St. Andrew's forms, together with the Parishes of St. Martin's in Fivehead and St. Catherine's in Swell, a 'United Benefice' within the Ivelchester Deanery ('moved' to this deanery from the Deanery of Crewkerne on 1 December 2015).
St. Andrew's has a loudspeaker & loop system installed for those with difficulty in hearing. Wheelchair access is via the North door. Large print hymn books are available. If transport is a problem, lifts to and from church can be arranged.
St Andrew : Church Green, Centre of the village, up Church Street past the local CofE Junior school, Curry Rivel, Somerset, TA10 0HQ
Rector: Rev Scott Patterson 01458251375
Family history research
All the Parish registers, except those currently in use, are available at the Somerset Record Office in Taunton. This concerns:
* marriage details 1642 — 1972;
* baptism details 1628 — 1956;
* burial details from 1606 — 1983.
Five clear days notice of inspection is required by the Record Office, by post or telephone 01823 — 337600; enquiries 01823 — 278805.
A plan of the churchyard and a list of burials can be made available for anyone wishing to find the burial place of a relative in the churchyard. Please contact Mr. Eric Richardson on 01458 — 252788 or John de Ronde on 01458- 251355.
Times of Church Services
These are published in the Curry Rivel News and the Fivehead News, along with any changes to the regular pattern of worship and special services, e.g. for the Lent / Easter season and Christmas season. The website calendar also carries the times of services that occur in Curry Rivel. Also have a look at the official St Andrew's entry on the CofE website.
When the Rector is away on holiday, there will only be one United Benefice service on a Sunday, at 10.00 am; the venue will vary, but will be published as indicated above.
* Ecumenical house group: contact Mrs Margaret Smith on 01460 281555.
* From time to time other study groups, including the Lent course, take place as advertised in the monthly News Sheet.
* For Bible Reading Fellowship notes, 'Guidelines', 'New Daylight' or 'Day by Day with God': contact Ms Nancy Martel 01458 250918.
Prayer chain — Prayer is the vital life-blood of all we do within the Benefice. There is a prayer chain in the Benefice for anyone seeking emergency prayers — this can be for an illness, bereavement or a one off event. Requests for prayers can be made through the Benefice Reader Mrs Margaret Smith (01460-281555) or Mrs Jackie de Ronde (01458-251355). Requests will be dealt with on a strictly confidential basis. Chain members will pray daily for 2 weeks, but this can be continued if the need is long-term.
Prayer for the Benefice — On the first Wednesday of each month, there is a time of morning prayer from 9.15 — 9.45 am in the Rectory (or the Common Room of Parsonage Place). These prayer gatherings are for the specific purpose of praying for the Benefice, the village of Curry Rivel and its church. The village, and the role of the church within it, stands in need of consistent prayer. All are welcome to join.
Christianity Explored — a 7-week ecumenical course exploring the building blocks of Biblical Christianity, suitable for both churchgoers and non-churchgoers. See church notice boards and local press for dates of a course. If you are interested in the Christian Faith and the course, please do feel free to contact the Rector.
Women's World Day of Prayer — we take part in Women's World Day of Prayer, each year on the first Friday in March. The venue of this event rotates among the churches in the Benefice, including the United Reformed Church (in Curry Rivel) and the Baptist Hall (in Fivehead).
Care of St Andrew's Church
The care of the church is in the hands of willing volunteers. If you could spare some time to help with:
A four part, traditional Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) choir has been a feature in St. Andrew's Church for a very long time. It leads the music and singing at the morning service and other times as needed. A wide and varied repertoire includes anthems & choral works. Various concerts are performed during the year.
Choir Practice: Thursdays 7.00 — 8.00 pm in the Old School Room.
The Music Group
Anyone who plays any kind of musical instrument reasonably well is welcome to join. Formed primarily to accompany any Benefice-wide service and the Christmas 'Carols on the Green' in Curry Rivel, it also features in concerts and 'Songs of Praise' services.
Rehearsals are by arrangement, depending on engagements.
To register your interest, contact Mr Patrick Rendell on 01458 253856.
Bell Ringing — St Andrew's Guild of Change Ringers
Founded in 1898, the ringers ring for services and weddings (if booked in advance). Practice is every Wednesday from 7.30 — 9.00 pm.
The team is well equipped and keen to teach this rewarding skill. Just climb the tower on practice night to find a warm welcome in the ringing room.
For more details, contact Mr Patrick Rendell on 01458 253856.
St Andrew's and the Wider Community
For a list of services and events consult the St Andrew's CofE entry.
The idea of Messy Church is for children -accompanied by a parent or carer- to spend two hours having fun in a safe environment. Creative play, games etc. will fill part of the time and a simple meal will be provided. There will be a short time (approximately 10-15 mins.) in which Christian worship praise and learning will take place. The event is held on each 3rd Monday of the month in the Hall of the Curry Rivel School. Donations towards the cost of materials & food are welcome.
Not in August every third Monday at 3:30 PM for 2 hours. For more information, please contact the Rector 01458- 251375 or Mrs Liz Richardson on 01458- 252788
This is the major annual summer activity, held on The Green. Much work is put into this event which gives a chance for the church to provide a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of entertainment to the whole village. It is also a major opportunity to raise needed funds. To offer yourself to help with organising the event or assist on a stall, please contact 01458-251355.
Saturday 8th July 2017 at 2:00 PM for 150 minutes.
Drop-In is held in the Old School Room ('behind'/just North of the church), every 2nd and 4th Tuesday between 10.30 and 12.00 am (not between Christmas and New Year, nor in in January). Freshly baked cakes and beverages are served in a friendly & welcoming gathering of people who meet for an informal chat.
Every second and fourth Tuesday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours. Ends Monday 12th December 2016. Resumes Monday 13th February 2017.
The Out and About Group
This group aims to attract people who have recently moved into Curry Rivel, or who are newly retired, new mums or anyone who wishes to expand their social network. Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of each month and do not take place in a hall or someone's house, but held 'out and about'; they include walking, visits to places of interest, followed by a lunch.
Contact: Hilary Walker 01458- 252146
Several social activities take place amongst the church family, to which everyone is most warmly welcome. They are organised on an ad-hoc basis and advertised in the Curry Rivel News and on the church's monthly News sheet that is issued in church.
The annual Harvest Supper -or sometimes bring-and-share lunch- held at the end of September or in October, welcomes all in the village.
The Church Fete at St. Andrew's is the main annual activity, held in July on the Curry Rivel Green.
Contact: Mr John de Ronde on 01458 251355