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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


For all enquiries about baptisms and weddings, please contact the Rector.



Services in July 2022

All services at 9.30am in church unless otherwise stated


 3rd July      All Age Communion   

10th July     Café Church      

17th July     Holy Communion        

24th July     Family Service  

31st July     10.00am    Benefice Communion at Gipping

 7th Aug      All Age Communion

For other benefice services, please view our Facebook page.


Weekly Email and News – if you’d like to sign up to receive our weekly news email, please contact the Rector.

Café Church is a relaxed and friendly service in Church on the second Sunday of the month. We usually have something to eat, sing one or two hymns and have a short discussion – the rest is chat! Why not come along and join us?

Holiday Club - we will be running our popular children’s holiday bible club again in Old Newton Village Hall on 24th, 25th and 26th August. We will start taking bookings later this month, so watch this space! It’s for all primary school ages and we have loads of fun! It’s free and includes lunch.

Advance notice that our Harvest Festival service will be on Sunday 25th September.


Future planning – the service rota that has been operating for the past year was intended as a trial with a review by September.  What are your feelings about the services we have had and the pattern within each month?  What would you like to see more (or less) of in future?  How would you feel about more sharing with Cotton as we did when face to face services were carefully introduced after lockdown?  We need to consider how we move forward, particularly as Revd Carl cannot take every service in the current pattern himself and available assistance is limited.  We may need to think about more services taken by lay people.  Please let Margaret or Liz know your thoughts, feelings or ideas asap.



St Andrews Church Flower & Cleaning Rota


3rd & 10th  Mrs J Bryant & Mrs L Reinders

17th & 24th  Mr & Mrs P Paine

31st & Aug 7th  Mr & Mrs I Hempstead 



Fundraising for the Church

We hope that you enjoy the beautiful churchyard with its owls, bats and other wildlife. The gentle fortnightly cutting during the summer costs a lot so we fundraise:


Book sale and coffee morning

On Saturday 23rd July from 10am to 11.30am there will be a book sale/coffee morning at Margaret J-E’s home, Highbanks 1, Broadway. Everyone is welcome. There will be loads of books and jigsaws for sale at very cheap prices, a raffle, coffee and tea and delicious cakes and savouries, lots of chat and laughter. Do come – Margaret  



Rector’s Ramblings

Well, what a happy and glorious time we had at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations across the Benefice. People came out in great number to celebrate and party. As I moved across the Benefice, I caught a glimpse of what our nation can really be – people at complete harmony with one another, neighbour serving neighbour, people meeting old folk and welcoming new and sharing food together. We were one people under one Queen.

Our task as Christians is to live out the Jubilee experience every day in our Christian living. The idea of Jubilee stems from the Bible when, after a certain number of years, land would be returned to its original owners, debts would be paid, and old hurts and divisions forgiven. ‘Jubilee’ was God’s way of making loving one another a bit easier! There was something about this across our nation during the four-day celebrations.

We are called to love God and love our neighbour. As ‘Jubilee’ shows, this is a love that is unconditional and transformative. We are to live out this calling in our communities, neighbourhoods, in our workplaces and in our homes. We know that life is not one long party, but it can be a constant celebration of the gift of life, the gift of community, friendship and of people coming together in unity and love.

Revd Carl






The Churchyard

 If you enjoy visiting the beautiful churchyard, have you thought about making a donation to help with the up-keep? 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 



 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