Harvest Time at Grimoldby

August and September have already passed, the days are getting shorter. It has been a busy time. The Saturday Shop has been flourishing more than ever: more people hearing of us from villages beyond our seven parishes and friends from Louth as well. The churchyard is looking more beautiful than I remember it in the last 20 years, partly as a result of employing a new gardener, and partly because of the work of volunteers and friends of St Edith’s.

Throughout this time we have had meetings and consultations as we continue to search for a new Rector. We have placed an advertisement online and hope to hold interviews on October 26th. I hope to share good news before too many more weeks have passed.

Welcome Co-operation

At St. Edith’s, there has been a great effort by members of the congregation and Sam, our gardener, to tidy up the churchyard. Already we can see the benefits. The churchyard looks more open and inviting, graves are clearly seen and families can regularly be seen visiting. Plans are in hand for a bench with monies kindly donated and all is well.

In July, we were approached by the Co-op store in the village to spend their community time in the churchyard. We were eager to accept and with church members and friends the group spend a friendly day working in the sun. The effect is beautiful and more of our graveyard is clear and footpaths more obvious.

Churchyard volunteers, 2018

This is not the first time that we have been helped by our local Co-op. To introduce themselves to the village they took part in a Saturday shop at the church, bringing all manner of goodies along with the tea and coffee. It was a great meeting focus for the village and many people attended.

The introduction of the Co-op to our village has been a valuable addition to the amenities of our village especially as public transport is so limited. Showing us all the way to how true co-operation works.

Thanks must go to Michael who organised the community day and kept everyone on task.

Lynn

Patronal Festival

For weeks we have been planning for, and looking forward to, our Patronal Festival, and what a happy time we had. The Somercotes Singers gave us an enjoyable evening on the Friday before St Edith’s Day (July 15th), and on the Sunday we held an informal Songs of Praise in the evening, when everyone had the opportunity to choose favourite hymns. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend, however, was the Saturday, when we went on pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a long day: we set off from St Edith’s at 8 a.m. and were home again about 12 hours later, but it was well worth the early start. The weather was perfect, which meant that those of us who had chosen to take a picnic were able to have our lunch, after the midday mass, in the shrine garden, where the lavender was in full bloom. In mid-afternoon there was a visit to the well, and a final brief service at 4 p.m.
Back in Grimoldby, we resume our planning and praying and hoping for a new Rector to be found, when once again we advertise, in September.

Walsingham Pilgrimage, 2018

Spring Interregnum Update.

Our interregnum continues. Twice we have advertised through the Church Times and twice we have had no one to interview. The seven churches of the benefice have met with our Rural Dean to discuss the way forward and, initially, decided to “revisit” the Parish Profile at a meeting in Great Carlton on Monday, June 11th, in readiness for the placement of a third recruitment advert in the autumn. We continue to pray for a positive response.

Meanwhile we are preparing for our Patronal Festival in July. We look forward to a concert given by the Somercotes Singers on the 13th, going on pilgrimage to Walsingham on the 14th, and an evening Songs of Praise will replace our usual Morning Prayer on Sunday 15th, St Edith’s Feast Day. Please see our Calendar for details of upcoming events.

3 Walks Through the Lincolnshire Wolds

Can you imagine what it would be like to have to walk for days in just your shoes?

Louth Churches for Refugees invite you to experience what it might be like to be a refugee and walk a long distance – but we want you to be properly prepared with walking boots, backpack, water and food for the 15 and 30 mile walks or sensible footwear, water and snacks for those doing the 5 mile walk.
Walking in my shoes
During the walk which launches the start of Refugee Week there will be an opportunity to discuss the work of LCFR and our plans for the future.

On June 16th 2018 Louth Churches for Refugees invite walkers of all abilities to participate in one of 3 walks through the Lincolnshire Wolds. A standard of fitness is essential to complete the 15 or 30 mile walks, refreshment stops will be available en route.

Walk 1 – 5 miles will start and finish at Louth Methodist Church Nichol Hill (departs 9.15)

Walk 2 – 15 miles will start at Louth Methodist Church and finish at the Wolds Centre, Scamblesby departs 9.00 am)

Walk 3 – 30 miles will start and finish at Louth Methodist Church Nichol Hill (departs 9.00 am)
All walkers must register at Nichol Hill between 8.30 and 8.50 prior to the start of the 15 and 30 mile
walks, and registration for the 5 mile walk between 8.50 and 9.10.

For more information contact Derek Gibson on 07719098770 or email derekgibson149@gmail.com

November Interregnum Update

After a lot of work from people in all of our seven parishes the beginning of the end is in sight. Our Rural Dean, Rev. Nick, joined us at the end of our Benefice Eucharist on October 29th. There were representatives from each of the seven churches present, and the Parish Profile we had been working on through the summer was formally, and unanimously, approved. This means that in early December the Vacancy will be advertised in the Church Times and we hope to hold interviews towards the end of January. We hope – and pray.

October Interregnum Update

The preparation of the Parish Profile is progressing well, following the meeting of representatives from the seven churches and Nick Brown, Rural Dean, on Saturday 9 September. The plan is to approve the Parish Profile formally at the meeting of PCC representatives to take place after the Benefice Communion Service at 10 am on Sunday 29 October in St Mary’s, Manby. All are welcome to join us in the service and at the bring and share lunch after the service, before the meeting takes place.

August Interregnum Update

The preparation of the Parish profile is progressing well and is now part of a Deanery programme led by the Rural Dean, Nick Brown, who will be joining the next meeting of PCC representatives from the seven churches on Saturday 9 September. The aim is to complete the profile by the end of October. It is important that time is allowed for careful preparation and prayer before finalising this document; any thoughts on the future would be appreciated.

In August we have two opportunities for mutual support over the August Bank Holiday: the Dog Show at St Leonard’s, South Cockerington and the Flower Festival at St Helen’s, Theddlethorpe, with a Songs of Praise service at 6 pm on the Sunday.