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Welcome to the website for ‘the A453 churches’,
in south Nottinghamshire, England.

  • Folk from the 453 Churches outside Gotham Church

    We are one Christian family worshipping in five villages along the A453 — Barton-in-Fabis, Gotham, Kingston-on-Soar, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, and Thrumpton.

    The communities in which we live have ancient roots, as do the buildings in which we gather. We meet together as God’s family united by God’s Son Jesus, as our Lord and Saviour; and as we meet week by week for fellowship, praising our heavenly Father and hearing Him speak to us through the Bible, we seek to encourage one another to live as His obedient children.

    As Anglican churches, we belong to the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham within the Church of England, but our local church family is made up of people from different denominations, and you will be made welcome whatever your spiritual background.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

    Two of our churches are now open for private prayer.
    At Gotham, it is by appointment only.
    And whilst Ratcliffe church is open for people to visit there isn't anyone from the Church supervising the use of the building, and so we do ask that you maintain social distancing at all times, and that should there already be people in the building, please wait outside until they leave. Hymn books and Bibles are not available, and whilst you may bring your own books, please do remember to take them with you. We also ask that you not bring any food or drink into the building and to refrain from touching the monuments and objects.
    And please be aware that there is no toilet or water available in the church.
    We thank you for your co-operation.

    Counselling: A new service — a Covid-19 Crisis Counselling Support Service (CCSS) for NHS frontline staff and people who have been bereaved during the Covid-19 epidemic in the UK has been setup. The CCSS offers up to ten sessions of counselling on a no fee basis. If you are someone who would like to take up this service further details can be found at

    Giving: Whilst things are slowly improving, unfortunately we are still not able to hold the events we would normally put on, and yet we still need to pay for the upkeep of our buildings. We are now able to accept donations to each of our Churches, either online, by card, or by text — see our Giving page for details.


    The highest death toll during Corona

    Thank you to our wonderful NHS

    Sunday’s Service for 2nd August

    Safeguarding: Ensuring that children and young people are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our Church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding then please do get in touch with our Safeguarding Officers.

    With 5 churches our pattern of services changes from week to week, so do check the calendar to see where and when we are meeting; and if this is your first visit you might appreciate knowing what to expect.

    Picture of the Rector, Richard Coleman
    Richard Coleman


    You’ll find information on our churches and our various activities here on this website, but if you need to know more then please contact me, Richard Coleman. You can also find us on  Facebook.

    If you would like to know more about how knowing Jesus, and God as your Father, brings meaning, purpose and fulfilment to our lives, and how we can know God personally, then why not visit the website.

    We look forward to meeting you.
    You can be assured of a warm welcome in all our churches.



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