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.   

St James the Apostle 25th July 2021

Epistle: Acts 11:27 to 12:2 and Gospel: Matthew 20: 20-28

We kept last Sunday as Rural Mission Sunday with the theme of ‘pilgrimage’ encouraging us to walk with God and explore how pilgrimage might bring about a new depth of life and faith – and it is a theme we re-visit today as we celebrate the Feast of St James and the ‘camino’ or pilgrim way to Santiago di Compostella in north west Spain

James is described in the gospels as the son of Zebedee and brother of John and the two were called from their fishing boat along with Simon and Andrew as the first disciples of Our Lord – immediately, so we read in the gospel, they left their nets and their boat and their father and followed

James is named as one of the Twelve Apostles and with John and Peter was one of the three apostles who witnessed Our Lord’s Transfiguration and were present at the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed to his Father that, if it is possible, to let this cup pass from me

As we heard in the gospel reading it was the mother of James and John who asked Our Lord that her two sons might sit in his kingdom one on his left and one on his right: this privilege was not his to grant but what he could promise was that as his apostles they would drink the same cup that he was about to drink – the cup of suffering and of martyrdom – and as we heard in the epistle reading James was one of the Church’s first martyrs being put to the sword under Herod in about the year 44

According to legend, James preached the gospel in north west Spain prior to his death and his relics are enshrined in the fine cathedral at Santiago in north west Spain which remains to this day one of the principal destinations to which a pilgrim might aspire to journey!

There are many starting points for the Camino to Santiago: for pilgrims from these islands it would have involved a perilous crossing by sea but the classic walking routes take the pilgrim from France and across northern Spain; perhaps along the coast starting in the Basque country at San Sebastian or taking the popular Camino Frances either its entire 800 kilometres or at least the minimum required of the last 100 kilometres in order to receive your Compostella pilgrim certificate having stamped your Pilgrim Passport along the way to prove that you have indeed walked the distance

The route is well marked with scallop shells and the scallop shell is today the symbol of the apostle St James: the first pilgrims used the scallop shell collected on the nearby beach as proof of their pilgrimage but with people buying and selling the shells a more rigorous system was introduced and this is the origin of the document you acquire today – the Compostela which was proof you had walked to Santiago and had thereby paid your penance and repented of your sins; and with which you could stay at the Parador hotel for three days for free – and even today it continues to provide free meals for three days to those with a Compostella!

Cycle of Prayer: Bishops Christopher, David & Nicholas: Scottish Episcopal Church/Deanery of Stamford/St Wilfred Honington

Collect for the Week: Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay: through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

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  

Domestic Abuse in rural areas: Perhaps you or someone you know is affected by this and would welcome access to the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247

Download Rector's Letter July 2021

Download Morning and Night Prayers

Download A Spiritual Communion




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 




We now have online giving

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Following the further relaxation of Government guidelines, we are delighted to say that our churches will be resuming 'normal' opening in daylight hours and we will confirm the details below as soon as we can.At the same time we are continue to point you in the direction of on line worship at Lincoln cathedral available via their website

The following churches are now open:

St Peter and St Paul Belton: TBA

St Nicholas Carlton Scroop: Daily in daylight hours

St Nicholas Normanton on Cliffe: Daily in daylight hours

St Vincent Caythorpe: Daily in daylight hours

St Nicholas Fulbeck: Every Wednesday from 10.00 to 16.00  

All Saints Hough on the Hill: Saturday & Sunday in daylight hours

St Mary's Marston: Daily in daylight hours

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

Sunday 1st August 9th Sunday after Trinity

09.00 Holy Communion at Marston

10.00 Morning Prayer at Brandon

10.30 Holy Communion at Belton

17.00 Evening Prayer at Hougham

In Stage 4 of the Road Map we are being asked to take more personal responsibility around Coronavirus

If you are in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable [CEV] group you are no longer advised to shield but you should continue to follow government advice and continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself

Where possible we will aim to provide 'Zoning' spaces in church to allow those who wish to continue to socially distance to do so

Welcomed to the website of the Southcliff Benefice churches - if there are questions for which the website does not have the answer then do please email the rector at rectorsouthcliff@outlook.com