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St Andrews Church

TEAM RECTOR Revd. Canon Thomas Woodhouse T: 01305 267944
       
ASSOCIATE PRIEST Revd. Dr. Jane Culliford T: 01305 264360 E: janeculliford@aol.com
LAY PASTORAL
ASSISTANTS
Esther Brown T: 01305 757377
  Lauretta Kerridge T: 01305 268641  
       
CHURCHWARDEN: Esther Brown T: 01305 757377 E: esther@eabrown.plus.com
       
TREASURER Kaye Kerridge T: 01305 268641  
       
SECRETARY Felicity Murray T: 01305 267060  
       
FLOWER ROTA &
ELECTORAL ROLL
Jill Shepherd T: 01305 264222  

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churchpor_webSt Andrew's Church is a delightful 15th century building comprising of nave, chancel and tower. It was largely remodelled in the early 17th century and extended in the late 19th century.

The church is open daily and is often visited by tourists, owing to the connection with Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbevilles'. There are three bells of some antiquity (early 17th century). Hardy's 'three bells of Talbot Hayes' - usually chimed for the 10.00 a.m. services (using a chiming frame) and ocassionally rung using ropes when sufficient bellringers are available. The church has many interesting features which are described in detail in a volume prepared by NADFAS for St Andrew's some twenty years ago of which a copy resides in the county archives, the original being in the custody of the church wardens.WS_standrews_5_web

The churchyard is closed and there is a second churchyard to the east of the village.

The fabric of the church, which is Grade 1 listed, is maintained solely from the donations of the small congregation and of villagers of West Stafford. When substantial repair work is required (such as a new roof some years ago) grant aid is sought and there are fundraising ventures. The weather vane has recently been refurbished and a grant towards the cost obtained with the balance being provided by fundraising events.

Services are advertised on the church noticeboard, in Share magazine and on this website. Additionally, there are usually prayers in church at 16.30 on Wednesdays. There is a Prayer Request book at the back of the church (which can be anonymous). All are welcome at these services - just arrive.

 

CHURCH SERVICES AND EVENTS

DECEMBER 2017

Sunday 3 December Advent Sunday Parish Communion 10.00 a.m.
Saturday 10 December Morning Prayer 10.00 a.m.
Sunday 17 December Parish Communion (said) Advent3
Candlelit Service of Lessons and Carols
10.00 a.m.
06.30 p.m.
Saturday 23 December Making Christingles in Church
Crib and Christingle with Nativity Play
Everyone invited to this Service dressed as a character from the Nativity. Costumes available for the children at the church from 04.00 p.m.
Collection for the Children's Society.
10.00 a.m.
04.30 p.m.
Christmas Eve
Sunday 24 December
Parish Communion Advent 4
Midnight Communion with Carols
10..00 a.m.
11.15 p.m.
Christmas Day
Monday 25 December
Christmas Communion with Carols 10.00 a.m.
Saturday 30 December Coffee and Chat 10.00 a.m. - Noon
Sunday 31 December Christmas Communion with Carols 10.00 a.m.
     

Every Wednesday at 16.30 there is a short service of Evening Prayer when there are prayers for all in the village including those on the Prayer Tree.

 

 

TEDDY BEAR PARACHUTE JUMP 2015 FROM ST ANDREW'S CHURCH TOWER

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Please contact the Vicar, Revd. Dr Jane Culliford or the Churchwardens to discuss weddings, baptisms and funerals.

 

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