South Lafford

The Parish Of

Welcome to the parish of South Lafford website

Welcome

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. 

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.

Our churches 

 

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

Services

Services 20 November to 31 December 2022

are shown below

Every other Thursday - 9.00 am Holy Communion Service - Folkingham

Sunday 20 November – Christ the King

11.00 am - Parish Eucharist – Osbournby

 

Sunday 27 November – 1st Sunday of Advent

11.00 am - Parish Service– Folkingham

Thursday 1 December

9.00 am - Holy Communion Service - Folkingham

Sunday 4 December - 2nd Sunday of Advent

11.00 am - Parish Eucharist - Osbournby

Friday 9 December 

6.30 pm - Carols & Readings - Walcot 


Saturday 10 December 

4.00 pm - Christingle Fun@4 - Folkingham     

Sunday 11 December - 3rd Sunday of Advent

11.00 am - Parish Eucharist - Folkingham

4.00 pm - Christingle / Carols - Pickworth 

Thursday 15 December

9.00 am - Holy Communion Service - Folkingham

Thursday 15 December

7.00 pm - Parish Lessons & Carols - Osbournby

Friday 16 December

6.30 pm - Christmas Carols - Threekingham

Sunday 18 December - 4th Sunday Advent

11.00 am - Parish Eucharist - Osbournby

6.30 pm - Christmas Carols - Newton

7.00 pm - Billingborough Benefice Carols - Billingborough

Monday 19 December

7.00 pm - Carol Service - Dembleby

Wednesday 21 December

6.00 pm - Carol Service - Swarby

 Saturday 24 Dec - Christmas Eve  

4.00 pm  - Crib Service - Folkingham

Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day 

11.00 am  - Christmas Day Parish Eucharist - Folkingham   

11.00 am - Christmas Day Family Service - Pickworth

Thursday 29 December

9.00 am Holy Communion Service - Folkingham

For the latest national information, please see the Church of England website:-    https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

The wearing of masks is recommended, not now obligatory.

However, we need to remain vigilant, and continue to use hand sanitizer.

Details of churches open for private prayer 

 

For the latest Covid-19 national information, please see the Church of England website:-    https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

 

Please see below for details of churches open for private prayer:

  • St Denys', Aswarby is open daily during daylight hours

  • St. Thomas of Canterbury, Aunsby is open every Sunday from 10am -3pm

  • St. Lucia, Dembleby is currently closed.

  • St. Andrew's, Folkingham is open daily during daylight hours.  

  • St. Botolph’s, Newton is open on Sunday afternoons from 1pm - 3pm

  • St. Peter & Paul, Osbournby is open daily during daylight hours

  • St. Andrew, Pickworth is open daily during daylight hours

  • St. Andrew, Scott Willoughby is open daily during daylight hours

  • St. Mary and All Saints, Swarby open daily during daylight hours

  • St. Peter ad Vincula, Threekingham is currently closed

  • St. Nicholas, Walcot is open daily during daylight hours

 

We are keeping all of these church openings under review. We are blessed, in our united parish, of having eleven buildings, but sadly we will not be able to open all of them at this time, so some remain closed for now.

Resourcing Sustainable Church

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.
Amen.