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, 9th November 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 17.00 Evening Prayer – Seaton Ross
Saturday, 10th November 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Bielby
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Sunday, 11th November 2018 - REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
  • 08.15 Mattins (said, no sermon) - Old School
  • 09.00  Holy Communion & Act of Remembrance - Bursea
  • 09.00 Holy Communion & Act of Remembrance - Seaton Ross
  • 10.30 Service of Remembrance - Bielby
  • 10.30 Service of Remembrance - Everingham
  • 10.50 Service of Remembrance with Scout Parade - HoSM
  • 18.00 Evensong (said, no sermon) - Old School
  • 18.55 Vigil of Remembrance - Bielby

Readings this Sunday: Bursea & Seaton Ross: Hebrews 9:24-end; Mark 1:14-20. HoSM: Micah 4:1-5; Ephesians 6:10-18. Bielby & Everingham: To be confirmed.

Monday, 12th November 2018
  • 11.00 Funeral Service: Joyce Law – Seaton Ross
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Tuesday, 13th November 2018
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Wednesday, 14th November 2018
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Thursday, 15th November 2018
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Friday, 16th November 2018
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Everingham
Sunday, 18th November 2018
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 9.15 Everingham Rodney Nicholson
  • 10.45 HOSM Stephen Cope

Readings this Sunday: (Daniel 12:1-3;) Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8.

Monday, 19th November 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Tuesday, 20th November 2018 - ST EDMUND’S DAY
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – HoSM
  • 19.30 Patronal Festival Communion – Seaton Ross followed by refreshments
Wednesday, 21st November 2018
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Thursday, 22nd November 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Saturday, 23rd November 2018
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Seaton Ross
Sunday, 25th November 2018 - CHRIST THE KING
  • (Old School        08.15       Mattins – said, no sermon)
  • Seaton Ross        09.00       Holy Communion and Blessing of Memorial Tree
  • Harswell              10.45       Holy Communion
  • HoSM                  10.45       Holy Communion
  • HoSM                  14.00       Holy Baptism
  • (Old School        18.00       Evensong – said, no sermon)

Readings this Sunday: (Daniel 7:9-10 & 13-14;) Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37.

Sunday, 2nd December 2018
  • 9.15 Bielby Rodney Nicholson
  • 9.15 Everingham Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 9th December 2018
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Rodney Nicholson
  • 9.00 Bursea Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HOSM Stephen Cope
Friday, 14th December 2018
  • 9.30 Harswell carols Stephen Cope
Sunday, 16th December 2018
  • 9.15 Everingham Giles Galley
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
  • 16.00 Seaton Ross family carol service Stephen Cope
Friday, 21st December 2018
  • 18.30 Everingham cupcakes Stephen Cope
Sunday, 23rd December 2018
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM carols Paul Dorrington
  • 18.30 Bielby carols Stephen Cope
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
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope

- 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 Joyce Law and Norman Nicholson, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

This list was compiled some days ago; apologies for any errors or omissions.

- Events


With The Mighty Galopede, Friday November 9 from 19.00, in HoSM Village Hall. Tickets £10 (family ticket £25), from Diane Stead on 01430-860667. Includes buffet supper. Bar available. In aid of HoSM church.

Remembrance Sunday

November 11. Especially important on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Holy Communion with an Act of Remembrance at Bursea and Seaton Ross at 09.00. Service of Remembrance at Bielby and Everingham at 10.30. Service of Remembrance with Scout Parade at HoSM at 10.50. Vigil followed by bully beef and apple pie supper at Bielby at 18.55.

St Edmund’s Day

Patronal Festival at Seaton Ross, Tuesday November 20, 19.30. Festival Communion followed by light refreshments.

Mothers’ Union

The next meeting is on Tuesday November 27 at 14.00.

Bible Study

The next meeting is on Tuesday November 27, 19.30, at 11 Chestnut Drive, HoSM. We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome!

Seaton Ross PCC

Wednesday November 28, 19.30, in church.

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.

Bielby Concert

Saturday December 8, 19.30, in church. Details to follow.

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.

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.

Stephen is off-duty November 12 to 17 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.