St Andrew's, Grafham
St Andrew's, Grafham is a beautiful country church, designed, built and lavishly decorated by Henry Woodyer. Although we are a small congregation we love God, we love our church and we try to love and serve our neighbours.
Our weekly worship on Sundays at 11.15am is from the Book of Common Prayer, compiled in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, and modified in 1662. Our services, of either Holy Communion or Mattins (Morning Prayer) have been familiar to generations of Christians for the wonderful language - dignified and memorable phrases that speak so clearly to our human condition.
We very much look forward to meeting you.
St Andrew’s Church Grafham on a late September evening.
When coming to St Andrews you can always be assured of a very warm welcome. A welcome to those from all walks of life; the young, the elderly, the rich and poor, a welcome to those over 60 but not grown up yet, and a welcome to children and teenagers growing up too fast!
The beautiful Chancel in St Andrew's Church
As we approach December we can look back and reflect on the special events we have had at St Andrew’s, which started with Plough Sunday in January and more recently our Patronal
Festival, when Mary Hainline so kindly offered to organise and prepare a special lunch after the Service. In between we have had Easter, and Easter Monday when the Church was open for all to visit, to admire the Church and enjoy delicious refreshments. Then we had our usual Rogation Walk and ploughman’s lunch and the Lammas service of Holy Communion.
Our Evensong services over the summer months have been very successful, and these ended with our celebration of Harvest Festival in September. We have
really appreciated having the choir from Holy Trinity Bramley with us on these occasions.
How lovely the Autumn days have been, and the Church is more visible now that the churchyard has had a good haircut and the yew trees trimmed, making the Woodyer monument far more noticeable.
Now looking ahead, our Carol Service will be on the 17th December, followed by Christmas Day Family Holy Communion at 11.15am as usual. There will be no service on Christmas Eve. On 16th December we will be decorating the Church so do please come if you can and help in any way to make St Andrews’s look really splendid for Christmas. As always you will receive a warm welcome, and I am sure there will be coffee - and even mince pies!
Finally, these lovely words from O Little Town of Bethlehem:
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth
and praises sing to God the king and peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary and gathered all above
while mortals’ sleep the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
From all of us at St Andrew’s,
a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.