Meet The Rector
"I am the Reverend Andrew Knight and since November 2014 I have been the Rector of St Eata’s, Atcham and St Giles' in Shrewsbury
I am married to Lisa and we have two daughters, Megan and Bethan.
I was ordained in 2007 having been a Church Army Evangelist for the previous 17 years. Over the 17 years as a Church Army Officer I worked in three parishes and fulfilled other roles.
I enjoy working alongside my colleagues and would describe myself as a ‘people person’! St Eata's and St Giles' churches offer me the opportunities to minister and get to know members of the community and congregation in numerous situations and circumstances, both painful and joyful life-events.
I enjoy spending time outdoors and walking in the Shropshire countryside. We have two dogs, three cats and also a donkey called Boris! In the warmer weather you can see me driving around the parish and town in my convertible Morris Minor!"
St Eata's is a church with a fascinating history. The first church to St Eata is said to have been built in the eighth century but there is no longer any trace of this. A church was present on this site by 1075. The oldest part of the present church is in the nave and dates from the late Saxon or the early Norman era. The tower is probably from the 12th century, and the chancel from the late 13th century. The south porch is dated 1665. The church was restored in the late 19th century
The church is open every day during daylight hours and is well worth a visit.
See below for more details on the interior of the church.
The exterior of our organ is a minature model of the great Organ in the Temple in London, unfortunately lost in World War II bombing; it is exceedingly handsome with its gilt diapered frontal pipes.
The Carved Reredos, installed in 1989
The Presence Light in the Sanctuary, a gift from Lady Berwick on Easter Day in 1956.
The Chancel Screen comes from Worfield Church near Bridgnorth. It was erected by The Rev'd Henry Burton in 1866. He found it in use as panelling in a dining room in the town and purchased it to re-erect it in a suitable place. It is probably "Georgian Gothic" possibly with cherubs by Grinling Gibbons.
The Font, used for baptizing, was until 1946 in the base of the tower. The initials that appear on it seem to be those of past Churchwardens John Chapman of Chilton and William Patteshall of Emstrey who were significant members of the Atcham community.
St Eata's is a sight to behold on a summer's day
...and in winter too!