Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:00
We have launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise money for the restoration project. We need pledges of £300,000 before mid summer. Much will come from official heritage charities, but we have to raise at least £50,000 ourselves. Please contribut if you can: every little helps.
And PLEASE, share this appeal. THANK YOU!
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP
Sunday April 14th is Palm Sunday. Parish Eucharist at Fosdyke at 9:30am with Blessing of Palms and Procession and at Kirton at 11:00am followed by Coffee.
Mass and Homily on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday of Holy Week at 7pm in Kirton Church.
MASS OF THE LAST SUPPER April 18th at Fosdyke Church at Noon.
SS Peter & Paul in Kirton at 7:00pm Mass of the Last Supper, Footwashing and Stripping of the Altar followed by the Watch of Prayer at the Altar of Repose until 10:00pm.
April 19th Good Friday Morning Prayer and Litany 9:00am in Kirton Church.
10:30am The Way of the Cross at Algarkirk Churchyard.
The Way of the Cross at Fosdyke at Noon.
Solemn Liturgy of the Passion in SS Peter & Paul in Kirton at 3:00pm
April 20th The Great Easter Vigil for the Kirton Group followed by Wine and Nibbles at 7-00pm Holy Saturday.
The Solemn Mass of Easter Day at All Saints Fosdyke at 9:30am.
Solemn Mass and Procession at 11:00am in SS Peter & Paul Kirton.
Easter Day Family Mass at 3:00pm in Algarkirk Village Hall.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 14:30
The Chrism Mass Wednesday 17th April in the Shrine Church at Walsingham, NR22 6BP at 12 noon.
This year the Shrine will be offering a Soup and Sandwich lunch for £5.00. Please contact Hospitality to book in advance. (01328 820 239)
The annual Richborough Family Festival at S Albans Cathedral will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 10th August 2019.
Following the Mass in the Cathedral, Bishop Norman opens his garden at Parkside House where drinks will be served. Please bring your own picnic. (There is limited seating, plenty of shaded areas, but no wet weather provision).
Everyone is welcome to attend Choral Evensong in the Cathedral at 4.00pm.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 08:15
ASH WEDNESDAY MARCH 6TH
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes in All Saints, Fosdyke at 12 Noon.
Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at SS Peter & Paul in Kirton at 7:00pm.
At the time of going to print Algarkirk Church is still closed for Dry Rot removal.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:30
There are many ways of proclaiming the Gospel! At Fosdyke Parish Church we do it with food. We regularly offer "Pop in" lunches in thre Village Hall. This gives the parsh priest a wonderful opportunity to chat with many parishioners as they enjoy a home cooked three course meal with coffee for only £5. This week we had 56 people eat with us and £320 raised for Church funds.
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 08:15
A brief history of All Saints Church Fosdyke
There have been three established Churches on the present site, with the first church records dating back to 1439. They have all been dedicated to “All Saints” – with the first one being a twin in design to the very beautiful early cruciform fenland church with central tower and spire at Algarkirk. The first church had five bells, but four of them were sold to help defray the expenses of building the second one
The only remains of this first church in use are the restored font. The first church fell into disrepair and was taken down and a new one built using the old material, in 1756.
The second church was a neat little structure with a low tower, containing just the one bell. This church contained a neat altarpiece representing the wise men presenting their gifts to the infant Jesus: there was also, of course, the original octagonal font, very beautifully carved, with angels in the compartments, and a pyramidal cover of handsome fret work. The font was carried through to all three churches and is still in use today – its cover in fine carved fretwork oak, said to mimic the famous Boston Parish Church, or ‘Stump’ as it is affectionately known locally.
The third and current church was designed by Mr Edward Browning of Stamford, and built by Messrs Pattison of Ruskington. It stands upon a shallow mound some feet above the level of the road, and is composed of small red bricks and Bath Stone dressings. The old Barnack stone, which remained from the first church, being used in the construction of the larger portion of the walls. It consists of a nave, north and south aisles, chancel, vestry, tower and spire.
Dedicated to All Saint’s the current building was gifted by the Rev’d. Basil Beridge and consecrated in 1871. Revd Beridge was an important person in the area – his family having been local gentry here and at nearby Algarkirk since the time of James 2nd. He was a ‘squarson’ – a local curiosity combining the roles of parson and squire (It is interesting to note that Canon Gervase Markham – born in Grimsby, was the last squarson in England, and died aged 97 years as recently as 2007).
The vicarage at Fosdyke – paid for by Revd. Beridge was never for his own use – it was for the assistant curate. A handsome building in its own right, it was built on the foundations of ‘The Bell’ public house – demolished for the purpose! The photograph below was taken in 1913.
Revd Beridge was also a local magistrate for Boston. Fortunately, he was a great benefactor for Fosdyke, and at his own expense of some £8,650.00 he rebuilt All Saints Church, built the new vicarage house, and built a school for the village. He also brought the glebe land for the Parish up to about 100 acres – sadly, long appropriated during the famous and, hotly disputed to this day, ‘glebe wars’ of the mid twentieth century.
The noticeable tilt to the handsome chevron leaded spire is there because the tower stands on ‘new’ ground and not the earlier footings of the previous two church buildings. The tower houses a single bell now, as two were sold off. It is topped off by a wonderful gilded cockerel weather vane, restored for the centenary of the present building in 1967.