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, Karen Elliott or Revd Mark Holton. 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 Hemingby Group of the Horncastle Deanery sits generally to the west and north of the town of Horncastle on the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The Hemingby Group comprises the 8 villages of:
Edlington with Wispington
Hatton with Sotby
The Hemingby Group hosts
the popular Viking Way,
a well-known walk, which is situated in wonderful countryside. It is located to
the west and north of the town of Horncastle. We are fortunate to have three thriving pubs,
a number of well used village halls and quality Residential Homes where the
residents enjoy a Communion Service once a month.
Like the Asterby and Horncastle Groups, the Hemingby Group have been very well served by NSM and stipendiary clergy who work across
all three benefices.
At present we hold one
Service of the Word and celebrate three Communion Services each month. Additionally, we hold special services as
required. We have good attendances at
our Harvest, Carol and Easter Services.
The average weekly attendance is between 15 - 23 people depending on the
location. Our pastoral team have joined the other groups for training and skills
and are regularly seen about the parishes.
The Hemingby Group has a
single Parochial Church Council, of which the worship committee is a sub group.
Each of our Churches has an individual Village Church Council. Our free, bi-monthly magazine, is delivered
to every house in the area. It helps us to keep our communities in touch. We
are committed to each other in terms of our parish share too.
Group is best experienced through hospitality.
Our Harvest Suppers, Group Barbeques, and money raising events like the
Snowdrop Festivals and Cream Teas are great opportunities to get together. Our
churches host many community events.
We are lucky to have some good
organists in our group to help with our services too. We have a band of dedicated carol singers who
are renowned for their ability to raise large sums for local charities
from their annual Christmas village appearances.