Licensing of Rev. Andrew Hiscox

On Monday 8th November 2021, Rev Andrew Hiscox will be licensed as Vicar of Winscombe and Sandford.

The licensing service is taking place at St James the Great, Winscombe at 7pm.

If you would like to attend please sign up on the sheets which are available in each of our churches (including St John’s) and in the Church Centre.

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 to be added to the mailing list.

If you wish to contribute an article to the magazine please email 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.