Middle Rasen Church Notices
With Christian Care
The Church will look different as you enter with large parts of the building roped off for hygiene purposes. Please do not remove the ropes or cross them. Kneelers are not available and Morning Prayer will be a short said service with no singing.
Bryan and the churchwardens.
Along with other charities the church (your local church) has seen a dramatic reduction in it's income due to the coronavirus epidemic. Many people only give to the church when they attend but with no services for two months this income has ceased. Also, the church has received no income from weddings, funeral and baptism fees. (We don't actually charge for baptisms but we do, usually, benefit from an increase in plate giving). We have not been able to fund raise which we rely on to make the books balance. Yet the church has to continue paying insurance and utility bills as well as parish share (the fund that goes to the diocese to pay for the clergy). Whilst we are lucky to have a church hall, here in Middle Rasen anyway, again all the bookings have been cancelled, yet insurance bills and minor repairs still need to be paid for. So, l ask please, if you can consider setting up a direct debit mandate or standing order with your bank to give to the church monthly and consistently. Middle only has about two months direct reserves left before it defaults on it's parish share. Another way is to talk to Nicola or Stephen Cartwright, in absolute confidence about giving through our new parish giving scheme, which ensures that the church can plan financially. Lastly, if you already give directly by your bank, a big thank you. But perhaps you might like to make a one off, special donation. Obviously for some people giving by banking order will be impossible or unacceptable. Please don't worry, there will be time to give later too, but, if possible, you can drop a donation through Nicola's letter box or l can pick it up if you let me know and we can arrange a safe collection point.
Thank you for your patience in reading this and for all you give, in whatever way that is. We do appreciate it. (Bank details below for Middle Rasen church only). If you belong to a church other than Middle Rasen, l do apologies that this mainly pertains to Middle but all of our churches face the same problem. Please do speak to your local church treasurer and or churchwarden to see if direct bank giving is possible.
Rev'd Bryan Dixon
Account name: Middle Rasen PCC
Sort code: 40 32 05
Account number: 00586528
If you want to talk in private via phone: speak to:
Church Treasurer Nicola Cartwright,
Church Warden Stephen Cartwright on 01673 842010
A Message from Rev'd Bryan Dixon
Life has an annoying habit, of throwing us some unexpected sidewinder Missiles at times. Just when we think all is okay, or at least going alright, wham, an exocet missile holes us. What do you do when this kind of thing happens, when, through no fault of your own, life suddenly, dramatically changes? Coronavirus has done this to us, leaving many feeling nervous and fearful of the now, never mind the future.
Well, the bible has much to encourage at such times, but perhaps, one of the best bits to read [from my past experience anyway] is PSALM 91. Listen to what it says in a time of strife: Verse 1. 'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.'
An art competition was run, which asked the artists to depict a calm peaceful scene. So in they came, paintings and pictures of still lakes, sunset meadows hued in gold, lazy, hazy barns and fields, but the winning picture was one that showed a mother bird, nesting in a tall tree bent over by a storming gale, with black moody skies and lightening flashes, calmly covering her baby chicks with her wings. This is how God will shelter us even in our fiercest storms. For the writer who wrote the psalm knew trouble and strife too and adds of God, that 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom l can trust.' Then in verse 3 he says, for, 'Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.'
This coronavirus is a deadly pestilence, but again the author adds, 'He [God] will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.' God can be and will be our shield in these trying times. Flaming arrows may be fired at us but our shield will stand up to the test. We can have peace and reassurance during these difficult times, for our writer then states, ' A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand even, but it will not come near you. For if you make the Most High your dwelling, refuge, he will command his angels to guard you in all your ways.' Yes, there are angels fighting on our side. But perhaps the best are the final three verses that read, ' Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and l will answer him in trouble, l will deliver him and honour him. With long life will l satisfy him and show him my salvation.' With long life, That's reassuring. This came to pass for the writer (and for me during my scare with ill health some time ago) and it will for us all during this time of pestilence and fear. So keep on trusting and hoping and loving thy neighbour. For better times are around the corner, and if we don't forget these times too quickly, hopefully a better community.
Please don't hesitate to ring me if you would like to share a worry or fear or request a prayer. All in confidence of course!
Dear God, above and all around, at this time of uncertainty, fear and anxiety, give us the courage to face the future with extra strength and fortitude. Help us to make you our shield and rampart. And please protect our loved ones, relatives, friends and neighbours. Especially watch over the elderly and vulnerable. Comfort the afflicted and those who grieve. And help us to continue to be generous with our time and care. May this virus lead us, as a nation and individually, to be more compassionate as well more grateful for all that we have and enjoy. Amen
St Peter & St Paul Group - Events and News
You may have read or heard that from the 15 th June, Churches may reopen for individual private prayer. This is good news indeed, but we should add it is subject to certain controls and strict guidelines. What it means in reality is that not all of your favourite Churches in our group of parishes, or in this area will open. Some may remain closed for some time to come. Churches can only open if safe to do so. Middle Rasen Church is planning to open (and may have already done so for individual prayer by the time you read this!) Only a section of the Church will be available to pray in - other parts will be roped off. We are sorry about this, but it will help with the regular cleaning of the Church. Also, if you could please use the hand sanitiser gel as you enter and exit the Church and leave a contact number or address using your own pen, in the visitor's book so as to enable contact and trace if necessary, it would be helpful. Please remember to keep your 2M distance at all times, particularly if someone else enters the Church while you are there. Sadly, regular worship is still a little a way off, as is the possibility of weddings and baptisms but this will be changing soon. These events, when allowed, will be subject to number limits based on safe social distancing but your Vicar and or Churchwarden will advise on this if your wish to know more.
God Bless you all,
Bryan Dixon (Rector)
Heavenly God, thank you that we are, at last, moving out of this lock down regimen to a more open and brighter future. Please give us patience as we navigate our way forward, and please bless, guide and protect us all, as our shops, restaurants, pubs, places of worship and gyms start to reopen for our enjoyment. We ask, also, that you continue to give give hope and strength to everyone who has lost loved ones through this covid virus and to those still recovering. Guide O Lord, those who care for the elderly, the weak and infirm; and give courage and help to all those people who care for loved ones in there own homes. Gracious and loving God, hear our prayer. Amen.
Middle Rasen Church Competition
If you have a camera on your phone, why not take photos of anything you feel fits into one or more of the following categories and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Count Your Blessings (show the positives?)
2) Confinement Drawbacks (this might be the funniest category! Messy houses or maybe super tidy ones etc..?)
3) United in Isolation (illustrate how you have kept close, apart!).
I'll ask a photographer friend to judge them and maybe when all this is over, we could have an exhibition!
All best wishes to everyone as, to be hoped, we start to come through this difficult year together.
Helen (and Michael) Robinson
Let Us Pray
Heavenly Father, at this time of national crisis, we thank you for those who have protected us and risen to the challenges set before them. Thank you for the people who work in our NHS and all the caring services, for our scientific advisors and medical experts. Give wisdom to them and our Government at this time, and protect all our frontline services. Bless too, those who distribute our essential goods. Help those who have no shelter to flee to and all those worried about their income, jobs or businesses. Lord hear our prayer in these trying times, through Jesus our savior, Amen
Who let the men out ........ will return!
Yes 30 + men were let out again on Monday 3 rd February!
Bryan Cook introduced the Revd. Canon Alan Robson as our guest speaker. His talk was billed as “Eat, Drink and be Merry - Agricultural Chaplain for Lincolnshire ponders his work”.
Alan, a Methodist Minister previously at Market Rasen, then Wragby, and now living in Lincoln became the second Agricultural Chaplain in Lincolnshire, some 20+ years ago. He works with the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, a registered charity run by volunteers. He told us how he worked with the agricultural fraternity, in what is sometimes a very lonely existence, and with policy makers trying to improve lives and living. He had a superb grasp of the global situation and how humankind has battered the earth and world in which we live; and cited many updated examples of the areas of the world that are facing massive change.
He said British agriculture must change and update methods of husbandry and cropping; and made particular mention of the food waste between the farm and the table. He said the supermarkets are forever squeezing British farmers from many angles, and that without subsidies many more farmers would go out of business. A truer and proper value of the food we eat would see food prices double. One of the farmers present at the meeting later commented that many years ago the model family budget on a relative basis put food cost at 50%; today it is under 10%.
Alan, who spoke without notes for nearly an hour, gave a very good presentation, which was very thought provoking and enjoyed by all. We look forward to the next meeting in 3 or 4 months time. Everyone is welcome. Many thanks once again to Mandy and the girls at the Nags Head for the buffet.
MIDDLE RASEN METHODIST CHAPEL
Middle Rasen Methodist Guild
Smalls For All
Smallsforall.org is a charity, which collects and distributes underwear to Africa. Helping those living in orphanages, slums, IDP camps and schools, providing underwear and to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula. We are collecting packets of ladies' or children's pants that must be new , the most needed are for children aged 3-15 or ladies size 8-14 . While they collect all colours, the ladies' pants in greatest demand are black – in full brief, midi, mini or high leg. They also accept new or ‘gently worn' bras, which can be any size , including sports and nursing bras, but not teen, cropped-top style or bikini tops. (By ‘gently worn' means bras that are in good condition and still have good wear left in them.) We were shocked to hear that young girls who don't wear bras are at great risk of attack from boys and men, whereas girls who do wear them are thought to be from a wealthy family and are much less likely to be attacked.
Collection points in Middle Rasen are: Middle Rasen Methodist Church, Wednesdays, first and third Thursday mornings of each month, second Saturday morning of each month and Sunday Mornings and evenings; Rase WI group, Middle Rasen Village Hall Wilkinson Drive, LN8 3UD fourth Wednesday from 7.30 pm onwards. This is an on-going project so we will be sending parcels to Smalls for All on a regular basis. Thank you.