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St Andrew's Parish Church


St. Andrew’s Parish Church is the Church of England place of worship in the ecclesiastical parish of Wickham Skeith; it is part of a group of churches known as the "Bacton Benefice" which includes Bacton, Cotton, Wyverstone, Wickham Skeith, Old Newton and a chapel at Gipping.

All contact details and further information about services in St Andrew’s and other churches in the Bacton Benefice can be found on their web-site

Rural Dean: Rev Canon Diane Williams 720316, mobile 07714016554

Readers: Helen Matter  780379,   Elaine Miller  770337,  Sheila Wright  766392

Elders: Peter Paine  767897,  Janice Shea 781263,  Jean Willoughby  766621


Services for September 2018

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


2nd – Trinity 14, Holy Communion & Baptism - Rev Canon Sally Fogden

9th  –Trinity 15, Morning Worship – Sheila Wright 

16th 10am - Trinity 16, Benefice Family Communion at Bacton – Rev Canon Sally Fogden

23rd – Trinity 17, All-Age Family Service – Jean Willoughby, preacher Will Elphick

30th - Trinity 18, Extended Communion – Peter Paine

October 7th – Trinity 19, Harvest Holy Communion


Our Harvest Festival this year will be celebrated on Sunday October 7th and as it is a first Sunday it will be a Communion Service. There will not be a separate service on the Friday evening.  Decorators will have time on the Saturday to work on their windowsills if required.  The produce will then be sorted after the Sunday service – after preparation of some gifts for delivery within the village, the fresh produce will go to Westhorpe Hall Nursing Home and the dried and tinned goods together with the monetary collection to the Food Bank in Stowmarket.   If you could help with the collecting together, sorting and distributing of the produce and flowers we would be very pleased to hear from you – just have a word with Liz D, Margaret J-E, or any PCC member.  Thank you.  

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride takes place this year on Saturday 8th September between 9am & 5pm.  Please support our cyclists looking for sponsorship to benefit our church and if you could spare an hour during that day to sit in our church to sign in visiting cyclists and offer them refreshment please contact Liz Davidson, thank you.  The rota is filling well but at the time of writing there are still a couple of hours free during the afternoon.

The Monday Morning Group will continue on the usual 1st & 3rd Mondays, meeting in the Village Hall on 3rd & 17th at 10.15 for coffee followed by our discussion.  You will be made welcome if you would like to join us.



Flower & Cleaning Rota

Sept2nd &9th  Mr& Mrs P Paine

16th &23rd  Miss M Jones-Evans & Mrs J Keable

Sept 30th & Oct 7th  Mrs J Bryant & Mrs L Reinders




A very big THANK YOU to everyone who made it to our last service in the benefice, and for those who couldn’t be there but sent their good wishes. The ‘guest organist’ was very happy playing the organ, and gave it a good blast after the dust covers had come off after the doom restoration!

THANK YOU also for the garden vouchers, the flowers and the interesting tipple(!) you gave us at the bring and share lunch following the service. The vouchers will come in very handy as we make a new garden ‘our own.’

It was a sad time for us, saying good bye to so many people we had got to know well in the short time we have been here, but we shall go away knowing we will keep in contact and continue the journey together where ever we are, whether it be on the phone, Facebook or popping in to see us if you are ever Felixstowe way.

Wiith our very best wishes to you all, Val and David