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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 www.bactonbenefice.net

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



Services for February, 2020


Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


2nd – Presentation of Christ, Holy Communion & prayers for healing –

Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

9th – 3rd Sunday before Lent, Morning Worship – ‘The Home Team’

16th, 10am – 2nd Sunday before Lent,  Benefice Communion at Old Newton –

Ven John Cox

23rd – Sunday before Lent, Family service – ‘The Home Team’

26th, Ash Wednesday – 10am Holy Communion with ashing at Wickham Skeith

                                 6.30pm Holy Communion with ashing at Wyverstone

March 1st – Lent 1, Holy Communion & prayers for healing – Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

March 6th, Friday 2pm – World Day of Prayer Service at Stowupland Church

 Many thanks to all who helped decorate the church for Christmas – it seems a long time ago already!  The Christmas collections for the Childrens’ Society totalled £468.90 to aid their work supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children whatever their problems and wherever they are in this country.  Thank you all for your generosity.


We have been told that Bishop Mike has booked Thursday 2nd April at 7.30pm for the licensing of Rev. Carl Melville as our new Rector for the Bacton Benefice.  Details will be arranged in the coming couple of months but the service is likely to be held in Bacton church.  We look forward to welcoming him.


The Monday Morning Group will meet as usual on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of this month, 3rd & 17th in the Village Hall.


As usual there will be a World Day of Prayer service in our area on the first Friday in March.  Note that the heading has changed to acknowledge more clearly that the service is for everyone.  It is now known as “World Day of Prayer: a women led, global, ecumenical movement”.  Each year the service is planned by women in a different country of the world.  This year the service is entitled ‘Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk’ and has been prepared by the women of Zimbabwe.  If you would like to know more about the service or would like a lift, please speak to Mary P or Liz D.  It is always an enjoyable service & lifts will be available. 


If you were expecting a new flower and cleaning rota but haven't received yours yet please let Liz Davidson know (eadavidson42@gmail.com,   



Flower & Cleaning Rota


2nd & 9th   Mrs E Davidson

16th & 23rd  Mrs M Rowe & Mrs S Wright

Mar 1st & 8th  Mr & Mrs I Hempstead