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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the contact details for the Bacton Benefice

Rev. Carl Melville - 01449 781650 Email carlmelville@hotmail.com

Facebook - www.facebook.com/bactonbenefice

Rural Dean: Rev Canon Diane Williams 720316, mobile 07714016554  diane.rev@btinternet.com

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

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

 

 

Bacton, Old Newton and Wyverstone churches are now open for visitors for private prayer, following strict cleaning and hygiene guidance from the government. Please observe social distancing when you enter (if there are others in there) and use the hand sanitizer provided. Please also 'sign in' when you enter. 

St Andrew’s remains closed.

At the moment all services are online on our Facebook page. Revd Carl is providing an online communion service each Sunday at 10.30am and Choral Evensong at 6pm plus a Songs of Praise to lift spirits on a Thursday at 11am.  You don’t need to join Facebook, just go to their website, search for Bacton Benefice and ‘like’ then open the video – when the message to join Facebook appears click ‘not now’.

Of course no services mean no collection plate and thus no income for St Andrew’s.  If you would normally put cash in the collection could you consider setting that money aside until it is possible to give again or even setting up a standing order or making a BACS payment online if you are able. 

The PCC is very grateful for the support received so far.

The electrician completed the installation of our new heating in mid-June and will return to explain how it all works when we are able to use the church for services again.

 

The BOB Foodbank continues to go from strength to strength, thank you to everyone who is contributing in any way.  Any donations of money we receive are going towards making small grants to households in need or supplying food vouchers for our local shops. It is a tough time for everyone, particularly those with children. You can make a donation towards the work of the Foodbank, making cheques payable to 'St Mary's, Bacton, PCC' and write FOODBANK clearly on the back.

 

 

 

 


Thoughts from Revd Carl Melville

People keep asking me what I have learnt from this period of lockdown, COVID and pandemic. I think it’s fair to say that we have all gained something from lockdown – more time with the family (whether we like it or not), more time to practice a hobby or skill (like watching TV or gaming), learning to home school the kids (but secretly not knowing what their Maths work is about), or getting more familiar with the countryside. I moved into the Rectory about two days before lockdown. I’ve had time to paint and decorate it six times over!! We must all now have the cleanest houses in the world and our gardens fit for royalty. But what have I learnt?

Well the first thing I’ve learnt is that I do actually have time to walk the dogs. I think before I made excuses that I was “too busy” or “too tired”. Lockdown has reminded me how precious my dogs are. Living alone they provide company! They deserve a decent walk. And to kill two birds with one stone, I’ve been able to explore and enjoy the beauty of the countryside at the same time.

Second. I’ve learnt that the closure of our church buildings is a great loss to me and to our villages. The comments of sadness at their closure have overflowed. Their beautiful sacred space is missed and longed for. Maybe, when they open again, we can all visit more often.

Third. I’ve learnt how fragile and vulnerable we humans are – all of us. In our age of medicine and science, when we think we are above any illness or disease, this has left us baffled. Thankfully, our minds to create, invent and discover means there will be a vaccine soon. Until then, we are at the hands of the virus, so we must stay safe even as things are relaxed.

Fourth. I’ve learnt that humans are beautiful (on the whole!) The welcome I have received in various ways has been wonderful. People have been creative in their approach to welcoming their new vicar and in helping and supporting others. The FoodBank is just one of those ways – checking on vulnerable neighbours is another. The way we stood and clapped on a Thursday. The way we became a community and looked out for one another – and realised how essential that is for us.

These are just a few things I’ve learnt – I’m sure you’ve learnt more. At the heart of it all – and more important than decorating the house or tidying the garden – is the health of our community. I don’t just mean health as in virus-free. I mean the well-being of all our residents, the happiness of every home and the coming together of people to create a place people can call home. That is what I’ve learnt above all.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacton, Old Newton and Wyverstone churches are now open for visitors for private prayer, following strict cleaning and hygiene guidance from the government. Please observe social distancing when you enter (if there are others in there) and use the hand sanitizer provided. Please also 'sign in' when you enter. 

St Andrew’s remains closed.

At the moment all services are online on our Facebook page. Revd Carl is providing an online communion service each Sunday at 10.30am and Choral Evensong at 6pm plus a Songs of Praise to lift spirits on a Thursday at 11am.  You don’t need to join Facebook, just go to their website, search for Bacton Benefice and ‘like’ then open the video – when the message to join Facebook appears click ‘not now’.

Of course no services mean no collection plate and thus no income for St Andrew’s.  If you would normally put cash in the collection could you consider setting that money aside until it is possible to give again or even setting up a standing order or making a BACS payment online if you are able. 

The PCC is very grateful for the support received so far.

The electrician completed the installation of our new heating in mid-June and will return to explain how it all works when we are able to use the church for services again.

 

The BOB Foodbank continues to go from strength to strength, thank you to everyone who is contributing in any way.  Any donations of money we receive are going towards making small grants to households in need or supplying food vouchers for our local shops. It is a tough time for everyone, particularly those with children. You can make a donation towards the work of the Foodbank, making cheques payable to 'St Mary's, Bacton, PCC' and write FOODBANK clearly on the back.

 

 

Data Protection

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