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Eastoft Church Annual Meetings

The following meetings will be held this evening in the Village Hall at 6.30pm.

Annual Meeting of Parishioners – druing which CHurchwardens will be appointed.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting – during which the Deanery Synod representative and PCC Members will be appointed.

Anyone who is on the Church Electoral Roll is entitled to attend.

Ian Bishop

Hon. Secretary.

Church Electoral Roll – Application form to be completed

Dear residents of Eastoft,

We are renewing the Electoral Roll for the Parish of St. Bartholomew, Eastoft.

If you wish for your name to be added to this Roll, please complete the attached application form and return it to me either by email at or by dropping it off at The Stables, Washinghall Lane, DN17 4PY

I’ve attached a GDPR statement explaining what we do with this information and why we need it.

Being on the Electoral Roll allows you to be eligable for membership of the Parochial Church Council at St. Bartholomews.

Due to the date of our Annual Parochical Church Meeting we need applications to be submitted by the end of tomorrow – Thursday the 21st February 2019.

Many thanks

Ian Bishop

Electoral Roll Officer

Annual Church Meeting – Friday at 7pm – Village Hall

We are holding our annual church meeting at 7pm on Friday the 31st March in the Village Hall.

If you would to contribute to our plans for the coming year or would like to see how we manage our affairs, you would be more than welcome to attend.

If you want to know more about the meeting beforehand, please contact myself on 798756.

Ian Bishop

Hon. Secretary and Churchwarden.

Change to Church services dates from March onwards

The pattern of church services at St. Bartholomew’s has recently fallen on the first and third Sunday’s of each month.

Following a review of services we have agreed to move them back to the second and fourth Sundays from March 2017 onwards.

There will be a Praise for All Ages service at 11.00am on the second Sunday and a Family Communion service at 9.30am on the fourth Sunday each month.

Where there are five Sunday’s in a month, a Communion service will be held at one of the churches in the Marshlands Benefice on a cyclical basis. The next fifth Sunday service at St. Bartholomew’s Church will be on the 30th April at 11.00am.

The services for March in the Marshlands will be:

5th Praise for All Ages – Whitgift 11.00am
12th Family Communion – Adlingfleet – 9.30am

12th Praise for All Ages – Eastoft 11.00am
19th Family Communion – Whitgift 9.30am
19th Morning Prayer – Adlingfleet 11.00am

26th Family Communion – Eastoft 9.30am
26th Praise for All Ages – Adlingfleet 11.00am

We will also be running a Lent course at two venues over five weeks. Further details will be sent out soon.

If you want to know more about St. Bartholomew’s please do contact me on the number below.

Ian Bishop

01724 798756

July Services at St. Bartholomew’s Church

There are two services this month in St Bartholomew’s Church, Eastoft.

On the 10th July there is a Holy Communion Service at 9.30am and on the 24th of July there is a Morning Praise service again at 9.30am

There are five Sunday’s in July so we will have an additional service in the Marshlands Benefice in Adlingfleet on the  31st at 11.00am. This will be a Songs Of Praise service so please join us in singing some of our favourite hymns and worship songs. This service will be followed by a picnic.

If you want to know more about the church in Eastoft or the Marshlands Benefice, please do call Ian Bishop on 798756 or Rev. Justine Smith on 798399.

Welcome to Rev. Justine Smith & June Services

Last Wednesday the Bishop of Doncaster the Right Reverend Peter Burrows formally licensed Rev. Justine Smith as the Priest In Charge of the Marshlands Benefice.

The event was held at Whitgift church which was packed with friends from Justine’s previous parish and her new friends from the Marshlands. It was a fantastic occasion and truly marked the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Anglican church in our wonderful part of the world.

Justine’s first service in the Marshlands will be this Sunday at Eastoft where we will be joined with the good folks from Whitgift church.

If you haven’t yet had chance to meet Justine, then you are more than welcome us at the service, which will be at 9.30 am.

The following Sunday, there is a United Benefice Service at Swinefleet church at 11.00am.

As we move into June there will be two services at Eastoft.

There is a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on the 12th and a Morning Praise service on the 26th which is also at 9.30am

We look forward to seeing you sometime soon as we begin our new journey together.

If you want to know anything further about the Anglican church in Eastoft, please do contact me on 01724 798756 or

Ian Bishop

Churchwarden and Hon. Secretary

St Bartholomew’s Church, Eastoft

Arrival of our New Vicar and details of services in Eastoft

Many of you may already know that the Diocese of Sheffield has appointed a new Priest In Charge for the Marshlands Benefice which includes the Parish of Eastoft.

 The Rev. Justine Smith has been a curate in the Brough area following a career in medicine.

 Whilst the Diocese secure a permanent home within the Marshlands, Justine will be residing in the School House in Eastoft with her daughter.

 Before she can commence her work as Priest In Charge, Justine will need to be licensed by the Bishop Of Sheffield. There will be a licensing service at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 18th May at Whitgift church.

 You would be very welcome to attend this service and we hope to make it a very special occasion.

 Justine’s first service in the Marshlands will be at Eastoft church where we will be joined by the congregation from Whitgift. Again you are very welcome to attend and meet Justine yourselves.

 I’m sure Justine will be making herself know around the village over the next few days and weeks.

 The services in Eastoft will be as follows:

 Sunday 8th May Holy Communion with the Ven. John Hawley 9.30am

Sunday 22nd May Holy Communion with the Rev. Justine Smith 9.30am

 There will also be a united Benefice Service at Swinefleet Church on Sunday the 29th May at 11.00am

 If you would like to know more about the church within Eastoft then please do get in contact.

 Ian Bishop

Churchwarden & Hon. Sec.

01724 798756

‘Songs of Praise’ in Eastoft


To help usSongs Of Praise logo get through the long month of January, we are holding a ‘Songs of Praise’ service on Sunday the 31st of January at 10.30.

This will give us all a chance to sing though our favourite Hymns and Worship songs.

We would be delighted to know which is your favourite and why.
If you would like to suggest a hymn or worship song, please let us know before Friday the 29th of January and remember to include some contact details.

We hope to see you on the 31st.

Ian Bishop
St Bartholomews Church
01724 798756

Church Services this week and in January


The last service before Christmas at St. Bartholomew’s is on Sunday the 20th at 11.00. This will be a Christmas Communion and everyone is very welcome to join us.

There is a Christmas Eve service at Adlingfleet at 6.30pm and on Christmas Day there is a service at Whitgift at 10.00am.

After Christmas the next service at St. Bartholomew’s is on the 10th of January at 9.30am.

The services at the other Marshlands churches in January are

3rd Whitgift 11.00am
10th Adlingfleet 11.00am
13th Whitgift 3.00pm
17th Adlingfleet 11.00am
24th Whitgift 09.30am
24th Adlingfleet 11.00am

May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Ian Bishop

on behalf St. Bartholomew’s Church, Eastoft

Church News and Upcoming Events

I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the services and news as not everyone gets the Marshland Messenger or has chance to see the service times on the church notice board.

Since the retirement and sad passing on of the Revd. Ken, the Diocese has done some further fantastic work in trying to find someone to take on the Marshlands post. The result is that someone is showing great interest in the Marshlands.

There is a service at 2pm at Eastoft on Sunday the 6th (this Sunday) and then afterwards there will be a chance to discuss the post and the potential candidate in anticipation of an interview on Monday the 14th.

We would be delighted to see as many people at church on Sunday and for the meeting afterwards so that the needs of Eastoft can be thoroughly considered.

December is such a special time in the Church calendar and we hope that the Marshlands Parish can offer you all an opportunity to share in worship at some point.

There will be a Carol service at Eastoft on Sunday the 13th December at 6.30pm, where there will be Carols and Christmas readings…There might even be a mince pie and a cup of tea afterwards!

There will also be a Christmas Communion service on the 20th at 11.00am.

The primary school are holding their Christingle service in church on Friday the 11th at 2.00pm

And of course the Parish Council have arranged once again for Carols Around the Tree on Wednesday the 16th at 7pm…I’m already praying that the weather is fine

There isn’t a service on Christmas Eve in Eastoft but the were is an all age service at 6.30pm at Adlingfleet.

The Christmas Day service is at Whitgift at 10.00am and as always this will be a very special service – a great antidote to TV and Turkey!

There are lots of other services at the Marshlands churches throughout December but there is no service on Sunday the 27th.

Sunday 6th – Whitgift 11.00am Family Service, Eastoft 2.00pm Holy Communion followed by meeting at the Village Hall or in Church.

Sunday 13th – Adlingfleet 11.00 Holy Communion, Whitgift 3.00pm Carol Service, Eastoft 6.30pm Carol Service

Tuesday 15th 7.00pm Half Moon Pub Reednees Carol Service

Wednesday 16th – 7.00pm Eastoft Carols Around The Tree

Sunday 20th 9.30am Whitgift Christmas Communion, 11.00am Eastoft Christmas Communion, 11.00am Adlingfleer Morning Prayer

Christmas Eve – 18.30 Adlingfleet All Age Service

Christmas Day – 10.00am Whitgift Christmas Day Service

Ian Bishop

Church Warden & Hon. Sec., St Bartholomew’s Church, Eastoft

(01724) 798756