Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Sunday 12 August

Just a reminder that there is no morning service at Nocton on Sunday 12 August as we will be joining St Andrew's Potterhanworth at 11 am for their Festival Service with Bishop David.  There will however be an evening service that day at Nocton - the first of our monthly "Breathe" services.  Please see the "Message" page for more information!

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Can you help?

We are looking for people to join our volunteer cleaning rota for church as we have had some people drop out recently for personal reasons.  We are really grateful to current and past cleaners for their enthusiasm and dedication in keeping our lovely building looking beautiful!  It isn't onerous (honestly, it isn't!) - people work in pairs and each pair is responsible for just one month each year.  The church normally needs cleaning twice a month, before the Sunday services - most people go in on Friday or Saturday but there is no set time, it's to suit the people concerned.  Occasionally there are extra services when an extra whisk round might be needed.  It normally takes around 3 hours a month.  You don't need to be a church-goer and in fact most people on the cleaning rota aren't.  If you would like to know more, please contact Ruth on 01526 322285.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Breathe - a new evening service

Starting Sunday 12 August at 6 pm, we're launching a new evening service for the benefice.  It's for all of our three parishes but it will be held at All Saints' Nocton at 6 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

The idea is to offer something quiet and peaceful, with silence, time to reflect and not too many words.  We might include some of the lovely simple chants from the monastery at Taize - but there won't be lots of singing.  The focus will be on peace and quiet.  A chance to catch your breath at the start of a new week.  So if Sunday mornings aren't practical for you, maybe Breathe would be just the thing.

A huge thank you

The church Fundraising Committee would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the Flower Festival Weekend such a huge success.  Local groups, businesses and individuals were generous with their time, effort and money in providing such a wonderful show of flowers and the many cake bakers gave us a delicious range of cakes to sell.  Saturday night's concert with Syncapella was every bit as fantastic as we had expected and the weekend rounded off with an uplifting Songs of Praise.  Thanks to the generosity of those who attended the event, an amazing sum of £1760 was raised - a record so far.

Thank you!!!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Festival Weekend

A reminder about our fantastic Flower Festival weekend - it's this week, 23 and 24 June. The church will be open 11 - 4 on both days with an art display and flower arrangements. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. In addition, tickets are still available for the Syncapella concert on Saturday night. On Sunday there will be a Festival Eucharist at 9.30 am and a Festival Songs of Praise at 6 pm. Don't miss it!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Next fantastic concert!

Many thanks to all who supported the Duo Piccolo e Grande concert recently.  We raised a fabulous £418, which will be shared between the Duo and the church.  Thanks also to everyone who supported the coffee morning the following day, especially the staff and children of Nocton Community Primary School!  Together we raised £169 (at the last count) for the Save the Children Fund.  It's not too late to give a donation!

We have another concert coming up in June.  Syncapella are an amazing group.  Ticket price of £10 includes a glass of wine!

Sunday, 20 May 2018


A reminder about two events in church this week - the concert on Thursday evening at 7.30 is free to attend with a retiring collection. The following day we have the coffee morning 9-12 for the Save the Children Fund. Cakes and assistance would be appreciated! If you can't bring the cake on Friday morning, you could drop it in on Thursday evening as the church will be open for the concert.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Labyrinth day at San Damiano, Metheringham

For those who have been to a labyrinth day with the Community of St Francis before, this event experiments with a different time of day and a different structure, with a quiet time in the afternoon and the option of a more social later part in the evening.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting - the church's AGM - will be on Tuesday 17 April at 7.30 pm in church, when the Parochial Church Council and churchwardens are elected for the coming year.  Anyone resident in the parish is welcome to attend the meeting, although only those on the church Electoral Roll can vote.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

Fashion show

Thanks to all who supported the pound sale - we made over £300 for church funds!  And now for our next event...

Monday, 29 January 2018

Coffee morning thanks

Thanks to all the lovely people who supported the coffee morning on Friday for Hope for Tomorrow - those who made cakes, those who helped in the background and those who came and gave donations. Special thanks to Ann Kennedy, Janet Goldsworthy, Jilly Burr and Julie Partridge for sterling service at the servery (apologies if I have missed anyone). It was a lovely community event with people chatting to each other - often to people they didn't know before. Together we raised a fantastic £376.73 for a very worthwhile cause.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Did you know we had a Prime Minister buried in Nocton?

On 28 January there will be a United Benefice Service at 10 am with Bishop David Court, Bishop of Grimsby - celebrating local political life (anniversary of the death of Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich and Earl of Ripon, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister, who is buried in the family vault in Nocton Church) - all welcome!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Christmas conversation

This might sound like a personal question – but what did you talk about round the table on Christmas Day? The dinner? ‘This turkey’s nice and moist.' 'The sprouts aren’t soggy like last year.' 'This Christmas pud is delicious – can I have some more please?’

Or maybe you recalled previous years: the time someone forgot to take the giblets out of the turkey, the time you went for a walk and found those sheep stuck in the ditch, the time when Grandma had too much sherry …

Or maybe you remembered family and friends, with a tear and a smile.

What you probably didn’t talk about were politics or religion. Apparently they’re the two topics that should never be discussed over a meal. Too difficult, too sensitive, far too likely to cause a row. But what a shame! So, while I can’t offer you a chance to talk about politics, I would like to offer you the chance to talk about religion.

There are several options. We can’t do them all, not all at once. But if you’re interested in an opportunity to talk about religion, to ask questions and exchange views, in a safe space and in a spirit of exploration, take a look at the list. Choose the one you’d like and let me know. In the new year we’ll put on whichever proves most popular. We’ll start with a taster evening: you won’t have to sign up for the whole thing.

Just looking
Three evenings with pizza, a glass of wine and your questions.

Puzzling questions

Five or six evenings watching a magazine style DVD programme with presentations, interviews, and poetry on some of those vital questions: Who am I? What is God like? Why is there suffering in the world?

Table talk

An informal chat round the table in the pub with starter cards to raise the topics of your choice.


You’ve probably seen this advertised in the city. It’s a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. But it is more demanding on your time. Google Alpha to get more info.

If you’re interested in one of these options please get in touch. Write to me at The Rectory, 19 Abel Smith Gardens, Branston LN4 1NN or email

We’ll be starting in February.

Rev’d Lorna

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Charity coffee morning

Please put the date in your diaries now!  Why not drop in after dropping the children at school?

If anyone can help with cakes, we'd be very grateful.  Please bring them on the day or let me have them the day before.  If you can help with serving on the day, please let me know!