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

Sunday, 23rd September 2018
  • (Old School     08.15     Mattins – said, no sermon)
  • Seaton Ross     09.00     Holy Communion
  • Harswell          10.45     Holy Communion
  • HoSM              10.45     Holy Communion
  • HoSM              13.00     Holy Baptism

Readings this Sunday: (Proverbs 31:10-end; James 3:13-4:3 & 4:7-8a; Mark 9:30-37.

Tuesday, 25th September 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 12.30 Funeral Service: John Loftus – HoSM
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – HoSM
Wednesday, 26th September 2018
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Thursday, 27th September 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
Friday, 28th September 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 11.00 Funeral Service: Freda Jackson – HoSM
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Seaton Ross
  • 19.00 Harvest Festival – Bursea
Saturday, 29th September 2018 - ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS:
  • 10.00 Morning Prayer – Bursea
  • 10.30 Holy Communion – Bursea
Sunday, 30th September 2018
  • 09:00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope

Readings this Sunday: (Esther 7:1-6, 9-10 & 9:20-22;) James 5:13-end; Mark 9:38-end.

Sunday, 7th October 2018
  • 09:15 Bielby Peter Nelson
  • 09:15 Everingham Stephen Cope
  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 14th October 2018
  • 09:00 Bursea Stephen Cope
  • 10:00 Seaton Ross - Harvest PCC
  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 21st October 2018
  • 09:15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 09:15 Everingham Giles Galley
  • 10:45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 28th October 2018
  • 09:00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10:45 Harswell Stephen Cope
  • 10:45 HoSM Val Hewetson

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Margaret Watts, Ena Carey, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; for Ernest Bodden, Linda Harvey, Jean McDougall, John Loftus, William Thompson and Freda Jackson, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths

- Events

Harvest Festivals

Harswell: Friday September 21, 19.00; Bursea: Friday September 28, 19.00; Everingham: Sunday October 7, 09.15; HoSM: Sunday October 7, 10.45; Bielby: Sunday October 7, 18.30; Seaton Ross: Sunday October 14, 10.00

Mothers’ Union

The next meeting is lunch on Tuesday September 25.

Bible Study

The next meeting is on Tuesday September 25, 19.30, at Cherry Trees, Seaton Ross. We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome! A new flier with dates for the rest of the year is available.

5th Sunday Services

Sunday September 30 – Holy Communion at Seaton Ross at 9.00, and at HoSM at 10.45.

Deanery Songs of Praise

Sunday September 30, 16.00, at HoSM, a Songs of Praise for the South Wold Deanery (ours), with guest speaker Jan Truswell from the Refugee Council talking about her work in the East Riding. Light refreshments follow. Any choices of hymns? See Stephen!

Harvest Auction

The Seaton Ross Harvest Auction takes place on Friday October 5, 19.30, at the Village Hall, with a pop-up bar run by Stephen open from 18.00. Come along and bid! In aid of church and churchyard.

Harvest Lunch

Everingham Harvest Lunch is on Sunday October 7, 12.00 for 13.00. Ticket details to follow.

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church Thursday October 11, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘I am light for the world’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

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.

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.