St Edmund’s Church

St Edmund’s Parish Church in Seaton Ross is part of the Holme and Seaton Ross Group of Anglican Parishes.

It is a beautiful Georgian Church, which has served the people of Seaton Ross and its surrounding area for centuries. It is very much a village Church, where you can be assured of a warm welcome.

The Rev. Canon Stephen Cope is the Rector of the Holme on Spalding Moor and Seaton Ross Group.

For further information you can always contact the Vicar on 01430 626728, email  him on, or use our contact form.

- Services

Saturday, 17th Feburary 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Harswell

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea

Sunday, 18th February 2018 - 1st in Lent
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope

  • 9.15 Everingham (by extension) Paul Dorrington

  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Readings for this Sunday: (Genesis 9:8-17;) 1 Peter 3:18-end; Mark 1:9-15.

Monday, 19th February 2018
  • 10.40 Morning Prayer – Bielby

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School

Tuesday, 20th February 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School

  • 17.30 Evening Prayer – HoSM

Wednesday, 21st February 2018
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM

  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School

Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham

  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Seaton Ross

Saturday, 24th February 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Bielby

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea

Sunday, 25th February 2018 - the 2nd in Lent
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope

  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope

  • 10.45 HoSM Giles Galley

Readings this Sunday: (Genesis 17:1-7 & 15-16;) Romans 4:13-end; Mark 8:31-end.

Sunday, 4th March 2018
  • 09:15 Bielby (by extension) Paul Dorrington

  • 09:15 Everingham Stephen Cope

  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Sunday, 11th March 2018 - Mothering Sunday
  • 09:00 Bursea Stephen Cope

  • 10:00 Seaton Ross PCC

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Sunday, 19th March 2018
  • 09:15 Bielby Stephen Cope

  • 09:15 Everingham (by extension) Paul Dorrington

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Sunday, 25th March 2018 - Palm Sunday
  • 09:00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope

  • 09:15 Harswell (by extension) Paul Dorrington

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Thursday, 29th March 2018 - Maundy Thursday
  • 19:30 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope

Friday, 30th March 2018 - Good Friday
  • 14:00 Bursea Stephen Cope

  • 19:30 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope

Saturday, 31st March 2018 - Easter Eve
  • 20:30 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope

Sunday, 1st April 2018 - Easter Day
  • 09:00 Bursea (by extension) Paul Dorrington

  • 09:00 Seaton Ross Giles Galley

  • 09:15 Bielby Peter Nelson

  • 09:15 Everingham Stephen Cope

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

  • 12:15 Harswell Stephen Cope

Sunday, 8th April 2018
  • 09:00 Bursea Stephen Cope

  • 09:00 Seaton Ross Rodney Nicholson

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Sunday, 15th April 2018
  • 09:15 Bielby Stephen Cope

  • 09:15 Everingham Gavin Wakefield

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Sunday, 22nd April 2018
  • 09:00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope

  • 10:45 Harswell Stephen Cope

  • 10:45 HoSM Giles Galley

Sunday, 29th April 2018
  • 09:15 Everingham Stephen Cope

  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Peter Brade, Mavis Ward, Florrie Stainforth, Anne Sapcote, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; for James Wilson, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

- Events


Wednesday, February 21, 19.30, at the Old School.

Sunday Lunch!

Sunday February 25, at HoSM Village Hall, in aid of church. More details to follow.

Mothers' Union

Tuesday February 27, Lent Lunch at Corner Cottage, Everingham.

Bible Study

The next one is this Tuesday, January 30, 19.30, at the Vicarage. We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome!

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday March 8, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘New Life in Jesus’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Mothering Sunday

Sunday March 11. There will be a special service at Seaton Ross, 10.00.

Prayer Group

Next meeting on Tuesday March 13, 19.30, at the Vicarage. All welcome!

Old School bookings

Paul Dorrington currently holds the diary for Old School bookings, so please book all functions through him (number below).

Lifts up the Hill

Paul Dorrington is willing and able to offer/organise these up the hill or anywhere else for any church service or event. Ring him on 01430-861412.

- Notices

Area Dean: (used to be Rural Dean). The acting Area Dean is now Rodney Nicholson.

Diary failure: In the changeover, a very few of Stephen’s diary entries for 2018 have become lost. Please remind him of dates to come if you can!

Parochial Church Council Annual Report for 2015-16

- History of St Edmund's

The Church in Seaton Ross is a brick construction with stone details.  It was built in 1788, to replace an earlier church, and it is dedicated to St Edmund.   St Edmund, a King of East Anglia, was martyred in the 9th century for refusing to renounce Christ after an attack by the Danes.  His death is depicted in the Preston memorial window in the church.

The congregation originally sat in box pews under a plaster ceiling with an ornamented cornice with a Minstrels Gallery at the west end. The original Norman font is in use today as are the eighteenth century pulpit and communion rail.  In 1901 Temple Moore, undertook the restoration of the church, which cost £600. He bricked up the lower part of the nave windows and put a new one in the chancel. The gallery was taken down and the panelling of the box pews was used to make the dado and reading desk and new pews were installed. A reredos with curtains either side was erected in front of the east window.

In 1953 George Pace reorganised the chancel by removing Temple Moore’s reredos and a window, designed by Harry Stammers, was inserted in the unblocked east window.

A sundial, signed “William Watson, 1825” is positioned over the entrance to the church.

We know details of the building  work and renovations carried out due to items located in the church:

Stone table on the Tower:

"H. Nottingham raised the steeple at his charge from this stone,1788".

Memorandum on a board in the Church which displays the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer:

"This Church was rebuilt at the Expence of the Parishioners of Seaton Rofs, and the Chancel by William Haggerston Maxwell Constable Esqre: The same was furnished with a new pulpit and Reading Desk, and properly ornamented by the Minister of the said Parish in the year of our Lord 1789".

More details can be found on our History pages.