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The Revd Fr Chris Hewitt SCP
Rector
The Rectory, Otby Lane, Walesby
Market Rasen LN8 3UT
01673 838380
chris.hewitt@lincoln.anglican.org

Rector's Video Letter
Updated 2nd April 2021


The Rector's Weekly Message
15th Sunday After Trinity, 12th September 2021.


Dear Friends,

Who is Jesus?

Have you ever been asked that question?

Have you asked it of yourself? Or does this seem like nonsense?

It would of course seem natural to think ….that after 2,000 years of Christian history, we should not have to pose such an inquiry. We might add that it’s obvious …after all we know Jesus is our Lord and Saviour, the son of God, the second person of the Trinity who we pledge our faith to ….. through the creed…. every Sunday.

But still… the question still presents itself to us today in our lives and world and in today’s Gospel reading…….. Who is Jesus?

St. Mark takes us back to the very heart of the story ……. This was a critical time in Jesus’ relationship with his closest followers ….his disciples……. a moment when the truth of what God was doing in and through Jesus came into sharpest focus.
It was an encounter that clarified once and for all the answer to the question “Who is Jesus?”

Is he the Lamb? Is he the Way, the Truth and the Life? or is he a revolutionary turning our world upside?

Read Mark Chapter 3 and see what you think!

Every Blessing,

Fr Chris


Our Prayer for the Week

Lord God,
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.

Our churches

Our Group's Mission, Beliefs and Prayer

Our mission and vision

The Walesby Group, set into the north western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, consists of 10 parishes, 10 worshipping communities and 11 church buildings. With a population of around 2100 we are a benefice of very small communities, living in the vast open spaces of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As worshipping communities we aim to grow ourselves in our faith and discipleship, support and engage with our local communities and bring new people to Christ.

We are blessed with beautiful buildings and faithful commitment from our congregations. As the group continues to integrate together, we are being enabled to offer a variety of worship and outreach styles. Lay ministry and leadership is key to all we offer, and encouraged as we endeavour to open the Kingdom and its values to all.

What we believe

The Christian faith is focused on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We also believe his death achieved something very special: the opportunity to reconnect with the God that we might believe in but might sometimes feel remote from.

We believe that Jesus was not just a human being but, in some way that we cannot fully understand, God as well. We believe in God the Father, the creator of the entire universe, and the Holy Spirit, who is the way we can experience Jesus today. Not three gods but one, who together are described as the ‘Trinity’ – a description not so much of philosophy but of the relationship at the heart of God.

In the most famous Christian prayer we pray ‘Our Father…’ This creator God wants a relationship with us, for us to be his children and to give us, as Jesus says, ‘life in all its fulness’ (John 10.10).

A Prayer for our Work in the Walesby Group of Parishes


God of Mission
Who alone brings growth to your Church
Empower us with your Holy Spirit:
Giving vision to our planning
Wisdom to our actions
And power to our witness
So that our church may grow:
In spiritual and prayerful commitment to you
In numbers
And through loving service to our local communities
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen