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 stephenvcope@tiscali.co.uk, or use our contact form.

The church is open every day during daylight hours.

- Services

Friday, 15th February 2019
  • 10.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bielby
Saturday, 16th February 2019
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Seaton Ross
  • 14.00 Holy Baptism – HoSM
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Sunday, 17th February 2019
  • (Old School     08.30     Mattins – said, no sermon)
  • Bielby             09.15     Holy Communion
  • Bev’ St Mary  10.00     Confirmation
  • HoSM             10.45     Holy Communion
  • (Old School     18.00     Evensong – said, no sermon)

Readings this Sunday: (Genesis 45:3-11 & 14;) 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 & 42-50; Luke 6:27-38.

Monday, 18th February 2019
  • 10.40 Morning Prayer – Bielby
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Tuesday, 19th February 2019
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – HoSM
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
  • 08.45 Morning Prayer – HoSM
  • 09.30 Holy Communion – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Old School
Friday, 22nd February 2019
  • 10.00 Morning Prayer – Old School
  • 18.00 Evening Prayer – Bursea
Saturday, 23rd February 2019
  • 09.00 Morning Prayer – Seaton Ross
Sunday, 24th February 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
  • (Old School     18.00     Evensong – said, no sermon)

Readings this Sunday: (Genesis 2:4b-9 & 15-end;) Revelation 4; Luke 8:22-25.

Sunday, 3rd March 2019
  • 9.15 Bielby Rodney Nicholson
  • 9.15 Everingham (if open) Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 10th March 2019
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Peter Nelson
  • 9.00 Bursea Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 17th March 2019
  • 9.15 Bielby Stephen Cope
  • 9.15 Everingham (by ext) Paul Dorrington
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope
Sunday, 24th March 2019
  • 9.00 Seaton Ross Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 Harswell Stephen Cope
  • 10.45 HoSM Giles Galley
Sunday, 31st March 2019 - MOTHERING SUNDAY
  • 9.15 Everingham* Stephen Cope
  • 10.30 Seaton Ross PCC
  • 10.45 HoSM Stephen Cope

* at Harswell if Everingham still closed.

- Please pray for...

Please pray for the sick and suffering, especially Margaret Watts, Ena Carey, Pam Leverson, Betty Payne, James & Shirley Parsons, Katie Featherby and Eva Murr; for Alison Houston, being confirmed today; for Robin Reed and Mary Beilby, recently departed; and for those on the anniversary of their deaths.

- Events

Everingham Church

The church is CLOSED from this Monday (21st January 2019) for repairs to the churchyard wall. We expect it to be until the end of February.

Seaton Ross PCC

Now on Friday February 22, 19.30, in church.

Sunday Lunch

Sunday February 24 at HoSM Village Hall, in aid of HoSM church.

Bible Study

The next meeting is on Tuesday February 26, 19.30, at Corner Cottage, Everingham. We’re studying St John’s Gospel. All welcome!

Area Dean

Our new Area Dean, the Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, will be collated (licensed) as Vicar of Market Weighton, Goodmanham and Sancton at Market Weighton church on Wednesday February 27, 19.30.

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday March 6. Services at the Old School, 9.30, and at Seaton Ross, 19.30, with ashing.

Area Dean

Our new Area Dean, the Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, will be collated (licensed) as Vicar of Market Weighton, Goodmanham and Sancton at Market Weighton church on Wednesday February 27, 19.30.

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.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/peoplespantry/about/ 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.

- 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.