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St Peter & St Paul, Middle Rasen

Ministry Team

Rector - Rev'd Bryan Dixon (01673 842759)

Associate Priest - Rev'd David Post (01673 843388)

Lay Readers - Cynthia Bunch (01673 844661)

+ Peter Cook (01673 843226) + Quin Hough - (01673 844155)

Verger & Lay Minister - Rosemary Walker (01673 842913)

Important Events and News / Wardens / Church Hall / A short history

Contact Rev'd Bryan Dixon for information on Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals etc.

Deanery Confirmation

St Peter & St Paul's Church arc hosting the Deanery Confirmation on 13th May at 4pm

Are you aged between 11 and 111 years old and interested in being Confirmed? If you would like to know more please contact Rev'd Bryan Dixon on 01673 842759 or email


Methodist Church for Middle Rasen & Faldingworth

Minister - Rev Anne Coates (01673 843362)
Room hire enquiries to Ann Naylor (01673 844645)


Guild - Wednesday's 7.30pm

Feb 7th Social Evening

Feb 14th Felicity D - My life with music

Feb 21 st Rev Bryan Dixon

Feb 28th Cynthia's Bunch - Who do you think you are

Saturday 10th February 10.00am. Coffee Morning

Wednesday's 2.30pm Women's Own

See also "Tools with a Mission" which is a Christian charity enabling people to earn a living and support themselves and their families. READ MORE

Roman Catholic Church at Hainton & Market Rasen

Mass is held at Hainton RC Chapel every Saturday Evening at 5.30pm Priest - Father Robert Thacker (01673 842323)

New Life at Market Rasen

Lively Christian worship at The Festival Hall, Market Rasen every Sunday at 10.30am Pastor Paul Hiley (01673 849941)

Salvation Army at Market Rasen

Worship every Sunday morning at 10.30 am

Charity shop open Mon to Sat from 9am to 12.30pm.

Territorial Envoy, Terence Carpenter, mobile 07948998507 or email



Bookings - Cynthia Bunch (01673 844661). Keys Valerie Wright, 2 Naylors Drive, Middle Rasen

Charges £7.70 / hr or £6.20 concessions for Middle Rasen Groups and Christian Organisations.

Home Groups meeting for fellowship, friendship, bible study, discussion and prayer

Bible Study Wednesday Evenings 7.30pm on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month 5 Mayfield Crescent, Middle Rasen (Rev'd David Post 01673 843388).

Christian Discussion Group with Supper at New Toft Monday Evenings term time at the social Centre in New Toft. programmme starts with a meal at 6.15 pm. Joint initiative with Methodists and open to all. Contact Steph Orr 01673 885573

Bell Ringers at Middle Rasen Parish Church - Monday Evenings at 7pm Tower Captain Stephanie Dodds

Mid Week Communion Services Every Week

Middle Rasen Parish 9.30am every Wednesday Morning.- Holy Communion and coffee at the Vicarage

Middle Rasen Children & Young People's Services & Groups

Sunday School at Middle Rasen Parish Church at 10.30am every Sunday morning except on 3 rd Sunday (Family Service) when we all worship together.


St Peter and St Paul's a short history

Middle Rasen had two churches St Peter's and St Paul's. One came under the Prior and the other the Abbott. Like many things over time they both fell into disrepair and by 1860 a major restoration was needed . St Peter's, then known as the 'High Church', and St Paul was known as the 'Low Church', both required much repair work and, because only one church was needed for the community, the decision on which would be restored was decided in favour of the more interesting of the two, St Peter's

As a result of the dismantling of St Paul's, and especially since much of'St Peter's restoration was carried out with material from St Paul's church, St Peter's absorbed the title of its sister church and became the only parish church of Middle Rasen, with the dedication of St Peter and St Paul.

A Millennium Project to restore the three existing church bells and add three new bells was completed by March 2000. Bells 1, 2 and 6 were cast by Eljbouts (Holland) in 1999; bell 3 dates from 1695, bell 4 from 1721 and bell 5 from 1707. See also Bell Ringers

To read about the full historic detail within this church and its principal benefactors Drax Priory and Tuphome Abbey

Worship at Snarford

Although St Lawrence's Church at Snarford no longer has regular Sunday services, being now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust, a service of Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer is normally held there during August. If you have never been to visit the church it is well worth a look, with its amazing life like monuments of the St Paul family dating from the 16 th Century. The church is always open.

West Torrington St Mary (closed)

St Peter & St Paul- Events and News


Middle Rasen Church are holding its annual quiz on Friday March 9th at Middle Rasen Church Hall. This is always a great fun evening, the winners of last years quiz are setting the questions this year! A hot jacket potato supper is provided, with a variety of hot fillings on offer and cakes for dessert! Come along and join in the fun, bring a team or join one of ours! The cost for the evening is £ 6.00 per person! Bring your own drinks! You might even win! Lovely prizes will be presented to the winners, and of course, there is always a booby prize for the team, which is not quite as successful! Win or lose, you'll have a lot of fun!!


Join us at Middle Rasen Church Hall for the Maundy Thursday Passover supper, a traditional meal of shepherd's pie, with veg and other symbolic food and drink. A time for fellowship and reflection. 7pm Thursday 29th March. More information from Joyce Rhodes - 01673 842877.



As in previous years St Peter & St Pauls Church, Middle Rasen is holding an exhibition from 16th December - 2nd January. Why not join us in the Hall for Breakfast Butties and tea or coffee from 10 - 12 on Saturday 16th Dec, before looking at the displays! There will be a treasure hunt for the children! This year the theme is "White Christmas". If you would like to take part by supplying a white display, depicting Christmas, please let a member of the Church Know! Julia Weeks


Middle Rasen church hall was full to bursting with conversation, laughter and singing on 4th October as Carry on Singing opened its doors to the community by inviting them to come and join in singing some old favourite melodies and to share in some refreshments. A Dementia support worker from the Alzheimer's Society was present, and was kept busy answering individual queries. It was most heart warming to see our community coming together in such a fun and fellowship afternoon. A big thank you to all who were able to come; Carry on Singing is very grateful for the continuing support we receive from Middle Rasen and surrounding villages. A special thank you to those who helped on the day by setting up, making and serving tea and coffee and washing up and clearing up afterwards, also a big thank you to those who provided the delicious buffet and the raffle prizes. Thank you to Sheila for bringing along her beautiful hand made Christmas cards to sell and for donating the amount raised to Carry on Singing. The total sum of £ 148.05 raised from the raffle and donations will help enormously towards our running costs. We hope to see you all again next year! Rosemary Walker


On Sunday 15th October St Peter & St Paul will be holding their annual all age Harvest Worship. The service is at 10.30am, followed by lunch in the Church Hall. The cost of the lunch is £ 7; primary school age children eat free. There is a list on the table at the back of the Church to pop your name on if you would like to join us! Everyone is welcome!



On Saturday 23rd September, 5 folks from the village, church and the Carry on Singing group walked across the Humber Bridge and back again to raise funds for the charity Dementia UK. The day was fine and bright and the views from the bridge were spectacular. It was a great way to spend a lovely autumn morning. Thank you to all who took part and a special thank you to those who have so generously sponsored us. Donations are still coming in and we are hoping to reach our target of £ 500, which will go to the charity for the funding of Admiral Nurses.


On Sunday 17th September, Middle Rasen Church social committee is arranged a coach trip to Tupholme Abbey, with a 'Bring & Share picnic and a walk around the historic site. We then headed off to Heckington where we join in 'Evensong' with our old friend Revd. Chris Harrington presiding!

Lincolnshire Churches Trust Ride and Stride

On Saturday 9th September a group of 9 cyclists braved the elements to join in the Churches sponsored 'ride n' stride'. Actually, this year, the weather was really quite nice - the only rain we saw was on the cycle back from Market Rasen to Middle Rasen! What a difference a year makes! This year we visited 7 Churches in all! The bike ride is a great day out, such a wonderful way to see our wonderful Lincolnshire scenery and spend time looking around our beautiful historic Churches! Thank you to Nicola, Tricia, Rob, Julia, Martin, Nick, Toni, Tom and Eddie who came along and cycled for such a worthy charity! Watch out for the date for next years sponsored cycle and come along to join us! It really is a great morning out!


On Sunday 3rd September, St Peter & St Pauls, Middle Rasen held a United Service to which the Bishop of Grimsby - Bishop David was invited! The Church was full, the singing joyful and the laughter plentiful! The Bishop was in fine form, sharing many tales and experiences! He was with us to celebrate the new Middle Rasen Group of Churches Growth Plan, which many of the congregations of the various Churches had been involved in developing. The plan is a 5 year plan, hoping to bring the communities together through the work of the Church, helping us all to grow in friendship and fellowship with one another and with God. After the service, we were all invited to join in a 'bring and share' lunch. Peter, who worships at Newtoft summed the day up perfectly - he said, "We really enjoyed our visit last Sunday, good service and even better tucker - you certainly know how to put a spread on in Middle!" Thanks Pete! A good time was had by all




4th March

Middle Rasen Parish Church


Morning Prayer

Middle Rasen Methodist

10.45 + 6pm

Morning & Evening Worship



Holy Communion

11th March

Middle Rasen Parish Church


Famil;y Service

Middle Rasen Methodist

10.45 + 6pm

Morning & Evening Worship



Mothering Sunday Service



Evening Prayer

18th March

Middle Rasen Parish Church


Holy Communion

Middle Rasen Methodist

10.45 + 6.00pm

Morning & Evening Worship



Evening Prayer

25th March

Palm Sunday

Middle Rasen Parish Church


United Service at Methodist Chapel. For procession meet in Church Hall car park at 10.15

Middle Rasen Methodist


United Service
Friesthorpe 09.00 am Holy Communion

Newton by Toft


Holy Communion

Thursday 29th March Maundy Thursday Passover Meal
Church Hall 7.00 pm

30th March

United Ecumenical Service 11.00 am

Market Square, Market Rasen

Middle Rasen Parish Church

3.00 pm

An hour around the cross

Middle Rasen Methodist


Good Friday Service

1st April

Middle Rasen Parish Church


Famil;y ServiceService of Light, followed by breakfast

Middle Rasen Parish Church

10.30 am

Easter Family Communion and Baptism

Middle Rasen Methodist

10.45 + 6pm

Easter Morning & Evening Worship



Easter Day Family Communion



Middle Rasen Parish Church 9.30am every Wednesday Morning BCP, HC or Morning Prayer


Rector - parish presently in interegnum
Contact for weddings and funerals is either
Associate Priest - Rev'd David Post (01673 843388) or
Lay Reader - Mary Jordan (01673 858395)

Church Wardens


4th March

10am South Willingham

Morning Prayer

11th March

10.00am Sixhills

Mothering Sunday Holy Communion

18th March

10.00 am EastBarkwith

Holy Communion

25th March

10.00 am Sixhills

Palm Sunday 4th Sunday

Friday 30th March

10am East Barkwith - Alter Stripped

Good Friday - Last Hour before the Cross
Sunday 1st April

10.00 am South Willingham

Easter Sunday Easter Communion


Anglican Churches in the Middle Rasen group



Middle Rasen - Joyce Rhodes (01673 842877) & Stephen Cartwright (01673 843388)

West Rasen - David Herring (01673 843212) & Christopher Atkin (01673 842572)

Faldingworth - Stephen Marshall (01673 885350) + Cynthia Bunch (01673 844661)

Newton - Irene Corrigan (01673 885420) + Ann Van Breukelen (01673 885631)

Friesthorpe - Sarah Kinsey (01673 885505)



East Barkwith - Richard Stamp (01673 858249) & Mary Jordan (01673 858395)

Sixhills - David & Polly Chamberlin (01673 838514)

South Willingham - Marcus Edmundson (01507 313623)

Hainton - Joyce Ward (01673 857163)

East Torrington - Maureen Turner (01673 857363)



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