During the rapidly approaching period of vacancy, Terry and I will be keeping you all informed  by means of Churchwardens Reports on a regular basis:-

  1. Pop-In Lunch
    1. Was well supported and raised £320 for Parish Share Fund
    2. Next will be on November 12
    3. We were very pleased to be able to welcome our Rural Dean to the event – Revd. Andrew Higginson.
  2. Messy Church
    1. We were pleased to agree to a request to hold a messy church farewell to Fr Paul here at All Saints last week. The young folks seemed to enjoy themselves, and I know Fr Paull appreciated the gesture of our guest hosting them.
  3. Letter to the bishop
    1. Following a meeting with the Kirton wardens, we have decided to send two letters – one from each parish, expressing our concerns to the bishop regarding the situation surrounding Fr. Pauls resignation.
    2. This was confirmed by PCC on 10/09/2019
  4. Service Pattern
    1. We have been offered a service cover pattern by the Rural Dean which will see our pattern of Sunday worship remaining in place (9.30 eucharist on 2nd and 4th Sundays) until Christmas, with additional services for All Saints Patronal Festival on November 3rd , and Carol Concert led by the Salvation Army on December 1st.
    2. Normal Sunday eucharists will be led by The Revd. Father Alan Taylor (who helped Fr. Paul at his last eucharist here last Sunday). Guest priests will celebrate for Harvest Festival and All Saints Festival  and are booked.
    3. We intend to visit St Nicholas Skirbeck church ‘en masse’ for 9.30 eucharist on December 29th
  5. Harvest
    1. PCC have voted to move the celebration of Harvest to the 22nd September. Apologies to Denis and Elaine who will be affected by this move.
    2. Fr Graham Brown will be presiding over a 9.30 eucharist/harvest celebration.
    3. A Harvest Lunch will be served in the village Hall……Home-made soup, cold home-cooked glazed ham, cheese, jacket potatoes, home-made coleslaw, salad and an apple pie dessert for £6.50
    4. There will be an auction of produce to follow, together with a raffle.
  6. Thursday Services
    1. We are determined to continue, and to grow, the Thursday noon services. A change of format is required as these must be lay-led during vacancy. I have prepared a four week cycle with slightly different formats to ring the changes and keep the feeling of these short services fresh and personal. Terry and I are appealing to anyone in our worship community who might feel able to lead a session. Our intention is to help us grow in faith this way, as we have been charged to do this year, so the subject will be broached by Fr. Paul at his last Service with us here in the village, on Thursday.  A leaders rota is being drawn up – thanks to all those who volunteered to have their arms twisted.
  7. Changes in the group
    1. We are continuing to explore the strong possibility of changing the group with which we are organisationally and spiritually connected - to St Nicholas, Skirbeck.
    2. Much discussion took place at PCC surrounding this positive move. It is to be strongly noted however, that we in no way wish to disassociate ourselves with our very good friends and neighbours at Kirton.
    3. A new priest for the St Nicholas parish has been successfully interviewed.
    4. A letter of best wishes  for our future, has been received from Bishop Norman, who was on the interview panel together our Rural Dean.
  8. Christmas Fayre
    1. Will be on Saturday November 30th from 2pm – more to follow shortly
  9. Tax back
    1. Thanks must go to our treasurer for guarding our pitiful few coppers so well. Our changes made to giving  in the last year or so have resulted a nice cheque from HMRC – well done all!

We are in a strong position – blessed by the love and support we have for one another and from the parish. Let’s hope the vacancy will be short!

JON and TERRY