SS Peter & Paul in Kirton, SS Peter & Paul in Algarkirk and All Saints in Fosdyke, Lincolnshire
Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Posted on Mar 2, 2019
We will observe Ash Wednesday – March 6 th with the imposition of Ashes in our Group Churches. Ashes have always been a sign of repentance, and examples of this can be found frequently in scripture. You may remember that the sinful Ninevites responded to Jonah’s call to repent by putting on sackcloth and sitting in ashes . And some people become self-conscious about a little mark on their forehead! Can you imagine what you would look like after sitting in ashes?
Scripture also tells us that Job , after having endured his trials and tribulations, repents before God with dust and ashes. And that’s nothing compared to Jeremiah, who calls for Israel’s repentance by putting on sackcloth and rolling in ashes . Finally, Jesus reproaches certain cities for their lack of repentance, and their unwillingness to put on ashes and...
Posted on Feb 14, 2019
The View from the Vicarage
As your Vicar I am often asked about what I do all day, of course the idea being that Vicars only work one day per week! I guess the question is often asked with tongue in cheek aware of the background suggestion that TV clergy seem to have an idyllic and often interesting relaxed lifestyle. Just think of the Vicar of Dibley, Fr Brown, Fr Ted, Sidney on Grantchester and Adam Smallbone in Rev to name only a few. Perhaps we need to remember that this is fiction, and what they appear to do in their respective fictional programmes is entertainment for us. Sleuthing clergy, meddling in murders and mystery, fun and frolics in Dibley and sorting out crime in Grantchester is not, I hasten to add, the norm for most clergy in the real world. So, this begs the question, what does Fr Paul do with his time...
Posted on Jan 11, 2019
New Year Resolutions for Life in 2019 Dear parishioner, Have you made your list of resolutions for the New Year? How about these to really make a difference?
1. Listen. Quiet your mind and take in what other people are saying as they tell you their story. Listen to their words and to their heart. Listen to their body language. Seek to understand before you seek to answer or contribute.
2. Keep the storms of life in perspective. Struggles are going to come because Jesus promised, "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33). He also said, "Take heart for I have overcome the world." Practice a...
Posted on Dec 7, 2018
Safeguarding in the Parish of Kirton – SS Peter & Paul– who’s who?
Name: Fr Paul F Blanch Contact number: 01205 624128
Name: Margaret Ormston Contact number: 722052
The Parish Safeguarding Officers
Name: Fay Houltby Contact number: 723529
Who will you talk to if you observe or are told about Safeguarding concerns?
Name: Fay Houltby Contact number 723529 ...
Posted on Oct 26, 2018
Water “…God uses the sacrament of water to give his divine life to those who believe in him.” “…cleanse him from sin in a new birth to innocence by water and the Spirit.” - From the rite of baptism. Reflecting on our history, we see how water was created to cleanse and give life. In the very beginning of creation (Gen 1:2), the spirit of God breathed on the waters of the earth. In the great flood, water marks the end of sin and a new beginning of goodness. The Israelites passed through the Red Sea and were delivered from slavery into freedom. In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. In baptism we “pass through water” - a sign of our participation in the death of Christ and his emergence into freedom. Freed from the power of evil; the power of God’s life and love will prevail. Paschal...
Posted on Oct 24, 2018
The View from the Vicarage.
Very recently I was asked to preach at a day of renewal in the City of Leicester, a very large and ethnically diverse City, almost a world apart from rural Lincolnshire. I took as a starting place a quote from a poem by the late Sir John Betjeman entitled “A Lincolnshire Church” it was in fact St Margaret’s Church in Huttoft just up the coast from here. Betjeman describes this amazing church then turns his attention to the village and community around it, and I quote, And around it, turning their backs, The usual sprinkle of villas; The usual woman in slacks, Cigarette in her mouth, Regretting Americans, stands As a wireless croons in the kitchen Manicuring her hands. Dear old, bloody old England Of telegraph poles and tin, Seemingly so indifferent And with so little soul to win....