Welcome to the website of the South Cliff Villages Group

which is a new grouping of 10 Church of England parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln which in the main straddle the A607 road between Grantham and Lincoln. 

Sunday 2nd August Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis chapter 32: 22-31 and Matthew chapter 14: 13-21

I like to think you are enjoying our reading each week through this Trinity season of the passage from Genesis and refreshing our memory of the biblical background to the NT gospel stories

Who was missing from today’s story: Jacob took his two wives, his two maid servants and his eleven sons – how many sons does Jacob have – how many tribes of Israel were there?

The son missing is son number 12 Benjamin born to Rachel in chapter 35 where we read that she died as she gave birth and we shall hear more of the sons of Jacob next Sunday!

Today’s incident – the encounter between Jacob and the man who wrestled with him through the night – is of central importance to our understanding the story of Jacob; even more significant than the story we heard the other week of his dream at Bethel and of the ladder reaching up to heaven

Once again the heir to the promise is placed in danger although it is hard to disentangle what might have happened  as the narrative looks to owe more to a pagan account of spirits or demons guarding particular places – as here a stream – who attack travellers who are endeavouring to pass on their way – but who are powerful only at night and as here we are told the incident was over when the sun arose

The incident took place at a ford over the stream Jabbok which rises in the mountains east of the Jordan and descends steeply into the Jordan at a place where it is difficult to cross on foot

The man who attacked Jacob and struggled with him all through the night remains unidentified until the penultimate verse but is clearly possessed of supernatural power as well as great physical strength and is recognised by Jacob as one who is able to confer a blessing on him

Jacob realises finally that he has been locked in a struggle with God and has seen him face to face: he received the divine blessing and crucially his name is changed to Israel thereby indicating that he is the founder of the nation Israel

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: For the new Province of Alexandria in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East; in our Diocese for the Deanery of Manlake; and in this benefice the parish of St Nicholas Carlton Scroop 

The Collect for today:  Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the way of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

A Prayer for the present times:

Keep us good Lord under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

Daily Hope:

Daily Hope is a free to use telephone service providing prayers, music and reflections for those without internet access. It is available 24/7 simply by dialling 0800 804 8044 and is a new Church of England resource for these difficult and strange times we find ourselves living in


Download Rector's Letter (August 2020)

Download Morning and Night Prayers

Download A Spiritual Communion

Download Holy Communion for Trinity 9  9 August 2020



We welcome visitors and newcomers to our services and various weekday activities as detailed on our website and if you would like one of the clergy or lay ministers to visit you then can you please let us know your name and give us your address and a contact telephone number and e mail address

A Prayer for our Churches:

God our heavenly Father, make the doors of our churches wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship and a father’s care, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and lack of love: here may the tempted find help, the sorrowing receive comfort, the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy; and here may all your children renew their strength and go on their way in hope and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keeping Safe:

Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.

The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer. You can contact the parish safeguarding officer or the parish priest. If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team at: https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/safeguarding-overview – all these contact details are displayed in each church on the purple A3 poster which also has information there about other places from where you can get help or advice. 


Privacy Policy:

The South Cliff Villages Group of churches [SCVG] undertakes to collect and use your personal data in compliance with the General Data Processing Regulation [GDPR]. Our legal basis for processing this data us our legitimate interest as a group of churches. We use the data for administration and for communication and this information is recorded and stored in compliance with the GDPR.Your personal data will not be passed on by us to any third party 




Following the relaxation of Government guidelines, we are delighted to welcome you back into our churches. We have done everything we can to make our buildings safe for you to join us. Equally we are continuing to provide on line worship – accessed through our Facebook page - and look forward to welcoming you there too 

The following churches are open for private prayer

St Nicholas Carlton Scroop: Every Sunday starting from 08.30 to 16.00

St Nicholas Normanton on Cliffe: Daily in daylight hours

St Nicholas Fulbeck: Every Wednesday from 10.00 to 16.00  

Service Rota. The rota of regular Sunday services is available as a download here 

Sunday August 9th [Trinity 9]

09.00 Holy Communion at Hough on the Hill

10.30 Holy Communion at Barkston

For those unable to join us in church the Sunday service will continue to be available at: https://www.facebook.com/Southcliff-Benefice-100279404991720/ 

The Order of Service for the online service will be available as a download from this website


If you are accessing our live-streamed services, or simply looking at our website, welcome! Perhaps you find church on line easier to try out than a physical building, perhaps these extraordinary times have triggered something spiritually inside you, perhaps you would appreciate linking with a Christian community.

If, for whatever reason, you would appreciate some human contact with our church, or have a question, then please email the rector at rectorsouthcliff@outlook.com