WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH (please refer to the ‘EVENTS’ section for details of services etc.)
St Andrew’s Church has been a place of Christian worship for almost 1000 years. Our magnificent 19th Century building with its remarkable spire is the focus of our church community which gathers week by week to engage with God’s Mission of love to the world.
We give shape to our work by following the ‘Five Marks of Mission’ adopted by the Anglican Church worldwide, and seek to show them both in our communal and individual lives. They are to:
• proclaim the good news of the Kingdom
• teach, baptise and nurture new believers
• respond to human need by loving service
• transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
• strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
St Andrew’s is in a benefice with St Mary’s Church Buxhall, St Augustine of Canterbury Harleston, St John the Baptist Onehouse and King Charles the Martyr Shelland, and linked with St Mary’s Church Combs and St Mary’s Church Little Finborough, all of which have a similar focus for their work.
There is a service (Holy Communion*/ all age Morning Worship/ Family Service) at St Andrew’s Church on most Sundays, and a short Evening Prayer service on Thursdays at 4.30pm. You are most welcome to join us at any of our services or events (*Gluten free communion wafers are available; please speak to a welcomer at the door when you arrive if required). See the EVENTS section of this website, the monthly village Newsletter, church noticeboard, or contact the Parish Priest or church officers for more information.
It is morally and legally right, and also our Christian duty, to provide a safe environment where all can flourish. We act promptly on any complaints made, working in close partnership with the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocesan Office on any such matters. Our staff and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults are provided with safeguarding training and support.
When churches or individuals fall short of their duty of care, or there are any safeguarding concerns about a child or vulnerable adult, the matter should be reported without delay.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please report them immediately using the details on our safeguarding poster (Attached at the bottom of this page). The poster can also be seen on the noticeboard in all our churches.
Remember, if it doesn’t feel right, report it. Your information could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
Safeguarding: It is our Christian duty to provide a safe environment where all can flourish. When churches or individuals fall short of their duty of care, or there are any safeguarding concerns about a child or vulnerable adult, the matter should be reported without delay, in accordance with the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults, “Promoting a Safer Church” (July 2017), which can be viewed here. We respond to any complaint on any such matter immediately and in cooperation with the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocesan Office. All of our staff and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults are provided with safeguarding training and support. Click here if you need to discuss a concern with someone in the Benefice, or here for details of the Diocesan safeguarding contacts.
Children are welcome at all our services; there is a play area to occupy the ‘little ones’. ‘Messy Church’ is usually held on one Friday each month (please see EVENTS) for children from 0 upwards. We have strong links with Great Finborough Church Primary School for children aged 4 to 11 years living in this parish and the surrounding area.
Baptisms and Confirmations: in baptism, parents thank God for his gift of life and make a decision to start the child on the journey of faith with the support of the church, parents and godparents. You can be baptised at any age; sometimes an event in the life of an adult or teenager who hasn’t previously been baptised – perhaps deciding to have their own child baptised or being asked to be a godparent – prompts a decision to start the journey of faith.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey when you affirm the faith into which you were baptised publicly in a special service. Confirmation enables you to take a full part in the church by receiving Holy Communion. If you wish to be confirmed, please speak to the Parish Priest.
Baptisms can be arranged on most Sundays whilst Confirmations are held once a year, when the Bishop visits. For further information please click here.
Weddings: if you are thinking of getting married in church – Congratulations!
You are welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.
You can discuss all aspects of your wedding and we can help you arrange for an organist, choir, flowers , or a peal of bells on your wedding day. For all the information you need – and probably more! -please click here.
You may also wish to consider holding your wedding reception at nearby Finborough Hall, just a stone’s (or a confetti’s) throw away. There is ample parking within its grounds for both the ceremony and reception, with just a short stroll between the two.
Funerals: for Christians a funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express their grief and give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world.
If you are bereaved the funeral director will contact the clergy to make arrangements on your behalf, or you may prefer to speak to the minister direct. For more information about a Church of England funeral, please click here.
Click here for a list of the statutory fees for Church of England Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Burials.