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The Walesby Group is now fortunate to be able to call upon the resources of four clergy licensed to their churches, supported by a wide team of lay and retired ministers.  In addition to her role as Vicar for the Market Rasen Group, Revd Claire Burnett is Priest in Charge for the parishes of Brookenby, Claxby, Croxby, Kirmond le Mire, Normanby le Wold, North Willingham, Stainton le Vale, Thoresway and Walesby.  Revd Bryan Dixon, Rector for the Middle Rasen Group, is Priest in Charge for the parish of Tealby and the Barkwith Group of parishes.
(For specific parish enquiries, please see the contact details on the website A Church Near You)

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The Walesby Group of Parishes - Diary Dates for July



Saturday 6th July: 1pm - Wedding at Tealby Church

Monday 8th July: 9:30am - Chapter Meeting at Market Rasen Church Hall

Wednesday 17th July: 12 noon - Companions Meeting for lunch at Wolds Edge tea-room, Tealby

Sunday 21st July: 10:30am - Open Air Service at Middle Rasen

Monday 22nd July: 5:30pm - NSM/SSM Conference at Edward King House, Lincoln

Wednesday 24th July: 2pm - Walesby Group Meeting at the Viking Centre, Claxby

Thursday 25th July: 7pm - Ministry Team Meeting at Revd Elaine's

Our 'Thought For The Season' is from Paul Fuller - 14th July 2024, Seventh Sunday After Trinity

There are a wide range of theological opinions within the church, this article reflects the views of the author

'Happy Birthday!'

Happy Birthday, Christian Church, with the Divine hope of Many Joyful Returns. Flames of fire instead of candles, but never mind! It was a difficult pregnancy. The Embryo was killed off by the evil distorted forces of society but survived and lived again through the spiritual power of love, of grace. That spiritual DNA spread through his followers by the labour of learning that flesh and spirit could be one and then, on the fiftieth day, delivered the new-born Church.

The new-born followers, overwhelmed by the experience, did not fully realise the exponential power of this new understanding. The spiritual had become Spiritual with a capital S. Holy Spiritual. The Divine in them. They healed a few bodies, but gradually, with the help of St Paul, realized it was the body-politic they needed to heal, the whole global society starting with the eastern Mediterranean.

The idea of spirituality had always been around from the earliest days. In rocks and trees, in the sun, in storms and stars, in holy men and women. The religions of the world had emphasized such spirituality. But the Divine knew that it was time to upgrade it, to ready humans for a new intensity, a new quality of spirituality. It came through Jesus who knew it was a love taken to extremes that included suffering, even suffering on the cross.

Such love was at the heart of this new quality of Spirituality. The disciples realised that this new Spirituality, to be transforming, needed to be collective, to include everyone. Love, sometimes confused with sex or schmaltz, meant respect, care, recognition of value, perceiving the essence of the human. At this intensity, it included the marginalized, the alien, the immigrant, even the enemy. Loving Spirituality was the only kind that could destroy the greed, the envy, the hatred, the selfishness, the hubris still included in the animal traits of evolved humanity.

In our western culture, spirituality is often considered superstition, ignored or denied by modern thinking (though we should remember other religions across the world still insist on it). But for us Christians spirituality is Spirituality, loving and personal, the Holy Spirit. And it is not particularly confined to ‘religion’ but can be applied to politics, economics, ecology and sexuality – the whole of human life.

Pentecost 2024 is giving us the task of accentuating the Spiritual, of applying our faith to the modern world. It’s in a precarious state, democracy staggering, genocides accumulating, populations starving, the planet scorching. Come Holy Spirit, transform us.

A Prayer for this Week

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves the power
of his death and passion that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen.

The Church of England, ministering to the people of Brookenby, Claxby, Croxby, Kirmond le Mire, Normanby le Wold, North Willingham, Stainton le Vale, Tealby, Thoresway and Walesby in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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