South Lafford

The Parish Of

Remembering his Royal Highness Prince Philip

We are not allowed to have physical books of condolence, but online versions are available at 

Prayer resources are on all our church notice boards and reflection stations are available at Aunsby (porch), Dembleby (porch), Folkingham, Newton, Osbournby, Scott Willoughby and Walcot.

A prayer on the death of HRH Prince Philip


God of our lives, 

we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,

for his love of our country,

and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy,

through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.



Join us for an online cuppa and a catch up  - To enable us all to keep connected, we join together every Thursday morning at 11.00am. This will be hosted on the online service Zoom and you can access this at:


Meeting ID: 857 9412 7279           Password: 779565

Private prayer and public worship services

Private prayer in our church buildings 

St Andrew's, Folkingham is open for private prayer every Wednesday between 10am - 4pm

St Peter and St Paul's, Osbournby is open for private prayer every Wednesday between 10am - 3pm 

St Botolph's, Newton is open for private prayer on Sundays between 1pm - 3pm

St Thomas of Canterbury, Aunsby is open for private prayer on Sundays 10am to 3pm

St. Mary and All Saints in Swarby is open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays between 10am - 3pm

Public worship services

Please see the details of services in our parish below or take a look at the Calendar page.

For the latest national information, please see the Church of England website:-

At present, all of our other church buildings remain closed


The Parish of South Lafford consists of eleven churches covering a rural area between Sleaford and Bourne.  The churches serve fifteen villages, mostly quite small; the total population is a little under 2000.  All our churches are listed buildings.  The Parish is part of the Church of England Diocese of Lincoln. 

We hope to appeal to most people's spiritual needs by a wide variety of worship, mostly based on the contemporary language Common Worship and the traditional Book of Common Prayer, but with some more innovative services too.  The South Lafford Choir sings at some of our services and rehearses regularly - new members are welcome: see South Lafford Choir page under Our Community tab.

The Parish is committed to ecumenism and is part of Churches Together in Lincolnshire. The Parish has an inclusive approach to Christian fellowship and a desire to meet the challenges of Christian living in the 21st century with prayer and imagination. 


April 2021

With the gradual easing of Covid-19 restrictions, and the increasing number of people who have been vaccinated, we are beginning to cautiously re-open our churches for public worship, as well as for private prayer. Our plan is that we will re-open on Easter Sunday, with controls on numbers, physical distancing and, as yet, no communal singing.  We will then join online with others from across our Diocese on the 11th of April, and hope to then continue our services in person each week from the 18th April. Our online services continue each week.


Sunday 11th April – 2nd Sunday of Easter (white)

Joining online with a service for the Diocese at:

The national Church of England service will be available from 9am through 


Sunday 18th April – 3rd Sunday of Easter (white)

11.00am – St. Andrew, Folkingham


Sunday 25th April – 4th Sunday of Easter(white)

11.00am – St. Peter & St. Paul, Osbournby

For the latest national information, please see the Church of England website:-

Keeping Safe - Safeguarding 

Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.

Please click on the Keeping Safe button below to be taken to the Safeguarding page with contact details and information.

Find out more about our 11 rural churches, by clicking the button below

  • St Denys', Aswarby

  • St Thomas of Canterbury, Aunsby

  • St Lucia's, Dembleby

  • St Andrew's, Folkingham

  • St Botolph's, Newton

  • St Peter and St Paul's, Osbournby

  • St Andrew's, Pickworth

  • St Andrew's, Scott Willoughby

  • St Mary and All Saints', Swarby

  • St Peter ad Vincula, Threekingham

  • St Nicholas, Walcot

Resourcing Sustainable Church

A prayer for hope

Loving God

In these difficult times

we pray for our country and the world

for all those who tend and care for others.

Give strength and courage to all who suffer,

help us to help others,

and always to know that you are with us

every moment of our lives.


Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

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