Living with Christian Hope in the Covid-19 Third National Lockdown

A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest – First Sunday after Trinity – 6th June ‘21
My dearest Friends in the Lord,

We have just heard that Portugal, a favourite holiday destination for many in the UK, is to be placed on the amber list to the consternation of thousands of holiday makers and the Portuguese government itself. Experts have expressed concern that hospital admissions are rising again in some areas affected by the Indian variant.

The question is whether this rise will continue or level off, and whether it will spill out into other parts of the country where admissions are currently still falling. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have indicated they will wait for more data before making the decision, though they said there was “nothing in the data” at the moment to change plans regarding the lifting of lockdown on June 21st.

The government is due to announce its decision on England’s 21 June easing a week before, on 14 June, so the next week-and-a-half’s figures will be crucial. All this goes to remind us that we are not out of the woods yet and we need to continue to take care and keep safe.

As followers of Jesus, remembering our Parish vision statement ‘Nine Churches One Parish Following Jesus’, we will continue to complement the national vaccination strategy with our personal faith in God and gaze towards the future with sturdy hope. As Saint Paul writes, “For those who love God, all things work together unto good.”

 LIVE 10.30 am On-Line Parish Eucharist on ‘zoom’ – Sunday 6th June 10.30 am

Fr Sebastian will lead and preach at the service and we will also listen to some favourite hymns.

Please note that this service is streamed from the Ingham church. If you wish to attend this service physically in church and receive Communion, you can do so. We follow all covid-19 guidelines so as to protect each other and care for each other.

Please download  the Order of service here.

You will receive an invitation to join this short on line service if you are in the Parish database. If not please contact  the Springline Parish Secretary on springline [email protected] 

Springline Parish on-line Home Worship Resources.

You will find a copy of this letter, the sermon for this week, prayers and worship songs etc. Do visit the online church page.

We are gradually returning to worship in our churches, slow but steady!

We hope to fully open our churches from 27th June onwards with a Service at St Cuthbert’s Church Brattleby.

We had our first Baptism in the Parish since the year of lockdown

On Sunday 30th Ingham church held the first public Baptism in the Parish since the lockdown started last year in March. It was a joyful occasion for the family and friends who came to church to celebrate the happy event. A church wedding is planned in Scampton church later in the month and the Life Events are slowly starting again. Praise the Lord!

A road-map for the Resourcing a Sustainable Church: A Time to Change – Together

Conversations are ongoing this Summer and throughout the Autumn and next Spring. It is expected that by the Autumn of 2022 the following decisions will have been arrived at:

  • The type of Church each of our parishes and congregations wants to be (Key Mission Church/Local Mission Church/Community Church/Festival Church/Closed Church)
  • The way in which we will work with our neighbouring parishes and congregations
  • The financial contribution each parish and benefice will make to the finances of the diocesan family
  • The distribution of ministers, lay and ordained, voluntary and aid, in each part of the diocese.
A Prayer for blessings on the diocesan restructuring plans

Almighty God, source of our hope and all good things;
you call us in love to share in the work of creation in making all things new.
Bless our diocese: may we be faithful in our worship;
confident in our discipleship; and joyful in our service;
that, through us, the world may catch a glimpse of the love you have for each one of us,
made known to us in your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A prayer for the Parish and Church

Abba Father, purify my Parish Community in the precious blood of Jesus
and fill my Church and Parish with your Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Springline Parish – Nine Churches, One Parish, Following Jesus.

The Church exists to assist you in your spiritual search, to comfort you in your cares and worries, to support you and walk with you. We believe that Jesus is The True Answer to all our questions and problems, the one who can fill the emptiness and restlessness in our hearts, the One who can help us heal our world! Do help us to help you where we can!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

With my love and prayer to each one of you,

Father Sebastian

Revd Dr Sebastian Thomas Mattapally
Rector, Springline Parish, Diocese of Lincoln
Tel: 01522 731793   Email: [email protected]