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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

Priest-in-Charge: Revd Val White

Associate Priest: Revd David White

phone: 258149     e-mail address:

Readers: Helen Matter,     Elaine Miller,  Sheila Wright

Elders: Peter Paine,   Janice Shea,   Jean Willoughby  


 Services for June 2018  

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


3rd – Trinity 1,  Holy Communion & prayers for Healing

10th – Trinity 2, Morning Worship

17th, 10am - Trinity 3, Benefice Family Communionat Wyverstone

24th – Birth of John the Baptist, All-Age Family service

July 1st – Trinity 5, Holy Communion & prayers for Healing


The following statement has been published on the Benefice pew sheets during May:

At a recent gathering of all church wardens and ministry team, Revd. Val announced that she plans to retire from stipendiary ministry.

Val is well at present but has decided that she is not able to fulfil her role in the benefice for the long term and stay well.

The Bishops, Archdeacons and Rural Dean are fully aware of the decision and have been supporting Val in discerning the best next steps.

In meeting with Val and David (at the beginning of May), Bishop Martin was very concerned, and wants to put a support process in place over the next few months; the objective will be to enable this benefice to move into the future with confidence.

The date of Val’s departure is not yet fixed, but at the latest will be January 2019.

This has not been an easy decision, and your prayers for Val and David would be greatly valued during this time of transition.

Staffing for services is no longer included in public documents because of the new Data Protection Act.  If it is important to you to know who will be taking a particular service please ask and remember that you will always be welcomed at the other churches in the benefice if you prefer a different style or time of service.

The next PCC meeting will be on Monday 11th June.  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.

The Monday Morning Group continues its usual pattern this month meeting at the Village Hall on Mondays June 4th & 18th.  Do consider joining us, you will be welcome.


Gift Aid- if you are a tax payer any money you give to the church whether it is regular or occasional, a small or large amount, can benefit the church even more if you sign a simple form to enable the tax to be claimed back.  This doesn’t cost you the giver anything extra.  Our envelope system can be used for regular Sunday collections or more occasional gifts.  You can sign each envelope as you use it or, for more anonymity, sign one of our gift aid forms and then put the number on the form on each envelope you use without any need for a name.  This enables our Treasurer, Philip Cutting, to maintain a traceable record for the tax man but only you and he know the amounts involved.  It is particularly helpful for maintaining cashflow.  If you are able to set up a standing order from your bank account so that there is known amount of income into the church account, whether or not you are able to attend the service each week, to help in planning budgets.  It costs at least £200 - £300 a week just to keep the church going in order that we can hold regular services and be available to everyone in the village who wants a baptism, wedding or funeral service.  Gift Aid forms are available from Liz D who will be happy to explain the system in more detail and receive completed forms to pass to Philip.


Church Flower & Cleaning Rota


3rd   Mrs R J Bryant & Mrs L Reinders

10th &17th  Miss R Elsden & Mrs J Evans

24th & July 1st  Mrs J Kemp & Mrs S Merriam 





The Flower Festival  5th to 7th May 2018

Once again this was so lovely thanks to Margaret Knight’s forethought and organisation. The flowers were wonderful and the marquee and parking in the field, thanks to Alice and Richard Palmer, made all the difference to the number of people who stayed to have refreshments. Laura Hempstead and Romaine Elsden spent the whole weekend serving refreshments in the marquee. The welcoming atmosphere, beautiful weather, people sitting out in the sun chatting, having coffee, tea and cake, and friends who came to have Romaine’s delicious ham rolls made a perfect weekend.

Thank you very much to Nigel Merriam and his team for putting up and taking down the marquee in spite of all the swallow poo.  Nigel also took all the tables and chairs, crockery, cutlery, kettles etc to and from the marquee and we ruined yet another extension lead – I’m so sorry Nigel.

The flower festival raised £1,030 towards the church project – thank you so much everyone!


The book sale on 28th April raised £130 – thank you to all the people who have bought books, jigsaws, cake and coffee during the winter months, who bought raffle tickets and brought raffle prizes and bring and buy items. The sales will stop now for the summer but will start again in the autumn. Between January and April 2018 we raised £532 – what an amazing total!! Thank you.


On 10th June there will be a Ritzy tea in the village hall.

We’ll have delicate sandwiches and cakes, beautiful cups and saucers.

Tickets are available from Jean Willoughby, Mary Paine and Margaret J-E.


22nd August Dessert Evening

We’ve enjoyed previous dessert evenings and this will be just as good!In the Village Hall, starting at 7pm. Hope to see you there!Tickets will be on sale before the event.


We thank all the friends of St Andrews Church for their huge support for the project.

Liz Davidson and Margaret Jones-Evans, Churchwardens.