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Welcome to the parish of South Lafford website
Details of our current services are shown on this page
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 -
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
Services December 2023
Every other Thursday - 9.00 am Holy Communion Service - Folkingham
Friday 1st December
6.30pm - Christmas Service - Walcot
Saturday 2nd December
10.30 am - Healing Service – Newton
Sunday 3rd December
11.00 am - Parish Eucharist - Osbournby
4.00 pm - Christingle & Carols - Pickworth
Monday 4th December
4.30pm - Advent Eucharist service - Threekingham
Thursday 7th December
6.00 pm - Parish Service of Lessons & Carols - Folkingham
Friday 8th December
6.00 pm - Carol Service – Swarby
Sunday 10th December
11.00 am - Parish Eucharist - Folkingham
Thursday 14th December
9.00 am Holy Communion Service - Folkingham
6.00 pm - Carol Service - Scott Willoughby
Friday 15th December
5.30 pm – Carol Service - Osbournby
6.00 pm – Carol Service – Threekingham
Sunday 17th December
11.00 am - Parish Eucharist – Osbournby
3.00 pm - Joint Carol Service Billingborough & South Lafford
- St Andrew’s church, Billingborough
Tuesday 19th December
7.00 pm – Carol Service – Dembleby
Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve
3.00 pm - Carol Service – Aswarby
3.00 pm - Crib Service – Folkingham
6.30 pm - Carol Service - Newton
7.00 pm - Parish Christmas Eve Mass – Folkingham
Monday 25th December – Christmas Day
11.00 am Family Service with Eucharist - Folkingham
11.00 am - Family Service - Pickworth
Thursday 28 December
9.00 am Holy Communion Service - Folkingham
Sunday 31st December
11.00 am - Parish Eucharist (celebrating St Thomas a Becket) - Aunsby
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.
Starting on Thursday 23rd November, the Ministry Team will be running an Advent course for 4 weeks in The Rectory,
16 West Street, Folkingham from 3.15-4.15pm.
Do join us as we prepare for the Birth of Christ.
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 open daily during daylight hours
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.
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