In Latest News you can find details of various aspects of our church life and do keep an eye on the Upcoming Events calendar.
Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions
The parish has been selected as Community Champions at Witham St Hugh’s Co-op from 3rd December until the 2nd March.
Last time we were awarded over £600. If you are able to shop there you will be supporting Withamside funds. Please let others know about this.
THE CLOCK IS NO LONGER STUCK
On the 1st November St. Mary’s church clock started again and chimed out the hour!
Thanks to local residents making generous donations, fund raising activities in the village, contributions from The Witham Staple, Carlton Le Moorland Parish Council and Withamside Parochial Church Council it was possible to commission The Cumbria Clock Company to install an automatic winding system. It was an example of the local community coming together to ensure the success of such a project in a relatively short space of time.
It means that a volunteer no longer needs to climb the ladder to the clock and wind it once a week. It will only need changing when the clocks move back or forward one hour, Daylight Saving Time and Greenwich Mean Time.
It was particularly pleasing to complete the task in 2023. The clock was originally installed by public subscription in commemoration of the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. 121 years later, in 2023, King Charles III was crowned.
LOOKING FORWARD to CHRISTMAS at St Mary’s
LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS AT ST. MARY’S IN CARLTON LE MOORLAND .
There will be plenty of occasions to help celebrate the Christmas period at St. Mary’s Church! A warm welcome is assured to anyone who wishes to attend any or all the events!
The CHRISTMAS STARS will be delivered to every house in the village. All donations will go towards the church improvement appeal.
With a memory star you can:
- Pay a special tribute to someone who has died
- Remember someone you can’t be with at Christmas
- Wish a loved one a Happy Christmas
- Dedicate a Memory Star instead of a Christmas gift.
Each star is attached to a red ribbon and hung from a tree in the church yard near the Christmas stable scene. The tree is lit by Christmas lights at night.
The Christmas stable, with the Nativity scene, is placed by the church yard wall near the village Christmas tree. It is also lit at night. During Christmas week the church lights are left on until late in the evening so that the stained glass windows shine out in the immediate area.
SPECIAL OCCASIONS IN ST. MARY’S CHURCH OVER CHRISTMAS.
- Don’t forget to look out for the posters regarding the MUSICALEVENING OF CAROLS AND CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR ALL THE FAMILY. IT IS ON SATURDAY 16th DECEMBER AT 7.00 P.M. There is a GUEST CHOIR returning after last year’s successful family, Christmas occasion. It is an opportunity for you to hear old favourites and for YOU to sing along! This will be a candle lit occasion.
Mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies!
TICKETS: £5 for adults, children under 16 – FREE.
Tickets from: Greens of Bassingham and from Andrew and Ingrid Alsop 01522 788748 from 13th November.
- MIDNIGHT IN BETHLEHEM
Don’t be fooled by the title! This special Christmas service is at 9.00p.m. At 9.00 p.m. in Carlton Le Moorland it will be MIDNIGHT IN BETHLEHEM, the birthplace of Jesus. It will be a candle lit service.
All are very welcome to this special preparation for CHRISTMAS. Do come along.
News from St Mary’s
- £1,000 donated by The Lost Village Festival in their annual Funding Application Outcome 2023 for our heating project at St. Mary’s.
- We are Co-op Community Champions for December 3rd 2023 to March 2nd 2024. Last time we were selected a few years ago we received over £600! Encourage people to shop at WITHAM ST. HUGHS CO-OP!!!!
- Heating project completed! New Air source Heat Pump and Heater installed.
- More good news next month.
- Onwards and Upwards!
Pastoral Support Contact Team
For the Withamside United Parish
Neighbourly Care within our Communities.
Within our local communities there already exists a network of people who look out for those who may be vulnerable or are in need of a chat or support. This manifests itself in a variety of ways. Through personal contact and through the many organisations, groups, clubs, and societies that exist within our villages. These are all part of a Neighbourly Caring Community
What does not exist is a contact for people who may want to talk to someone about a particular issue. When a Parish has a Rector then they provide a natural focal point for this kind of support. We do not have a Rector and so the Withamside United Parish has established a small Pastoral Support Contact Team who can be contacted to meet this need. The members of the Team are not counsellors and will not give advice but are all good listeners and where appropriate may be able to offer support in guiding people to appropriate agencies.
If you would like to talk to someone in confidence, then please feel free to contact one of the following people who will do their best to listen to your concerns.
The Pastoral Support Contact Team are ordinary members of our churches who have been DBS checked and have untaken some basic Safeguarding training.
The names and contact details of the Pastoral Support Contact Team are:
|Diane Cook||Tel No 07791 596385||email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Rowland||Tel No 07868 231688||email: email@example.com|
|Maureen Kendall||Tel No 07887 613361||email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jo Brown||Tel No 07803 003159||email: email@example.com|
|Sarah Hassnip||Tel No 07881 998654||email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
The Withamside United Parish Parochial Church Council
HOME COMMUNION TEAM
There are a number of residents in the Withamside Parish who, for one reason or another, are unable to get to church services and are, therefore, unable to take Holy Communion.
The Withamside Parochial Church Council has now established a team of lay people who have the Bishop’s License to deliver Home Communion.
If you are unable attend church services and would like to receive Holy Communion, then please contact one of the following people and they will come to your house and administer Home Communion for you.
The names and contact details of the Home Communion Team are:
A Time to Change Together
Dear friends in Christ,
A Time to Change Together is a huge journey for our diocese and for all of us, and just now we have been making significant steps along the way. Against the backdrop of our challenging world, and praying for peace, justice, sharing and mutual respect, we are putting our affairs into a new order. TTCT is no longer an idea for the future, it is what we are doing now and how we are doing it. Let us pray that our flourishing church may bring its values to the wider community – collaboration, generosity and growth.
We now have more information about the way forward for our parish of Withamside.’
Then ‘Click the button below to read more….
MARY’S CHURCH CLOCK WILL TELL THE TIME AND CHIME, ONCE MORE!
The money has now been raised so that an automatic winding system can be attached to the clock. The clock was installed in the church tower by voluntary subscription in commemoration of the coronation of King Edward VII. J.B. Joyce of Whitchurch, Shropshire manufactured the clock in 1902.
The Cumbria Clock Company will be manufacturing and installing the winding units. Somebody will only need to attend to the regulation and undertake the summer and winter changes.
The £7,500 needed to undertake the work and pay for servicing and associated electrical work has been raised in under a year. This has been achieved as a result of grants from local organisations, private contributions by local people and fund raising. Many residents have commented about the absence of the familiar chimes and look forward to the clock being at the heart of our village, once more.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH
IN AID OF THE WITHAMSIDE PARISH
Come and enjoy a Cuppa and a Chat
Come and enjoy a friendly social occasion with
Coffee/Tea, cakes,and a raffle.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd 2023
10-30 until 11-30 a.m.
Your Hosts are Bassingham Church
*NEW * Withamside Parish Book Club
You are invited to join the online parish book club that Maureen Kendall is setting up which allows us to join together in reading books but without actually meeting up. Everyone is welcome to post comments on the Facebook page, Withamside Parish Book Club, alternatively email Maureen, address below, and she will post your comments on Facebook. The plan is to have a new book each month, possibly a novel with a faith theme, rather than a religious tome. Maureen hopes the books might lead readers to recognise signs of faith in everyday situations. Suggestions are welcome!
This months book club read is West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
Please contact Maureen on email@example.com
BRING ANY FOOD AND ESSENTIAL GOODS THAT YOU WISH TO DONATE TO
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH BASSINGHAM
on the last Thursday of each month
9-30 a.m. to 11-30 a.m.
ANYONE IN NEED OF A BIT OF EXTRA HELP IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES CAN COME ALONG AND COLLECT A BOX OF FOOD AND ESSENTIAL GOODS
1-00 p.m. to 3-30 p.m.
THIS IS A NEW COLLABORATIVE SCHEME BETWEEN GREEN’S STORE AND THE WITHAMSIDE PARISH TO TRY AND ESTABLISH A WAY OF SHARING AND RE-DISTRIBUTING EXCESSES AND SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED WITHIN OUR OWN COMMUNITY
Food and fuel poverty are real issues for a significant section of our communities. People are having to choose whether to turn on the heating or to have a meal.
As you know the Parish collects food for the Lincoln Food Larder. Since the Covid pandemic the amount of food we have collected has reduced significantly.
I am trying to re-start our food giving in order to support the many disadvantaged families in Lincoln.
If you are able to donate food for the Lincoln Food Larder could you please bring it and leave it at the back of St Michael’s Church, Bassingham. I will then take it to the Larder. Only tins and dried food products please.
WITHAMSIDE UNITED PARISH 200 CLUB
We are relaunching the 200 club across the whole parish.
In the past the 200 club has been a successful way of raising funds for the parish and I hope that you will be able to take part.
If you’d like to join in, then it would be helpful if you could print a copy of the attached application form. If not, then these will be available from myself, John Rowlands, or in church.
Once you have returned the completed application form to me and have made your payment, your number(s) will be allocated and will be entered in the next draw. The draw for the 200 club will take place monthly at the coffee morning held in St Michael’s Church, Bassingham on the first Saturday of the month.
Thank you and good luck!