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.

The church is open every day during daylight hours.

- Services

Wednesday, 18th July 2018
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
Sunday, 22nd July 2018 - St Mary Magdalen:
  • 09:00, Seaton Ross with Peter Nelson
  • 10:45, Harswell with Cancelled (next week)
  • 10:45, HoSM with Peter Nelson

Readings this Sunday: (Song of Songs 3:1-4;) 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; John 20:1-2 & 11-18.

Wednesday, 25th July 2018 - ST JAMES’S DAY
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
Friday, 27th July 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
Saturday, 28th July 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Seaton Ross
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Sunday, 29th July 2018
  • 09:15, Harswell with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45,  Bursea with Stephen Cope

Readings this Sunday: (2 Samuel 11:1-15;) Ephesians 3:14-end; John 6:1-21.

Sunday, 5th August 2018
  • 09:15, Bielby with Peter Nelson
  • 09:15, Everingham with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45, HoSM with Stephen Cope
Sunday, 12th August 2018
  • 09:00, Bursea with Stephen Cope
  • 09:00, Seaton Ross with Paul Dorrington (by ext)
  • 10:45, HoSM with Stephen Cope
Sunday, 19th August 2018
  • 09:15, Bielby with Stephen Cope
  • 09:15, Everingham with Rodney Nicholson
  • 10:45, HoSM with Stephen Cope
Sunday, 26th August 2018
  • 09:00, Seaton Ross with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45, Harswell with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45, HoSM with Giles Galley

- Please pray for...

Please pray for for the sick and suffering, especially Mavis Ward, Florrie Stainforth, Margaret Watts, Nigel Elliot, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

Apologies for any errors – this list was compiled a fortnight ago.

- Events

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday July 12, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘Joshua and fall of Jericho’ [bet that’s not quiet!]. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Holme History Society

They are visiting Bielby Church this Monday, July 16, 19.00. John Peel will give a talk, followed by refreshments. £2 admission, for Bielby church. All welcome.


The service on Sunday July 22 is cancelled; however, see below

Bursea Picnic

There will be no service at HoSM on Sunday July 29. Instead, there will be Holy Communion at Bursea at 10.45, followed by a bring-your-own picnic. There will also be Communion at Harswell at 9.15 on that day (a 5th Sunday in the month).

Mothers’ Union

The next meeting is on Tuesday July 31, 14.00, when the speaker is Fred Dale from Save the Children Fund.

Bible Study

Next meeting Tuesday July 31, 19.30, at 11 Chestnut Drive, HoSM. We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome!

Sizzle ’n’ Sing

The Holme churches are joining together for a barbecue and worship on Sunday August 19, at Holme Fellowship, starting at 14.00. If you have a hymn/song you’d like, please let Stephen know by August 3.

Deanery Ceilidh:

South Wold Deanery (that’s ours!) are having a ceilidh on Saturday August 4 at Bishop Wilton Village Hall from 19.00, with (who else?!) The Mighty Galopede. Tickets £10 adults, £5 children.

Supper included but bring your own drinks. Proceeds to Acts 435.

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday August 9, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘Bible seasides’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

HoSM Flower Fund

Donations for flowers would be very much welcomed by Lynn Dorrington.

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. 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.

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!

Stephen will be away doing his locum on Scilly July 10 to 25 inclusive.

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.