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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 October 2019

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated



6th – Trinity 16, Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing – Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

13th - Trinity 17, Morning Worship – ‘The Home Team’

20th,10am - Trinity 18, Benefice Communion at Old Newton - Ven John Cox

27th – Bible Sunday, Last Sunday after Trinity, Family Service – ‘The Home Team’

Nov 3rd – All Saints, Holy Communion & Healing – Rev Canon Sally Fogden


Thank you to all those who helped with and contributed to our Harvest Festival.


Thank you to all who helped on Saturday 14th September for the Cycle Ride day, both

our cyclists and those who sat in the church with little to do as we had even fewer

visiting cyclists than last year. If our cyclists haven’t already seen you to collect their

sponsor money they will be calling very soon!


The Monday Morning Group will continue as usual on the 1st & 3rd Mondays, meeting in

the Village Hall on 7th & 21st at 10.15 for coffee followed by our discussion. We now

meet at 9.45 for a prayer meeting before coffee. You will be made welcome if you

would like to join us, either at 9.45 or 10.15.


Following on from the Section 11 meeting in September, the Section 12 meeting which

involves the benefice PCCs together with the Rural Dean, Archdeacon and Bishop, will

happen on October 14th. This meeting will finalise the parish/benefice profiles, set a

‘job description’ and agree the advertising & interview process.


The PCC will meet on Monday 28th October. If anyone has anything they want the PCC

to discuss, please notify the Secretary, Mary Paine (767897) so that she can include it on

the agenda.



Flower & Cleaning Rota

6th Mrs J Kemp & Mrs S Merriam

13th & 20th Mrs A Munns& Mrs A Palmer

27th & Nov 3rd Mrs E Davidson




The main project is complete. Thanks to all of you we have installed water and a cess pit at church. We have a toilet, servery and a totally rebuilt gallery. You have all been so generous that I hate to say that we now need a new heating system. The electricians during the project found that the church electrics were not as safe as they should be so we are looking at a new heating system.

A very generous donor has provided the funds for a new sound system. Our old system broke down finally just as the work on the church was beginning. It had done stirling service since Ron White installed it but we now need to use our hearing loop properly and provide a 2019 sound system that every member of the congregation will benefit from.

So if you still have a Pennies for the Loo box we are still collecting Pennies for a good heating system in the church and we have fundraising events planned - watch this space.

With thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Church Project

Margaret Jones-Evans, Churchwarden