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.
St Andrew’s Church
Rev’d Stephen Snelling, Tailors Green House, Tailors Green, Bacton IP14 4LL
01449 782970 07775 833824
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Wardens: Liz Davidson 766622 and Margaret Jones-Evans 767121
All services at 9.30am in church unless otherwise stated
4th February Holy Communion
11th Feb Café Church
Wed 14th Feb, 7pm Benefice Communion & Ashing , Bacton
18th Feb Holy Communion
25th Feb Morning Prayer
Fri 1st March, 2pm World Day of Prayer service at Old Newton Methodist Chapel
3rd March Holy Communion
For other benefice services, please view our Facebook page.
Thank you to all our windowsill decorators, your efforts were appreciated by everyone at Christmas and also at the coffee morning on 29th December. The Carol Service was well supported and we enjoyed being back in church for that service. The collection then and at the Christmas Eve service raised £375.40 for the Red Cross who do so much good in so many places at home and abroad.
Lent begins on Wednesday 14th February, with an Ashing Communion at Bacton Church.
“World Day of Prayer: a women led, global, ecumenical movement”. As usual there will be a World Day of Prayer service in our area on the first Friday in March. Each year the service is planned by women in a different country of the world. This year the service will be hosted by Old Newton Methodist Chapel on March 1st. It is entitled ‘I beg you, bear with one another in love’ and has been prepared by the women of Palestine. It is always an enjoyable service; everyone is welcome & we look forward to seeing a good crowd.
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Flower & Cleaning Rota
Feb 4th & 11th Mrs J Kemp & Mrs S Merriam
Feb 18th & 25th Mrs J Bryant & Mrs L Reinders
Mar 3rd & 10th Mrs M Rowe & Mrs S Wright
If you were expecting a new flower and cleaning rota but haven't received yours yet, please let Liz Davidson know (firstname.lastname@example.org, 766622).
Church Notes From Rev’d Stephen
I am writing this in early January in the cold - yesterday we had a bit of snow. Christmas can feel a long time ago, but hopefully there is still a glow inside each of us as we recall our times spent with family and friends.
As we move from Christmas and Epiphany and turn to look towards Easter the Church marks this turning point with the festival of Candlemas on 2 February. By tradition on this day candles were blessed for the coming year and then on 14 February we mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent with penitence and an exhortation that we should ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.’ This forty-day period echoes the forty days spent in the wilderness by Jesus preparing for his ministry.
So, what of us today? How should we prepare? Well, a tradition has grown up that in Lent rather than giving up something, or fasting, we should, perhaps, take on something new.
May this month of February be a useful time for you to take stock and think about your relationship with God, whatever you each personally take time to decide to do or not do for the season of Lent.
In the Bacton Benefice we, too, are at a turning point as we prepare to advertise the position of Rector in February. Please pray that God will encourage the right person to apply and that we may have a number of candidates to interview in March.
Rev’d Stephen Snelling
Fundraising for the Church
Some dates for your diaries:
On Saturday 9th March book sales/coffee mornings will begin again at Margaret’s – Highbanks, 1,Broadway. 10am to 11.45am. There will be Seville orange marmalade for sale plus jigsaws, lots of books, a raffle and cake. Margaret 01449 767121
On Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm we shall have one of Pete’s quizzes at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be some devilish questions and food at half time. More info. to follow. Liz 01449 766622
The village’s two-yearly Flower Festival will be held in church on 4th, 5th and 6th of May thanks to Margaret Knights. Lots more info. to follow.
Thank you for all your support – Margaret 01449 767121
We are fortunate to have a fine ring of bells in the tower of St Andrew’s, hung on a good 19th century oak frame under an oak roof which is covered in lead. Lead roofing lasts a very long time but, as temperatures fluctuate, it expands and shrinks, any weak spots crack, and water gets in. During 2022 we had extreme temperatures and new cracks have opened up which will only get worse. The interior wood is getting wet so we need to do something about the small area of the tower roof ….now. The main roof leadwork has been repaired many times and it now urgently needs more repairs. If left, it will require total replacement. FOSA have received an anonymous match-funding donation of up to £1000 on condition that the Church can raise another £1000. If you can help, please talk to Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans.
Apart from that problem it costs St Andrew’s about £1300 per month to stay open to the public for worship, funerals, weddings, concerts and visiting. Prices continue to rise, even for the church. We get no government help and have to raise all the money ourselves. Can you help? You can give a one-off donation or set up a regular payment. You can use the donate option on our page on A Church Near You (https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2088/) or visit www.parishgiving.org.uk and then search for “St Andrew’s, Wickham Skeith” or scan the QR code in the church porch & village hall noticeboard or use the card machine in church or speak to Liz or Margaret about how you could help.
If you enjoy visiting the beautiful churchyard, have you thought about making a donation to help with the upkeep? A cheque for St Andrew’s Church Wickham Skeith will be very welcome.
We have bats and Barn Owls – do visit at dusk. Liz Davidson at Stow House and Margaret Jones-Evans at 1, Broadway will be very pleased to receive donations. We now have a card reader in the church, which is open from 10 to 4pm daily – it’s very easy – do try it.
To keep the churchyard looking this beautiful, costs more than £1,000 a year.
Thank you everyone for your support
With best wishes from Margaret Jones-Evans
Like every other organisation the church has to consider the data protection legislation, so St Andrew’s Church and the Bacton benefice need your permission before they keep your name and details on file. The information will be used to send the weekly pew sheet, to record you as a voting member of the church on the Electoral Roll, for the Rector to know who the members of the church are so he can visit and get to know you etc.
You may have received an email with a form to fill in, or a paper form dropped through your door. Do please fill one of these in if you would like to be involved with the Church in this village and send to our new Rector, the Rev’d Carl Melville. He is eager to get to know the people in the churches and villages in his new benefice.
If you haven’t had a form through your door or via email do please ask for one from Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans
Keep safe everyone – Margaret Jones-Evans