Seven parishes forming a united benefice in South Lincolnshire

orth Beltisloe Group of Parishes

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BOOTHBY PAGNELL


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HUMBY CHAPEL


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SAPPERTON



The Parishes

Minutes of North Beltisloe Group Council Meeting

25th June 2016


Constitution

of the

North Beltisloe

Group of Parishes



Minutes of North Beltisloe Group AGM Meeting

23rd May 2016

Welcome to the North Beltisloe Group of Parishes



North Beltisloe is a group of 7 Parishes a few miles to the south east of Grantham in Lincolnshire. The villages vary in size from 30 up to 750 inhabitants; the total population is just under 2000 but growing. Each parish has a much-loved and well-maintained Church. There are 3 pubs and 3 village halls, two of which have thriving social clubs with bars! There is a strong rural feel to all our communities.


Growing mission


The 7 parishes are a united benefice. Group Services take place every month, on Patronal festivals and other special occasions. Traditionally, every Parish has at least one service each month. We have a choir which leads the singing at Group and special services. In 2010, there were 20 baptisms and 13 marriages/blessings across the Group. The preparation for such services is a major opportunity to grow mission.


In 2010 we ran a very successful ecumenical ALPHA Course. This has also developed good working relationships with other churches/denominations in Grantham. It is our intention to build on this with prayer ministry training. We also endeavour to run courses during Lent.


In common with the other rural parishes in our Deanery, most of the lay energy in our communities is provided by the “silver” generation. A hard core of worshippers supports traditional prayer-book services but contemporary language liturgy is also used for other services. In addition to Group Services, our parishes hold a number of theme-based services at appropriate times of the year which attract the families and the non-Anglican Christians that are key to our growth.


Each village holds its own social events which are supported by the other parishes. Mid-summer is an especially busy time with several villages holding fetes.


Young people


There are two schools in the Group: Ropsley Church of England Primary School (of which our Rector is an ex-officio Governor) and Ingoldsby Primary School with which we have strong links.


We can do much more to develop mission amongst families.











Requests for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals


Until the appointment of the next Rector of North Beltisloe all church enquires should, in the first instance, be made to the churchwardens(#).  They will take the details of requests for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals and forward them to the responsible minister, Fr. Chris Atkinson, Rural Dean (017780 422412). For other personal matters that require the services of a priest they should contact Fr. Chris directly.


# Contact details in the relevant Parish section or the Directory


See Activities section for more information