Group AGM Minutes -230516.pdf

BOOTHBY PAGNELL


BRACEBY


HUMBY CHAPEL


INGOLDSBY


LENTON


OLD SOMERBY


ROPSLEY


SAPPERTON



The Parishes


Constitution

of the

North Beltisloe

Group of Parishes


Seven parishes forming a united benefice in South Lincolnshire

North Beltisloe Benefice

Welcome to the North Beltisloe Group of Parishes



North Beltisloe is a group of seven Church of England parishes a few miles to the south east of Grantham in Lincolnshire. The group falls within the Diocese of Lincoln. The villages vary in size from 30 up to 750 inhabitants; the total population is just under 2000 but growing. Each parish has a much-loved and well-maintained Church. There are two pubs and three village halls, two of which have thriving social clubs with bars! There is a strong rural feel to all our communities.  


Growing mission


During 2019 the North Beltisloe Group of Parishes will be developing a new pattern of worship.  This will embrace a variety of ways to worship, from the well-loved services for Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Patronal Festivals, through to informal worship, which reflects the concerns of our world and of our society. Holy Communion will continue to have a place at the heart of our worshipping life, and the worship pattern will include a communion service at one of the churches in the Group on each Sunday and on major festivals.  Sunday morning services will be at a regular time of 10.00, and will follow a regular monthly pattern around the parishes.


However, prayer and worship are not only Sunday activities, and some people are unable to worship at weekends because of their work pattern or other commitments. An increasing number of our churches are open daily during the week, and offer a place to leave prayer requests and to light a candle. There is also a pattern of Morning and Evening Prayer around the Group, so you will find a weekday service somewhere in the Group of Parishes each day, except for Tuesday. Details of weekday services and other activities can be found in the Weekly Diary below.  In addition, Ingoldsby are starting a new venture at the end of January, 2019, called ‘Pause for Thought’.  The details can be found on the ‘Prayers and Services’ page of this website.


The churchwardens, ministry team and myself work to support the spiritual needs of our village communities, to the best of our ability.  If you have any concerns or queries, please be in touch. Our contact details are on the ‘Contacts’ page, or the page for a specific parish.


Yours in Christ


Anna

Parish Priest


We can do much more to develop mission amongst families.











Calling all knitters – plea for crib figures


The nights are drawing in, and what can be better than sitting in front of the fire or the telly and doing a bit of knitting.  Anna (01476 586991) is looking for kindly knitters who would be prepared to knit a nativity figure for use at children’s services and activities around the group of parishes.  I have patterns, stuffing and loads of wool!

    Weekly Diary

Events are in the relevant church unless otherwise stated. More information on anything in this Pew Sheet is available from the Parish Priest – Anna Sorensen, 01476586991 sorensenanna8@gmail.com




Anna’s Pew Sheet

Dear Friends


The Romans had a god called Janus.  He gave his name to the month January.  He was the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He was usually depicted as having two faces, since he looked to the future and to the past. At the turn of the year, we can take the chance to look back and to look forward.  Many of us will have made New Year’s Resolutions, and they will be based on our experience of the past.  If, last year, we felt that life had got into a rut, we may have resolved to try a new hobby, or do something adventurous from our bucket list.  If, last year, we were stressed out too often, we may have resolved to make more time for family or relaxation.


In one of the stories of the creation of the world, in Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Scriptures or the Old Testament, God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day He rested.  This day (our Saturday) was called Shabbat, and Jewish people (and others) still keep it as a day of no work, but as time to do different things, especially having family time and a special family meal.  Not everyone can keep one particular day of the week as a day of rest, relaxation and refreshment, but the idea of ‘shabbat time’ is very important.  We all need to rest, and switch off from our responsibilities, to refresh ourselves by doing different things, and enriching our relationships with family and friends.  If it was important to God, then it should be important to us as well.


Not all our resolutions get kept!  If you don’t manage anything else, I hope you can safeguard your ‘shabbat time’ and that 2019 is a year that includes rest, relaxation and refreshment as well as all the busyness of life.


With my prayers

Anna