The Peace of the Lord be Always with You!

May I offer you my welcome to this website dedicated to the Churches and Peoples of the Walesby Group of Parishes. The Walesby Group of 11 churches is set in the western Lincolnshire Wolds, a nationally designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ … and it really is just that!

Regular Sunday worship takes place across the group, using both contemporary and traditional language styles. Our Evening Services adhering strictly to the language and style of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and mid-morning services using the more contemporary Common Worship language. Our service times and service styles are published here on this site and are regularly updated.

I hope that this website gives you a sense of our life and work, and is helpful in providing what information you need. To find out the latest news please download our Parish Magazine, the ‘Wolds Witness'.

Please visit our Churches, which we endeavour to keep open daily for pilgrims and visitors alike. I hope you find each and every one of them, whether ancient or modern, peaceful places: to rest, to reflect or to just ‘be’, all in the presence of God.

Every blessing

The Revd Fr Chris Hewitt SCP
The Rectory
Otby Lane
Market Rasen LN8 3UT
Telephone: 01673 838380
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 9 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.