9th December 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make West End Lights happen. So many of you helped in one way or another and so it is difficult to mention people by name.

West End Lights was a hugely successful evening and the church looks beautiful. Thank you to everyone who helped to decorate the church, for Jake who got the tree, and 2 our two parking attendants – Dave and Rob.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the night – it was lovely to have so many people helping with a huge thank you to those who stayed behind, including the Mothers Union & the Scouts, for making sure that the church was clean and tidy for this morning’s service.

Thanks to Pete for his music, and also to both the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert Band & the visiting Neustadt band, Musikverein Diedersfeld. We have already had many comments on the music that added to the festive atmosphere of the night. This church loves live music and the band commented on how much they enjoyed playing here.

The biggest comment made to me, especially from our German friends, were their remarks on how warm & friendly the church is & how family-friendly it is. That warmth of welcome comes from each one of you at St Faith’s & this was supplemented by the Mother’s Union & the Scouts – our extended family.

I do want to give a final thank you to Kathy, who has been organising this for a few weeks & who has virtually run around all week either to preparing for Friday night, or getting the Parish Focus out to our volunteers for delivery as well as deliver some. It needed a quick delivery as the advertising inside included this event. The printer had been unable to print for 3 weeks so it was late arriving.

Please do take time to look at the Christmas trees, if you have not already done so – they are all brilliant. Angels from the Realms of Glory and the one from the pop-up café are quite exquisite.

Looking forward to next weekend, it is out Christmas Lunch on the Saturday – don’t forget to get your tickets, & bring your family & friends & don’t forget a neighbour or two. We already have a few extra guests from Ridgeway care home. On Sunday, it is our Christingle service, so please spread the word & invite your local community to come along. Everyone will get a chance to make a Christingle from 3.30pm & then we light them towards the end of Christingle Carol Service, the service itself begins at 4pm. All supplemented by mulled wine and mince pies.

In the midst of this Advent season of preparation, try to take a moment to think about Jesus , God bless, Revd Julie

18th November 2018

Last Sunday was Remembrance Sunday, especially commemorating a 100 years since the end of World War 1. It was a very special service, with the scouts telling us about what it was like to be a scout in world war 1, a short reflection by Councillor Chris Burke on the RAF and its 100th anniversary and the West End Youth Club sharing with us a bit about the men who had given their lives from the West End community in service to their country – to bring us the freedom we experience today. The whole event was made extra special by the fantastic decoration of the churches with over 1000 poppies from both St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery & St Faith & St Martin CE Junior schools which include an ‘installation’ coming down the pulpit. We were fortunate to have the company of the Deputy Mayoress Councillor Sue Burke, and Trevor, a cornet player, who played us the Last Post & Reveille at the time we remembered over 200 names on both St Faith’s war memorial & the war memorial from St Martin’s church when it existed. Trevor also came into the Junior school on the Monday & played the Last Post there for the children.

I am looking forward to the next event at the schools which is ‘World Hello Day’, where as a city we are encouraged to say ‘hello’ to 10 people we do not know. Please do come & be part of the West End community saying ‘hello’ to children. Next week, I am also judging the advent competition at the schools, with the view to giving out an advent calendar to the winners & chocolate angels to the runners up. All prizes are from Meaningful chocolate which is both Fairtrade but contain the Story of Jesus’ birth.

Earlier this week I attended training, safeTALK, on recognising people who might be considering suicide. It is not a course specifically for professionals, it is a course for every single one of us, as any of us could make a difference.

Last night was the RAF Supper & Quiz night. Thanks to Kathy, Brian, Helen D & Janet for the amazing food & to Sue & Jake for the quiz. A great thematic night with the winners of the evening being ‘Bold & Spicy’. The ‘4 wise men’ (the clergy) were perhaps no ‘so wise’ coming last!

On a personal note, this week I played with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert band (LFRCB) for the Firefighters Long Term Service Medal Ceremony which recognises the work of Firefighters in Lincolnshire. LFRCB is sponsored by the Fire & Rescue Service, & it was a privilege to be at the ceremony. LFRCB is involved in other events in the near future: the Carol Concert at Lincoln Cathedral, with school choirs & singing groups, raising money for LIVES on 3 Dec, 7.30pm, tickets £5 & jointly with Musikverein Diedersfeld , Neustadt, to bring us carols at St Faith’s church at West End Lights on 7th Dec. The bands will also make some appearances at the Christmas market & the Guildhall.

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

11th November 2018

First of all, I would like to welcome Madam Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Sue Burke, Consort Councillor Christopher Burke, the uniformed organisations, Trevor, our cornet player & all visitors to St Faith’s church for our service of Remembrance commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1. This year, the scout group has prepared a special account of what it was like to be a scout in WW1 & the West End Youth Club has looked at what we know about some of the names that are on St Faith’s WW1 memorial. Both schools have been making poppies: you can see the fabulous contribution around the church today as they have used their poppies to decorate the church.

I was in St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery School for Collective Worship this week to kick off their day looking at memories with a Collective Worship on memories and what the poppy stands for. The children held a 10 second silence & you could’ve heard a pin drop – they were brilliant. On Monday I will be in St Faith & St Martin CE Junior school as I lead their Collective Worship on Remembrance.

You will have also noticed that we have silhouettes in church; this is part of the ‘There But Not There’ project which aims to place a representative figure for the names on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes represent those who should have returned home to their communities but did not; it forms part of the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 WW1.

Last week I popped into the bonfire party for the children & youth associated with St Faith’s. I want to say a big thanks to Sue & Jake for hosting this year’s event & to Helen D who helped with the organisation of the event. There were many families there: good food, lots of sparklers, fireworks with toasted marshmallows as well. It was a great evening & it was good for both King’s Lions & West End Youth Club & their families to come together for the evening.

It’s been a full week with many highlights including the St Faith & St Martin CE Junior school iSingPOP concert at Alive church. iSingPOP is the Innervation Trust's primary school singing & recording project. They are a Christian charity that give thousands of children the chance to learn an amazing set of specially written pop songs, to record their very own album & perform a fantastic concert. The singing was outstanding & was accompanied with awesome dance moves. Thanks to Alive church for making this happen.

Please see our ‘Dates for your Diary’ on the back page for news of the events coming up. We have community meals aimed at bringing the community together. Our RAF supper this Saturday – 17th November is the next event & our Christmas Lunch should not be missed. Please come along & please invite someone who you feel may also enjoy the company – maybe a neighbour you know is on their own and ma not get a Christmas dinner otherwise.

The other big event coming up is St Faith’s Family Fashion Show at the junior school – all the latest fashions, only £5 a ticket to come along & enjoy a local evening out with local models (it seems I have been volunteered)!!

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

4th November 2018

Last week, we had our ‘Remembering with Thanksgiving’ Service. We had a few families who attended for the service. Thank you to those who came, provided cake & supporting our visiting families. This is an important part of our pastoral care, not just to the church community but to the wider parish and associated families too.

It has been another week of meetings, including the PCC & Hall committee. I want to thank the committee members for their time & commitment for their work towards the vision of the church & upkeep of the hall respectively.

The meeting I attended yesterday morning was Diocesan Synod. We are at the beginning of a new 3 year term, so part of the meeting was about elections – it was my first experience of elections in each of the houses: clergy, laity & the Bishops. There was a lot of discussion over the parish share, & more information will be coming to Deanery Synod for feedback at the start of next year; we also heard about some exciting plans for the future of the diocese that depend on a bid being made to the national church. There was an update on the movement towards relating to Modern Slavery. The Clewer Initiative is a C of E initiative enabling the dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities with an aim to help provide victim support & care. The meeting also included a presentation on safeguarding that recognised the good work that is going on in parishes – a message of thanks was asked to be circulated to parish safeguarding officers and teams for the work done so far. The presentation also explained the vision & plan for safeguarding training across the diocese.

I want to finish with some good news, & not so good news. Sadly Wednesday Eucharist services will be suspended until 2019 due to illness of church members. The good news relates to West End Lights. Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert band is linked to a German band, Musikverein Diedersfeld who are coming to the Christmas Market & will be joining the band to play at St Faith’s for West End lights.

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

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

7th October 2018

Welcome to our service as we celebrate both St Faith’s day and harvest. An extra special welcome if you a student joining us today at the start of another academic year. We hope you are settling in well into the community. Please do stay and join us afterwards for coffee and a bit to eat.

Welcome too, if you are leader of young people, helping to nurture & teach them as they grow & mature. It is a pleasure to commission you today at the start of another academic year. We will also be commissioning our new chalice bearers to assist in our Eucharist services in the distribution of the wine.

This week I had the chance to pop in and see Helen T. She is still ‘hopping’ around unable to weight bear, sends her regards and thanks for the visitors and the cards.

Mid-week Helen D (representing our West End Youth club) & myself had a meeting with the scout group. It was very positive & we have much planned for the coming year working together. The first of which is remembrance service; being the 100th anniversary of World War I, we hope to do something special this year to mark the occasion. We have plans for Christingle & next year, we are looking at a special dedication service to re-dedicate the flags & the group to St Faith’s church. In the meantime, I want to thank the beavers & their leaders for the work they have done on the north churchyard. They have made an incredible start on the north churchyard clearing away the weeds that were growing very well there. This work will go towards a one of their badges. So if you do see any beavers or leaders then please thank them for their efforts.

Last night we had a fabulous concert here in the church with the Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Amongst their repertoire were a couple of songs from the musical ‘Les Misèrables’, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, ‘Gospel Train’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and they finished with an encore of ‘When the Saints go marching in…’ It was a great concert & was enhanced by a guest soloist, Rachel Grey who sang beautifully a number of songs. Thanks to Pete & Kathy for organising the concert & with an extra special thank you to Kathy who made sure we were supplied with plenty of cheese and wine- it was a good spread; thanks also to Caroline & Brian who assisted. Proceeds of the concert went towards church funds, with the proceeds of the raffle going to St Barnabas Hospice. If you want to support the hospice further, it’s not too late to join me at Windmill Farm at 2pm to hear Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Band playing in memory of a member of the band who died earlier this year.

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

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30th September 2018

First of all I would like to welcome Jo & Dale, their family & friends as they bring Edward to be baptised today. I am delighted to be baptising Edward as it is always a privilege to welcome a new person into the family of Christ as he begins his journey to learn more about Jesus Christ. The parents & Godparents offer up the promises for Edward today; they will guide him & help him to understand more about who Jesus Christ is & what it means to be a Christian until he is able to decide for himself where his faith may lie. The church family are here to welcome Edward, parents & Godparents as they make promises in today’s service to assist Edward on this journey. All refreshments are in the hall after today’s service: please join the family there.

You are invited to Today’s celebrations are being followed with refreshments are in the hall after today’s service.

This week, I visited another care home to look at opportunities for members of the home to join us in special celebrations and how we can interact with the home.

On Friday I was at the commissioning service for the new head teacher, Mrs Amanda Konrath which was held in the cathedral. It was a privilege to be there & watch Mrs Konrath being blessed in her future role.

Next week is a big service for St Faith’s. It is our patronal festival where we will be celebrating St Faith’s day. It is also our harvest & welcome service for students, followed by a shared lunch. Please do join us. It is destined to be a colourful affair – can’t say more than that at this time. We will be taking this opportunity to commission leaders working with children & young people & also our new chalice administrators. We are welcoming people with different roles who work with children to come forward & be blessed, including people who hear children read, dinner staff etc. The service is one of celebration, please do come & join us if you can. Any food donated for the harvest collection will be going to the Lincoln Community Food Larder. The children from the schools will be adding to this at their harvest services on the Monday. The Community Larder have asked for donations of the following foods:

* TINS of: fruit, Rice Pudding, Tuna, Meats – (eg stews, meatballs, curries), Hot Dogs, Peas, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes.

* ‘Weetabix’ or own brand equivalent, Other breakfast cereals, Instant Coffee (small jars), Sugar,250g packs, Jam, Marmalade or Lemon Curd, Pasta sauces. Semi-skimmed UHT milk.

* PACKETS: Instant Mashed Potato, Biscuits, Puddings, Jellies, ‘Angel Delight’.

Don’t forget the Orpheus Male Voice choir this coming Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm. They have sung here before and were excellent. Come along only £4 a ticket with cheese & wine included. Please come & support this concert as we are raising funds for St Faith’s church.

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

Baby Edward. 15 weeks old. Baptised at St Faith’s Church 30th September 2018

Baby Edward. 15 weeks old. Baptised at St Faith’s Church 30th September 2018

23rd September 2018

I want to start off with a word of thanks for everyone who stayed behind to clean the church last week after the service. It is amazing the difference that it makes when you enter the church after the cleaning has been done: there is a noticeable difference in both the look and the freshness in the air. A bit more cleaning took place on Wednesday. I also want to say thanks to Kathy & to everyone who helped her tidy up the south churchyard on Wednesday – the garden has been transformed too. Another trip to the tip means the rubbish that has been building in the churchyards has been removed again. More good news is that the scout group are looking to tidy up the north churchyard that has been overtaken with weeds.

This week, I delivered the shields that were purchased from the ‘Mary Trevis’ legacy; they will be awarded for ‘Progress in Music’. There was one for each of our 2 local schools: St Faith & St Martin CE Junior School and St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery School.

On Tuesday, I was back in the police station as part of my role as volunteer police chaplain. On Wednesday, I was at Ridgeway Care Home looking at ways that the residents there may be able to participate in some of activities/ services. If you have any ideas in this area then please do let me know.

In a couple of weeks, we will be having our usual St Faith’s day lunch as we celebrate Harvest too. I am hoping we may be joined by some of the scout group. During the service we will be commissioning leaders or other people who work with children. So if you think of anyone for whom this may be suitable to invite them along then please do have a chat with me about this.

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

Mary Trevis’ legacy sheild

Mary Trevis’ legacy sheild

9th September 2018

This week I want to start with a few words of thanks.  Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to help out in Helen’s absence, especially help with flower arrangements, hall booking, doing or keeping the church working efficiently by taking on the various roles on the rota and for those jobs behind the scenes, like the ‘laundry ’ of our worship cloths, de-waxing of our candles and so forth.  I also want to say a huge thanks to all our volunteers, including those who helped to deliver the parish focus.  Our new extra volunteers really help to get the magazine out as it helps to spread the load.  There are a few left, so if you can, please take them.  The magazine is well received across the parish, and we are always looking for more community-based articles.

 

During the week, I have  been making sure everything is ready for my absence this weekend.  Reverend Brian Barnes is coming to lead the Eucharist and preach for you all this Sunday.  He served his ministry in Canterbury Diocese apart from 3 years at Church House, Westminster.  He is a Canon Emeritus at Canterbury Cathedral, retiring to Lincoln ten years ago.  His main interest is gardening & spending time on his allotment.

 

I am off on an overnight trip to London this weekend as I am playing with the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert band for the Annual Firefighters Memorial Service.  The Firefighters Memorial Trust put on this occasion to remember & pay tribute to those members of the Fire & Rescue Service who have died in the course of their duties.  The occasion is at St. Sepulchre Without Newgate Church, Holburn & the wreath laying is St Paul’s churchyard; this will involve marching and playing a static set of music. 

 

Don’t forget the invitation to join me for Tea & Cakes at the Vicarage, 3-5pm on Sat 15 Sept as I celebrate 3 years in post.  All are welcome.  The Church Clean is the following day, 16th, after the service – all are welcome to that too ;-).

 

Lastly, It is BYPABD on Sunday 9th in the Catholic church, but the Anglican priests are happy to follow this tradition. BYPABD – Buy Your Priest a Beer Day.

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

26th August 2018

Today at our ‘bring ‘n’ share’ lunch, we say goodbye and thank you to Tony our organist who leaves to take up a new job opportunity on the Isle of Man. At the same time, we say thank you to Mandy for her 18 years of leading our Sunday school, King’s Lions. Not brought anything with you, never mind, just join us anyway.

This week has included a lot of the usual stuff such as my weekly visit to West Parade police station as one of the volunteer Police Chaplains, the never-ending admin including work on GDPR and safeguarding, trying to sort hall bookings and so forth.

What was a little unusual this week, was my walk around the parish with PCSO Pete. Not many will know that Pete was one of the very first people I spoke to even before I lived in the parish. On a quick visit to Lincoln and to see what the parish was like before to applying to be incumbent, I bumped into Pete as I had just started walking along Carholme Road. I remember asking him about bike crime, amongst other things, and what it was like to live & work in the West End. I did not know at that point he was governor to St Faith’s Infants and that I would be on the governor’s committee alongside him for a couple of years, or else I would have asked him about that too. Pete is a regular visitor to St Faith’s when on his rounds as a PCSO & has been a great support to us whilst experiencing our problems with anti-social behaviour. Early on, I asked him if I could join him on his walk around the parish, and finally virtually 3 years later, this Thursday we made it happen, when I spent the morning with him.

It was a lovely day, which gave us a great chance to stop & speak to people as we walked around. As you can imagine we had a few raised eyebrows & some fun comments as people where trying to work out who was keeping whom on the right track! It was great to get an insight into Pete’s working day. Having been in the West End for many years, he has got to know a lot of people & built up a good relationship with people- young & old. I am very grateful for this snapshot of seeing the parish from a different perspective & gaining a greater insight into just how valuable it is to have Pete & our other PCSOs on the streets. Please keep them in your prayers

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