THE CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS - ULCEBY
This year Harvest Festival was celebrated in Ulceby on 29th September during Creationtide. Creationtide (from 1st September to 4th October) is a time when Christians are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for all of the earth and all that lives on it.
So not only does it give us the chance to recognise and thank God for the harvest “safely gathered in” it presents also the opportunity to reflect on and say sorry for humanities misuse of God’s creation whilst recognising the negative impact we have on the environment.
This year, the two charities which benefit directly from the generous offerings are the Foodbank in Barton who do such a good job of helping people in crisis until they can support themselves or receive professional care. Also Harbour Place in Grimsby who support the homeless and other socially excluded groups across our area by (to name just one of the many things they do) providing hot meals and breakfast.
Thank you to the Brocklesby Estate for providing the wheat sheaves that made such a fantastic display, the talented Saturday morning flower group for the glorious arrangements, and the staff and parents of St Nicholas Church of England Primary School who so generously donated to the cause. Not forgetting all of our regular attendees for their contributions and support, as always.
The picture included here really does not do the display justice.
Liz Brown, Reader, St. Nicholas Church
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The Parish Church of St Nicholas Ulceby dates from the 13th Century and is a Grade I listed building. This beautiful building is set in an attractive churchyard in the village.
The church is supported by its parishioners, the Church Council and the Friends of St Nicholas. Throughout the year there are events and special services to not only try to raise funds for the church but to ensure the church remains the focal point of the community.
“People may not attend regular services but turn to the Church on the happiest and saddest occasions in their lives. It is here for all and open for all. It speaks to us of Faith and we owe it to future generations to preserve and pass on this heritage” – Margaret Thompson – Parishioner and former Church Warden of St Nicholas.
Message from the Parochial Church Council
As our restoration works continue into 2019, I thought that you would appreciate a progress report.
It’s taken us 800 years, but I am pleased to report that we now have hot and cold running water, disabled toilet facilities, a cleaner’s cupboard and a servery all fully installed and operational. Not to mention the wonderful watertight and draught free roof and the eradication of the ever-present damp smell. I can’t begin to explain how super it is not to have to run down the path to the standpipe on a cold January morning for water, or to explain that we do not have any toilet facilities to those in need.
It’s not all been plain sailing though, the enormity of the exercise we are undertaking has been very difficult at times. Many lessons have been learned along the way; the legal processes of applying for the appropriate permissions, the actual technicalities of the work, the balancing of the books and the length of time to complete some simple tasks has been challenging. Not to mention the unforeseen closure of the building for many months due to the complexity of the internal and external roof repairs and the problems this posed for health and safety. (Thanks to Mark & Teresa at Tea@6 Tearooms for their fantastic community spirit by allowing us to worship there for the full period of closure.)
Without the essential advice of our architect, the Diocese, North Lincolnshire Council and The Heritage Lottery Fund we would have fallen by the wayside well before the work started. However, I know that now we are starting to see some real progress, none of us regret the project or would have had it any other way.
We’ve still got some way to go before we complete the project, so our work is not yet done. We still await the legal permissions to begin the overhaul of the heating because it remains too cold to open our doors to many community projects and we still must explore sources of funding for upgraded lighting. We are aiming to complete works this year when every member of the community, those with faith and those without will be welcome to use our facilities and get involved with our planned community projects.
Thank you, all our supporters throughout the community and beyond who have helped in many different ways and who have given us such wonderful encouragement to get to this stage.
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Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help lift him up.