21st April 2019

Holy week, starting last Sunday with a celebration on Palm Sunday of Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, was followed that afternoon by a quiet service of reflection, Stations of the Cross, prayerfully considering Jesus’ journey from meeting with Pilate to the cross. Maundy Thursday marked the Last Supper & Jesus’ washing of disciples feet, followed by Good Friday’s service remembering Jesus’ time on the cross. The quiet Saturday Easter vigil being more of a rowdy Scouts sleepover as they watched a film. It’s a delight to be able to welcome the beavers, cubs & scouts into church for the sleepover. They make the fire for the Dawn service, where a new Easter candle is marked & lit reminding us of Christ as the Light of the World, they help to lead the service & cook us an English breakfast!

Holy week is about the journey of walking with Jesus through the final tragic & torturous moments of His life. Easter day is the celebration that follows as Jesus rises from the dead taking away the pain & sorrow. Jesus went through this to bring us new life, bringing us closer to God. Remember when scoffing a hot cross bun or sinking those chocolate Easter eggs, the biggest gift of all is the one that God gave us this day through the resurrection of His son. Don’t forget to share God’s love & this gift with everyone.

God bless you this Easter, Revd Julie

7th April 2019

At the beginning of the week I was in St Faith & St Martin CE Junior School for Collective Worship; the topic: If God created the world, why are there natural disasters? With chocolate buttons, a bit about free will (good/ bad decisions) and thinking about climate change – we were able to think about humanity’s impact on the world.

This week has been the final week of the school term & so the children have been learning all about Easter & celebrating it with their end of school services this week. Both schools had hot cross buns as refreshments afterwards. Thanks to everyone who helped with the buttering of the buns & with the refreshments themselves.

Last week we had a collection at our Sunday service for the DEC disaster fund for those affected by Cyclone Idai. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Looking forward, next Sunday is Palm Sunday so there will be a procession from the church hall at 10.30am, please do join us if you can. The service itself will start in the church about 10.35am for those who want to go straight there.

In the afternoon, the final Lent prayer session will be Stations of the Cross. Stations of the Cross is about prayerfully following the last steps Jesus took to the Cross through a series of stations set round the church; we embark on a journey praying at each station.

Don’t forget the ‘History of the West End‘exhibition either at the university of Lincoln next Saturday or St Faith’s church hall on the Sunday.

Have a good week, God bless, Revd Julie

31st March 2019

Just a brief note to remind you that we will be collecting for the Disaster appeal following the Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe today. The DEC only put together an appeal in times of true crisis: Cyclone Idai killed at least 750 people with 2.5 million in need of help of water, food, shelter with the risk of disease, especially cholera. The collection will be on the table at the back of church. God bless, Reverend Julie

24th March 2019

On Tuesday it was the Diocesan Headteachers/governors conference organised for church schools. The conference had a specific focus looking at the effect poverty has on pupils as well an update on the new RE curriculum & Ofsted/ SIAMS frameworks. ON Wednesday, I welcomed the Verger’s Guild to St Faith’s, with a potted history of St Faith’s. Thanks to Paul Paynton who arranged this.

I don’t know about you, but I have been moved by the devastation of Cyclone IDAI and especially the images that show the intense flooding and suffering of the people of Mozambique. The Disasters Emergency Committee is an organisation that only comes together at times of disaster bringing together 14 leading UK charities & local agencies, has launched an appeal to help victims in Mozambique, Malawi & Zimbabwe. They strive to provide effective & swift humanitarian assistance; alongside medication, shelter, & food is urgently needed.

Next week there will be a collection in aid of the appeal.

Please pray for them this week, God bless, Revd Julie

17 March 2019

This week, I have been into both schools: St Faith’s Infant for Collective worship on Tuesday on Jesus’ parable about the sower, followed by a visit to St Faith & St Martin CE Juniors who had an Ofsted inspection. As one of the governors, I was asked to attend an interview with the inspector as part of the representation of the work of the governors at the school. Governance is an important of how schools are run & the governors work together with the Head teacher to achieve the best for every pupil.

I attended a course later in the week on Collective Worship as part of the Joy Foundation’s work with the Christianity deanery i.e. the church’ deanery. This course was to help leaders of Collective Worship in the schools to improve our skills. Their next course is on story telling which I am hoping to attend too.

I undertook the first part of my safeguarding training. Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility & the parish takes safeguarding very seriously. I invite you to be familiar with the noticeboards in church or the hall which tell you what to do if you have any concerns…

Lastly, a word about finances of the church bearing in the mid to be able to cover the church’s expenses as well as trying to pay at least 50% our parish share. This is reminder that we have introduced the ‘Parish Giving Scheme’ as a regular way of donating to St Faith’s. If you have not seen any information about this, then there are packs at the back of church that covers this. If you have had a pack & not read yet, may I encourage you to do so. If you have any questions, please talk to Pete Hill or myself.

God bless. Revd Julie

10th March 2019

First of all a massive thank you for everyone who helped out at the pancake party on Shrove Tuesday because it was massively busy. It was a huge success – it was full on for an hour and a half. Thanks initially to Sue as she must have cooked about 90 pancakes; thanks to Natasha, Helen D, Bob and Jake who helped in the kitchen & to the Mothers’ Union: Caroline, Gill & Jill as they handled the craft activities. It was such a success this year as the parents of the beavers stayed & joined in this year, making it a great family occasion. I did my bit in finishing off the pancakes: about 7 in total!!

This followed on from another fantastic event which was last Sunday’s family service where Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain blessed the flags of our scout group: 7th Scouts, Lincoln. The church was full of beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers, leaders and parents in addition to our own congregation all designing flags. By working together, these flags were then put together to form 2 large flags that had contributions right from the very young to the (very) old. Just fab!! The scout group are next with us in church for their sleepover & the Easter Dawn service (6.30am start) with breakfast – not to be missed; it’s very moving as the young people help to lead this most important service of the year.

Lastly, I am running a series of Sunday evening sessions looking at prayer, specifically prayer that involves silence. Each session will roughly involve ‘ an introduction to the prayer/ type of prayer being looked at, a period of silence, followed by a short liturgy (closing prayers). It will start at 5pm & finish no later than 5.45pm. This week, I will look at how the practice of Lectio Divina can help in our prayer.

God bless, Revd Julie

3rd March 2019

Firstly I would like to welcome all beavers, cub, scouts and their leaders and supporters of 7th Lincoln Scout group. It is such a privilege to welcome you all for a service of blessing your flags today. This service is about celebrating all that is good about scouting, working together whilst reminding us of the ideals set out in their Promise & Law.

I would also like to welcome too, Bishop Nicholas (Bishop of Grantham), who will be providing us with our talk this morning and blessing the flags for us. This is the 1st time Bishop Nicholas visits us at St Faith’s & we are really pleased he agreed to come and be involved in this very special service today.

Thank you to youth club members for planting the bulbs which are now flowering by the church door & to the church member who donated the money to buy them. Thanks also to the beavers who joined in to make the garden look lovely by planting some bulbs in the garden too. Please do admire them on your way out as the bulbs are now growing.

Lent begins this week with the ‘Pancake Party’ on Shrove Tues (5.30pm-7pm). Come along & join us in the hall with the beavers, as we tuck into pancakes with different toppings to go with them (my favourite is lemon & sugar, although Nutella with banana is a close 2nd). There will be a craft too! Following on from the party where we ‘traditionally’ empty the cupboard of luxury things for Lent, we mark the start of Lent with our Ash Wednesday services (6 Mar: 9.15am & 7.30pm). If you are a regular, you should have received a Lent reflection book on ‘The Beatitudes’; if you are not a regular & would like one, please ask. Our Lent course begins on Wed 13 March for 5 weeks based on the film ‘I Daniel Blake’ (books available from Helen D). Then, all you need to do know is decide on what you give up &/or take on for Lent! God bless you, Revd Julie

24th February 2019

Back at the start of February, we looked at how to support the work of St Faith’s in the parish. Information was given out, If you missed these, then be please be sure to pick up a pack. One of the things we looked at was how to donate money to support the work of the church, in particular joining the new ‘Parish Giving Scheme’: this is very easy to do. PCC members including Pete, the treasurer, will help to answer any questions. Much good work has been done so far in the parish but only if we look & act together can we continue to make a difference in the parish.

There is a Consultation on Lincoln’s Transportation Strategy that happens every 15 years & looks at all aspect of transportation. The last time resulted in the by-pass that is currently being built. Why is it so important? It is your chance to have your say about what you think about transport in Lincoln – walking, cycling, driving, buses, trains, taxis, horses & freight and ideas of how things could be improved. It is particularly important due to the significant increase in residences that are to be built in the next 5 years. None of these are scheduled for the West End, but there are residences planned out at Saxilby. This will have an impact in the level of traffic through the West End. Please add any comments on a piece of paper & pop them in the box. A presentation on the back table gives some overview; if you just want to capture the issues with transport as you see them now, then you can do that too.

God bless, Revd Julie

17th February 2019

Firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to the services held for Reverend Les Acklam on Friday. I would especially like to thank Caroline, Richard, Gill, Bob, Helen T, Angela, Paul, Pete, the volunteer ‘washer-uppers’ and to Rachel and Neil led the services. It all went very well with many positive comments about the hospitality offered – a party was definitely had in Les’ honour.

Apologies for repeating much of last week’s pew sheet, but for the sake of those not at church last week, I want to bring to their attention (and remind you) of the Consultation on Lincoln’s Transportation Strategy. This is a consultation that happens every 15 years & looks at all aspect of transportation. The last time resulted in the Eastern by-pass that is currently being built. Why is it so important? It is your chance to have your say about what you think about transport in Lincoln – walking, cycling, driving, buses, trains, taxis, horses & freight and ideas of how things could be improved. It is particularly important due to the significant increase in residences that are to be built in the next 5 years. Although none of these are scheduled for the West End, there are residences planned for the West End of Lincoln out at Saxilby which will have an impact in the level of traffic through the West End.

Have your say? Go online and have a look at the information https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincoln-transport-strategy/81505.article. For those who don’t have the luxury, then there is a copy of a presentation at the back of church. The PCC have decided to help in try to give everyone a voice in church by collecting your thoughts on the matter. There are forms at the back of church to help you with this along with a box to put your responses in; this will be available until 24 February. The responses will be pulled together to feed back through the Carholme Community Forum who are working together for the benefit of the West End & Carholme Ward as a whole. There are 2 remaining workshops associated with the consultation, but they are out of Lincoln.

* Welton Village Hall (51 Ryland Road, LN2 3LU): Monday 25 February, 3-8pm

* Waddington Community Hub (on Waddington High St, LN5 9RF): Wednesday 27 February, 3-8pm

God bless, Revd Julie

10th February 2019

Today we are looking how to support the work of St Faith’s in the parish. There will be a lot of information, which is why we have provided you with packs so you can take them away and have a read. One of the things we will be looking at is how we donate money to support the work of the church, in particular joining the new ‘Parish Giving Scheme’, this is very easy to do. PCC members will be available to answer any questions after today’s service & at later dates. Much good work has been done so far in the parish but only if we look & act together can we continue to make a difference in the parish.

In addition to the Stewardship aspect of today, I want to bring to your attention the Consultation on Lincoln’s Transportation Strategy. This is a consultation that happens every 15 years & looks at all aspect of transportation. The last time resulted in the Eastern by-pass that is currently being built. Why is it so important? It is your chance to have your say about what you think about transport in Lincoln – walking, cycling, driving, buses, trains, taxis, horses & freight and ideas of how things could be improved. It is particularly important due to the significant increase in residences that are to be built in the next 5 years. Although none of these are scheduled for the West End, there are residences planned for the West End of Lincoln out at Saxilby which will have an impact in the level of traffic through the West End.

Have your say? Go online and have a look at the information https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincoln-transport-strategy/81505.article. For those who don’t have the luxury, then there is a copy of a presentation at the back of church. The PCC have decided to help in try to give everyone a voice in church by collecting your thoughts on the matter. There are forms at the back of church to help you with this along with a box to put your responses in; this will be available until 24 February. The responses will be pulled together to feed back through the Carholme Community Forum who are working together for the benefit of the West End & Carholme Ward as a whole. There are 2 remaining workshops associated with the consultation, but they are out of Lincoln:

* Welton Village Hall (51 Ryland Road, LN2 3LU): Monday 25 February, 3-8pm

* Waddington Community Hub (on Waddington High St, LN5 9RF): Wednesday 27 February, 3-8pm

Thanks for your continued commitment, God bless, Revd Julie