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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 2018 and January 2019

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated



2nd – Advent Sunday, Holy Communion - Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

9th – Advent 2, Christingle Service – Sheila Wright

10th, 12 noon – Funeral & burial of Alan Lummis

16th, 10am – Advent 3, Benefice Family Communion atWickham Skeith

18th, Tuesday 7pm – Carols by Candlelight at Gipping

23rd, 10am – Advent 4, Benefice Family Communion atWyverstone

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

24th - Christmas Eve, 11.30pm –Midnight Communion – Bishop Mike

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

                   9.30am Holy Communion (BCP) at Gipping – Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

                   10am All Age Service at Cotton - Sheila Wright

                   10am Family Service at Old Newton

                   10am All Age Service at Wyverstone – Andy Mellen

30th – Christmas 1, Extended Communion – Peter Paine



6th, Epiphany – Holy Communion & prayers for healing

13th – Baptism of Christ, Morning Worship

20th, 10am - Epiphany 3, Benefice Family Communion at Bacton

27th - Epiphany 4, Family Service


Would all our ‘decorators’ please have everything in place ready for the Carol Service on 23rd and take things down after the Epiphany service on January 6th.  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!   Alice & Richard Palmer have kindly said that their field will be open for parking for the Carol Service.

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. 

The staffing for January services hasn’t been confirmed at the time of writing but the pattern should be as normal.

Our Christmas collections this year will go to Christian Aid, a charity that works to tackle the causes of poverty, supporting communities around the world, and also responds with help when disasters happen. 

The Monday Morning Group will continue to meet as usual on December 3rd & 17th, January 7th & 21st.  Do come and join us, we would welcome some new participants. 

The PCC will meet on Tuesday 29th January.  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. 


We now have the Faculty for our project (which specifies that the work must be finished by November 2019) and tenders are in.  The PCC have reviewed the advice of our architect and accepted the lowest tender, which is still rather higher than the original estimate, so we now begin to apply for grants.  Work will hopefully start in the spring.

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 9th (  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 three sessions in a year but ideally it should be two sessions of 2 weeks when 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

2nd  Mr & Mrs P Paine

9th & 16th  Mrs M Rowe & Mrs S Wright

23rd & 30th  Mrs J Homan & Mrs J Willoughby

Jan dates will be on the new rotas




Bell-ringing on Remembrance Sunday

Ringers for half-muffled ringing at St Andrew’s 10–10.30am on 11 Nov were:

Sue Hollis, Zoe Gray, Pete Davidson, Glennis Goulding, Roger & Brenda Fouracre. Sue Merriam would have rung but had to pull out with a bad back.

With other local ringers we then rang at Thornham Magna, Oakley, Stoke Ash & Wickham Skeith during the afternoon.




Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – Sat 8 Sep

 Many thanks to Jack Durrant, Julian Durrant, Sheila Wright & Pete Davidson who, between them, raised £519.50. 50% of this will go to St Andrew’s to help pay for the upkeep of the building.