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.

- Services

Friday, 13th October 2017
  • 10.10 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 11.00 Holy Communion – Everingham
  • 19.30 Harvest Festival – Harswell
Saturday, 14th October 2017
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 13.00 Holy Matrimony – Bielby
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Seaton Ross
Sunday, 15th October 2017
  • HoSM             08.30     Mattins – said, no sermon
  • Bielby             09.15     Holy Communion
  • Everingham    09.15     Holy Communion
  • HoSM             10.45     Holy Communion & Baptism
  • Old School    18.00     Evensong – said, no sermon


    Readings for this Sunday: (Exodus 32:1-14;) Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14.

Monday, 16th October 2017
  • 09.10 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Tuesday, 17th October 2017
  • 09.40 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – HoSM
Wednesday, 18th October 2017
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Friday, 20th October 2017
  • 10.30 Morning Prayer – Everingham
  • 11.00 Holy Communion – Everingham
Sunday, 22nd October 2017
  • 09:00 -  Seaton Ross with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45  - Harswell with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45  - HoSM with Giles Galley

Readings this Sunday: (Exodus 33:12-end;) 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22.

Sunday, 29th October 2017
  • 09:00  - Seaton Ross with Stephen Cope
  • 10:45  - HoSM with Stephen Cope

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Peter Brade, Mavis Ward, Trish Coole, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; for John Hemming, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

- Events

Everingham Friday Communion

For the next few weeks, this is moved to 11.00 and takes place at Corner Cottage.  All welcome.

Bible Study

The next one is on Tuesday October 17 (note the date!), 19.30, at Cherry Trees, Seaton Ross. All welcome!

Fifth Sunday

Services on October 29: Seaton Ross, 9.00; HoSM, 10.45.

Duck Race

The annual Bielby duck race will be on Sunday October 29, ducks away at 11.00!

Mothers’ Union

Next meeting is on Tuesday October 31, 14.00, when Ken Townley will be speaking on ‘An Autumn Journey’.

Patronal Festival

All Saints’ Day, Wednesday November 1, 19.30 Festival Communion at HoSM, followed by light refreshments. There will be no service at the Old School that day.

All Souls’ Day

Thursday November 2, 19.00, remember our loved ones gone before at the Requiem at HoSM. Lists available soon.

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday November 9, 15.45 to 17.45. The story of Esther. Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Prayer Group

Next meeting is on Tuesday November 14, 19.30, at the Vicarage. All welcome!

Patronal Festival

St Edmund’s Day, Monday November 20, 19.30 Festival Communion at Seaton Ross, followed by light refreshments.

Ceilidh Evening

With The Mighty Galopede: Friday November 24, 19.00, at HoSM Village Hall. Tickets £10 (family ticket £25), includes light supper, from Diane Stead on (01430) 860667. In aid of HoSM church funds.

Kids’ Club

We are thinking of restarting this, for primary school age children on Wednesdays in the Old School, 18.00 to 19.15, with games, crafts and a Bible story. Please let Val Featherby know of any interest.

Old School bookings

Paul Dorrington currently holds the diary for Old School bookings, so please book all functions through him (number below).

HoSM flowers

Any donations for flowers to Lynn Dorrington, please.

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. Please pray for him as he starts his new work.

Stephen is off-duty October 23rd to 28th 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.