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 stephenvcope@tiscali.co.uk, or use our contact form.

The church is open every day during daylight hours.

- Services

Wednesday, 12th December 2018
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 17.30 Evening Prayer – Old School
Friday, 14th December 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
  • 19.30 Carol Service – Harswell followed by refreshments
Saturday, 15th December 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Seaton Ross
Sunday, 16th December 2018 - The third in Advent
  • 9.15 Everingham Giles Galley
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
  • 16.00 Seaton Ross family carol service Stephen Cope

Readings this Sunday: Bielby & Everingham: (Baruch 5;) Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6. Seaton Ross: Traditional.

Monday, 17th December 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Tuesday, 18th December 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – HoSM
Wednesday, 19th December 2018
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
Friday, 21st December 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 17.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
  • 18.30 Blessing of the Cupcakes – Everingham
Sunday, 23rd December 2018 - The fourth in Advent
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM carols Paul Dorrington
  • 18.30 Bielby carols Stephen Cope

Readings this Sunday: Seaton Ross & Harswell: (Micah 5:2-5a;) Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55. HoSM & Bielby: Traditional.

Monday, 24th December 2018
  • 16.30 HoSM Christingle Stephen Cope
  • 22.00 Seaton Ross Bethlehem Christmas service Stephen Cope
  • 23.30 Everingham Midnight Rodney Nicholson
  • 23.30 HoSM Midnight Stephen Cope
Tuesday, 25th December 2018
  • 19.00 Bursea Stephen Cope
  • 10.30 Bielby Rodney Nicholson
  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope
Sunday, 30th December 2018 - The Fifth in Advent
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 6th January 2019
  • 9.15 Bielby Peter Nelson
  • 9.15 Everingham Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope (Anne-Marie preaching E & HoSM)
Sunday, 13th January 2019
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Giles Galley
  • 9.00 Bursea Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 20th January 2019
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 9.15 Everingham Rodney Nicholson
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 27th January 2019
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Giles Galley
Sunday, 3rd February 2019
  • 9.15 Bielby Val Hewetson
  • 9.15 Everingham Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 10th February 2019
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Rodney Nicholson
  • 9.00 Bursea Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 17th February 2019
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 9.15 Everingham Rodney Nicholson
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 24th February 2019
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Giles Galley

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Margaret Watts, Ena Carey, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

- Events

Churches Together Carols

As before, the Holme churches will be joining for a carol service in the Old School on Sunday December 9 at 19.30. If you have any carols you would like to sing, please let Stephen know by Sunday November 25.

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday December 13, 15.45 to 17.45: ‘Messy Christmas’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Carol Services

Harswell: Friday December 14, 19.30; Seaton Ross: Sunday December 16, 16.00; Everingham: Blessing of Cupcakes Friday December 21, 18.30; HoSM: Sunday December 23, 10.45; Bielby: Sunday December 23, 18.30.

Bible Study

The next meeting is on Tuesday December 18, 19.30, at the Vicarage, a week earlier than usual because of Christmas! We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome!

Christmas Services

Sheets with all the Christmas services are available at the back of all the churches. Plan early, and don’t forget the real reason!

Christmas Eve/Day Services: Christmas Eve: HoSM: Christingle, 16.30; Everingham & Seaton Ross: Bethlehem Midnight Mass, 22.00; HoSM: Midnight Mass, 23.30. Christmas Day Christmas Communion: Bursea, 9.00; Bielby, 10.30; Harswell, 10.45. Further Christmas-tide services on the sheets at the back of the churches.

Christmas Communion

It is the duty of every confirmed member of the Church of England to receive Holy Communion during the Twelve Days of Christmas, i.e. from the Midnight Masses until January 5 inclusive. If there are sick or housebound folk who would like Communion at Christmas, please let Stephen know.

Food bank

Well, not quite. But somewhere to donate food that would otherwise be thrown away, and help those slightly worse off. Serving out of Pocklington and Market Weighton.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/peoplespantry/about/ will tell you more. If you would like to donate, Stephen is collecting at services or at the Vicarage (bag it and drop it off).

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.

Stephen will be on retreat January 7th – 12th 2019 inclusive.

- 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.