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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



Sadly the church has to be kept locked under the current guidelines and there will be no services or other access – but no cleaning for those on the rota in the near future.  It will also mean postponing the spring clean we were planning until the crisis is over.

As you will read in Revd Carl’s message in place of services in church there will be opportunities to view online services.

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 would be very grateful to know of the support.

The electrician began the installation of the new heaters on March 19th but then almost immediately had to stop.  He is leaving the building safe and will resume as soon as it’s possible.


Message from Reverend Carl Melville   When a new Rector arrives into “his patch”, there is usually a big service, celebration, ringing of bells and so on. Due to the Coronavirus this obviously cannot happen.


How will people come to me during this pandemic for comfort and prayer when we cannot meet face to face, conduct services, weddings or baptisms or even visit each other? Thanks to technology, it is possible to stay in touch and I encourage you to make contact with me if you have any need – it might be you need to chat, you feel lonely, need some food shopping collected or a prescription picked up, want to celebrate something or pick my brains. Whatever, do get in touch. I am here – even if you cannot see me face to face – to serve our communities.


I can be contacted by phone (01449 781650) or email (carlmelville@hotmail.com). We now have a church Facebook page and I will post there regularly (www.facebook.com/bactonbenefice or search @bactonbenefice). On our Facebook page I will be broadcasting services from my home for the time being, so maybe you can join in with the prayers and hymns. These are certainly difficult and dark days and we may have to get used to this way of life for a while. However, Jesus reminds us that he is the Light of the World – a light that NO darkness can put out. Can evil or famine or COVID-19 put out the light of Jesus? No! What I have seen in our communities already – in just the few weeks I’ve been here – is the amazing kindness, generosity and love that people have for one another. These things are the light of Jesus at work. As days ahead get darker, remember that the light of Jesus can only get brighter.


May God hold you in the palm of his hands.  - Revd Carl