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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Remembering HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty the Queen has announced that her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. (Picture courtesy of the Press Association).

Lincoln Cathedral

The Cathedral has opened an online book of condolence. You can add a message here.

The Church of England - statements from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on the death of HRH Prince Philip

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has made a statement.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, has also made a statement

The Church of England online book of condolence

An online book of condolence is available to individuals or church communities who wish to sign and record a message.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip

God of all mercy, justice and peace;
Hear us now as we give thanks for a life of service and devotion to duty
given to this nation by Philip, Duke of Edinburgh;
May he rest in peace and know the joy of heaven:
Be with those who mourn, and bring peace to the hearts of all;
that we may all be united in the kingdom
which is made known to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Revd Fr Chris Hewitt SCP
The Rectory, Otby Lane, Walesby
Market Rasen LN8 3UT
01673 838380

Rector's Video Letter
Updated 2nd April 2021

The Rector's Weekly Message
Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021.

Dear Friends,

May the simple message of joy and hope in this Easter season remain in all our hearts, as we now, in fellowship, walk forward in to this post-pandemic new world of ours.

A world each and everyone of us has had time to reflect upon, a world where God’s creation has truly been revealed to us, and a world, I hope and pray, we take into our care and make it a Kingdom fit to honour God’s glory.

On behalf of all your ministry team, may I wish you all a very happy Easter.

Fr Chris

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.