St Andrew's Church

Services in January

 10.00 am Benefice Sung Eucharist (at Harlestone)
   10th   9.15 am Worship for All
   17th   6.00 pm Evening Communion
   24th 11.00 am Worship for All
Services in February

     7th 10.00 amBenefice Sung Eucharist
   9.15 am
Worship for All
   21st   6.00 pm
Evening Communion
   28th 11.00 amWorship for All

Rev Sue Kipling


Dear Everyone,

Christmas is upon us - that time when we remember Jesus’ birth. In our nativity plays we roll up the accounts of Jesus’ birth into one story, but the accounts in the gospels in the bible are different - radically.

The Christmas story in Luke has lots about women: an Angel appeared to Mary, she went to see her sister Elizabeth and we have the story of the poor shepherds.

In contrast, Matthew has lots about men: an angel appeared to Joseph several times, magi - we don’t know quite who they were or how many there was except that they were wealthy, educated men and brought three expensive gifts – came a great distance to see Jesus.  They got involved with the evil King Herod, who threatened to kill lots of baby boys to get rid of Jesus, this leading to Joseph taking his little family to Egypt.

So how can we have two such different accounts?  The stories are not about facts, although they may be factual.  They tell us about who Jesus was here on earth for: the poor and marginalised (that included women) in Luke and the wealthy and powerful in Matthew.  The Jesus story is for everyone. John’s gospel tells us about who Jesus was and is. "In the beginning was the Word" John’s Gospel begins (compare with the beginning of Genesis: "ln the beginning God").  God and Jesus is a unity, a unity as a thought, or a concept or an idea, a spiritual existence which has always been around, but Jesus came to show us humans what the Spirit of God is.  That is very profound - easier to have a story!

So if we want to find out more about our spiritual being, we are invited to look at the stories of Jesus.  There is no coercion, no threats, no blackmail.  It is up to us whether we want to find out more!  Everyone is welcome!

Do come to church this Christmas and start or continue our personal journeys of finding out more about Jesus!

Happy Christmas!


Sue works from Brington Rectory and can be contacted on 01604 821335 or you can e-mail her.

Church News

(December 2015)

Our recent services have included "In Loving Memory," a quiet service dedicated to remembering loved ones, which was well attended by people from the whole Benefice.  We also held our annual Remembrance Service on 8 November.

We are now turning thoughts to Christmas.  We have a busy programme which will make full use of the church and we do hope that many residents will take part.  Once again we will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival on the weekend of 19 and 20 December.  This is becoming something of a village tradition in which organisations decorate a tree as part of our Christmas celebrations. Based on previous years we have seen some very inventive and creative displays.  We plan to hold a coffee morning at 11.00 on the Saturday to give villagers a first glimpse of the trees.

The focal point will be our Carol Service on Sunday 20th at 6.00 pm which we are combining with Christingle for our young people.  Everyone is invited to attend.  We will be serving festive fizz and mince pies after the service.  I do hope that you will be able to join us and get your Christmas week off to a great start.

Our Christmas Day service this year will be at 9.15 a.m.  I know that Christmas morning can be busy but I hope that y0u will find time to celebrate with us on Christmas Day.

We are also arranging to light the Church in the run up to the Festive Season.  I always think it brightens up the village during these dark nights.  If you would like to take part please let me know.

The church is a key part of our village and is available to all for baptism, wedding services and funerals as well as our Sunday worship.  Not everyone is aware that our Mission costs £9,000 a year (roughly £l00 per Whilton household) all of which has to be raised from voluntary donations i.e. from village residents.  This is before the cost of any repairs to what is an old building. Regular giving is a tax efficient way of making a contribution and enables us to claim back the tax if you are a UK tax payer.  If you would like to contribute in this way, or if you have any ideas on how we can develop and bring the church closer in to village life, we are always interested to hear suggestions and get your help. l can be contacted on 843380 or by email.

Jon Brierley, 7 Langton Rise

Theft of lead from church roof

As we all know, Brington Church some time ago was the victim of a serious theft of lead stripped from the roof.  It's suspected that thieves may have used a drone to survey the roof in advance.  Some while ago, a Whilton resident saw a couple of motorised hang gliders paying rather close attention to St Andrew's and, although it may be entirely innocent, we must be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police (contact details).

History of the Church

Dedicated to St Andrew, the parish church is one of six within the Spencer Benefice of the Diocese of Peterborough. Built in the 12th/13thcentury the only original parts of the building remaining are the base of the tower and parts of the nave. The remainder of the nave and the upper parts of the tower were built in the later part of the 18th century. A ring of 6 bells was given in 1777 by the patron of the time ~ William Lucas Rose ~ who also paid for their installation and the building work. In 1779 he also gave a gift of communion vessels which are still in use today.

Considerable restoration work was carried out in 1878/9 when the chancel was reconstructed and the vestry and organ aisles added. Most of the existing windows were also restored. The tower and nave roofs were restored in 1957/8.

The east window contains the only stained glass in the building – the subject is Christ’s Crucifixion and dates from 1878. It is believed to be the work of Burlerison and Gryll – the purple/blue colouring being typical of their work and the stained glass designs used based on those of Germany and the Netherlands around 1500.

The Reredos behind the altar is a picture in mosaic depicting the Last Supper – a copy of the painting by Leonardo da Vinci, with the inscription beneath “Do this in remembrance of me”. The mosaic continues on either side depicting on one side ears of wheat, and on the other a grapevine.

The church clock is unusual as it was originally a one handed clock divided into ¼ hours and therefore does not have 60 minutes.

The church is surrounded by a churchyard of 0.649 acres with lovely country views looking eastwards. The earliest known gravestone is that of Thomas Embry Woolwinder who died in 1687.

In April 1994 the 6 bells and the frame were removed. The bells were taken to Whitechapel foundry in London, recast, and 2 new bells added to make a ring of 8.Tenor weight 13-1-5.

All the bells have inscriptions on them. The treble having “The Rose Bell, in memory of William Lucas Rose who gave the original six bells in 1777”. The new bells were rung for the first time on August 13th for a village wedding and were dedicated by the Bishop of Peterborough at a special service on September 29th1994.

Bell ringers practise on Monday evenings 7.30 to 9.00 pm.  Anyone from 10 years can learn to ring – contact Justin or Theresa on 01327 844263 (e-mail) or Janet Bowers on 01327 842581.

Visiting bands of ringers please contact the tower correspondent Janet on 01327 842851.

St Andrew's is a small church with a friendly atmosphere which welcomes you to any of the services.

Special services include Pet Blessing, Christingle and others which rotate around the Benefice.

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