday observance during Holy Week.

Our next Messy Church at Algarkirk Village Hall will be on Sunday June 23rd at 1:30pm. We shall be exploring the Festival of Corpus Christi and the Holy Communion. All children are welcome.

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Description automatically generated Kirton Patronal Festival Sunday 30th June at 11:00am. On this occasion we celebrate our two patron saints St Peter and St Paul at our Sunday Eucharist followed by special food and wine afterwards.

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SUNDAY MAY 26th  EASTER 6   Rogation Sunday   

Holy Eucharist in All Saints Fosdyke at 9:30am

Parish Eucharist at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton.

1:30pm Messy Church at Algarkirk Village Hall for a Rogation Procession in the Churchyard with the planting of Crosses.

KIRTON PCC meet at The Vicarage on May 31st at 3:00pm. All reports for this meeting to be sent via email to Fr Paul at least one week before the meeting for distribution to the PCC.

Tomorrow is the National Pilgrimage to Walsingham. 12 noon Concelebrated Mass (Abbey Grounds); 2.30 pm Sermon (Preacher – The Most Hon & Rt Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury), Procession & Benediction (Abbey Grounds); 6.00 pm Solemn Vespers (Shrine Church)

ASCENSION DAY – MAY 30TH  There will be a Sung Mass at Kirton at 9-30am.   A Said Mass will be offered at Fosdyke at Noon.

June 1st  Our next Baptism Preparation session takes place on June 1st at 11:00am in The Vicarage.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING AN ALTAR SERVER? If you feel a call to this lay ministry, then why not join us at Fosdyke Church on Saturday 15th June at 2pm for a training and fact finding session.

JUNE 19TH AT KIRTON PARISH CHURCH – safeguarding training from 6:00 -9:00pm. See Fay Baillie for full details and registration. This is a must for all PCC members and people active in our churches.

June 20th is the Feast of Corpus Christi. Special Mass and Benediction at Kirton at 9-30am. The Feast of Corpus Christi (also known as the Feast of the Body of Christ) is celebrated on the eighth Thursday after Easter. The celebration commemorates the ritual of the Eucharist and is a reflection of the Maundy Thursday observance during Holy Week.

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Description automatically generated Kirton Patronal Festival Sunday 30th June at 11:00am. On this occasion we celebrate our two patron saints St Peter and St Paul at our Sunday Eucharist followed by special food and wine afterwards.

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SUNDAY MAY 19th  EASTER 5    

Holy Eucharist in Algarkirk Village Hall at 9:30am

Parish Eucharist at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul, Kirton.

Next Sunday is Messy Church at Algarkirk Village Hall at 1:30pm and we shall be exploring what Rogation Sunday is all about.

May 25th in the Town Hall is our United Churches Afternoon Tea with worship at 3:30pm. Free to all. Helpers needed.

KIRTON PCC meet at The Vicarage on May 31st at 3:00pm. All reports for this meeting to be sent via email to Fr Paul at least one week before the meeting for distribution to the PCC.

Monday May 27th is the National Pilgrimage to Walsingham. 12 noon Concelebrated Mass (Abbey Grounds); 2.30 pm Sermon (Preacher – The Most Hon & Rt Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury), Procession & Benediction (Abbey Grounds); 6.00 pm Solemn Vespers (Shrine Church)

ASCENSION DAY – MAY 30TH  There will be a Sung Mass at Kirton at 9-30am.   A Said Mass will be offered at Fosdyke at Noon.

June 1st  Our next Baptism Preparation session takes place on June 1st at 11:00am in The Vicarage.

JUNE 19TH AT KIRTON PARISH CHURCH – safeguarding training from 6:00 -9:00pm. See Fay Baillie for full details and registration. This is a must for all PCC members and people active in our churches.