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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



November services for the Cotton/Wickham Skeith ‘bubble’:


1st All Saints’ Day – 11am Holy Communion at Cotton

2nd, Monday, All Souls’ Day – 7.30pm at Old Newton a quiet service for those who have lost                                                                                  loved ones this year

8th Remembrance Sunday – 10.30am online service

                        3pm Remembrance service at Cotton war memorial in the churchyard

11th Wednesday – 10.45am Remembrance Day service on the Green round the village sign

15th 2 before Advent – 11am Morning Prayer at Cotton

22nd Christ the King – 9.30am Holy Communion at Wickham Skeith

29th Advent 1 - 11am Holy Communion at Cotton

Please note: If you are shielding or fall into a 'vulnerable category' outlined by the government, you must weigh up if you should come to church or stay at home. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, then you must not enter the church buildings.

Please remember to download the service booklet (link available in the weekly email or via the QR code in church). Bring your phone/tablet or print out and bring the copy each time you attend church.

Our services will continue to alternate this month, 9.30 here one week, the next 11.00 at Cotton. Please support these services.  The online services will also continue for the benefit of those who would prefer not to mix indoors.  You don’t need to join Facebook, just go to their website, search for Bacton Benefice and ‘like’ then open the video – when the message to join Facebook appears click ‘not now’.  Now that Bacton has a new live-streaming system the service is also available on YouTube, search for ‘St Mary’s Bacton Church’.  Once a service has been broadcast it is available to watch at any time that suits you.

Remembrance -This year there will not be a service in St Andrew’s on Remembrance Sunday but there will be a live-streamed service online that morning at 10.30.  Here we will have a service on Remembrance Day itself, Wednesday 11th, at 10.45am on the Green around the village sign.  We will be in the open air so as long as social distance is maintained masks will not be essential.  Come suitably clad & shod!

Christmas -Our normal carol service will not be practical this year so we are planning carol concerts on Wednesday 16th December at 7pm & Sunday 20th December at 6pm.  In order to manage numbers these will have to be ticketed events (free) with a ticket needed by every individual who attends.  More details next month.

Star Trail – From November 29th, we’re asking you to display as many stars as possible in your windows, on your house or in your garden – the brighter the better! We then hope people will trail round the village to find as many stars as possible. You can find more information about this on our facebook page www.facebook.com/bactonbenefice. Look out for stars on the church too.

As described last month, Revd Carl has drawn up a “Covid Rota” for services in the immediate future. The churches of the Benefice have been paired for the time being, Cotton and Wickham Skeith, Bacton and Old Newton. This is only a temporary measure and will help to maintain services without the need to rely on retired ministers from outside the benefice.  Our services will alternate, 9.30 here one week, the next 11.00 at Cotton. Please support these services.  Please try NOT to go to Bacton or Old Newton, so that churches can always accommodate attendees, and everyone is in a “Biobubble”.  We cannot sing but can have instrumental music; masks must be worn, hands must be sanitised on entry, seating will be socially distanced and there will be no coffee or socialisation after the service.  If you can download the service booklet on to your phone or tablet computer from the link or QR code in the pew sheet email please do so and bring your device to services, or print a paper copy that you can keep and bring each week in order to minimise possibilities for cross-contamination.  If you like to follow the readings please also print a copy of the pew sheet.  If you don’t receive the weekly newsletter including the pew sheet please contact Revd Carl who will add you to the distribution list.

As the weather cools please feel free to bring your own cushion or blanket, though we hope our new heaters will keep us warm.

The online services will continue even when we are ‘back to church’, for the benefit of those who would prefer not to mix indoors.  You don’t need to join Facebook, just go to their website, search for Bacton Benefice and ‘like’ then open the video – when the message to join Facebook appears click ‘not now’.  Once a service has been broadcast it is available to watch at any time that suits you.



8th & 15th     Mrs J Bryant & Mrs L Reinders

22nd & 29th  Mrs A Munns & Mrs A Palmer

The annual church meeting postponed from April will be held remotely on Thursday 8th October at 2pm via Zoom.  If you would like to ‘attend’ please email Mary Paine at fuzzywig337@gmail.com who will send the link for the meeting on the day.


Face Coverings

Jocelyn Bryant has been making beautiful fabric face masks for Wickham Skeith folk, in aid of the church. She is now able to make some more. They are washable, made in beautiful cotton fabrics and just need a donation to Liz Davidson, or my post box, for our church. Let Jos know if you would like one or two - 01449 766219 or email JOCELYNBRYANT712@GMAIL.COM

Flower & cleaning rota

It’s time to start thinking about the new flower & cleaning rota as it needs to be prepared before Christmas. 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 10th (766622, eadavidson42@gmail.com).  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 its 2 sessions of 2 weeks. 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 greatly appreciated

Currently, with fortnightly services each pair of helpers will only need to do one week

I'm at Highbanks, 1, Broadway and Liz is at Stow House, Daisy Green Lane. Take care everyone from Margaret Jones-Evans.


Jam for Sale

 here has been a wonderful fruit crop this year and people have kindly given fruit to me. I have made jam to raise funds for the church. Because of Covid 19 we have no events where I can sell at the moment so if you would like to phone me I am happy to deliver. At the moment there is Seville orange marmalade, rhubarb & ginger, greengage or plum jams, damson jelly, fresh mint chutney, mint jelly and plum chutney for you to try. All at £1.25 per jar.

Thank you so much for your help - Margaret Jones-Evans  




Fundraising for St Andrew's Church

I have a wonderful selection of books and jigsaws so If you'd be prepared to come when other people are not here just contact me.  You can have the dining room selection of books etc to yourself.

Margaret Jones Evans 





Rector’s Ramblings

November is a time for Remembering. ‘Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot.’ Of course, its Guy Fawkes night. Then there’s All Saints Day when we remember those remarkable people who the church call ‘saints’. Then there’s All Souls Day when we usually remember loved one we no longer see. Then there is 11th November, when we stop and fall silent to remember the fallen of world conflicts.

We remember things all the time - every second, of every day. Sometimes memories are evoked by certain smells or sights. Sometimes memory fades.

Yet November is a month for us to remember – to remember all that is past, all that we have been through, all that we have been given. However, we cannot live in the past, even if those memories are good. We must use the memory of the past to move forward. That is even more important at this time of COVID. Remember the lockdown in March and how stretched our NHS became. Remember how hard the doctors and nurses worked? Remember standing on your doorsteps every Thursday to clap for carers? The remembrance of all these things should change us to face the future with certainty and hope.

So as we remember loved ones we’ve lost, as we remember the fallen of the world wars, as we remember and look back – remember this: we do so with the certainty that we have a God who journeys with us and never leaves us. Why not come and remember with us at St Andrew’s sometime?                                                                                                          Revd Carl


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Data Protection

Like every other organisation the church has to consider the data protection legislation, so St Andrew’s Church and the Bacton benefice need your permission before they keep your name and details on file. The information will be used to send the weekly pew sheet, to record you as a voting member of the church on the Electoral Roll, for the Rector to know who the members of the church are so he can visit and get to know you etc.


You may have received an email with a form to fill in, or a paper form dropped through your door. Do please fill one of these in if you would like to be involved with the Church in this village and send to our new Rector, the Rev’d Carl Melville. He is eager to get to know the people in the churches and villages in his new benefice.

If you haven’t had a form through your door or via email do please ask for one from Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans

Keep safe everyone – Margaret Jones-Evans