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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 November 2018

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


4th – All Saints, Holy Communion – Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

5pm All Souls memorial service at Bacton - Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

11th, 10.45am – Remembrance Sunday service in the Village Hall – Peter Paine

18th, 10am – 2nd before Advent, Benefice Family Communionat Wyverstone –                                                                                Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

25th – Christ the King, All Age Service – The Home Team

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

Please note the 2 services this month with a different time – 10.45am on Remembrance Sunday so that the Silence at 11am falls within the service and the Benefice service on the 18th when we’ll be at Wyverstone at 10am.  The Remembrance Sunday service will be a non-Eucharistic service in the Village Hall and all will be welcome to join us for our commemoration there.

The Memorial service on 4th at Bacton will remember all those close to us who have died, whether recently or long ago.  It is open to all and will be a short, quiet service of remembrance and reflection during which the names of those from our Benefice who have died in the past three years will be read out, together with any others specifically requested.  There will also be an opportunity for those who would like it to light a memorial candle.  Refreshments will be available after the service, giving a chance to chat to others or just to sit quietly.

November 18th will be our ‘Shoebox Sunday’ this year when the shoeboxes that have been prepared for the organisation Samaritans Purse will be gathered together ready for dispatch.  If you would like to add to this collection for children in desperately poor circumstances, there are leaflets at the back of the church with details of what to do and also flat-pack boxes to use, as shoeboxes can be difficult to obtain and also need to be covered.  You either cover a shoe box with wrapping paper or make up one of the special flat-pack Christmas ‘shoeboxes’  (Margaret Jones-Evans has a supply so do ask her for one) then fill it with small gifts for a child, you choose boy or girl and the age group.  The leaflet has suggestions for suitable gifts and also items that should not be included. It’s a fun thing to do and is greatly appreciated by the children who would otherwise receive no presents. If you can’t be at Wyverstone church on 18th but would like to make up a box just give it to one of the churchwardens or a PCC member before that day.

The Monday Morning Group will continue its usual meetings at the Village Hall on 5th & 19th of this month.  You will be welcome to join us.

It’s time to start thinking about the new flower & cleaning rota as it needs to be prepared before Christmas so if you would like to volunteer to join, 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 3 sessions in a year but ideally it’s 2 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. Current rota on back page.



November 4th  Miss R Elsden & Mrs J Evans

November 11th & 18th  Mrs L Hempstead

November 25th & Dec 2nd  Mr & Mrs P Paine



Remembrance Sunday

Our bell ringers will be ringing twice on Sunday 11 November. In the morning the bells will be rung between 10.00 & 10.30, half-muffled to reflect the sombre and commemorative nature of the morning events.Our service of Remembrance will follow at 10.45am in the village hall when we hope for a good attendance to remember and pay our respects to all those who served, particularly remembering those from this village who died in the conflict.

In the afternoon a group of local ringers will be ringing at Thornham Magna, Yaxley, Stoke Ash & Wickham Skeith with the bells open (unmuffled) in a celebration of the peace that armistice brought. They intend to ring at Wickham Skeith from 4.15 to 4.45 followed by tea & cake. If any non-ringers would like to join them at the church you would be most welcome (especially if you bring some cake!). For further information contact Pete Davidson.