Parkham Parish Church
Parkham church (St. James) is mainly a 15th century structure, with early 16th century aisles. It has a fine late Norman S. doorway (c. 1160-70), and a Norman font surrounded by some excellent medieval tiles. The N. aisle was erected by the Risdons. The S. aisle is of the same date, and may have been erected by the Giffards of Halsbury. There are inscriptions to the Giffards of Halsbury from 1595 to 1712.
A country church with 84 ft tower where the 6 bells are regularly rung. A church has been present on the site since Norman times but little remains from that period except the arch to the main door. There is evidence of building from the 14th century and through to Victorian times.
Summary of Services
Following Government advice that church services can now take place, we are preparing hard for the time when we can have a service whilst keeping everyone safe. Our first service will be on Sunday 16 August at 11 am, for Holy Communion. It will be different to what we're used to: face coverings need to be worn, socially distanced, no singing - but we will try hard to make it a meaningful and Spirit-filled service.
This will be the only service in St James for August, but there will be one church service somewhere each Sunday in the Mission Community for the Sundays in August; plus 2 open air ones. Phone Rev'd Madeline to find out where (451445).
Meanwhile, St James remains closed; however, you are invited to pray in the porch of the church, or of course at home - or anywhere! God is everywhere. Prayer is going on within Parkham Parish as Christians are praying: that the virus will be stopped, for our NHS and the many key workers, and for protection for ourselves, and restoration for those who are unwell. Please join us in prayer.
Remember we have a God who cares for each one of us, his love cannot be separated from us, and he has the victory: so we have assurance that we can say ‘all will be well’.
You are also invited to join us for a SERVICE OF MORNING WORSHIP BY ZOOM each Wednesday at 11 am. Please email Rev'd Madeline for the link and password. You do not need a service sheet. It would be great to 'see' you!
If you need help in any way, or just want a chat, please contact any of the people below:
Graham Bridger – 451552
Keith Chambers – 451199
Keep safe, and God bless you. Rev'd Madeline
In 'normal' times our normal pattern of services, to which you are very welcome, are:
1st Sunday 11 am Holy Communion
2nd Sunday 10-12 noon Sunday Breakfast - come and go as you wish. Alternates between Church and Chapel. [In November this is the 1st Sunday.]
3rd Sunday 11 am Holy Communion
4th Sunday 11 am Morning Worship
5th Sunday 11 am Alternates between Church and Chapel (see Church Events)
If you are new to the parish, or are a visitor, please make yourself known to us, and stay after the service for coffee/tea and fellowship.
ST JAMES’ CHURCH BELLS, AND BELL RINGING
The earliest record of the bells in Parkham was in 1553 having 4 bells in the tower. This remained the case up until 1778 when they were broken up and melted down in a furnace and casting pit in the north west part of the churchyard and the original 4 bells were cast into the 6 that we have today. In 1953 the bells were brought down and taken to the Taylor Foundry in Loughborough where 3 of them were retuned.
They were rehung on a completely new iron and steel frame with new headstocks and bearings. The heaviest of the bells, the tenor, weighs 7.3 cwt but appears quite a bit heavier because of the iron headstock to which it is attached and swings on. We have a team of 6 ringers at Parkham and endeavour to ring every Sunday morning. We also have a Wednesday evening group which we formed in co-operation with Abbotsham 30 years ago and is still going strong. We meet between 7.30 and 9 pm alternatively at Parkham and Abbotsham.
Anyone interest in bell ringing, or wishing to learn, please contact Ernie Hockin on 01237 451559.
Need Information ?
If you would like to find out about having a christening or wedding, or any other general enquiry, please contact the Vicar: Rev'd Madeline Bray Click Here and complete the enquiry form; or phone 01237 451445.
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