St Andrew's Church, Wissett
Lodge Lane, Wissett,
Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 OJQ
Team Rector: The Revd Dominic Doble
Tel: 01986 948968/07743 554955
Churchwardens: Nick Evans
Tel: 01986 872372
Tel: 01986 873173
Aerial photo of St Andrew's courtesy of NS Restorations
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Wissett, with about 200 adults and 20 children, is close to but distinct from Halesworth. There is a long village street with a pub and village hall, and outlying farms and houses in the largely arable land. We have a reputation for sociability and communal activities. The church is open all day, and the quiet corner is well-used for prayer and lighting votive candles. It is held in affection by many people who work hard to look after it, and generally come to the ‘big services’. The worshipping community is smaller, and the average congregation at regular services is 15. Recently, children have come at Christmas only. Breakfast Church has attracted a few who otherwise come rarely. We value the cycle of times and seasons, in step with the liturgical initiatives of the present Rector. The six bells have been rehung, ring before all services, and are popular with visiting ringers.
The church, with its 12th century round tower and Romanesque doorways, is in an attractive churchyard by the village street, convenient for the Village Hall. It is high and light, clear from west to east, with traditional furniture, oak pews for about 100, and a good small pipe organ. Through past care it has come down in good structural condition. It is beautifully maintained and cared for.
Regular services: three or four each month, usually Common Worship.
Breakfast Church – a simple service followed by coffee and croissants set at tables in the nave.
Team Evensong, BCP, sung by the team choir on rotation.
Fifth Sunday Team Eucharist on rotation.
Lots of ‘Special’ services: candlelit Carol Service; Crib Service; Epiphany Service of light; Shrove Tuesday Clipping; Good Friday Stations of the Cross and ‘up the Green Hill’ service; Harvest Festival and Supper; All Souls candle-lighting; St Andrew’s Day Patronal Festival.
An active participant in the Team.
Our special services attract numbers from around the Team.
Widespread affection for church, and large number of ‘helpers’.
We are a welcoming, inclusive church.
We pay our share.
A strong confident amicable PCC.
A strong tradition of great hospitality.