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.

What a difference a year makes!

In July 2016, we had been banished from our building, so that essential work could be done. But this year, in July 2017, in the week of our Patronal Festival, the work had already been completed, the church had resumed its pattern of worship, and the Saturday Shop had returned and was flourishing.

On July 8th, we went on pilgrimage to Walsingham, with thankful hearts. We had a wonderful day, with plenty of time to relax in the beautiful garden at the shrine, or to walk around the village.

Back in Grimoldby, we had to get busy again. We held a Flower Festival from Friday 14th until Sunday. Christine Baxter had organised this, with help from friends at two of our sister churches, at Saltfleetby and Theddlethorpe. In addition to the display of flowers, the WI, the Honeysuckle Club, Little Lambs, and Grimoldby Primary School had displays of their activities. On Friday evening, the Somercotes Singers gave a concert of well-known songs, much enjoyed. The festival continued through Saturday and Sunday when, in the morning, we had an informal service of Songs of Praise at which everyone had a chance to choose a favourite hymn.

So, it was all over – but not quite. In the coolness of the church, the wonderful flowers continued to bless us for many days.

Interregnum Update

We are making progress in preparing the Parish Profile, which is needed before the recruitment process for our new Rector can take place. If you have any views on how we can grow as a group of seven churches, please let a member of the PCC know your ideas/views.

When representatives of all the church PCCs met, we agreed to organise a series of informal social gatherings, and a list will be published in the August news sheet. This should help to maintain contact and provide an opportunity to get to know each other better and exchange ideas.

It was also agreed that the Holy Communion service on the fifth Sunday in the month would be a Benefice Holy Communion, and we would like to invite as many as possible of the regular congregation from each church to join in this service. The first one will be at 10.30 on Sunday 30th July, in St John the Baptist Church, Great Carlton.

Parish Profile

Thank you to everyone who came to Chris Turner’s last service and brought food to make it such a memorable occasion.

We are starting to prepare a Parish Profile, looking to the future, and your PCC would welcome any comments on how our churches can evolve and grow.


Celebrating the Rev Chris Turner’s time as Rector, 2017

As we enter a period of interregnum, with the departure of Chris Turner, after his ten and a half years of very special ministry, we are trying to maintain communication by continuing the monthly news sheet. The aim is to continue the established monthly pattern of one service of Holy Communion in each church, by using retired clergy living in the area.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

As some of you may know, I am leaving for a new post. I have been appointed as the vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Borough Green, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

I would like to take this opportunity to say, thank you. It has been a great joy and privilege walking alongside you in your faith journey. This was not a part of the country Lorraine or I knew before we arrived, and we found a wonderful welcome and generous hearts. Over the ten and half years we have been here, we have made many friends, and sadly lost some too, there have been some great successes and some things that didn’t go to plan, but through it all I have seen God at work.

My last service in these parishes will be Sunday 30th April at 11:15 in St Edith’s Grimoldby. After the service there is a bring and share lunch at the Grimoldby and Manby village hall. Everyone is welcome to join us.

I will be licensed at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday 24th May, at 7pm, by the Bishop of Rochester. It is a long way down to Kent, but if anyone does want to come to that service it would be great to see you there.

Before all that we will be celebrating Easter. This is the season when we think of endings and new beginnings. The cross brought an end to the old order, an end to slavery to sin, and the resurrection brought a new creation, new life in Christ. So as we reflect on the cross and the empty tomb, we remember that God can make flowers grow in the desert, water flow from the rock, turn death into life. So, changing us and our future is a relatively small task for the almighty.

Have a blessed Easter.