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Saturday, September 9th, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 - 11:00am to 16:30pm

Algarkirk's mediaeval "mini cathedral of the fens" is renowned for its beautiful archtitecture, exquisite stained glass and fine painted schemes. A Simon Jenkins 3* church.

Saturday

Open Saturday for quiet reflection. Guided tours and church registers available.

Sunday

Open Sunday from 11.00. Organ music 11.00 - 12.00; all day tours; stained glass demonstration; hands-on craft activities for all ages; dressing-up and traditional fun and games, as well as delicious traditional baking with recipes from across the centuries. The organ may be played.

Sausage rolls, sausage baps, bacon baps and home-made cakes available on Sunday.

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The project is now at a crucial and exciting stage and the AMPG is looking to expand and recruit new members from a range of professional backgrounds to supplement and support the current skills base within the group.

This is an opportunity to be involved in a major conservation project that will have a national profile. It will also be a flagship initiative within the East Midlands, delivered in partnership with the University of Lincoln, Lincoln Castle Heritage Skills Centre, the Diocese of Lincoln and Heritage Lincolnshire. Trustees will play a central role in its further development and delivery and will become instrumental to its success.

If you would be interested in sharing your skills, and can devote a few hours per month for meetings, and some additional time to contribute your expertise and knowledge to the management and development of the project, we would love to hear from you. 

Further informaiton about the role can be downloaded here. 

October really stands out for all those who have served our church and our community! Our Harvest Lunch was a great success – a big thank-you to everyone who made it possible; the “Memory books” we made at Crafty Coffee turned out beautifully – thanks Dee; we have heard that planning permission has been granted for our restoration project, which means the toilets and kitchen are one step closer to becoming a reality: again our thanks to the AMPG team for all their hard work. Outside, the weather was kind to us, so the Community Payback team have been able to continue their great work in “God’s Acre”. I am sure all who see the churchyard at Algarkirk will be amazed at the transformation!

Our thanks to the team at Kirton too for hosting the joint parishes’ communion. You need the reassurance of community togetherness as you approach the long cold nights of winter. It was a lovely service (and all the better for having had the extra hour in the morning to linger over breakfast).

Looking ahead, the energy and commitment continues. We will be getting festive at Crafty Coffee as we start to make Christmas decorations this month. Do come and join us. We have a lovely group – male and female – and thoroughly enjoy our fortnightly get-togethers. 

Our Friday evening Remembrance service will be very special this year too, falling on 11th November as it does. It will also mark the inauguration of the memorial tree. If you have connections with the village and would like to commemorate the life of anyone who served – in whatever capacity (eg combatant, support staff, land girl or factory worker) – please feel free to come and add a poppy, in their name, to the tree. Our thanks too to all those who made the poppies, and made them so special.

Finally, don’t forget that we shall be starting the Advent season with a St Nicholas Service on the 4th. Bring the children or grandchildren along; the Rev. Paul will be helping to ensure there is lots of interest for them, and joy for us all. It will be followed by a festive fair and Christmas market, with seasonal food, mulled wine and special gift ideas to help with your Christmas lists. You will all be very welcome!

As we approach harvest time, it is time to start reaping the benefits of all the work that has already been put in. As everyone who is involved with the church knows, nothing demonstrates that more than the big festival events that we put on through the year to help boost awareness of our churches among the community, and to raise money to help with running costs. Heritage Open Day is one of those times. The nice part is the fun – both in preparing and on the day itself. At our Crafty Coffee Club, we have been busy with “medieval magic” making corn dollies and country favours, traditionally given to bring good fortune to those you love. Our stained glass club have been very productive too. They will be there on the day with samples of their beautiful craftwork and a chance for visitors to have a go themselves.

It wouldn’t be a festival without great food, would it! The refreshment stall will feature delicious home-made cakes and beverages, which, while I am not sure they can be classed as medicine, will certainly make you feel better! There will also be a display of herbs and other medieval “cures” in the church, along with dressing up clothes. A gargoyle trail and other activities for the children and – because you can’t have a party without dancing - the Grantham Danserye will be performing every hour in the church. And there will be organ music too. Something for everyone to enjoy.

We shall also be celebrating the removal of the scaffolding that has been up in the chancel, which means our worship can return to the altar, and the church may be left open again for people to access it for prayer and the book swap. Blessings indeed!

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