We will continue to worship as church whilst we can’t meet together
Live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly
We pray for those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, may they know your healing power. When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage. When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence. Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all. We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do. We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.
With thanks to the Diocese of Bath and Wells for this prayer
If you had an event booked in the church please contact the Benefice Office tel: 01280 848192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many services are now being streamed by the Diocese – just click on “Livestream” above to follow the link.
The April edition of the Shelswell News is not being printed, but a PDF version is available here – Shelswell News April
Who we are?
We are the Anglican church serving the parish of Hethe. We are part of the Shelswell Benefice, working in partnership with our neighbouring parishes.
The church is dedicated to the original and current patron saints of England, St Edmund & St George.
Our history is found at the bottom of this page.
The church is now closed in accordance with Government instructions for places of worship. In “normal times” and during daylight hours, the church is open for visitors to pray, have some quiet time or explore. There is a free “food bank” in the church for those in need and many books, jigsaws, CDs and cassette tapes which can be taken for a donation to the church.
Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
Our beautiful church is a public building, here for the community it serves. If you live in our parish or have a connection with our parish, we welcome you to celebrate a baptism or to get married here. Our clergy are also available to conduct funeral services in the church or at a crematorium. Do contact the Benefice Office if we can help – tel 01280 848192 email email@example.com.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC)
The PCC is the committee who are responsible for the running of the parish. More details below.
There is an old, unused and in poor condition, harmonium in the church which we are seeking to dispose of. Details are here.
Save our Church
Fund raising events in 2019 brought church funds into modest solvency again, postponing the threat of closure for the present. The campaign to promote regular giving of planned small donations is ongoing, and it is this source of income which will secure the building’s future for Christian worship and for community events. If you have a Parish Giving form languishing in your home in-tray, please dig it out and complete it – every little bit helps to keep the church open for you and for future generations.
Our regular outgoings exceed regular income by £156 a month – the projected shortfall for this year.
We still need funds for work on the porch, including masonry repairs, re-pointing, rainwater goods and timber repairs. We are grateful for a grant of £7,718 from the National Churches Trust towards the cost, but we still need to find another £15,666. If you are able to contribute directly or by additional fund raising, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Ride & Stride event on 14 September 2019.
Thanks also to Marak and his team for the concerts in the church.
100 Club & Parish Giving
100 Club draws are being delayed until we can meet again and the draws can be witnessed. You may wish to consider joining the 100 Club and/or making a regular payment to the church. The new Parish Giving Scheme enables regular payments by direct debit. There are further details of the Parish Giving Scheme below or contact Flora Skinner.
Further Fund Raising in 2019
Thank you to everyone who came along to the afternoon teas in February, the Evening of Cheese and Wine in March, the “Table Top Sale” in June and the Pimm’s Evening in July. Many thanks to all who contributed to these events, particularly Hamish and Mary McCorquodale for the loan of their house for the Cheese and Wine evening, Marak and Steve for organising the Table Top Sale and the use of their garden and Ben and Becks for hosting the Pimm’s Evening.
Our church costs on average £820 a month to keep open and available for parishioners. In common with other churches, all of this money has to be found from the parish – we do not receive any money from the church centrally.
We receive many regular donations at church services and through a regular giving scheme based on standing orders, but we are still short of funds. This year we have started a new Parish Giving Scheme based on donations by Direct Debit.
The attached gives more details.
If you would like copies of the application forms please contact Flora Skinner or email email@example.com.
Other ideas for raising money are always welcome.
There is now a varied collection of books (fiction and none fiction), jigsaws and cassette tapes in the church book stall. There is a suggested donation of 50p for a book, cassette or CD and £1.00 for a jigsaw.
If you have books which are in good condition to contribute to the stall please leave them in the church.
Local Church and Village Information
To obtain up to date information from all villages in our area, read the Shelswell News. A copy is available in our church, alternatively you can subscribe and receive your own copy every month. Contact the Benefice Administrator, Becky Adams, on 01280 848192, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also on “A Church Near You” and “Explore Churches”
The 2020 update of the church Electoral Roll will take place soon. Please notify any corrections and additions to Mrs Becky Adams, The Rectory, Water Stratford Road, Finmere, MK18 4AT (email email@example.com).
If you would like a copy of the remembrance leaflet there are still spare copies in the church from the 2018 Service.
We are grateful for help at any time – strimming, weeding, etc – but please do not pull ivy off the stone walls as it damages the stonework. Our thanks to Philip Mansfield for rebuilding part of the dry stone wall in the church yard.
Hethe Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the elected governing body responsible for promoting the mission of the Anglican Church in the Parish of Hethe. It is chaired by the Rector for Shelswell. The PCC is responsible for the financial affairs and the care and maintenance of the fabric and contents of the Church of St Edmund and St George.
Our PCC consists of the following members:
• Chairperson – our Rector
• Church Warden
• Deanery Synod Representative
• Two others
The Church Wardens are elected at an annual meeting of all parishioners from Hethe and automatically become PCC members while in that office. Their duties include:
• representing parishioners and co-operating with the Rector;
• encouraging the parishioners in the practice of religion and promoting unity and peace among them;
• maintaining order and decency in the church and churchyard and ownership of the plate, ornaments and other moveable goods of the church.
The PCC members and Deanery Synod Representative are elected at an annual meeting open to all parishioners who are on the electoral roll (see the list in the church porch).
The PCC is a charity and all PCC members are trustees of that charity.
Next PCC Meeting
Monday 11th May at 7.30pm but likely to be postponed.
The Annual Church meetings will not take place this year.
The basic pattern of services for the Parish Church of St Edmund & St George is as follows:
2nd Sunday 9.15am – Holy Communion with hymns
3rd Sunday 8.00am – Holy Communion
4th Sunday 10.45am – Holy Communion with hymns
Additional services are held over the Easter period, at Christmas and on Remembrance Sunday.
The Church is Grade 2 Listed and is sited within Hethe Conservation Area. There is also a Grade 2 Listed Headstone dated 1682 (approximately 10 Metres South of the Porch).
The first church on this site was dedicated to St Edmund and was built in the early 12th Century by a Lord Norman de Verden, whose father served with William the Conqueror. A hundred and fifty years later Hethe had outgrown its small Norman church which was rebuilt and on a St George’s Day around the turn of the 14th Century it was rededicated to become the Church of St Edmund and St George.
In 1859 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street restored the building, widened the chancel arch, and added the bell-turret and the north aisle. Street moved the east window from the chancel to the north aisle and inserted a new east window in the chancel in its place.
Church by Drone
In 2014 a drone was used to film the church during the quinquennial inspection….
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hate, that I may bring love;
where there is offence, that I may bring pardon;
where there is discord, that I may bring union;
where thers is error, that I may bring truth
where there is doubt, that I may bring faith;
where there is despair, that I may bring hope;
where there is darkness, that I may bring light;
and where there is sadness, that I may bring joy.
make me not so much to be consoled as to console;
not so much to be loved as to love;
not so much to be understood, as to understand;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi – 13th century