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Our Group

 

We are a family of six churches centred around Woodhall Spa which is located on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Each church community has its own character and is welcoming to all.

Our Mission
We rejoice in the gift of God's love and strive to learn together to follow the way of our Lord, and to invite others regardless of age, class and culture to share the journey with us.

Our Vision
We seek to be open to all and to offer the opportunity for worship and spiritual growth. We aim to promote a real sense of community, enabling people to feel they belong to God's family. We look to be relevant to the age we live in. 

Our Villages

 

WOODHALL SPA 

With a population of approximately 4,000, Woodhall Spa is a large, vibrant village. St. Peter's Church was built in 1893 and seats around 350-400. The church opens daily for visitors as well as the regular services.

St Peter's Church has no burial ground. There are two cemeteries in Woodhall Spa, both maintained by the Parish Council.

St Peter's Hall adjoins the church and is currently run by a separate management committee. The hall seats around 200 and is a community resource freely available to the church. It is in regular use due to its central location, size and facilities which include kitchen, toilets and disabled access. The hall has a stage which is used for a variety of concerts.

In addition to services, monthly Communion is taken at Eastwood Lodge and Russell Green care homes.

Further details about Woodhall Spa can be found here:
http://www.woodhallspa.org/

KIRKSTEAD

Kirkstead Abbey was founded in 1139 and is Grade I listed. Only the remains of the Abbey can be found nowadays but this includes a tall section of the south transept wall which strikes an imposing sight and can be seen from miles around. Built between 1230 and 1240, St Leonard's ‘Without' is named as it was outside the gates of the abbey. Its walls are steeped in almost a thousand years of history, and some of the original features remain to this day. As you approach the church, passing the abbey ruins, the history of the site will undoubtedly move you. It is a beautiful place of stark simplicity, serenity and solitude.

The building has no electricity so is only used monthly between Easter and Harvest - however there is always an atmospheric candlelit carol service at Christmas.

BUCKNALL

The parish of Bucknall with Tupholme is situated about 5 miles from Woodhall Spa. The village has a population of approximately 364. Grade II listed Saint Margaret's Church is located off the main B1190 on the edge of the village.

The church was restored in 1884 by Louth architect James Fowler and remains well maintained. The church holds two services a month as well as special services at Easter, Harvest and Christmas.

Bucknall has a modern village hall which is used for a variety of community events along with harvest festival suppers. Bucknall Primary School is small but recognised for its excellent teaching and facilities including state of the art I.T. resources.

St. Margaret's Church maintains good links with Nightingale House care home which is located near the primary school. As well as regular visits, monthly Communion is also taken at the home.

HORSINGTON

Recorded as "Horsintone" in the Domesday book, Horsington is located 5 miles north from Woodhall Spa and 5 miles west from Horncastle. The village has a population of approximately 220. All Saints Church was re-built in 1860 using red brick and its spire dominates the skyline. Inside, the building is light and welcoming and its main stained glass window is none other than truly spectacular. The church yard has a war grave from the First World War.

The church is used for other community gatherings including regular ‘Cuppa and Cake' mornings which are well attended. The village has a pub, The Elder Tree and also a well-used village hall which has regular events such as coffee mornings, quizzes and concerts.

LANGTON

Langton with Old Woodhall has a population of just 35. The chocolate-box village is located about two miles from Horncastle and six miles from Woodhall Spa.
The quaint church, once part of a larger church with a tower, was built in 1415 and is the centre of this village community. The church itself is built of sandstone and is in an excellent state of repair. It also has a well maintained open burial ground supporting both Langton and Old Woodhall Parishes.

Services are well supported by the mainly farming community and the annual harvest, supper and carol service remain very popular. The church is home to a medieval Chrismatory, the only other example of which can be seen in the British Museum. The modern Jubileum organ is relatively new to the church.

STIXWOULD

The ancient village of Stixwould is located two miles northwest of Woodhall Spa. The village appears in the Domesday Book as "Stigeswalde".
A Priory of Cistercian nuns existed at one time in the parish but now only a few mounds remain to show where the Abbey once stood.
St Peter's Church was re-built in 1831 supposedly using some of the stones from the derelict Abbey.
The Grade II listed building holds twice-monthly services along with special services which are well attended.

The platform and signs of the former Great Northern Railway Station still remain a the end of Station Road but the building itself is now a tranquil place of spiritual retreat.
Stixwould station is on the ‘Viking Way' National Cycle Route and is to be found on the banks of the River Witham on the edge of the village.

All churches except Langton are either partly or fully wheelchair accessible.

The Ministry Team


Licensed Ministers

Reverend Frank Wells - Baptist Minister, retired

Licensed Readers

Canon Sally Smithson | Margaret Smith | Kathryn Butters

The group has a part-time Group Administrator to support the clergy and improve communications. In addition, St Peter's employs a Verger and a professional Organist

Our Church Services and other activities

 

WOODHALL SPA

 

The normal Sunday pattern is:
08.00 a.m. on 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month (two being Book of Common Prayer)

10.45 a.m. Formal Holy Communion on the 1st & 3rd Sundays
10.45 a.m  Less formal Holy Communion 2nd Sunday
10.45 a.m. Morning Praise on the 4th Sunday

10.00 a.m. United Service on any 5th Sunday [this is Eucharistic and alternates between the different churches in the Group and Woodhall Spa]

• There is a service of Holy Communion at 10.00 a.m. on the second and forth Tuesday of each month, the second of the month being with Mothers' Union.
• There is informal worship every Friday at 09.10am.
• There is a Maundy Thursday Eucharist, Good Friday service, and Easter Vigil service.
• We have an All Souls memorial service at the end of October / early November
• At Christmas there is a Christingle [with the local school], a crib service, and Midnight Mass.

KIRKSTEAD

These are held on the forth Sunday from April to October. Most are Evensong at 6pm.

There are services of Holy Communion on Easter Day and a Harvest Festival and Carol Service.

CHURCH SERVICES AT BUCKNALL, HORSINGTON, STIXWOULD & LANGTON

All village churches have one Parish Holy Communion a month. Horsington and Bucknall also have one service of morning prayer each month.
All hold a Harvest Festival, and a Carol Service. At Easter and Christmas different services [e.g. vigil service, Crib service] are held at each church in rotation.
See the Monthly Calendar for the full details of each church's services.

OTHER SERVICES

Baptisms

We have an open policy to Baptism, and the clergy visits families in their homes to discuss what it means and to prepare them for the service. The Baptism can take place during a Sunday Service, or separately.

Weddings

Clergy offer one-to-one marriage preparation - about the service and what it says about the meaning of marriage, and arrange a wedding rehearsal.

SCHOOLS

We have three schools in the parish:
St Andrew's Church of England Primary School in Woodhall Spa with around 240 pupils. There are strong links with St Peter's, as it is a Church of England foundation school and the Rector is a Foundation Governor. Clergy offer regular assemblies, Years 1 and 2 make church visits and the whole school (plus parents) attend patronal and Christingle services in the church. St. Peter's run an After School Club for Key Stage 1 and 2 children. Confirmation preparation is offered to Year 6 pupils.

St Hugh's is a large private Preparatory School in Woodhall Spa, with a strong Christian ethos. They invite clergy to lead assemblies, make church visits with juniors, come to St. Peter's for Carol and other Services and help with Confirmation preparation for their Year 7 children.

Bucknall Community School is small and friendly with around 50 pupils, and there are good relationships between teachers and the church. ‘Open the Book' events are held regularly and are well received.

KEY ACTIVITIES

Worship & Prayer

Our church volunteers - such as Churchwardens and sides-people (helpers) are involved in all aspects of church services, assisting with the communion, reading the lessons and leading the prayers.

There is a choir at St. Peter's in Woodhall Spa, an excellent organist and an All Age Music Group. We use a mixture of traditional and modern hymns.

Children who are 8 years old and over and come regularly to church may be admitted to partake in Holy Communion after a short series of meetings to prepare.

There is a prayer corner in St. Peter's at Woodhall Spa with a place to light a candle and a prayer board for requests, and a walk round guide with prayer stations.

PRAYER, STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP GROUPS

Prayer time

We are fortunate in having a Retreat House called ‘Time Away' at Stixwould which is used as a resource for clergy and we have offered Parish Quiet Days, e.g. in Lent.

Mothers' Union

Our Mothers' Union branch is open to all and is particularly active locally. There are lively branch meetings with guest speakers and social events throughout the year. A Mothers' Union service of Holy Communion is held at St Peter's Woodhall Spa on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. 

YOUNG PEOPLES' ACTIVITIES IN THE WOODHALL SPA GROUP

We aim to provide enjoyable opportunities for children and young people of all ages to share in the life of the church. On the third Sunday of each month there is an All Age Service at St Peter's in Woodhall Spa.

Little Fishes is a group meeting for pre-school children and their carers. See other web-pages, notices and magazines for dates. They meet at 9.30 a.m. in St Peter's Hall where they can enjoy a time of singing, a story, crafts and a drink.

Messy Church meets once a month, normally on the first Sunday of the month, at St Peter's Hall in Woodhall Spa between 3 and 5pm. It's a form of church for children and adults and is fun and for all ages. It can involve singing, playing games, making things and storytelling.

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