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

Sunday, 10th December 2017
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross - Pam Burdon
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross - Pam Burdon
  • 9.00 Bursea - Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HOSM - Stephen Cope

Readings for this Sunday: (Isaiah 40:1-11;) 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8.

Tuesday, 12th December 2017 
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – HoSM

Wednesday, 13th December 2017
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM

  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School

Friday, 15th December 2017
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Everingham

  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Everingham

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School

  • 19.30 Carol Service – Harswell

Saturday 16th December 2017
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Bielby

  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea

Sunday, 17th December 2017
  • 9.15 Everingham  -Stephen Cope
  • 9.15 Everingham - Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM carols (tbc)-  Stephen Cope
  • 16.00 Seaton Ross carols - Stephen Cope
  • 18.30 Bielby carols - Stephen Cope

Readings for this Sunday:  Everingham: Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18. Carol services: Traditional.

Sunday, 24th December 2017 - Christmas Eve
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross - Stephen Cope
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross - Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 Harswell - Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM - Rodney Nicholson
  • 16.30 HoSM Christingle - Stephen Cope
  • 22.00 Seaton Ross Beth' Midnt - Stephen Cope
  • 23.30 HoSM Midnight - Stephen Cope
Monday, 25th December 2017 - Christmas Day
  • 9.00 Bursea - Stephen Cope
  • 9.00 Bursea -  Stephen Cope
  • 9.15 Everingham  - Giles Galley
  • 10.30 Bielby  - Rodney Nicholson
  • 10.45 Harswell - Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM  -Tony Burdon
Sunday, 31st December 2017 - New Year's Eve
  • 9.15 Bielby  -Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM  - Stephen Cope

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Peter Brade, Mavis Ward, Florrie Stainforth, Julie Todd, Trish Coole, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; for Peter Barnett and Brian Pattison, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

- Events

Prayer Group

Next meeting is Tuesday December 12, 19.30, at the Vicarage. All welcome!

Messy Church

At the Methodist Church: Thursday December 14, 15.45 to 17.45. Christmas (already!). Craft activities, celebration and a meal. Children, don’t forget to bring an adult!

Harswell PCC

This Friday, December 15, 14.00, in church

Carol Services

Harswell – Friday December 15, 19.30; HoSM – Sunday December 17, 10.45; Seaton Ross – Sunday December 17, 16.00; Bielby – Sunday December 17, 18.30; Everingham (Blessing of Cupcakes) – Friday December 22, 18.30. Full details of Christmas services will be out next week.

Bible Study

The next one is on Wednesday December 27, 19.30, at the Vicarage. All welcome. Please note the unusual day!

Christmas Services

Sheets containing full details of the Christmas services are now at the back of the churches.

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. 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.