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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 18th October - The Feast of St Luke the Evangelist

Readings today are from: 2 Timothy 4: 5-17 and Luke chapter 10: 1-9

So, we are taking a little break from the Sundays after Trinity and our reading the continuous Old Testament passage as we swap green for red vestments and celebrate the Feast of the evangelist St Luke

Almost all that we know about him comes from the New Testament:

It is Paul in his Letter to the Colossians chapter 4 and verse 14 who tells us that Luke is a doctor – Luke, the bellowed physician, is what Paul says

Luke was a disciple of Paul and accompanied him on at least some of his missionary journeys as we read in the Acts of the Apostles – for example in chapter 16 at verse 11 – we set sail from Troas and so arrived in Philippi and we remained in this city for several days

That passage indicates that as well as writing the Third Gospel Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles where we read i9n chapter 1 and verse 1: In my first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught

We believe Luke was a founder member of the church at Antioch which lies north west of present-day Syria a little way inland from the Mediterranean; and it is well attested that he was a doctor which is why today he is a patron of doctors and surgeons. Hospital chapels are often dedicated to St Luke and St Luke’s-tide is a traditional time to pray for those involved in hospital chaplaincy

We can something of Luke’s character from his writings: in his gospel it is Luke who writes the account of the Virgin Birth of Christ and it is Luke who recounts those most moving parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. It is Luke who recounts Our Lord’s words to the women of Jerusalem and to the repentant thief that ’today you will be with me in Paradise’

It is through St Luke’s eyes that we see the compassion of Christ which taken along with his emphasis on poverty, prayer and purity of heart account for his special appeal to non-Jews, to Gentile readers, for whom he wrote the gospel

Women figure more prominently in Luke’s gospel that in any other; for example, we have Mary, Elizabeth, the Widow of Nain and the woman who was a sinner

In the Acts of the Apostles Luke shows himself as an accurate observer concerned to make links between scared and secular history; and it is said he was something of an artist with words which is perhaps the basis of the tradition that he was a painter and made at least one icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary –  and indeed Flemish painters of the 15th and 16th centuries show Luke painting the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Whatever the truth in this he is none the less the patron of artists!

And we look to enjoy a spell of warm weather in mid-October - a Little St Luke’s Summer – before the onset of winter weather.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: For the Episcopal Church of the United Sates; for the Deanery of Bolingbroke; and for the parish of Barkston

The Collect for today: Almighty God, you called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: by the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel, give your Church the same love 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:

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 (October 2020)

Download Morning and Night Prayers

Download A Spiritual Communion

Download John Betjeman's Lincolnshire Poems

Download A Service at All Souls Tide 


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 October 25th The Last Sunday after Trinity

10.00 Service of the Word at Caythorpe

17.00 Evening Prayer at Hougham

Sunday November 1st All Saints Day

09.00 Holy Communion at Marston

10.00 Morning Prayer at Hough on the Hill

10.30 Holy Communion at Belton

15.00 All Souls Tide Service of Remembering for those we love but see no longer - NB This service will be live streamed on Facebook and the Order of Service is available as a download from the benefice website

17.00 Evening Prayer at Hougham

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