14th October 2018

Following on from our fabulous rainbow-coloured harvest festival last Sunday, when we looked at God’s promise of love to us in the form of a rainbow, it was the schools’ turn on Monday. Both St Faith & St Martin CE Junior & St Faith’s CE Infant’s & Nursery schools were brilliant; we heard from the infants about harvest & they made several words about harvest from the word ‘harvest’ itself. The junior school had invited a representative from Lincoln Community Larder to come & tell us about the food being donated & they came & picked up all the food that we as the collective St Faith’s family had collected. Both services were led by the Collective Worship Council, they did a fantastic job!! Well Done!! I also had the chance to drop into the infant school & watch the harvest festival of Nursery & Reception. There were children dressed up as leaves, turnips & animals; it was a lovely service.

Following the service on Sunday, I went to play in a concert with Lincolnshire Fire & rescue Concert Band in memory of Adrian, a saxophonist & band member, who died earlier this year. The concert was one of the best I have played in so far; it was a very moving concert with various saxophone solos; all money raised went to St Barnabas hospice.

On Saturday, it was the West End Community Meal. It was a lovely evening of a mix of students & families & friends of St Faith’s with excellent Indian food & getting to know each other. This was followed by an Indian drummer – the entertainment for the evening. It was a good start to what we hope to be a regular get together of the community: students and residents together. Thank you to Subash Chellaiah, university chaplain and his chaplaincy team, & Helen Davies in making this night possible.

Those of you who are observant may see that the rotas are out for November & December. They are partly filled for the roles or time & place that are essential and the other places are for you to volunteer for. If you want to volunteer for reading or intercessions, or indeed any of the roles & you are not sure about it because you have not done it before & want to chat it through then please see me. Helen D has kindly stepped up to help Sue with King’s Lions, so in the new year, we are looking for people to help with assisting them (we have already have volunteers til Christmas). All roles need to be filled, but the hospitality roles of sidesperson & ‘tea & coffee’ are crucial to retaining the good welcome that St Faith’s has a reputation for. Please do consider what you can do , where you can help & complete the rota with your name in the appropriate slot.

Sadly Tiny tots, the parents & toddlers group (that was set up in conjunction with Sure Start) is finishing. They have various bits & pieces to get rid of & so they plan to run jumble sales in the hall on a Friday morning til the end of the year when their hall booking & payment runs out – proceeds to St Faith’s church. So if you have some jumble, it is very welcome, please bring it along to the church, or to the hall on Friday mornings.

Have a good week, God bless, Rev’d Julie