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As many of you will know Algarkirk Church, often referred to as the " Mini Cathedral of the Fens" has been awarded an amazing £1.7 million towards its major restoration from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Emergency work will begin very soon on removing a fruiting fungus and a considerable amount of infected timbers and flooring, then will follow chemical spraying all before major structural works commence in early 2019.
To facilitate this work safely and in accordance with Health and Safety requirements SS Peter & Paul Church Algarkirk will temporarily close on Sunday October 14th just before British Summertime ends.
There will be a special liturgy on that day at 3:00pm to remove the sacred vessels and vestments etc in preparation for major building works early in the New Year and to give thanks for the many blessings countless generations have received within these sacred walls. The temporary closure could be until early 2020 when the major structural work is complete, and then we enter the final phase of the restoration project in terms of formulating our new worship patterns and business plan for the building to move into its new future.
The timing of this closure alleviates the dark and cold days of winter in a building without adequate heating.
The Church will continue to be prayed in by your priests once a week on Wednesdays at 12-15pm even in some cases with hard hats. This will allow us to hold on to the fact that this a God given treasure in our midst, and daily speaks and points us Godward!
There will be an encouragement for our present regular congregation to actively and enthusiastically engage with the three neighbouring parish churches of St Mary in Sutterton, All Saints in Fosdyke and SS Peter & Paul in Kirton.
There will be regular reviews of our progress via PCC meetings and AMPG meetings.
As a congregation dispersed over the next two years we will need to meet regularly as a PCC and as a congregation socially and for business matters. It is my hope that as a congregation we can study a book entitled "Houses of Prayer" by Ray Simpson.
As your priest it is my pledge to you all that I will continue to invest quality time in the pastoral care of the parish during this work, and to strengthen ministries such as Messy Church and other ministries that are currently supported by the Church.
We will need to keep our eye on Stewardship matters and the healthy growth of church finances in order to be in a stronger position when the church re-opens.
Please contact Fr Paul Blanch on 01205 624128 for further details regarding baptism, weddings and funerals.

What’s On at St Peter and St Paul’s

 

October:

  • Weds 3rd : Crafty Coffee and Cake Club 10-12noon in the Village Hall

  • Sun 7th: Holy Communion 9.30;

  • Sunday 10th: Crafty Coffee and Cake Club 10-12noon in the Village Hall

  • Sun 14th : Special Service (see above) 3.00pm

  • Weds 17th : Art Club, 10.00 Village Hall

  • Weds 24th : Crafty Coffee and Cake Club 10-12noon in the Village Hall;

  • Sunday 27th : Messy Church in the Village Hall

 

November:

  • Weds 7th : Crafty Coffee and Cake Club 10-12 noon in the Village Hall

  • Friday 9th: Remembrance Service, in the church 7pm

  • Weds 14th : Crafty Coffee and Cake Club 10-12 noon in the Village Hall;

  • Weds 21st : Art Club, 10.00 Village Hall

  • Sun 25th: Messy Church 1.30 – 3.00pm, Village Hall

  • Weds 28th : Crafty Coffee and Cake Club 10-12 noon in the Village Hall

Work on the church is due to start very soon now, beginning with the treatment of the dry rot in the Lady Chapel. So, even though the official lottery conservation doesn’t begin until January, you may see the church doors closed unexpectedly for reasons of health and safety.  Throughout the process, which will take a couple of years, whenever the contractors deem it safe, the doors will be opened as usual for people to visit, and enjoy our lovely church. The building may have to be closed, but the church remains at the heart and the use of the village.

We shall be removing the books from the book swap shelves, temporarily, during the messy parts of the work, so please, if you are a reader, get to the church for a good rummage and stock up on your reading material for the winter. When all the work is finished, having a book swap area in the café will be one of our aims.
We shall also be continuing with the clubs in the Village Hall: the Crafty Coffee and Cake Club, the Art Club and the Messy Church. Everyone is welcome. Please keep an eye on our lovely new notice board for updates on special services and other activities. This is the start of an exciting period: all the work that has gone on to get the grant and start the regeneration of the church in its physical and spiritual and community forms has now reached its goal. When the construction work is completed, the church will be ready for many more years of service to the village.

Wish us luck!

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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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