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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 December 2019  & January 2020


Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


1st – Advent Sunday, Holy Communion - Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

8th – Advent 2, Morning Worship – Sheila Wright

15th, 10am – Advent 3, Benefice Communion at Wickham Skeith – Ven John Cox

17th, Tuesday 7pm – Carols by Candlelight at Gipping

22nd, 10am – Advent 4, Benefice Communion at Wyverstone – Rev Michael Eden

                         6.30pm – St Andrew’s Carol Service – ‘The Home Team’

24th - Christmas Eve, 11.30pm –Midnight Communion – Rev Pauline Higham

25th – Christmas Day, no service at St Andrew’s

                        9.30am Holy Communion (BCP) at Gipping – Ven David Jenkins

                        10am All Age Service at Cotton - Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

                        10am Family Service at Old Newton – Elaine Miller

                        10am Family Service at Wyverstone – Andy Mellen

29th – Christmas 1, Extended Communion – Peter Paine

Jan 5th, Epiphany – Holy Communion & prayers for healing - Rev Canon Sally Fogden

                          6.30pm – Benefice Praise in the Community at Wyverstone with Bishop Mike

12th – Baptism of Christ, Morning Worship – Peter Paine

19th, 10am - Epiphany 2, Benefice Communion at Bacton –

Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

26th - Epiphany 3, Family Service – Jean Willoughby


Would all our ‘decorators’ please have everything in place ready for the Carol Service on 22ndand take things down after the Epiphany service on January 5th.  Many thanks for all your efforts; they are greatly appreciated by everyone attending our festival services.


As usual we hope to have the Carol Service by candlelight with just the uplighters as background light – please use your torch for additional light on the carol words if necessary!  


Please note the various different services over the Christmas period.  We have a Midnight Service as usual on Christmas Eve and no service on Christmas Day but you will be very welcome at any of the services in the Benefice on Christmas morning if you prefer a daytime service. 


Our Christmas collections this year will go to the Children’s Society as we will not have a Christingle service.  The Children’s Society works to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children whatever their problems and wherever they are in this country.


The Monday Morning Group will take a break over the holiday period so will meet on December 2nd& January 20th.  Do come and join us, we would welcome some new participants. 

The PCC will meet on Monday 13thJanuary.  If anyone has anything they want the PCC to discuss, please notify the Secretary, Mary Paine  so that she can include it on the agenda. 


There is still time to join the flower & cleaning rota , or if you need to be removed from the list, please let Liz Davidson know by December 11th( . We don’t have quite as many volunteers as a few years ago so new people will be welcome.  At the moment one or two pairs find themselves doing 3 sessions in a year but ideally it would be 2 sessions of 2 weeks. You provide fresh flowers for the altar vases in season and do as much cleaning as time and energy allows. It’s not an arduous task; you don’t need to be a regular churchgoer to ‘qualify’ and it helps to keep our lovely building in good order.  All help is much appreciated.  The new flower & cleaning rota will be available at the Carol Service.  Thank you to all our willing volunteers who do an excellent and reliable job of keeping our church clean and welcoming. 






Flower & Cleaning Rota



1st  Mr & Mrs I Hempstead

8th & 15th  Miss M Jones-Evans & Mrs J Keable

22nd & 29th  Mrs J Bryant & Mrs L Reinders

January dates will be on the new rotas