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, 25th May 2018 - WHIT FRIDAY
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Sunday, 27th May 2018  -TRINITY SUNDAY
  • (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             13.30     Holy Baptism

Readings this Sunday: (Isaiah 6:1-8;) Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

Wednesday, 30th May 2018
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Thursday, 31st May 2018 - CORPUS CHRISTI
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
  • 19.30 Holy Communion – HoSM
Friday, 1st June 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Saturday, 2nd June 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Seaton Ross
  • 13.00 Holy Matrimony – HoSM
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Harswell
Sunday, 3rd June 2018
  • (Old School  08.30     Mattins – said, no sermon)
  • Bielby  09.15     Holy Communion
  • Everingham 09.15     Holy Communion
  • HoSM 10.45     Holy Communion

Readings this Sunday: (1 Samuel 3:1-20;) 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6.

Sunday, 10th June 2018
  • 09:00    Bursea    Stephen Cope
  • 09:00    Seaton Ross    Giles Galley
  • 10:45    HoSM    Stephen Cope
Sunday, 17th June 2018
  • 09:15    Bielby    Stephen Cope
  • 09:15    Everingham    Rodney Nicholson
  • 10:45    HoSM    Stephen Cope
Sunday, 24th June 2018
  • 09:00    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 Mavis Ward, Florrie Stainforth, Anne Sapcote, Margaret Watts, Helen Holt, Nigel Elliot, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; for Peter Brade, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

- Events

Mothers’ Union

Next meeting Tuesday May 29, 14.00 with Revd Japhet Kabilu.

Corpus Christi

Thursday May 31. Holy Communion at HoSM at 19.30.

Deanery Synod

Tuesday June 5, 19.30, at St Catherine’s, Barmby Moor.

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday June 14, 15.45 to 17.45. ‘Moses and the Great Escape’. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!


Wednesday June 20, 19.30, in the Old School.


Friday June 22, 19.00, at HoSM Village Hall, a Barn Dance with The Mighty Galopede. Tickets (including buffet supper) £10, family ticket £25, from Val Featherby on 01430-860251. In aid of Harswell Church floor repair appeal.

Nan’s Plant Sale

At Sunnyside, Seaton Ross – just turn up! In aid of Seaton Ross church.

Bible Study

Next meeting on Tuesday June 26, 19.30, at Cherry Trees, Seaton Ross. We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome!

Choir and Hand Bell Ringers

HoSM choir and hand bell ringers are looking for new members. The choir practice in the Old School on Tuesdays from 18.00, following by the hand bell ringers at about 18.45. If you are interested, please speak to one of the choir.

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!

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.