A 'PARISH CHURCH' like ours in the Church of England is a spiritual venue, a sacred space for all parishioners - wherever a person might identify themselves on the spectrum of faith or understanding of life. Every resident has a civic right to access their parish church not only for quiet reflection, prayers, and historic interest, but also to mark the 'seasons of life' including the celebration of a new arrival (CHRISTENING - a Christian service of blessing and thanksgiving), WEDDINGS (for people of any faith and including divorcees), and FUNERALS in church, or with the Vicar (Rector / parish priest) at a crematorium chapel, including for people who considered themselves 'not particularly religious' - many people today are 'spiritual but not religious' or might believe in 'Something' in life without wanting to give it a name; we are here for you, we are here for everyone. Contact the Upper Wensum Benefice (local parish / village grouping) Rector, the Reverend Robin Stapleford, at the 'Get in touch' tab on the left-hand column for more information or specific enquiry.
We are open daily (at least 10 am to 4 pm) for quiet reflection, prayer, and historic interest.
The building (click HERE) is an unusual church with its Saxon round tower and its distinctive cruciform shape. The reordering of the Chancel in 1912 by Sir Ninian Comper gives the building a wonderful feeling of space and light as well as a flexibility of use which the parish uses to full advantage for its services, community events and concerts.
St Andrew's, Great Ryburgh, is a distinctive cruciform (cross-shaped) Church with a millennium-old round tower and early 20th Century embellishments designed by Sir Ninian Comper. It is complemented by the adjacent, recently constructed William Martin Building adding new scope to the church's ministry.
The Church's Patron Saint Andrew was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. The south transept (wing) of the Church with its own altar bears the name of another Apostle, the Saint Thomas Chapel.
The ruin of All Saints Church, Little Ryburgh is the site of our annual Easter Sunrise Service. The churchyard / cemetery there remains in use serving both Little and Great Ryburgh.