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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


Services in May 2021

At the moment, all indoor church services are suspended in our Benefice. You are welcome to join us for our Drive In services (see below) or for our online services by searching “Bacton Benefice” on YouTube or Facebook.


News and Notices


Drive In Services – services in May will be held at Bacton Middle School, Sundays at 10.30am.

Thank you to those who decorated the church for Easter.  We know that there were some visitors who appreciated finding the church open to visit.

B.O.B Foodbank – our benefice foodbank has helped over 40 households with food parcels and small grants. If you or someone you know needs some additional help during these difficult times, please contact Revd Carl or Bridget (677422). It might be for help with school uniforms, bus fees, hospital transport, food, unexpected bills. All contact with us is confidential.

B.O.B APPEAL – we are still collecting non perishable foods. Please drop off food (tins etc) in the yellow collection boxes.

If you would like to make a donation to the church in these days of no collection plate at services please ask Liz for the church account details or look online for A Church Near You, find the entry for Wickham Skeith St Andrew and go to the donation page.  There is also a QR code for the purpose in the notice board outside the village hall and in church.  Thank you.

The annual meeting for the Benefice took place at the very end of March.  With no other nominations Liz Davidson & Margaret Jones-Evans were re-elected as churchwardens and the PCC remains unchanged with the exception of Alice Palmer & Ron Wright who both stood down.  We thank them both for their service, particularly Ron who had been on the PCC for about 50 years.

If you read a local paper you may have noticed that Archant are running a competition called Cash 4 Charities.  It's a means of helping charities who haven't been able to fund raise during the past year.  A requirement of entry is a charity registration number and Liz has managed to register the Friends of St Andrews.  The competition element is that we have to collect as many tokens from the paper as we can and the division of the available £20,000 will be in proportion to the number of tokens collected.  So if you read the East Anglian Daily Times, or any other Archant paper, please would you look out for and collect the Cash 4 Charities tokens that will appear from next Monday April 26 until Saturday July 3 and pass them on.  We then have to submit our total by July 18 and should know how much we will receive before the end of July.


Weekly Email and News – if you’d like to sign up to receive our weekly news email, please contact the Rector.



A Letter from St. Andrew’s – a message from Elaine Miller, one of our Lay Readers as Revd Carl was on holiday following Easter

As I write this, the nation and many parts of the world are mourning the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  He was 99 years old and he probably packed more into his long life than all of us put together. He met millions of people, travelled the globe, helped bring the monarchy into the 20th century and of course, began the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We are grateful for his long life and dedication to this country, the Commonwealth and in particular to the Queen. Prince Philip was a man of faith and had many discussions about his faith with those in the church. His life was one of duty and service and that was a reflection of his faith.  Jesus said, “Love God and love one another as I have loved you.”  He was certainly one of God’s servants and his legacy will live on for many years. 

The DOE award was and still is highly valued and for millions of young people it has not only enabled them to face physical challenges but encouraged them to do service for others, something that many young people have now experienced and enjoyed, hopefully laying down the foundations for service in later life.

During this pandemic there have been so many examples of service to others: charitable works, fundraising and voluntary work. Kindness to others and from others has been what has got many of us through these awful times and with that kindness has brought hope, hope for a better future and hope for humanity. Who can forget Captain Tom or the young lad who slept in his tent in his garden for over a year to raise money for the local hospice! We are now well into the Easter season and with the resurrection of Jesus Christ we too have hope.  Hope that we can live our lives as Jesus taught us and hope in the resurrection. There are so many people who are bereaved and are mourning loved ones so let the hope of the resurrection and our prayers be with them in their suffering and especially with our Queen as she mourns her beloved husband of almost 74 years.

God Bless



Fundraising for Church

Open Gardens/Wickham Skeith in Bloom

If all goes well with the Covid 19 opening up let’s celebrate with Wickham Skeith Open Gardens on Sunday 19th September. If you usually feel that your garden is not at its best in May then how about late summer this year? There will be the beginning of autumn colour and dahlias, Rudbeckia, other daisies and berries to see. Some experts will have wonderful hanging baskets and pots still in bloom too, so there will be lots to admire.

On that note – there will be a competition for a front garden planted container so even if your whole garden is not open we’d like you to join in. We’ll give walkers through the village a real floral treat.

Please let Liz or me know if you would be kind enough to open your garden and/or create a front garden flowering container. More details next month.

Margaret Jones-Evans    




Please ask Liz for the church account details or look online for A Church Near You, find the entry for Wickham Skeith St Andrew and go to the donation page.  There is also a QR code for the purpose in the notice board outside the village hall and in church.  Thank you.



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 email JOCELYNBRYANT712@GMAIL.COM


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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