19th May 2019
                                                            Sue and Neil Baxter.
HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY 
           
Please join them for Cake and a Cuppa after the service.


Parkinson’s UK.
Jayne would like to thank you all for supporting Parkinson’s UK by saving all of your used stamps.  The latest package sent weighed 0.632kg (approximately 1 lb 6 ozs) which is a lot of stamps.  Please keep collecting them for this worthy cause. 
Thank you.
###############


12th May 2019

Today is the start of Christian Aid Week.
The Church will send, on our behalf, a donation to Christian Aid. If you would like to make your own donation there are ‘envelopes’ at the back of the Church. These you  may send or give to Sue Baxter.
Friday 24th May.  “Safari Supper” at 6.30pm at the Manse.
You are promised “good food, fun and fellowship”, but only if you  reserve your place by purchasing a ticket for £10 from  Sue Baxter.

On Friday the 17th there will be Family Celebrations for the Golden Wedding of Sue and Neil Baxter, but they hope you will join them for Cake and a Cuppa after the service next Sunday, the 19th.

        HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY    

################
5th May 2019

Forthcoming Events.
Two of the “Forthcoming” Events deserve some detail :
Sunday 12th to Saturday 18th Christian Aid Week.
The Church Treasurer will send, on our behalf, a donation to Christian Aid, but if any individual would like to make their own donation there are ‘envelopes’ at the back of the Church. These may be sent individually, or given to Mrs Sue Baxter.
Friday 24th May.  “Safari Supper” 6.30pm at the Manse.
You are promised “good food, fun and fellowship”, but only if you have reserved your place / rations by purchasing a ticket for £10 from Mrs Sue Baxter.

There is – I believe – a third forthcoming event of some importance :

During next week, possibly on Friday the 17th, there will be “Fun” and Celebration for the Golden Wedding of Sue and Neil Baxter.

And if I’ve got it wrong, what do you expect, what do I know about “Fun” ?GMG.

###############



28th April 2019

Gift Aid.
Important information regarding ‘cash donations’.

Mrs Judith Bradshaw asked me to let you have the following –

“As from April 6th 2019 HMRC (Inland Revenue) has increased the limit of individual cash donations from £20 to £30. This new ruling applies to non-tax payers making a single donation either by the weekly envelope scheme or cash in the offertory bag. Also I still have spare envelopes for this new tax year if anyone would like to participate.”

When Judith asked me to let you have this information she had not yet finished “reading, marking, learning and inwardly digesting”* the more than one hundred pages of Government jargon so there might be more to come – Oh, Good!!
* From Cranmer’s collect in the Book of Common Prayer.
If you are in doubt about your Tax position talk, very gently, to Judith.             GMG.

###############


21st April 2019

Christ the Lord is Risen Today.
Alleluia !
Easter Traditions:
In Hungary “Sprinkling” is a popular Hungarian Easter Monday tradition, in which boys playfully sprinkle perfume, cologne or water over a young woman’s head, and ask for a kiss. People used to believe that water had a cleaning, healing and fertility-inducing effect.
In the Czech Republic On Easter Monday there’s a tradition in which men spank women with handmade whips made of willow and decorated with ribbons. According to legend, the willow is the first tree to bloom in the spring, so the branches are supposed to transfer the tree’s vitality and fertility to the women. This is meant to be playful spanking all in good fun and not to cause pain.
Are you not glad to be in England

###############


14th April 2019

Passion Week in Art.
The first recorded visual depiction of the “Entry into Jerusalem” is on a Fourth Century sarcophagus which shows Christ on a Donkey but nothing else. Two centuries later a painting in Ravenna shows him riding toward the city gate from which men and children (no women?)  come waving palm branches and casting their cloaks before the hooves of the donkey.  This picture was the original from which nearly all later artists worked. One of the best known versions is Ghiberti’s relief on the Florence Cathedral Baptistery doors. However most artists are not inspired by the triumphal entry but prefer to paint the Last Supper, of which there are many versions including the best known mural by Leonardo da Vinci on the refectory wall in Milan. Artists are also inspired by the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane with Christ praying while the three disciples are unable to stay awake. From this moment on there are countless paintings that picture Christ’s arrest, his trials before the High Priest and Pilate, his flagellation and humiliation and his carrying of the cross to Calvary before his Crucifixion, and finally the “Pietà” as his body is brought down from the Cross.  It is impossible to have one favourite among so many but high on my list would be Salvador Dali’s painting “Christ of Saint John of the Cross” which can now  be seen in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

#############



7th April 2019

Coffee        Coffee        Coffee.
“Thank You” for volunteering. Coffee can now be served.

Today is the Saint’s Day of John-Baptist De La Salle.
De La Salle was born to a wealthy family in Rheims  on April 30, in 1651. He was the oldest child of seven. He was named canon of Rheims Cathedral when he was sixteen. He took the degree of Master of Arts and was sent to Paris to enter the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice. The death of his parents obliged him to leave the Seminary. He was now twenty-one, the head of the family, and responsible for educating his brothers and sisters. He completed his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 26. Two years later he received a Doctorate in Theology. The young priest helped a new religious group whose work was the care of the sick and education of poor girls and he served as their chaplain. It was through this work that he met Adrian Nyel. Helping Nyel establish a school for the poor in De La Salle's home town gradually became his life's work. La Salle knew that Reims teachers were struggling, lacking leadership and training. He found himself taking steps to help this group of men with their work. La Salle decided to resign his canonry to devote his full attention to the establishment of schools and the training of teachers. De La Salle began a new religious institute, the first one with no priests, at all, among its members: the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The De La Salle Brothers were the first Roman Catholic teaching religious institute that did not include any priests. His enterprise met opposition from the ecclesiastical authorities and the educational establishment resented his innovative methods. Nevertheless, De La Salle set up the Institute  which is still  entirely dedicated to the Christian education of the "children of artisans and the poor". 

##############


31st March 2019

Mothers in the Bible. Here are five famous Bible mothers and one mother-in-law. There are certainly many other women in the Bible that could be mentioned.

Eve. Genesis 1-4. Called the mother of all people, Eve is an important Bible mother. We know she had a great responsibility as a mother, and as someone who personally knew God.

Sarah. Genesis 12-23. God’s promise of a redeemer was said to come through Sarah. Though she doubted when God said she would be a mother in her old age, she did indeed bare a son when she was 90 years old - she had Isaac.

Jochebed. Exodus 1-2. One of the bravest mothers in the Bible was the mother of Moses. Her name was Jochebed and she disobeyed Pharaoh’s rule to kill Jewish baby boys. Pharaoh’s daughter took up baby Moses as her own child, but hired Jochebed to nurse the baby.

Naomi. Ruth 1-4. Naomi is best known as the mother-in-law to Ruth.

Hannah. 1 Samuel 1-2. The mother of Samuel the prophet. While much of his piety can be traced to his life in the Temple with Eli the priest, his mother had a great influence on him.

Mary. Luke 1-2. Mary was given the great privilege of being the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Imagine raising the son of God as your child!

################


24th March 2019

Coffee        Coffee        Coffee.
The Stewards, Administrator and Treasurer have asked me to tell you that they are  thinking of having coffee after the service every Sunday and, for this, they need volunteers – you can’t expect one person to do it every week.       Please talk to a Steward.

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Tinned Potatoes.Instant mashed potato.
Tinned Meat.Tinned Meat balls.
Pasta Sauce.Pasta Sachets.
Weetabix.Teabags.
Soups.Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

Today’s “Anne Fosterisms”.
Why do owls never go courting in the rain?
Because it's too wet to woo.

What do you get if you cross a cow with a ghost?
Vanishing cream.

###############

17th March 2019

Saint Patrick.
A great deal of what we think we know about St Patrick is apocryphal or just plain wrong. But we do know that his writings, in uneducated Latin, are the very first works from the early British Church. In them he shows that he had a simple, pastoral faith, and that he wished to abolish paganism, idolatry and sun-worship. He made no distinction of classes in his preaching and made it clear that he was willing to be enslaved, imprisoned, or  killed, for his faith. He is not only popular in Ireland but also in Australia and the USA.

Thanks.
I have been asked by Mrs Chris South to express, on her behalf, sincere thanks to all the people who helped her to celebrate her 80th birthday so pleasurably throughout the past week.

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Tinned Potatoes.Instant mashed potato.
Tinned Meat.Tinned Meat balls.
Pasta Sauce.Pasta Sachets.
Weetabix.Teabags.
Soups.Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

#############


10th March

Thank You.
Mrs Kath Riding asks me, on her behalf, to say a big “Thank You” to everybody for the ‘Good Wishes’, the Birthday Cards and the uniquely delivered telephone rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Tinned Potatoes.Instant mashed potato.
Tinned Meat.Tinned Meat balls.
Pasta Sauce.Pasta Sachets.
Weetabix.Teabags.
Soups.Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

Some more Lynn Tongisms.
“With her marriage she got a new name and a  dress”.
“Police were called to a daycare centre where a three-year-old was resisting a  rest.”
“He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.” 

##############


3rd March 2019

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Long Life Milk.Tinned Potatoes.
Tinned Meat.   Pasta Sauce.
Pasta Sachets.     Weetabix.
Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

St Botolph.
I had, unavoidably, to spend a day in Boston on Tuesday so I was able to do some shopping, have something to eat, a book, or two, in Waterstone’s and to get thoroughly bored. So, to cheer myself up, I went to look round the “Stump”, the church dedicated to St Botolph. An Abbot of the monastery of Icanho, which was in East Anglia / Suffolk, in the 600’s AD. This monastery was near to where he was born. Very little is known about his life though it is fairly certain that he was never connected with Boston in Lincolnshire. The object of my visit – to cheer me up – was  not achieved. Restoration work in the Church with both Aisles fenced off and scaffolding all the way up the East face of the Tower made the place look more like a building site than a place of worship.
I’m sure it will be beautiful when it is finished. 

################


24th February 2019

Lincolnshire Tourists. (Continued).
Had I had more room last week I would have liked to stress two other excellent places in our fascinating County; they are Hubbard’s Hills (“Lincolnshire is so flat!”) and the Louth Museum, the best ‘Little’ museum I’ve ever seen.

The “Bible Society”.
While writing this Newsletter I received my regular magazine from the Bible Society and, with Keith’s involvement with the Wainfleet School, I was interested to see that their “Prayer in Action” for March is ‘the Bible in Primary Schools’. They ask us to give thanks for their work in schools over the past 20 years, to praise God for the ‘storytellers’ who go into the schools to tell Bible stories in appropriate, and fun, ways, and to pray for the launch of their new project telling Bible stories acceptably in modern schools which are often ‘multi-faith’.

##############


17th February 2019

Lincolnshire Tourists.
Heather and I have just had a couple of days as ‘tourists’ in Lincoln, as we have done, off and on, for about 50 years. At other times we also go to the ‘Hub’ (The National Centre for Craft and Design) and Cogglesford Mill in Sleaford, Tattershall and Old Bolingbroke Castles, and, of course, the ‘Stump’ and Guildhall in Boston and think “aren’t we lucky to live is such a fascinating County” In Lincoln we visit / have visited – the Brayford, which was a dump but is now very lively, – the Castle, which was ‘unloved’ but is now beautiful, – the Cathedral which has always been fantastic, but is about to be improved, – the Sam Scorer and Usher Art Galleries and Collection Museum, the ‘cultural’ centre, and the ‘Lawn’.  At the ‘Lawn’ much has changed, the hospital / asylum building in Greek revival style is beautiful and it used to house an exhibition about Edward Parker Charlesworth who pioneered a much improved method of treating mental patients without mechanical restraints and coercion. It also had the National Cycle Museum while the grounds had the Joseph Banks Conservatory and the Archeological Centre. All of these important tourist attractions have now gone. The latest news / rumour is that the City Council is thinking of closing the Usher – the biggest piece of Philistine vandalism that they could do – with luck it isn’t true and they won’t. Boston, which could do so much to encourage USA Tourists has the Pilgrim Fathers’ cells and the Tourist information Centre closed for half the week. We are lucky to live is such a fascinating County, it’s a pity not everyone in authority realizes how  they should preserve and develop it.

################


10th February 2019

February 10th.
As usual I looked up anniversaries and saint’s day for today and found  this is a day to celebrate women and their achievements.

543 – Death of St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict and the first Benedictine Nun whose ‘Feast Day’ is today. I was surprised that, although I had heard of Benedict I had never heard of his sister who, with his help, did for Nunneries what he had done for Abbeys. What a pity that her name, in England is associated with a riot.

1355 – The St Scholastica Day riot breaks out in Oxford, The seed of the riot was an altercation in a tavern in Oxford between two students of the University and the taverner. They complained about the quality of drinks, which led to an exchange of rude words that ended with the students throwing their drinks in the taverner's face and assaulting him. Retaliation for the incident led to armed clashes between locals and students. A riot broke out and lasted two days, which left 63 students and perhaps 30 locals dead. The students were eventually routed.

1840 – Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.

1919 – Inter-Allied Women's Conference sees women involved in International events post WWI.

So today we celebrate a good woman whose name is misused, a great queen whose name describes an era,  and finally,  women being allowed to be involved in international events – perhaps because so many men had killed each other.

#############


3rd February 2019

As you will have noticed, I like anniversaries, but I have to own-up to having missed this one by 23 days – senility approaches !
On Wednesday 11 January 1978, a northerly severe gale and storm surge brought disaster to Skegness Pier, causing irretrievable damage. The pier decking from the main entrance was reduced in length to 127 yards (116 m), with the eastern shelters and the pier head with its theatre isolated from the shoreline. Late in 1978, a plan to link the isolated pier head by monorail and build a new 1200 seater theatre collapsed when an application for financial assistance was turned down. Debris from the wrecked pier was scattered for several miles around with souvenir hunters coming into the area to see what they could find. Proposals to reconnect the pier ultimately failed due to high costs and in 1983, the eastern shelters were dismantled and demolished. By 1985, the isolated pier head was now derelict and was earmarked to be demolished. It was considered a risk to small shipping and also to the public. Due to its Grade II listed classification, special permission was granted to dismantle the pier head in stages starting from October 1985, until a fire gutted the building. After the fire burned itself out, only the cast-iron stanchions were left and these were removed in January 1986.

###############

27th January 2019


World Vision –  Omondi & Grace.

The Church’s World Vision account could be healthier. It has come to my notice that there are members who think we will only accept £50 notes – this is not so, we are glad to receive small change – pennies, tuppences, even those annoying little five pence pieces, all are welcome along with silver, pound coins and notes. Please continue to support our African young students.

Lexophilia.

A Lexophile is a person who has a love for words. I have, in the past, often used “Neilisms” to fill a space in the ‘Newsletter’ and, twice recently, I have been lucky enough to have contributions from Jo but I have now received two pages of ‘LynnTongisms’ which should keep me going for some time. Lynn is obviously a lexophile.

Here are some examples to start us off :
“You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.”
“To write with a broken pencil is pointless.”
“A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.”

###############


20th January 2019

Martin Luther King Junior.
Although Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 the USA  holiday of  “Martin Luther King Day” is celebrated tomorrow, on the third Monday of the month. He was an American  Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, and the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama, He is probably best known in England for organizing the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War. In 1968 King was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986 “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” was established as a holiday at the federal level by legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan.

###############


13th January 2019

January 13th.
As often happens when I don’t have any ‘News’ for this page I look up the day’s Saint to write about – there are four Saints whose ‘Feast Day’ this is, which is too much information, even for me !
They are Hilary, Kentigern, Antony Pucci and  Berno of Cluny.
Berno (d. 927) was the Co-founder and first Abbot of the Abbey of Cluny which soon became the largest and most influential abbey in all of Western Europe. Berno was a strict ‘Benedictine’ monk who insisted on making his monks return to the Rule of St Benedict, a rule which demanded individual chastity and poverty within an organisation that was complete, orderly and workable while concentrating on liturgical prayer and sacred reading. Aiming for self-sufficiency the monks became agricultural experts. Many Benedictine monasteries and Nunneries were founded in Lincolnshire, the nearest being at Skendleby. So St Berno encouraged Christianity in Lincolnshire, from which Anglican Parishes developed, out of which the Wesley brothers came and who we thank for our present faith.        Thank God for St Berno.

Jo’s contribution this week is -  “ People are funny : they want the front of the bus, the ‘middle of the road’ and the back of the church.

###############


6th January 2019

January 6th.
We celebrate this day as Epiphany,  also known as Three Kings’ Day or Twelfth Night. The word  Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is the date which commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity  was manifested: when the three wise men or Magi visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It has been celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. Some authorities also give this as the date of the Miracle at Cana when Christ’s power was manifest. A questionable Roman author called Ammianus Marcellinus wrote in 361AD that the 6th was Christ’s birthday. In some churches and countries it is still celebrated as Christmas Day or, sometimes, as Christmas Eve,


###################

                                                    Click to visit previous news items
                                       


       SKEGNESS
    METHODIST CHURCH
NEWS & Comment
RETURN TO HOME PAGE