We are here to worship God,
to nurture believers in Jesus Christ
and to serve the community.
St Andrew's Church, Kettleburgh stands at the end of Church Road, with farmland on one side and Church Farm and Church Cottages close by.
SERVICES FOR MARCH 2018
The service of Holy Communion on Sunday 18 March will be at Marlesford at 10.00am
We are delighted to welcome Dream, the donkey, to lead the procession for our Palm Sunday service this year.
Wednesdays - service of Holy Communion (BCP) at Hacheston at 10am
This year we will be looking at one of the Letters in the New Testament - the letter of James. Although this is a short letter, it has lots to teach us about God and about the challenges that we face as Christians. It will be good to be able to spend time together being thoughtful and prayerful. We will be meeting in the committee room of Hacheston Village Hall at 3pm on Wednesdays in Lent (starting on 21 February) The meetings will last about 45 minutes. Bring a Bible. All are most welcome.
St Andrews Church will hold its annual meetings this year on Thursday 26 April at 6:15pm in the Village Hall. The first meeting will be to elect churchwarden(s) and is open to anyone on the Kettleburgh civil electoral roll. At the second meeting, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, we will receive reports about the life and activities of the church in Kettleburgh and will elect officers to carry out the business of the church for the next year. You are most welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
After many, many years, planned work on the building is about to begin at St Andrew’s church, Kettleburgh. When Graham Vellacott was our priest, a project to make some alterations to the church building was proposed. The plans included a toilet and storage area to be built behind the church, accessed from the north door; new doors to the porch; and some alterations to the back of the church, creating a level floor and making the space flexible, so that it could be used in different ways.
In consultation with the PCC, our architect drew up plans which had to be submitted to the Church of England planning authority – the DAC. Months, then years elapsed whilst the proposal was studied and commented on by bodies such as Heritage England, the Church Buildings Council, archaeologists, ….all had their say and the plans were subsequently modified. In order for any work to be done, the DAC had to grant a faculty (or permission), and it was eventually agreed that our best way forward was to split the project into phases. Consequently, the first phase is as follows: to make level the floor at the back of church so that there is a level access from the porch, and to reposition the three back pairs of pews, so that there will be a flexible open welcoming space around the font. These six pews will be moveable, mounted on castors, so that they can be used in a variety of ways, including in their original positions. This work is due to commence after Easter, on 9th April. It should take no longer than six weeks. During this period the church will be closed, although any services scheduled during this time will take place in the chancel, by arrangement with the contractors.
If you are walking by the church you may notice extra vehicles and equipment in the vicinity for the planned period. The contractors are MS Oakes, from Lowestoft, but there may also be other specialists - stonemasons, electricians working on site.
As far as providing a toilet – that is likely to be phase three, with plans for new doors to the porch and repairing and opening the north door as phase two. Watch this space!!