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The Walesby Group of Parishes.

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.
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The Walesby Group of Parishes - Diary Dates for April

Tuesday 2nd April: 6pm - 1st Tuesday Reflective Service of Holy Communion
(in the Iona Tradition) at Claxby Village Hall

Wednesday 3rd April: 10am - Said Morning Prayer (BCP) at Tealby

Monday 8th April: 12 noon - Funeral Service for Wendy Roe (late of Claxby)
at St Mary's Claxby and afterwards at the Viking Centre Claxby

Tuesday 9th April: 2:30pm - Knitting Group at Starks Lane, North Willingham

Thursday 18th April: 2pm - Walesby PCC meeting followed by AGM

Thursday 18th April: 2:30pm - Companions Group at Brookenby, Tea and a Talk

Thursday 25th April: 7pm - Ministry Team meeting at Revd Elaine's

Saturday 27th April: 3pm - Confirmation of Charles Blake at Normanby le Wold
by Bishop David of Grimsby

Our 'Thought For The Season' is from Revd Bryan - 21st April 2024, Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

'Hard boiled of soft boiled?'

How do you like your eggs? Hard boiled, soft boiled, fried, scrambled, poached? Eggs are versatile, good for you. Do you remember that advert that said, ‘Go to work on an egg.’ I like eggs in all shapes and sizes, including CHOCOLATE EGGS. But for me, they have to be made by Cadburys.

Eggs look nice on the outside, but to get to the real goodness, even of the chocolates ones, you have to break them open for the true goodness to be revealed. You know, this is often true of ourselves. For the best goodness to come out of ourselves, we often have to be broken. No one likes discomfort, pain, suffering or failure but there’s goodness even in these things. Life’s trials, as someone once commented, ‘can either make us better or bitter.’

However, real goodness and sweetness most often, only comes out of each of us after we have suffered, endured a little hardship for a while. Because, only then do we become truly human; able to understand, empathise even, and stand alongside one another, instead of lording or taking the high ground over each other, or standing at a distance.

Life’s struggles are meant to make us humble and more Christlike. They are allowed, in order that we might seek God and in seeking and finding, we also find our true inner self; our God given humility and personality that we often hide because we don’t want to be seen as weak in the world’s eyes. Riches can emerge from brokenness. New life can begin, but sometimes, like a little chick, we have to fight our way through too.

Easter reminds of this. Jesus, God’s very own son, had to be broken too, in order that God’s everlasting and true love could be seen and its power felt over eternity. 'Good Friday', possibly humankinds darkest day, had to be suffered, before a new life could emerge for all human beings. That’s why we call Good Friday, ‘GOOD’. The joy of the resurrection and the hope that emerged from this, that we all look forward to at Easter, could not have been without the other. And, l have to confess, that it is probably true, that my hardships and sufferings have shaped me more than anything else in life. But, only because l allowed God to use them and revitalise them by his love in Jesus.

So, don’t despair of your struggles, hardships and failures; they can shape us just as much as our successes if not more so. Let us learn from them and let us trust Jesus to use them to make us mellow, humble and yet lovingly strong; more like Jesus himself. That the world may see, that God in his love, can turn even the most depraved thing - like a crucifixion - into a force for reconciliation and good.

May God in Jesus, bless you over this easter period and, as the hymn by Janet Lunt goes, ‘Broken for me, broken for you, the body of Jesus broken for you.’

A Prayer for this Week

Merciful Father,
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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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