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

Friday, 14th June 2019
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Saturday, 15th June 2019
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Sunday, 16th June 2019 - TRINITY SUNDAY
  • Bielby             09.15     Holy Communion
  • Everingham     09.15     Holy Communion
  • HoSM             10.45     Holy Communion
  • (Everingham   18.00     Evensong – said, no sermon)

Readings this Sunday: (Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31;) Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15.

Monday, 17th June 2019
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Tuesday, 18th June 2019
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Friday, 21st June 2019
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Seaton Ross
Saturday, 22nd June 2019
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Bielby
  • 14.00 Holy Matrimony – HoSM
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Sunday, 23rd June 2019
  • (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
  • (Old School      18.00     Evensong – said, no sermon)

Readings this Sunday: (1 Kings 19:1-15a;) Galatians 3:23-end; Luke 8:26-39.


Sunday, 30th June 2019
  • 09:15 Harswell - Stephen Cope
  • 10:45 Bursea (picnic) - Stephen Cope

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Margaret Watts, Ena Carey, Wyn Holzhause, Betty Payne, James and Shirley Parsons, Eva Murr, Tim Slater and Katie Featherby; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

This list was compiled a fortnight ago. Apologies for any errors or omissions.

- Events

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday June 13, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘Healthy body, healthy soul’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Mothers’ Union

Next meeting is the annual outing on Tuesday June 25th.

Bible Study

Next meeting Tuesday June 25, 19.30, at Cherry Trees, Seaton Ross. We are studying the Acts of the Apostles. All welcome!


Wednesday June 26, 19.30, in the Old School.

Harswell Patronal Festival

St Peter’s Day, Saturday June 29, with Patronal Festival Communion at 19.30, followed by refreshments.

Bursea Picnic

Sunday June 30 – no service at HoSM, Holy Communion at Bursea, 10.45, followed by a bring-your-own picnic.

5th Sunday

Also, the earlier service on Sunday June 30 is 9.15 at Harswell.

Everingham Concert

Good Company will entertain on Saturday July 6, 19.00, at Everingham church. Tickets £7.50, including light refreshments, from Hilary.

Everingham Patronal Festival

St Everilda’s Day, Tuesday July 9, with Patronal Festival Communion at 19.30, followed by refreshments.

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday July 11, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘Money, matters’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Prayer Group

Next meeting on Tuesday July 16 (note change of date), 19.30 to 20.30, at Deepwell Farm, Everingham. All welcome!

AFIA caravan

The Mothers Union has a caravan at Filey which offers free breaks to anyone finding it difficult to get away on holiday. Details: Val Featherby

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.

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.

- 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.