St Helena's Church, in the Parish of Bawtry with Austerfield, is one of five churches that form The River Idle Benefice of Churches. We are part of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in the Church of England. We seek to gather as Christ’s people, valuing everyone’s contribution; Growing in our faith, love and service; Going into the world as disciples. We gather to grow and to go.
St Helena's has a strong connection with the Pilgrim Fathers. William Bradford lived in Austerfield and was baptised in this Church. We welcome visitors to the church and if you would like to donate to the upkeep and ongoing work of this historic church in this community, please click the donate button below.
We are committed to worship for all ages and offer a variety of services across our benefice and we worship together regularly as a benefice. Our usual pattern of worship has been updated in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and will remain in place until Spring 2022. We are using this time to review our priorities as a church as we seek to grow disciples wider, younger and deeper. A Holy Communion service takes place on the 5th Sunday in a month (where there is a 5th Sunday) at 11.15am and from the Autumn we will have a service of Holy Communion at 8.30am on one Sunday a month (details will be updated here). We also meet online for a weekly service of prayer and praise at 9.30am each Sunday. You can find details through these pages or via our River Idle Facebook Page (LINK HERE) and / or via our YouTube Channel (LINK HERE)
Links with our local schools are very important to us as we work to encourage children to explore and grow in faith. If you would like to find out more about anything that you see here please do contact us or come along to one of our services, we’d love to get to know you!
The parish of Bawtry with Austerfield is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
Mrs Joan Beck Tel contact 01302 711334
In the Diocese: Diocesan Safeguarding Team at [email protected] or telephone 01636 817200.
Out of Hours for Children & Adults:
Nottinghamshire: 0300 456 4546
Nottingham City Council: 0115 876 1000
Bawtry: 01302 796 000