Churches in and around Middle Rasen
Services in Middle Rasen Parish Church Events
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St Peter and St Paul's Parish Church
The Methodist Church in Middle Rasen
The New Life, Salvation Army and the Holy Rood (Market Rasen)


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 -

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

Sunday Services / Mid Week / Events and News
Wardens / Church Hall / Home Groups
A short history of the Church in Middle Rasen


Open Churches Weekend

For Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals etc. contact Rev'd Bryan Dixon (see below)

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


The Methodist Church
(Middle Rasen, Market Rasen & Glentham

Middle Rasen Services / Events

Minister - Rev Heather Wilson (01673 843362)

Senior Steward – Brian Cook (01673 885374)

Room Hire at the Methodist Church via Anne Crawforth on 01673 842099

1st, 2nd & 3rd WEDNESDAY in Dec

Women's Own 2.30 pm

Cecile Povey on 4th who will be flower arranging

Guild 7.30 pm

On 4th , Emma Dallimore will be talking about MIND.

Holy Rood
(Market Rasen)

Holy Mass every Sunday at 11am

Priest - Father Robert Thacker (01673 842323)

The Group includes St Thomas More, Caistor; Our Lady & St Joseph, Osgodby;

and St Francis De Sales, Hainton (Holy Mass, 5pm Saturday)


New Life
(Market Rasen)

Christian worship at The Church Centre, Serpentine Street, Market Rasen every Sunday at 10.30am. Mid Week Groups for all ages with Rhona Shepherd and the leadership team. (01673 849941) or visit online. ... See also New Life News and the After School Groups

Salvation Army
(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 07948 998507 or email


Home Groups
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 10am 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 3rd Sunday (Family Service) when we all worship together.

North Street, Middle Rasen

Keys Valerie Wright, 2 Naylors Drive, Middle Rasen

Bookings – Stephen Cartwright (07811 388517)

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

St Peter & St Paul Group - Events and News

This year we are decorating the parish church with depictions of Christmas carols. These can be floral, models, paintings, in fact, you can be as creative as you would like to be and your creation can be as big or as small as you would like it to be!!! All we ask is that you bring your creations along to the Parish Church on Saturday 14 th December between 9am and 12 noon ! Have fun!! We are also asking that your creations be removed between Monday 30th Dec and Saturday 4th January. Do come along and look at the decorated Church and see how creative our community is!!

Middle Rasen Church Christingle Service

On Sunday 22nd December at 4pm, we will be holding the popular Christingle Service in Church. If you haven't been to one before, do come along, it is a beautiful service! At this service, a collection is taken and this is passed on to the Children's society. With your help vital funds are raised to help children who are facing Christmas alone and are unable to cope. Christmas refreshments are served at the end of the service! See you there!


Middle Rasen Church Children's Christmas Service

As has become tradition in Middle Rasen, we are holding our Children's Christmas Eve Service in the Parish Church on Tuesday 24 th December at 5.30pm. This is a child led service, where the children tell the Christmas story in their own way and us adults join in the singing! It is always a beautiful service, which starts our Christmas celebrations off in a perfect way! The service is short and finishes off with some very welcome Christmas cheer!!! I am looking for a few Children who will stand up and read the Christmas story and help us make up the Christmas crib – (you don't have to dress up if you don't want to!!). If you would like to join in, please let me know by ringing me on 01673 842474. We may need to get together once prior to the service, but this year, I am keeping things really simple!!!! I look forward to hearing from you!!

Julia Weeks

  Mid Week Communion Services

You may, or may not be aware, that each Wednesday morning in St Peter & St Paul's Church we have a quiet communion service, which is informal, short, with no hymns and some space for reflection and peace. We usually follow it with coffee at the rectory where we enjoy a good chat. From January 9th this service will start at 10am and not 9.30am. Please do feel free to come and join us as we are a friendly small group. If you would like more information or a visit from the Rector please ring him on 01673-842759. Bryan Dixon




Middle Rasen Methodist Guild

Smalls For All is a charity, which collects and distributes underwear to Africa. Helping those living in orphanages, slums, IDP camps and schools, providing underwear and to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula. We are collecting packets of ladies' or children's pants that must be new , the most needed are for children aged 3-15 or ladies size 8-14 . While they collect all colours, the ladies' pants in greatest demand are black – in full brief, midi, mini or high leg. They also accept new or ‘gently worn' bras, which can be any size , including sports and nursing bras, but not teen, cropped-top style or bikini tops. (By ‘gently worn' means bras that are in good condition and still have good wear left in them.) We were shocked to hear that young girls who don't wear bras are at great risk of attack from boys and men, whereas girls who do wear them are thought to be from a wealthy family and are much less likely to be attacked.

Collection points in Middle Rasen are: Middle Rasen Methodist Church, Wednesdays, first and third Thursday mornings of each month, second Saturday morning of each month and Sunday Mornings and evenings; Rase WI group, Middle Rasen Village Hall Wilkinson Drive, LN8 3UD fourth Wednesday from 7.30 pm onwards. This is an on-going project so we will be sending parcels to Smalls for All on a regular basis. Thank you.

Anne Crawforth


West Torrington St Mary (closed)


St Peter and St Paul's Church

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

The Barkwith Group

Services - Church Wardens - Ministry Team


Anglican Churches in the Middle Rasen group


Middle Rasen - Michael Robinson (07791 777572) & Stephen Cartwright (01673 842010)

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

Faldingworth - Stephen Marshall (01673 885350)

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

Friesthorpe - Vacancy

Friesthorpe Church Carol Service

Everyone is welcome to join us at Friesthorpe Church for its annual carol service - on Sunday, 8th December at 3pm.    It is a very traditional service, and will allow everyone to sing their favourite carols, and tell the Christmas story.    There will be refreshments afterwards.


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.



Market Rasen New Life Church

  After having been established in the town for over 30 years, Market Rasen New Life Church has moved all its Sunday worship and mid-week youth and community activities under one roof. “We are so grateful to have been in a position to purchase and refurbish the old Social Club on Serpentine Street”, commented Rhona Sheppard, one of the church leaders. “With a huge level of volunteer help as well as the work of local professional tradesmen, we were able to open the doors for our first worship service back in July 2018”, she added.  As well as regular meetings, the New Life Centre has already hosted a Summer Holiday Club for 60 children, a wedding for 150 guests, a Bright Lights Party for 90, two baptisms and recently helped the NHS out for one of their mobile units to operate from their car park. “The progress has been great so far,” commented Jane Bridger who also helps lead the church, “and we hope to be in a position to make the facilities more widely available to others in the community." Mike May who lives out in Binbrook and is the on the leadership team too said,  "It's been an inspiring start for a new chapter of church life and we see the New Life Centre as serving the villages around as well as the townsfolk. Watch this space!”   The church is very grateful for all the years of foundational work by Paul and Katy Hiley, who have now retired as church leaders and for all the goodwill from De Aston School, the Festival Hall, and The Hub for hire of rooms as well as for the liaison with other local churches for use of their rooms over the years. 

After school groups for young people are on Wednesdays (Ignite for 7-11 years old) and Fridays (Blaze for 11-14s). A mid week Craft group runs on Wednesday evenings & a Men's Group on Thursday evenings. More information can be obtained from the Church Office: 01673 849941  



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