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We are two weeks into the period in the church calendar called Ordinary Time, but this year has felt anything but. The term is used to describe those Sundays that do not form part of Christmastide – Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; and Eastertide – Shove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Easter Sunday, Ascension and Pentecost.

In ministry the period from Advent Sunday at the end of November/beginning of December to Trinity Sunday (the earliest date could be 10th May and the latest 13th June – next due in 2038) seems long and every week has a special designation and predictable themes. By the time Ordinary Time arrives, it feels like an opportunity to reflect again and take stock of the actions of Jesus after following his birth to end journey.

In reality there is no such thing as Ordinary Time beyond the liturgical term as all our lives are extraordinary. In this past month I have shared laughter with the youngest member of my family; cried with many members of other families; trudged up and down Casterton Road in the vein hope of keeping fit; munched on foods that will ensure fitness doesn’t happen; booked a magical afternoon tea at Raffles on the same day I booked a dental check-up; I have spoken tens of thousand words and listened to far fewer; I have made countless journeys up and down the A1 and been greeted by applauding and gracious fellow road users – perhaps that piece isn’t true!

The point is, our lives are made up of lots of ordinary things but together they make up an extraordinary life and I for one fail to give thanks and appreciate just how special things are around me. Here is a little task for you to try this month – before you sleep each day, think of all the ordinary things that have happened that have sustained you and given you some pleasure. If you want them to happen again the next day, simply say thank you for each of those little ordinary things. It may then surprise you to see just how many blessings you receive each and every day.

I hope you will see the extraordinary in all the ordinary.



June Services









Revd Ray Hinch (Retired Methodist Minister)

Ann Llowarch


Elders Service – Songs of Praise

Caragh Johnson


The Leprosy Mission

Rob Edwards


Viv Angele (Methodist local preacher)

John Hall


Martin Gage (Christian Aid)

Ann Llowarch


All services commence at 10.30am unless otherwise stated.

Notes to Services

Sanctuary Service

The last Sanctuary Service of this season is on Thursday 13th June. It features folk duo Old Spot, who are Rowan Piggott and Joe Danks.

Presented by Peter, world-class live music provides the stimulus for contemplation, in a peaceful space where all are welcome. Doors open ~7.45pm.

There is also an earlier Relaxed Sanctuary Service with Ellie Turner held each month at 6 – 6.45pm, doors open 5.50pm. It features live music and peaceful sound relaxation for families and those with additional needs.

Resource Area Service

Please note that there will be a service on 30th June at Spalding URC, Pinchbeck Road, PE11 1QD. Anyone from Stamford is invited to attend and represent us at the service.

Flower Rota

2nd June George Lilley

9th June Sue Samuels

16th June Pam Wilk

23rd June Helen Smith

30th June Rosemary Walters

Update on Church Hall Redevelopment Plans

The initial external inspection of the Hall roof to examine its condition and contents was carried out recently – thanks to Julian Lambert, with Paul Hutchings of PDG Architects in attendance.

Since that inspection, the ‘missing’ 2005 Asbestos Survey Report for the Hall has been located (thanks to Lisa for her time spent searching!), which has just been delivered to Paul. He will review that report along with observations from the inspection and will make his recommendation for any further detailed work required, and then proceed to produce costed plans for the redevelopment.

Reminder - the next Regular Church Meeting is on Thursday 6th June This will be held at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Please can as many people as possible attend.

Christian Aid Week

A note from Ishobel:

We have raised the total amount of money for Christian Aid Week of £198.

£40 came from the generous donations of the coffee morning and £158 from

the envelopes in church - fantastic gifts, thank you all very much.

Once again I am putting out the request that someone steps forward to be the

Christian Aid rep. in the church. It isn't a very demanding job – keeping in

touch with the Churches Together C A co-ordinator, collecting the money

and passing it on to the C A treasurer. It can save lives.

Once again many thanks to everyone,

Ishobel Macnab

Recipe for Crunchet


4oz/110g flour

4oz/110g margarine

4oz/110g syrup

4oz/110g syrup porridge oats

4oz/110g caster sugar

2oz/50g desiccated coconut

1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tbsp hot water


STEP 1 Pre-heat the oven to 170oC/325F/Gas Mark 3.

STEP 2 Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl.

STEP 3 Gently heat the margarine and syrup in a pan until melted.

STEP 4 Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the hot hot water and then add to the margarine/syrup mix in the pan.

STEP 5 Tip the dried ingredients into the pan and mix together.

STEP 6 Grease and line a shallow cake tin (or use ungreased silicone).

STEP 7 Tip the mixture into the cake tin, level it out and then bake for about 45mins.

STEP 8 Cut into slices while warm, but leave in the tin until cold.

(STEP 9 Share generously with the congregation )

This recipe was taken from, “The Star Lane Recipe Book”, originally supplied by Mrs. R. Parkerwood.

I’d be very grateful to receive some new recipe suggestions from people to put in Star News, as the cupboard is getting a little bare…Thanks!

Quote of the month: “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr (American Theologian)








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