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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 March 2019  

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


1st, Friday 2pm – World Day of Prayer Service at Bacton Church

3rd – Sunday before Lent, Holy Communion & prayers for healing –

Rev Canon Sally Fogden

6th - Ash Wednesday, 10am Benefice Communion at Wickham Skeith

- Rev Canon Barbara Bilston         

7pm Benefice Communion at Wyverstone - Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

11th – Lent 1,  Morning Worship - ‘The Home Team’

17th– Lent 2, 10am Benefice Family Communion at Cotton– Ven John Cox

24th – Lent 3,  All-Age Family Service – ‘The Home Team’

31st – Mothering Sunday, Extended Holy Communion - Peter Paine

The World Day of Prayer service is always celebrated 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”.  This is the 50th year that the service has been celebrated in Mid Suffolk so it is hoped to have wide support.  Each year the service is planned by women in a different country of the world.  This year the service is entitled ‘Come – Everything is Ready!’ and has been prepared by the women of Slovenia.  If you would like to know more about the service or would like a lift, please speak to Mary P.  It is always an enjoyable service & lifts will be available. 

As usual there will be two Benefice services on Ash Wednesday, at 10am at Wickham Skeith and an evening service at Wyverstone at 7pm.  You will be welcome to attend whichever is more convenient for you, please ask if you need a lift.

The Monday Morning Group will meet on March 4th as usual and then it will become our Lent Group, meeting weekly from 11th until April 8th.  We always welcome new participants, of any faith or no faith, to join our discussion so do consider coming along.

The Vestry meeting to elect churchwardens for the coming year, followed by the PCC AGM for reports on the PCC’s work in the last year and to elect PCC members for the coming year, will take place in the Village Hall on Monday 8th April.  Only those on the Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the AGM, although all parishioners can vote at the election of churchwardens.  Nominations for PCC members and churchwardens should be made on the forms available from Mary Paine – elections without proper nominations  are irregular and to be avoided.  Margaret Jones-Evans has to create a new Electoral Roll ready for the Annual Meeting so if you would like to be included please speak to her in church or phone to ask for a form.


Flower & Cleaning Rota

3rd  Miss M Jones-Evans   10th  Mrs E Davidson& Mrs A Palmer

17th &24th  Mrs M Rowe & Mrs S Wright

31st & April 7th  Miss R Elsden & Mrs J Evans



Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll must be totally renewed this year.

This means that if you would like to be able to vote at the church APCM at 7.30 pm on Monday 8th April you must fill in a new form to re-apply. The church congregation would like you to apply to keep the services going in this ancient church.

Forms are available on the font during services until the roll closes on 15th March 2019 or you can ask Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans for a form before then.

The new roll will be available to view on 25th March 2019.

Any queries to Margaret Jones-Evans  



Lent Walks and services

Our Bishops have established a Lent tradition of walking through a different part of the Diocese each year to visit parishes and meet the local people.This year they will pass through our Benefice and anyone interested is invited along. They will arrive at St George’s, Wyverstone at 3.15pm on Thursday14th March,then walk to St Mary’s Bacton ready for Evening Prayer there at 4.15pm.On Friday 15th March they will hold Morning Prayer at St Mary’s at 9am before walking to St Mary’s Old Newton, leaving there at 11am to walk to Stowmarket.  You are very welcome to join them to walk and/or to attend one of the short services.