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Rector's Letter updated 2nd June 2020

COVID 19 Information Updated 9th April 2020

We are in difficult times. The COVID 19 virus is forcing each and every one of us to take measures to protect ourselves and others and also look out for those in need.

As you will know all organised church gatherings, whether in churches or house groups are currently suspended and unfortunately our churches locked.

We are encouraged to change from being a ‘Church of Attendance’ to a ‘Church of Prayer and Service’. Our prayers for God’s world and his people are of great importance.

I appreciate that this is going to be difficult for many regular worshippers, so we are offering a daily live-streaming of services - see the links at the top of the this page

Baptism and Weddings

Currently all Baptisms and Weddings are suspended

Funeral Services

Funeral Services will go ahead but there are restrictions, with only close family to be in attendance (Partner, Parents & Children).

Additional Restriction for Burials: The service will be conducted at the graveside

Pastoral & Prayer Support

Revd Elaine is co-ordinating our pastoral response to all those in our villages that need support. This is also now applicable to those further afield who will undoubtedly need maybe a chat or just a friendly ear to listen. Please let us know if you or someone you know would like us to make contact. Additionally if you wish us to pray for you please contact us with your request. All prayer request are confidential and we will pray for you in private.

Support and Supplies

Groups have formed in many of our villages to offer support to those who are housebound. If you need help and you have no-one to contact locally please contact me. I should be able to get you in contact with a helper in your area.

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.