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St. Andrew’s, Alfriston

May 27, 2014

St. Andrew’s, Alfriston

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Alfriston is a lovely little Sussex village and very worth while visiting. There are tea shops, a book shop and several other interesting establishments to visit. Also there is the Clergy House, the very first National Trust property, all nestling in the Cuckmere Valley.

Even on a wet Bank Holiday, St. Andrew’s is a church well worth going into. It is a magnificent building, cruciform in shape. It is open every day. There is no web site but the entry on achurchnearyou says; ‘The Church is normally open to visitors daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm or dusk every day.’

The sign outside just gives details of the Sunday services. Inside, there are some multi lingual paddle board guides to use, and  a couple of church guides. Also some bible notes to take, a prayer request box (which had several requests inside it) and a votive stand to light a candle. A quick look at the Visitor’s book shows some 113 entries for May. There was a bible left open at the last Sunday’s reading on the lectern. The North porch has been converted into a small sales area and there is a toilet as well there. For sale were home made jams, used books, prayer cards and book marks ( from the Tim Tilley range) and other gifts. Even some dolls house cushion kits – a first for me! There are even some small bags ‘to wrap your goodies in’. A thoughtful touch.

DSCN0055At the time of my visit, there were two people in pray sat in a pew. This church really does have a lovely prayerful atmosphere. In the chancel are some modern stained glass windows which caught my eye.

St. Andrew’s is a good church to visit and I rate it as very good.

Easter Sepulcrhe at St. Andrew's

Easter Sepulcrhe at St. Andrew’s

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