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ISSUE 158 MARCH 2020

PARISH NEWS

Magazine of the parishes of Market Rasen, Legsby, Linwood and Lissington

Lights Help Save

Lives in Ghana -page 6

A letter from

the Curate…

Reverend Claire ,

page 4

SERVICES

& EVENTS

What’s On ?

Find out about our

regular services and

events on page 9

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EMMAUS

MINI MESSY

MESSY CHURCH

Emmaus is our group

for 30-50 year olds. See

the calendar for our

next meeting.

Group for pre-school

age families meets

Wed’s 10am-11.30am

(term time only)

All ages welcome

getting messy with

craft, fun, worship and

food. See Calendar

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How to find us…

Welcome to the Parish Church of St. Thomas, Market Rasen. The church is

situated in the centre of the town and proudly looks over the market square. The

main entrance is on the south side and can be accessed from the market place,

and footpaths leading to the north side and to the east side.

or you can visit us online at….

www.stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

@stthomasmarketrasen

@StThomasMR

Dear Lord, this Magazine is published in your

honour: Grant that all through whose hands it passes

may be blessed with a sense of your presence, and

strengthened in their faith.

How to contact us…

RECTOR : POST VACANT

Phone :

Mobile :

Email:

CURATE: REVEREND CLAIRE WALKER

Phone : 01673 844 521

Mobile : 07495 190 310

Email: curate@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

CHURCH CHRIS MIDDLETON 07971 978 037

WARDENS: verger@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

DEPUTY SUE TRUELOVE 07484 619 678

WARDENS: warden2@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

JENNY GOULSBRA

MARCUS HYDE

VERGER: CHRIS MIDDLETON 07971 978 037

verger@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

TREASURER: DAVID HILL 01673 844 577

treasurer@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

ORGANIST: VACANT

SAFEGUARDING: SHEILA LAMMING 01673 842 275

safeguarding@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

The Rectory

3B Caistor Road

Market Rasen

LN8 3HY

Turnstone

Willingham Road

Market Rasen

LN8 3RE

Parish News Team

To submit articles and material for

inclusion in the Parish News contact: Mal

parishnews@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

For advertising contact: Chris

verger@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

Editor: Marcus

editor@stthomasmarketrasen.org.uk

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A letter from the Curate

Dear Friends,

Just like that, it seems, it’s March; and with March, Lent, and spring.

Lent is the time in the Church’s calendar that traditionally reflects for us the 40 days

that the Bible tells us Jesus spent in the wilderness. It is a time of preparation, for

us to look inside ourselves and give ourselves a mental and spiritual spring clean.

Symbolically within the Church building it is a time of simplicity and solemnity, when

we take out things like flowers and other decorations.

We also take some things out of our Sunday morning service, too, and lots of

people choose to give something up in their own life. Whether chocolate, or cheese,

or Facebook or gossip this reflects the ancient Christian practice of fasting and

should help us focus on Jesus.

For me it is always a time that helps me then to really appreciate the joy of Easter.

Of course there are other things we can do to help us use Lent to focus on Jesus

and there are two different Lent Courses available here this year. One is a Deanery

course exploring ‘Mission in Today’s World’, this is a series of talks on ways in

which we communicate or respond to our faith. The other is a course based on the

songs of ‘The Greatest Showman’ with discussion on the themes they evoke for us.

The Church of England has also brought out a book of prayers and reflections for

Lent based on care for the environment and these will be available in Church for

you to take away and use in your own prayer time. In addition, Christian Aid have

resources available to help in reflecting on poverty and the effects of climate

change across the world – this campaign is called ‘Count Your Blessings’ and

information about this is also available in Church.

So we have all sorts of ways in which we can try to do a little extra prayer and

reflection during Lent this year…and I pray that we will all find time to take stock,

perhaps to do a little bit of spring-cleaning in our lives and begin to prepare for a

really joyful celebration of the Easter season together.

With my love and prayers.

Rev Claire

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Market Rasen CofE Primary School

It’s been another busy month here at school. Everyone seems to think that things

slow down after Christmas but we’ve been as busy as ever.

The children have really enjoyed getting into their new topics and subjects for this

term. Y1/2 have been enjoying learning about their local area, Y3/4 have been

considering where in the UK they would like to

live and Y5/6 have been thinking about our water

cycle.

As part of their topic, Y3/4 have been thinking

about bridges in their DT lessons. They are going

to build their own bridges out of wood this

coming half term and they were lucky to have a

visit from Martin Cooper, a civil engineer, to teach

them about what it’s like to work with bridges for

a job. We hope some of the children will have

been inspired enough to go into engineering for

their own career!

Four of our wonderful Y6 children

represented us brilliantly at De Aston for a

Primary Maths Challenge. They had to work

together as a team to solve lots of

mathematical problems against many other

local schools and came out second overall.

We are incredibly proud of their commitment

and achievements.

The whole school had the pleasure of

Norman Palmer’s Collective Worship,

telling them all about the toilet project he

is involved in in Ghana. The children are

looking forward to raising money for the

project, along with the local Salvation

Army and the national charity, Shelter,

through our Big Brekkie events across

the rest of the year.

If you would like any further information or to discuss anything with us, please phone the

School Office on 01673 842395 or visit our website at www.marketrasen.lincs.sch.uk

You can also follow us on Twitter at @NorthWoldsFed where you will find out more about

what we have been doing in school.

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Parish News

Lights help save lives in Ghana – we can help.

On Thursday 13 th February in the Church Room a large group came to listen

to Norman Palmer giving us a fascinating and heart-warming talk about his trip

to help Adrian Rosser to build toilet blocks in Ghana.

In the remoter areas of the country there are few toilets, only open pits with

wooden planks on which to crouch over the pits. Hygiene is impossible in this

situation and this can result in illness and death. In the last two years, since

the first village toilet project, fewer children have died.

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Parish News

It is even more difficult for women who

need more privacy, but the only way to

get that is to go off the beaten track

and that is fraught with danger

especially with snakes around.

In a previous visit to a nearby village

Adrian built a toilet block with several

cubicles and separate female

sections. The local people were so

impressed at the improvement in their

living standards and the reduction of

the death rate that other villages

asked for his help.

Adrian raised the money here and his

local team had the skills to do the

work with the local people even

making the bricks.

It was Norman’s specific job to put in

solar panels for lighting when the

toilets were completed. Near the

equator daylight is always about 12 hours daily from about 6 am to 6 pm and the

long nights can be very dark. Having lighting in the toilets is an enormous safety

improvement and, of course, the almost constant daily sunshine enables the

solar panels to provide light for most of the night-time.

Adrian’s and Norman’s work has not only improved the villagers’ living standards

but has also stimulated the local people to develop their own skills. One of the

villagers watched Norman at work regularly and learned from him so that he

would be able to continue the work.

Norman and Adrian also helped the village by suggesting ways of improving the

severe problems of plastic waste. One woman has agreed to get some of the

children to collect plastic waste separately from the other rubbish. In time it will

be possible to recycle the plastic.

Norman has been to talk to the children in Market Rasen Primary School and

they are keen to raise money for more building of toilet blocks in Ghana. I think it

would be good for our Church Family to do the same.

Alison Atkinson

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A LENT COURSE ON

HOPE AND REDEMPTION IN

Parish Lent Course:

From Now On, a Lent course on

Hope and Redemption

in

The Greatest Showman,

Thursday evenings. 7.00pm

at

Turnstone, Willingham Road.

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Deanery Lent Course on

The 5 Marks of Mission,

Monday evenings at 7.00pm

Monday 2nd March - Church Rooms

Monday 9th March - Brookenby

Monday 16th March - Church Rooms

Monday 23rd March - Brookenby

Monday 30th March - Church Rooms

To Keep a True Lent

Is this a Fast

To keep the larder lean?

And clean

From fat of Veals and

Sheep?

Is it to quite the dish

Of Flesh, yet still

To fill

The platter high with Fish?

Is it to fast an hour

Or rag’d to go

Or show

A downcast look, or sour?

No; ‘tis a Fast, to dole

Thy sheaf of wheat

And meat

Unto the hungry soul

It is to fast, from strife,

From old debate

And hate;

To circumsise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent;

To starve thy sin

Not Bin;

And that’s to keep thy Lent

Richard Herrick (1591-1674)

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Services & Events

March

1st March 2020

(1st Sunday)

1st Sunday of Lent

8th March 2020

(2nd Sunday)

2nd Sunday of Lent

15th March 2020

(3rd Sunday)

3rd Sunday of Lent

8.00am Holy

Communion (BCP)

10.00am Holy Communion with

Children’s Church (CW)

10.00 am Holy Communion (CW)

with Children’s Church

3.30pm Mayor’s Civic Service

8.00am Holy

Communion (BCP)

10.00am Holy Communion with

Children’s Church (CW)

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP at

St John the Baptist, Lissington

11.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

at St Cornelius, Linwood

Mon 2 nd March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

7.00pm Deanery Lent Course in

Church Rooms

Tue 3 rd March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

Wed 4 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

10-11.30am Mini Messy Church

Rooms

7.15pm Choir Practice

7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice

Thur 5 th March

9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

St Thomas Market Rasen

10.30am Holy Communion –

Waterloo House

2.00pm-4.00pm Open Door in

Church Rooms

7.00pm Parish Lent Course at

Turnstone

Fri 6 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

Mon 9 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

7.00pm Deanery Lent Course at

Brookenby

Tue 10 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

7.30pm PCC Meeting

Wed 11 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

10-11.30am Mini Messy Church

Rooms

7.15pm Choir Practice

7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice

Thur 12 th March

9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

St Thomas Market Rasen

2.00pm-4.00pm Open Door in

Church Rooms

7.00pm Parish Lent Course at

Turnstone

Fri 13 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

Mon 16 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer

St Thomas, Market Rasen

7.00pm Deanery Lent Course in

Church Rooms

Tue 17 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer

St Thomas, Market Rasen

Wed 18 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

10-11.30am Mini Messy Church

Rooms

7.15pm Choir Practice

7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice

Thur 19 th March

9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

St Thomas Market Rasen

10.30am Holy Communion – The

Poplars

2.00pm-4.00pm Open Door in

Church Rooms

7.00pm Parish Lent Course at

Turnstone

Fri 20 th March

8.45am Morning Prayer

St Thomas, Market Rasen

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2020

Services & Events

22nd March 2020

(4th Sunday)

Mothering Sunday

10.00 am Holy Communion (CW)

with Children’s Church

4.00pm Mothering Sunday

Service at St Thomas the

Apostle, Legsby

6.30pm Evensong at St John the

Baptist Lissington

Mon 23 rd March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

7.00pm Deanery Lent Course at

Brookenby

Tue 24 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

Wed 25 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

10.00am Mini Messy Church

Rooms

Thur 26 th March

9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

St Thomas Market Rasen

2.00pm-4.00pm Open Door in

Church Rooms

7.00pm Parish Lent Course at

Turnstone

Fri 27 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer

St Thomas, Market Rasen

29th March 2020

(5th Sunday)

5th Sunday of Lent

8.00am Holy

Communion (BCP)

10.00am Holy Communion

with Children’s Church (CW)

Mon 30 th March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

7.00pm Deanery Lent Course in

Church Rooms

Tue 31 st March

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

Wed 1 st April

9.00am Morning Prayer St

Thomas, Market Rasen

10.00am Mini Messy Church

Rooms

7.15pm Choir Practice

7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice

Thurs 2 nd April

9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

St Thomas Market Rasen

10.30am Holy Communion at

Waterloo House

2.00pm-4.00pm Open Door in

Church Rooms

7.00pm Parish Lent Course at

Turnstone

Fri 3 rd April

9.00am Morning

Prayer St Thomas, Market Rasen

LOOKING AHEAD

Parish Lent Course:

Six Thursdays starting 27 th

February at Turnstone,

Willingham Road.

Deanery Lent Course:

Mission in Today’s World.

Five Mondays from 2 nd

March alternating between

Market Rasen and

Brookenby. See poster in

church.

Eco Church Workshop.

How can we as a church, or

as individuals respond to the

gift of God’s creation in the

modern world?

Saturday 21 st March 10.00am

to 4.00pm St John the

Evangelist Church Hall,

Wrawby Street, Brigg. DN20

8JE.

See Chris Middleton for details.

West Lindsey Open

Churches Festival -

9 th & 10 th May 2020.

Market Rasen will also be

hosting a Craft Fair in the

Church Room as well as an

Organ Recital at 11.00am

on Saturday 9 th May.

Lincoln Cathedral

Flower Festival.

30 th July to 3 rd August . A

commemoration of the 800 th

Anniversary of St Hugh and

a celebration of some

Lincolnshire notable figures.

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Parish News

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Prayers

Please pray for the sick and the housebound:

Elizabeth and Rev David Inkpin, Betty Greathead, Mollie Sykes,

Joan Franklin, Lesley Hyde, Delia Dowse, Audrey Ward, Pam Woodcock,

Dick Woodcock, Delia Dowse, Steven Whaley, Frank Fieldsend,

Jenny Chiverton, Wilfrid Johnson, Tim Ward.

Pray also for…….

Those affected by the effects of recent weather conditions and Coronavirus;

the continuing refugee crisis; the political situation in Europe; our political

parties in the UK; for our Bishops; for the environment; our local schools

Market Rasen Church of England Primary School, Legsby Primary School,

and De Aston; the Deanery of West Wold; for Lincoln School of Theology; our

Mini Messy and Messy Church families; our Children’s Church; The Poplars

& Waterloo House; those who are sick and housebound...

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From the Parish Registers

Baptisms

No Baptisms were registered during the last month

Weddings

No Weddings were registered during the last month

Funerals

No Funerals were registered during the last month

LOUTH AND DISTRICT

VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE

Head Office Louth Telephone 01507 609 535

There are drivers all around the local area. The

nearest can be contacted on 01673 828 154

Cost £4 for up to a 10 mile round trip - thereafter,

40p per mile.

Hours Monday to Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm

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Parish News

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Warden’s Window

Vacancy Update.

Of three applications submitted for the post of Rector two have

been shortlisted for the interview stage. This process will start in

late February and upon its conclusion a further announcement

will be made.

Please stay in touch for any updated news.

Reordering Works.

Work is continuing on improving the design details and we have now agreed the

means of achieving good mobility access to the Lady Chapel. Our target is to have

a design framework ready for costing by Easter.

Following a preliminary meeting with the Church Development Officer at Diocese

in January, a subsequent meeting was held with Cllr Howitt-Cowan, chair of the

Heritage, Leisure, Tourism and Events subgroup at West Lindsey District Council.

This was to keep them informed of our plans and encourage their direct and

indirect support in future in respect of liaison with potential funding organisations.

This was a successful meeting with the Councillor expressing full support for our

proposals.

I make no apologies for again asking that if anyone is in a position to offer advice

or assistance in working with submitting grant funding applications please do not

hesitate to make contact with either me or a member of the PCC.

Chris Middleton.

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