Middle Rasen Church Notices

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St Peter & St Paul



This years Lent Couse is available in Walesby Village Hall comencing at 1.30pm weekly from Thursday 15th February. All are Welcome.


Thank you for your continuing support and for the generous monetary gifts to the church at this time, as the church has very little income coming in at present, except what you give.

Account name: Middle Rasen PCC

Sort code: 40 32 05 ......Account number: 00586528

If you want to talk in private via phone: speak to: Church Warden Stephen Cartwright on 01673 842010

We are also still on the lookout for a Church Treasurer. Nicola is retiring from the position in April 2023. She will give training and is happy to help and support the new treasurer whilst settling into the position. Again, please contact Rev Bryan or a Church Warden if this position is of interest to you.


Middle Rasen Methodist Church


Due to a lack of Ministers being available to fill all vacant appointments, from September 1 st   2023, Middle Rasen Methodist Church will leave the ‘Wolds and Trent' Circuit to become part of the ‘Barton, Brigg and Wolds' Circuit. The churches which have been in the Trent area of our previous Circuit will be joining the other Circuit which will be called ‘Epworth, Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Circuit'. This is purely for information in case anyone sees these new titles and is confused! The Methodist Church in Middle Rasen will still be open and welcomes anyone who would like to join us for any activities or services. Rev Heather will continue to be our Minister for the next year.



Most of us are familiar with the saying, “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” This saying serves as a reminder of the seasonal transition from winter to spring. Having spent over 40 years in Canada, one eagerly anticipated the arrival of spring.

While living in the UK, I would return regularly to visit the family. I recall one such visit in early February. I knew the weather was not good and had anticipated the cancellation of the flight due to bad conditions in Ontario. But it took off as scheduled with me wondering whether the pilot knew what he was getting into. As the plane circled over Toronto in preparation for landing, I looked down and saw Highway 401, full of snow, spotted with snow ploughs, and eerily absent of automobiles.

My son, Paul was there to pick up his tired Mum and drove me back in his Dodge Cummins Diesel. He'd already pulled several cars out of the ditch, but we arrived safely at his home after what I would call a hair-raising drive . Two weeks later, I arrived back in the UK to a blaze of yellow daffodils and snowdrops along the side of the roads. What a contrast!

This March we mark many events: 1 st March – World Day of Prayer, 10 th March – Mothering Sunday, 24 th March – Palm Sunday, 28 th March – Maundy Thursday, 29 th March – Good Friday, 30 th March – Holy Saturday and 31 st March – Easter Sunday, where British Summer Time begins. For those in church-related ministry, this is a busy month and does come in and stay like a lion. Some of us look forward to the 1 st of April when things might be a little calmer, perhaps like a lamb.

I cannot help but think of our Saviour, Jesus. He offered Himself as a Lamb to be sacrificed. The Old Testament prophet says, “ He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep, before its shearers, is silent, so he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). The New Testament apostle picked up on this theme and wrote, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

In the apocalyptic writings of another apostle (John), we read these words, But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5).

It doesn't seem long since we celebrated the birth of this newborn King, in a stable, arriving as helpless as a little lamb, dependent on others for sustenance. In a sense, Jesus came in as a lamb but went out as a lion. He has triumphed over sin and death and will one day rule and reign over an everlasting kingdom. This is the month when we will celebrate this ‘already, not yet' kingdom.

Rev Heather.





St Peter & St Paul Group - Events and News



EASTER FESTIVAL: Come and join our wonderful 18-strong volunteer flower team for a morning of floral flair on Easter Saturday, March 30th, from 10 – 12.30pm in the Parish Church. Support will be available to access high windows, collect water, and tidy up etc. Flower Team – you know your usual stations, and we look forward to seeing your Easter displays. MUSICAL INTERPRETATIONS ? Have you got a favourite Easter hymn or poem? Why not interpret it in flowers, with explanations or lyrics underneath, as suggested by some of the flower team? No obligation to do this but if you would like to, do check out the new FLOWERY BOX at the back of Church for tips and lyrics for building a tuneful display.  

NEW FLORISTS : If you would like to have a go at a humble display – no experience is necessary – we'd be delighted to see you. Bring along a bunch of something and have fun - Simple is often as beautiful. Vases are usually available. Refreshments might appear if Helen remembers…   The new flower and brass rota is up on the back notice board. Please let Helen R. know of any problems, or swap as you need to.  

BRASSY SHINERS : Easter Brassy Team, please note: Easter Saturday is a great morning to have a sociable buff of the candlesticks too?  

ADVANCED FLOWERY WARNING : Open Churches weekend May 11th-12th  

The chosen theme this year is SPORT. It'll be a ball, trust us. (Sorry)… Display deadline Friday May 10th please. Supporters with ladders, as before, will be there from 6-8pm on Friday 10th, but if you wish to get creative during the day, please make sure someone is with you, (especially if you are accessing high windows). For everyone's safety, please do NOT stand on pew tops. Thanks for all your hard work in 2023 and into the new year.

Hasta Florista! See you soon!

Helen R .




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Middle Rasen Methodist Guild


Market Rasen Salvation Army

The Weekly Programme of events.

The Salvation Army shop is open from Monday to Saturday – 9am until 3.30pm.

Tuesday/Thursday 9.30am-11am Mums and Tots group all welcome.

Lunch Club 12.30 each Wednesday 2 courses for £5 Booking prefered but not essential.

Friday Coffee Morning 9am-1pm.

Food Bank open Monday through to Friday 9am-1pm (Please note a Referal is required)

Sunday Worship 10.30am followed by refreshments




The theme for 2024 is ‘Sport , St. Peter & St Paul's Church, Middle Rasen are once again taking part in the annual Open Churches Festival over the weekend of 11 th – 12 th May. This year we are decorating the Church with displays of various sporting activities. If you, or a group you are part of, would like to do a display for us – we would be absolutely delighted. The Church will be decorated the few days before, so do take your creations along then. Do also join us over the weekend and look around the Church, maybe have a cup of tea or coffee and a ploughman's lunch or a lovely slice of homemade cake. We look forward to welcoming you.


May 11th & 12th - St Mary's, Hainton and All Saints, Sixhills are taking part in the festival this year. Parishoners ask that you please come along and browse through your local historic buildings. Light refreshments are available in both churches, open from 10am until 4pm over the festival weekend.




OPEN CHURCHES FESTIVAL 20th & 21st May 2023 

This popular festival is happening again in our area over the weekend of May 20 th / 21 st . Many Churches will open their doors to showcase their beautiful buildings and all they stand for.


This lovely Church is one of the few remaining buildings of the site of a deserted mediaeval village. Inside treasures can be found – enjoy exploring. Open on Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm.


A much loved and cared for Church with special connections with the Polish Air Force. Come along and see the window dedicated to the Polish squadron. Church is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 7.30pm


Learn about the story of the Beechy boys and two other soldiers who fought in the Great War and came from this small village. Open on Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm


An estate Church of Anglo-Saxon origins. Inside there is a nationally important series of monuments to the Heneage family, dating from 1435 – 1954. Open Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Light refreshments available.


This year, St Peter & St Paul's Church, Middle Rasen will be having a theme of ‘Spring into Summer'. Enter through the Norman Arch and enjoy the beauty within. Ploughman's lunches and other refreshments are being served both days. Saturday, 10.30am – 4pm. Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm.


Visit this grade II listed building set on the edge of the Lincolnshire wolds. Light refreshments will be served. Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm


With a theme of ‘The Bells', visit here to have a go at bell ringing. Enjoy homemade lunches amidst beautiful floral displays. Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4pm





The amount raised this year from Middle Rasen villagers was £763 including £138 from the joint Methodist and Anglican church service on Sunday 14 May.

This is represented by a banking of £688 and Gift Aid Claims amounting to £75.  

This total compares very favourably with last year's total of £653.  

We distributed 521 envelopes to all the households in Middle Rasen village. Similar to last year, we had 88 returned, 30 of which had Gift Aid authorities.

There was a 20 strong army of volunteer distributors for all the areas around the village, and I thank every one of them and all of you who donated for supporting this very worthwhile cause, and hope it will continue next year.  

Ron Myland  


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