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. Those 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.
The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding office. You can contact the safeguarding officer, Judi Wright or Revd Cilla Smith. If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the
diocesan safeguarding team – their contact details are available here:
There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.
The Parish of the Asterby Group is beautifully situated in the Horncastle Deanery, on the Lincolnshire Wolds, to the south west of the attractive market town of Louth, east of the historic county town of Lincoln and to the north of Horncastle itself and is set in rolling, peaceful countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It consists of the 11 villages of:
Burgh on Bain with *Girsby
Scamblesby with *Cawkwell
Donington on Bain
Gayton le Wold with *Grimblethorpe
* Churchless parishes
** Redundant church
Worship in the village churches is shared on a rota basis with some parishioners travelling from their own villages to worship together, while others attend formal worship only when it is held in their particular village church. Numbers fluctuate with greater numbers attending at Harvest, Christmas and special services.
Every Good Friday an
important service of witness takes place at Red Hill, in Stenigot. Three cross bearers walk from the bottom of
the hill, followed by a procession of people, with pauses for reflection on the
way. At top of the hill, the crosses are
erected and a short service takes places in the amphitheatre below. This special service attracts upwards of 250
people each year and for many is their principal act of Easter worship.
The occasional services of
Plough Sunday, Rogation, Snowdrop Festival, Pet Service, Horse Service, Harvest
and Easter and Carol Services are of great importance to the Group and arewell
and enthusiastically supported. These
are usually held in the afternoon or weekday evenings. We also offer a midweek Communion Service in
St. Andrew's, Donington on Bain.
In the warmer months our
churches host the Wholeness and Healing Service celebrated by our Community
Chaplain and other Team members.
We have a successful "Messy Church"
which meets monthly in the County
Primary School in
Donington on Bain and a well-supported walking group, "The Asterby Amblers",
also meets monthly to explore the beautiful countryside. We consider that these are important ways of
exploring our faith in this part of rural Lincolnshire.
The Asterby Group is a united parish, with a single Parochial Church Council.
The village churches each have their own Village Church Council. We join with
our fellow group worshippers on the fifth Sunday at the Group Communion Service
in St Mary's Horncastle.