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November 2020





29 July 2020 Extension of church opening for individual private prayer


Please read and observe these rules carefully, they are here for your protection and the protection of others.

Individual Private Prayer

 The Church will be open for individual private prayer from Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm. For Covid-19 health and safety reasons, after a Sunday Service the church will be closed until the following Wednesday. See the Calendar on this website for dates & times of Services.

 The church is available to all, but DO NOT ENTER if you, or a member of your household, are suffering from any Covid-19 related symptoms, or has experienced symptoms within the last 7 days.

 Please observe social distancing at all times.

 You are STRONGLY urged to wear a face mask. Face masks and gloves are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.
 Hand gel is provided at the door and MUST BE USED before entering AND leaving the Church.
 There are no water or toilet facilities available.
 Prayer positions are restricted to the front centre nave pews and the choir stalls only; they are clearly marked.
 Available pews are clearly marked. Family groups may occupy the whole pew.
 No other part of the church is available and must not be entered.
 Please observe the one-way system, clearly marked on the floor. Do not take shortcuts or reverse direction.
 Do not touch any object, surface, door handles or furniture except those in the immediate vicinity of your prayer position. This will prevent unnecessary cleaning.
 There are reversible cards at each designated 'prayer zone' indicating whether or not that position is available. Please turn these over when you leave.
 A hymn book is available in the pew, although there will be no singing. Please leave it in position on leaving.
 If you, or any member of your household, develop any symptoms of Covid-19 within 7 days of visiting the Church, you MUST inform the Rector (01458 251375) IMMEDIATELY! Appropriate 'trace and test' action will then be taken.

Despite the necessary procedures we hope you value your time in St. Andrew's.

Revd. Scott Patterson — Rector
Mrs Tina Geary — Church Warden


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).

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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.

As a church family we welcome Christians of other denominations and none, as well as seekers and visitors. We aim to grow in personal relationship with God, through his Son Jesus Christ, and in supportive relationships with each other. We value prayer and Bible study, seek God's spiritual gifts and his courage in sharing the gospel with others.

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

St Andrews Marmaduke & Robert Jennings

This parish takes the well-being and safety of the children and vulnerable adults that attend our church very seriously. If you wish to raise a safeguarding concern, please contact either Revd. Scott Patterson on 01458 251375, or Anne Goff our safeguarding officer by email at
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01749 685135 and find more information on their website:

Family history research
All our parish registers, except those currently in use, are held at the South West Heritage Trust, part of Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA2 6SF.

It concerns:
* Burial details from 1606 — 1983
* Baptism details 1628 — 1956
* Marriage details from 1642 — 1972
For enquiries, ring 01823 — 278805.

The office is open to the public, but it is advisable to book in advance if any documents are required for your research.

2016 09 14  View From Tower Down To Churchyard West

We can make the plan of the churchyard and lists of burials available. Please contact the PCC Secretary Mr John de Ronde (01458 — 251355).
The PCC hopes that you can make a donation to church funds for this service.
We hope the above information helps with your research.

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.

Specific Activities
Bible Study
* 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 are two prayer chains in the Benefice for anyone seeking emergency prayers — this can be for an illness, bereavement or a one off event: one is centred on Curry Rivel, the other on Fivehead and Swell. Requests for prayers can be made through any of the following: the Rector Rev Scott Patterson (01458-251375); Mrs Jackie de Ronde (01458-251355) for Curry Rivel; Mrs Margaret Smith (01460-281555) for Fivehead and Swell. 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 Wednesday mornings, each week, there is a gathering for prayer from about 9.15 — 9.45 am in the home of Marjorie Joyce — 17 Abbey Close, in Curry Rivel; also on Tuesday mornings, each week, in St. Martin's Church in Fivehead, from around 9.30. These prayer gatherings are for the specific purpose of praying for the Benefice, its villages, its churches and people, and for the churches' outreach and mission amongst the community. Please dip in and out as busy lives allow. You would be most welcome.
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).

St Andrews Interior

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:

  • general cleaning — contact Mrs Nicky Barker on 01458 252429
  • brass cleaning — contact Mrs Lynne Comley on 01458 251078
  • keeping the churchyard tidy — contact Mr John de Ronde on 01458 251355.


    Flowers in St Andrew's
    St. Andrew's Flower Guild is a group of ladies who are enthusiastic flower arrangers, who make themselves responsible for the weekly flower arrangements in the church, on a rota basis. The Guild also decorates the church with special arrangements on specific occasions, notably the church fete in early July. There are some members who have had formal training and who are always willing to give advice and support.
    To find out more, contact Mrs Adrienne Holmes on 01458 252710

    Church Music
    The Choir
    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.
    Messy Church

    St Andrews Messy Church

    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, Mrs Helen Saich 01458-76523 or Mrs Anne Geach 01458-253078
    Church Fete


    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 4th July 2020 at 2:00 PM for 150 minutes.
    'Craft & Coffee'
    This takes place on the 2nd Tuesdays in the month, from 10am -12 noon in the Old School Room ('behind' the church). During these gatherings people can bring their craft work to share their knowledge and expertise with others. If craft is not your thing, then do come along for an informal chat, with homemade cakes and refreshments available. Contact: Jackie de Ronde on 01458 251355.
    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
    Social Events

    2016 07 02  St Andrew 39 s Fete On The Green

    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.

    2016 07 02  Games At The Fete

    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

    Data Protection
    You can view and download three documents:
    1. Data Protection Policy of 10 July 2018 issued by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St. Andrew's Church, Curry Rivel
    2. Data Protection Notice of St Andrew's PCC dated 10 July 2018
    3. Data Protection Notice of the Rector of the United Benefice of Curry Rivel, Fivehead and Swell dated 10 July 2018