St Faith, Bacton
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St Faith's Bacton is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes. For information on services see below.
The earliest dedication at Bacton was to Saint Foi, a disciple of the 6th century Bishop Dubricius (or Dyfrig), who came to be equated with Saint Faith of Conques in France in the medieval period. The present church is mainly 13th century with 14th-15th century alterations and a tower that is mostly 16th century. The repaired, late 15th century choir stalls may have come from nearby Dore Abbey following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Bacton has a number of unique features, the most notable of which is the monument commissioned for herself by Blanche Parry, the confidante of Queen Elizabeth I. This is now dated to before November 1578 and so is the earliest known representation of the Queen as Gloriana. Opposite the door is a framed facsimile of a silk altar cloth fashioned from an Elizabethan court dress, probably belonging to the Queen herself and most likely came to Bacton from Queen Elizabeth I shortly after Blanche Parry's death. - see web site below. Amongst the other interesting memorials are two tablets from the 1914-1918, First World War. Carved on these are coloured, military ribbon decorations, which are very rare features on such memorial stones. Bacton owns a pre-Reformation chalice and paten (kept in Hereford Cathedral). The stained-glass is modern. A Guidebook is on sale in the church.
Facilities: the hall adjacent to the church can be hired and, when in use, has toilet facilities.
See: www.blancheparry.com for more information. Or 'Mistress Blanche Queen Elizabeth I's Confidante' by Ruth E. Richardson, published Logaston Press 2007. 'Blanche Parry & Queen Elizabeth I' superb pictures + book in a calendar format, a collectable to commemorate H.M. the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (available amazon.uk)
SERVICES Currently we are in a vacancy so the normal service pattern may be altered on account of availability of service leaders.
The next service will be Holy Communion (1662) at 11.15 on Sunday November 19th
Other than in December we have a service once a month at 11.15am on the 3rd Sunday (usually 1662 Communion, occasionally Matins). We have an 11.15am Communion on Easter Sunday and 10am Communion on Christmas Day (1662), with an evening carol service near Christmas (in 2017 it will be on Thurs 21 Dec at 7.30pm ). The Harvest Festival followed by lunch will be on the 3rd Sunday of Sept or October 2018.
We host occasionally the Group’s 5th Sunday Holy Communion Service.
We also have occasional special Services...
5th Sundays 2017:-
29.10.17 - Deanery Service,at Cloddock at 1030
31.12.17 - 10am Group Communion, at Kentchurch
You are most welcome to join us.
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