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St. Andrew'sforms, together with the Parishes of St. Martin's in Fivehead and St. Catherine's in Swell, a 'United Benefice' within the Ivelchester Deanery.


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

Safeguarding

This parish takes the wellbeing 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 Jo Greatwich our safeguarding officer by email at safeguardingcmac@gmail.com (new address from 14 May 2024). Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01749 685135 and find more information on their website: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/diocese/safeguarding.

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.

If you wish to find the locatoin of an ancestor's grave in the churchyard, we can make the plan of the churchyard and lists of burials available. Please contact the PCC Secretary Mr John de Ronde (01458 – 251355 or e-mail johnderonde51@hotmail.com).
The PCC hopes that you can make a donation to church funds for this service.

Times of Church Services

These are published in the Curry Rivel News and the Fivehead & Swell Community Matters magazine, along with any changes to the regular pattern of worship and special services, e.g. for the Lent / Easter season and Christmas season. The Curry Rivel village 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 Rector's regular e-mail 'Round-up'. If you wish to receive these e-mails, please contact the Rector at scottr.patterson@btinternet.com.

Prayer

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, via zoom. If you wish to join, please contact the Rector on 01458 251375 or e-mail scottr.patterson@btinternet.com. This prayer gathering is 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.

World Day of Prayer – we take part in 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:

  • 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 including for weddings (if contacted in due time). 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 on the Curry Rivel village website calendar.

Messy Church (updated 15 February 2024)

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This is a different form of church that offers a chance to explore the Christian faith in informal, creative ways – church but not as you may know it! Messy Church is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. You can expect a drink, various crafts and games to choose from, a Christian message usually in the form of a story or drama, plus songs and a meal.
Entry is free, with donations on the day very welcome.
Meetings are on a Saturday afternoon from 15.30 – 17.30, in the Old School Room ('behind' the Church) and usually on a monthly basis, but do verify the Diary on the Church pages of the Curry Rivel News and the village website calendar.
Check out the Messy Church Curry Rivel facebook page for more info or call/message Helen Saich 07880706517. Messy Church is sponsored and supported by local Christian churches.

Church Fete – due to circumstances, the last time a church fete was held was in 2019. This event could also not be staged in 2022 (and since then), but in 2022 St. Andrew's hosted the 'Curry Rivel (Antiques Roadshow) on 30th July in the beautiful grounds of Burton Pynsent House. For a report, including some photographs, see ( this link )

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Craft & Coffee

This takes place on the 2nd Tuesdays in the month, from 10.00 am -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: Claire Anderson on 07887377942 or Wendy Graves on 01458 252355.

Social Events

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Several social activities take place among the church family, to which everyone in the village is most warmly welcome. They are organised on an ad-hoc basis and advertised in the Curry Rivel News or via the Rector's regular e-mail 'Round-up' messages to the church famliy.

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

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