St John the Baptist East Markham one of the churches in The Rivers Group

Welcome to the Rivers Group website. We are a group of Rural Parishes within the Retford area and all our Churches are Grade 1 listed and have stood in the centre of the villages for many centuries.

Even though our Church buildings are ancient we seek to proclaim the  Gospel in accessible ways for todays world, whilst still respecting tradition.

We hope that you will find this website useful in finding times  and dates of worship that are suitable to you. As you will see some of the Churches do not have regular services each week. You are most welcome to join any service in any of the Group.

Our last Vicar left at the end of May 2017 to take up a post as Vicar of

Knotty Ash in Liverpool near where her husband is working and close to her

daughter and grand-children.   The Parishes are working with the Arch Deacon

to work out how ministry can best be delivered in the future and we hope to

have a Vicar in place before too long.    In the meantime life goes on and

is led by the Church Wardens in each of the parishes.


Contact details are as follows:

East Markham Daphne Hardy gbhardy1@hotmail.co.uk 01777 870634

Askham John Townrow thetownrows@yahoo.co.uk  01777 838613

East Drayton and Dunham Tony Kirkham tonykirkham@hotmail.com 01777 248548

Headon and Grove Liz Bakewell rosemarybakewell546@btinternet.com 01777


Thought for the month

Holiday time for many is the very opposite of a rest.   Routines change, children need to be occupied whilst not at school, preparations for days or weeks away from home require detailed planning, travel to the airport may involve the anxiety of being stuck for hours in an impenetrable traffic jam, followed by hours in an airport terminal where there is nowhere to sit and everything demands more cash.  But, even if holiday time can be stressful, a change in routine is always good for us.   It may allow us some time and space to reflect how our normal daily routine is, in fact, more fulfilling than we had thought.   It may give us time to think about how we are in mind as well as body, and even who we are, and about our relationships.

Jesus said ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’  Jesus’s love for us involved the ultimate sacrifice, on a cross, in pain, condemned, rejected.   Most of us will never experience a sacrifice as great as that, but all successful relationships depend upon some level of sacrifice, a compromise which is not entirely comfortable and which may even feel like ‘giving way.’   At a wedding recently the Bishop who delivered the sermon told how wonderful it must feel for the bride, standing at the altar thinking ‘I have arranged everything to perfection to get to this point; and here I am standing at the altar with the man I love at my side, singing some of my favourite hymns.  Perfection….. I, alter, him.’   And, not surprisingly the bishop went on to remind the bride and groom that in real life that is a very bad way to enter a marriage, and that surviving the ups and downs of life requires giving more than taking, endless compromise, sacrificing self for the benefit of the relationship.

Thank you.