24th June 2018

It has been a full week this week and for the most part very exciting one.  I visited the St Faith’s CE Infants School on Tuesday & led Collective Worship around thinking about ‘ Making a Difference’ based on their value of justice.  I took a carrot, a bottle of water & a bandage.  Can you guess which bible story I told? And perhaps you might like to think about the question I posed them: How can you make a difference in the lives of others?


I popped up to the Lincolnshire Show late Wednesday afternoon to catch up with Bishop Nicholas about our sponsored ride next Thursday.  He was at the show on Wednesday promoting the Bishop of Lincoln’s ‘Ready for School’ Fund.  He was on a static bike at one point & had interview with BBC radio Lincolnshire.  The fund has started to give out small awards so it is good that the fund raising is also raising more awareness of it being there to help children access education by supporting them in a small ways, for some those ways are life changing.  I also had a chat with Bishop David

about ‘Science & Faith’ in the diocese and we will be looking at this a bit further later on in the year.


The fantastic news from the show Wednesday was that the children from St Faith & St Martin CE Junior School won first place in the Lincolnshire Schools’ Challenge.  I have yet to get into school to hear what they had to do for that.  More details next week I hope.  In the meantime – well done, juniors!


I was back at the Lincs Show at 7.30am on Thursday to initially advertise the bike ride in the absence of Bishop Nicholas, and also I was there to play with the Lincs Fire & Rescue Concert Band.  We had 3 marching slots in the main arena & we marched to 1 at the Bandstand, t through the show.  This was epic & was very hot.  On the way to get the ‘band photo’ taken in front of the fire engines, there was also some 1940’s swing dancing going on. Myself, & a couple of band members joined in for the stroll. 


The great news of the day was St Faith’s CE Infant’s School were singing twice during the day in the Diocesan tent.  I was able to be there to welcome them, I could not hear them sing the first time but went back in my uniform for them to see it & managed to listen for half of their second time on stage.  Unfortunately playing in the band meant I could not catch it all – but what I heard was brilliant.


The breaking news for Friday is that the infant’s school is changing it’s name to ‘St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery School.  This is to recognise the wonderful nursery which is part of the infant’s school.


I am planning a long bike ride in preparation for the 100 mile bike ride on Thursday.  I am praying for weather that does not include wind, & preferably not rain either.  Thanks for all who have supported me so far & to those who have plans to.  The Queen in the West are raffling off England shirts for the 3 England matches til Thurs (so 1 already won), & the schools have each got their 100 challenges organised & sponsor forms have been sent out.


And in case you missed it Kathy is now a granny!


That’s all folks….God Bless, Revd Julie