What’s Happening this Week
An update for St John’s building.
It seems nothing is happening, but in fact lots of those ‘unseen’ things have been taking place, by quite a few people, both St John’s members and others, who want to see our building improved and repaired. Thanks to the spire team, people from the Diocese, our accountants and people from Heritage Lincolnshire, for all their efforts and advice.
Two Faculty permissions have been given by the Diocese this week: to cover the organ loft store room doors, and for the replacement of the organ manual cabinet with a new section of chancel pew. The Faculty process is an essential part of any building work that is done in church buildings, and is a very lengthy process, so these two permissions are really good news.
The spire has been recently inspected by steeplejacks, to check its condition. Fortunately, they have reported there is no further deterioration, and the works that were carried out during winter of 2017/2018 is still providing some measure of security to the weakest points. Meanwhile, the spire team has been busy securing monies that will be needed to pay for investigative reports and contracts for the spire & tower repair works. It must not be forgotten that the spire and tower are still in a very fragile condition, and now we have monies for reports etc., the spire team are once again preparing to apply for a grant.
Please consider all these works in your prayers that they will proceed safely and without any un-necessary delay, and also to give thanks that these small, but important, steps have been carried out. Geoff Godfrey.
Used Postage stamps – please hand in your used postage stamps and we can pass them to Lepra, please give to Jim Cockett at St Mary’s or to the Church office thanks.
Remember !!! That the latest St John’s history books are on sale in St John’s Church and the Church office, small copy £5 and large copy £10.
Prayer Before Services We will be meeting to pray before our Sunday morning services, 9.45am in St Mary’s Church and 10.20am in St John’s Church, everyone welcome to join us in this prayer time.
Monday 17th June 3.30pm Ladybrook Lighthouse in St Mary’s Church, helpers from 2.45pm.
Tuesday 18th June 12-1pm Centre Prayer Lunch in the Shill room in the Centre.
Wednesday 19th June 7.30pm Midweek Focus in the Shill room, refreshments served from 7pm. Anyone welcome to come along.
Saturday 22nd June 7pm “Summer Concert Sing for Joy” with The Singers and Meryl Chambers in St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £6 each and available from the Church office , Meryl or Carole Partridge, all proceeds to church funds, come along to listen to their joyful songs on a summer’s evening.
Sunday 23rd June 4.30pm – 5.30pm Light Bite in St Mary’s Church
Friday 5th July 8pm- late Half Night of Prayer “Encountering God” in St John’s Centre, you can come along at any time between 8pm till late and pray in the peace and quiet. See Peter Frith for more details.
Transform Weekend 12-14 July 2019 Walesby Forest. This year is ‘Step Out’ The Transform Weekend is a chance to engage with others and see how churches are making a difference across our diocese. Find out more on https://www.transform-weekend.org or Facebook/transformweekend
Ladybrook Community Centre update from Peter Frith. I have now completed my 250 Park runs. A big thank you to everybody who has sponsored me, about £500 raised so far. Final donations can still be made to me in cash or online www.ladybrookcommunitycentre.co.uk Thank you.
Shaun & Jen Thompson in Albania- latest newsletter now available from the Mission Display at back of St John’s church. Please pick up a copy and pray for our mission partners in Albania. Thank You.
Father’s Day – treat for Dads! Next Sunday is Father’s Day, so we have a treat in store for all fathers in our congregations…and any visitors too! Bacon cobs/rolls will be served at St John’s from 9.30-10.15 on Sunday morning between the 8.30 and 10.30 services. If you’re a dad please pop along….and enjoy!
Sally, Colin & Sarah & Alex would like to thank the church family so much for all your lovely cards and support on the recent death of Marion, a dear mum and Nanna; your prayers have been felt at this time. Thank you. Sally W
Message from Julie Cotterill (nee Brown & former member of St John’s) “I am being ordained at Petertide 30th June this year at 11am at Southwell Minster. It would be lovely if those who know me would like to join me on this day , at the Service and afterwards at the Methodist hall in Southwell which is just behind the Saracens Head”. Any queries please contact Julie or Chris Frith for more details.
Sunday 21st July 12.15pm onwards. Bring and Share Lunch followed by Family Film afternoon in St John’s Centre.