St. Andrew's Church is situated at one of the highest areas in the Parish and has outstanding views down the valley which can be enjoyed from the churchyard. The Church is some 800 years old and, over this period of time, various additions have been made. Our Church Room was the local school during the 19th century. During the last 20 years, oak screens have been installed within the church, and more recently a toilet block has been built adjoining the church room. We have a large churchyard, which serves the whole parish.
We have a varied congregation here at St. Andrew's and hold services to match their preferences as can be seen from the listing at the bottom of this page:-
Our Family Services often take the form of 'themed' services, such as Plough Sunday [Jan.], Mothering Sunday [March], Rogation Sunday [May], Open Air Service [June], Cyclist Sunday [July], exhibition and B.B.Q. weekend [Aug.], Horse Riders' Service [Sept.] and St. Luke’s Day [Oct.]; the very well supported Open Air Service is held at Fields Farm. Children are encouraged to take part in all of these.
These services are of course in addition to Easter. Harvest, Christingle, and Christmas Celebrations. The Christmas Crib Service is very popular when more than 20 children do a Christmas presentation. After most of these services, refreshments are enjoyed, which is a relaxing way to chat and to get to know each other better.
We support other Churches in the Benefice and we appreciate their support. We host a Benefice Sunrise Service on each Easter Day, also supported by our friends from Rosemary Lane Chapel
We have good relationships within the parish, particularly with Rosemary Lane Chapel; and as well as the sunrise service share 2 other joint services with them each year. Our annual Parish Harvest Service and Supper takes place on the 1st Friday in October.
Here at St. Andrew's we want to re-establish our choir, and find some new members for our bell ringing team. There is a “Friends of St. Andrew's” group who help raise funds for maintenance of the church fabric. As a Church we support local, national and international charities. One of the recent highlights was helping a young Ugandan girl very successfully to complete her education.
Living in this beautiful area we have so much to be thankful for, reinforced by a line in a popular harvest hymn: 'All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above'. So as a Church we thank and worship our loving Heavenly Father for his goodness to us and particularly for sending us His Son Jesus Christ.
A warm welcome awaits you if you can join us at any of our services, and if more information is needed please don't hesitate to be in touch. Looking forward to seeing you at St. Andrews. Please check times of our services before coming, as they can vary.
Denis and Stephen - Churchwardens
A typical rota for regular services each month is as follows:
8:30am Holy Communion (BCP) at Clayhidon
10:00am Family Service at Clayhidon
6:30pm Evening Prayer (BCP) at Clayhidon
10:00am Holy Communion (CW) at Clayhidon
10.30am Whole MC Holy Communion by rotation in each of the parishes
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