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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.