A Vicar At Last

It was a damp and drizzly Monday evening but it turned into something else entirely when we were inside St James’s with welcoming peals of bells, warmth, bright lights and candles for a service to Celebrate the Ministry of Rev Andrew Hiscox and install him as Vicar of Winscombe and Sandford. 

Andrew had been our Curate for four years and then installed via Zoom as Priest in Charge but it was wonderful to have a large congregation in Church, including a good number of our friends from St John’s, Churchill, to welcome him as our Vicar.

Archdeacon Adrian Youings conducted the service along with Rev Tom Yacomeni, Locking Area Dean. Andrew confirmed his willingness to serve through the legal requirements and then committed himself to ministering to the Parishes.

The Archdeacon, in his sermon, encouraged Andrew to “be bold’, “trust God” and “dream big dreams”! This isn’t  just Andrew’s role but a call to all of  us to step up and be part of ‘the Vision’ for our communities. We all prayed with Andrew

We pledge ourselves to pray and care for the communities in this place; to share the Word of God, to celebrate the sacraments of the new covenant, to encourage discipleship.  Together, may we make this a place where we are empowered for witness in God’s world. Amen.

Before the blessing gifts were presented to Corinna, Owyn and Carys, as well as Diggory, their dog, in recognition of the love and support they give Andrew.


The music from the choir and organist and the Sandford W.I. Handbell Ringers all added to the sense of occasion. Afterwards we enjoyed delicious food and wine and went home looking forward to the future and to discovering where God will take us on the next part of our journey.

All Souls Service

All Souls: Sunday 31st October 2021

We remembered All Souls on the afternoon of 31st October.

A thoughtful and gentle time of singing, listening to music and poems and being together to remember those we have loved – all the people in our lives who have helped, encouraged and loved us, be they family, friends, neighbours or colleagues. We thank them and remember them.

During a time of commemoration, a poem was read and in between the verses, as names were remembered, people could come forward to hang their cards on the tree with their personal message of love. Everyone took home a narcissus bulb to plant to see the sign of hope and new life in the Spring. The trees will stay in the prayer area in St James’s Church until after Christmas so if you wish to add a name you are very welcome.

All our loved ones are saints to us and we were glad to be together to express our gratitude for the days and years we were able to share with them.

Remember me, When you will search the skies in constant wonder. Am I gone from you? Remember me in all your tears and sighs, And hear my promise – I’m still one with you.

Christian Aid Quiz

Christian Aid Quiz

Friday 8th October 7.00 pm

The Christian Aid Quiz is back! We all love a good quiz, and the Christian Aid Team are organising a special quiz at the Church Centre in Winscombe (BS25 1BA) at 7.00pm on 8th October. We will be raising funds for the Haitian Earthquake Appeal. 

Tickets (£7 per person) are available from William Du Croz (07960697874). Buy tickets individually, or for Teams of 5 people. Attendance is limited to 50 people to avoid overcrowding. 

Please bring your own drinks. There will be a light supper and a raffle. It promises to be an enjoyable evening.

Afghanistan Appeal

In response to humanitarian aid being sought around the globe, the benefice of Winscombe & Sandford with Churchill have launched a September appeal

Three major charities will be supported:

18 million people in Afghanistan need humanitarian help – due to decades of conflict, years of extreme drought, and weeks of heavy fighting. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been supporting the people of Afghanistan for over 30 years. We won’t stop now.

There are estimated to be around 1,200 Christian families in Afghanistan, totalling 5,000 to 8,000 individuals. But only the Lord knows the true number.
As first-generation converts from Islam and their children, they face almost certain death at the hands of the Taliban, who now control virtually the whole country, and will kill them as apostates.  Unless they can escape.

Christian Aid has been working in Afghanistan for thirty years and we will not desert now; more support will be required for poor and marginalised communities in the coming days. We’re doing all we can to continue distributions of food and emergency supplies to the most affected communities.  We hope that humanitarian access will remain, especially access to women and girls in the communities as we are very concerned about their safety. 

For details of how to make a donation please click here:

Our Church Centre

The Church Centre is the new name for St James’s Church Hall in Winscombe.

The new name supports our vision which is for the Church to be at the heart of the local community. It also shows that this is a centre for all three churches that are currently working together, St James’s, All Saints and St John’s.

You will see this new name being used on our posters and publicity.

You will also start to see some changes at the Church Centre itself. We are working hard to make the outside of the centre more attractive so look out for a mural appearing gradually over the coming months and we are planning to have new curtains indoors.

This is just the start of a long term project to improve our facilities so that we can further serve and support the local community.

The mural will feature flowers designed and painted by members of the local community including children from Winscombe and Sandford Primary Schools.

Here are some of their designs.

‘Signpost’ is available now!

A new Parish Magazine covering Winscombe, Sandford and Churchill was launched on 1st. September.  And it’s FREE! 

A one off printed copy is being delivered to everyone who subscribed to the old magazine. At the same we are sending out email copies to people who have subscribed to the Church Newsletter during the pandemic. Please check your spam if you don’t see it in your inbox. 

From October, Signpost will be available by email and only those few people who are unable to receive it electronically can request a printed copy by calling the Church Office on 01934 844650, leaving a message including their full name and address.

A copy of the magazine will also be available to download from this website.

A limited number of printed copies will be available from our three Churches and the Church Centre plus a few local shops.

We hope you enjoy it and that you will want future copies. If so, send an email to  parishmag2@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.

If you wish to contribute an article to the magazine please email parishmag2@gmail.com. The deadline is the second Sunday of the month prior to publication.

Christmas Flowers at St James the Great

A slide show of the beautiful flowers created to celebrate Christmas at St James’s

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Christingle is coming ……….soon!

Are you ready for our online Christingle Service this weekend?

Christingle is always a popular service with families. Our all age special ‘Christingle Service’ will be available to watch on our Christmas Services page from Sunday morning.

You can make your Christingle during the service or afterwards. This is what you will need.

Small candles are available to pick up in each of the villages. Winscombe: St. James’s Church porch. Sandford: All Saints church porch . Churchill; from the Post Office.

There are also other resources that you can download such as a colouring sheet on our Messy Church page.