St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford

Welcome to the website of:
St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford;      St Mary's, Little Blakenham;
St Mary's, Nettlestead, and                        St Peter's, Baylham

New Phone Number for Rev. Jenny

Rev. Jenny has a new phone number:

01473 747819

We hope you find the following pages useful:

Services   

St Mary the Virgin, Bramford

 Photograph by

Ken Tew

St Mary's, Little Blakenham;

St Mary's, Nettlestead

St Peter's Baylham

If you want to know how to find our churches, the details are here >>>.

 

Special Services for you

Pick on one of these links to find out more about:

Baptism and Confirmation

Weddings

Funerals

Who's Who   

Vicar:

Rev Jenny Seggar

Lay Elders

Mrs J Read

Mrs F Tew

Churchwardens

Bramford: Mr S McGinty

Little Blakenham: Mr S Wright

Nettlestead: Mrs J McCarthy

Baylham: Miss H Ritchie

If you wish to contact the Church Wardens, their phone numbers are on the Church Wardens' page

 

Contact us

You can phone us on:

Tel 01473 747819

or write to:

Hot News

Pick on the links below

New 'Learning Together' Group

New Sound System for St Mary's

New Phone Number for Rev. Jenny

Saturday Morning Coffee

5 o'clock Service

4th Sunday Family Service

December Message from Rev. Jenny

November Message from Rev. Jenny

 

New 'Learning Together' Group

We're starting a new group which will meet about once every two weeks, to learn what our faith teaches, and to share our experiences.  Up until Christmas, we’ll be looking at The Basics.

If you're interested in coming, please let Jenny know.  Her new phone number is at the top of this page.

The schedule of dates for November and December are:

        Tuesday 20th November

        Tuesday 11th December

 

New Sound System for St Mary's

Our new sound system received many favourable comments at the Remembrance Service on 11th November.  As we were unable to have an organist, we used recorded music for the service, to sing to, as well as to carry Rev.
Jenny's voice to all parts of the church.

 

New Phone Number for Rev. Jenny

Rev. Jenny has a new phone number:

01473 747819

 

5 o’clock Service

The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 18th November.  

If you haven't started coming to this service it's designed for children aged 5 to 8 years old, and their parents.  We start at 5 o'clock (normally) on the second Sunday of each month*.

Linked with the 5 o'clock Service is our new 4th Sunday Family Service at 10:00.  (See below)

Each service includes fun, songs, a story and exciting crafts to support the theme. 

*except November when we meet on the third Sunday, and & August when we don’t meet at all.

If you would like a reminder of when the next one will be, please give Ken your mobile phone number.

 

Saturday Morning Coffee

The next Coffee morning will be on Saturday 24th November.  We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!

  

New 4th Sunday Family Service

Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 25th November and will be in the Church Room. 

Our new 10:00am Family Service is for children, their parents, and other friends and includes songs, a story and activities.

   

 

Recorded Sermons

You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.

Friends of Bramford Church

We have an active Friends of Bramford Church group.  There are more details here >>>.

Vicars of Bramford Church

The first vicar of Bramford was Galfdr, de Horewode, in 1199.  There is a list of all of our vicars here >>>.

December Message from Rev Jenny

Dear Friends

Christmas is coming, and we have an exciting programme of services and events planned.  Keep your eye on our service schedules and notice boards for our wonderful traditional carol services and crib services – it will be a real celebration.

We begin with the Wreath festival and Christmas bazaar, we will have craft stalls, and our handmade Christmas wreaths on sale, as well as a lovely display of unusual Christmas wreathes in the church.

The National Church is taking the theme ‘follow the star.  If you have a computer do go online and sign up for the daily reflections which can be delivered to your phone or email address.  These are well worth receiving and help us to reflect on Christmas together, keeping our eyes fixed on the real meaning of Christmas as we prepare our family celebrations.  The website is here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/followthestar

After Christmas I have been granted 3 months study leave from the middle of January to just before Easter.  Clergy can take study leave every 7 – 10 years, we have to spend part of the time in retreat, part of the time resting, and part of the time on a specific area of study which will help in your ministry going forward.  I have a holiday planned in Orkney and lots of bird watching, as well as a residential retreat, and my field of study has been approved by the Bishop!

All the services will be covered by visiting clergy, and we have some quite exciting people coming to help us out over the next few months, including the Archdeacon, and the New Cathedral Dean, so do watch your service schedules

On a sadder note, many of you will be aware that Janet Read has not been well, and She and Judy Kemish have taken the sad decision to finish running the Gathering.  Although meetings will stop for the time being, we have plans afoot to restart it again in the new year, so watch this space.  Janet and Judy have done a wonderful job over the last 14 years drawing people together to chat, laugh and drink tea, and I am sure that you will all wish to thank them for their hard work, as I do.

Blessings to you all.

        Revd. Jenny Seggar

 

November Message from Rev Jenny

Autumn is now well and truly here.  Not only are we preparing for Remembrance Sunday, but we are starting to look towards Christmas.  We also have a slightly changed service schedule so if you normally attend Baylham or Bramford please take note!

Firstly, Remembrance.  The loss of the Royal British Legion Branch in Bramford has been really felt in the village.  We have finally laid up the standards, and hopefully they will be on display for our service on the 11th November.  I have had a lot of folk asking me whether our remembrance service is still going ahead.  Of course, it is.  This is a chance for the whole village to gather to remember those who sacrificed themselves in various conflicts to give us the freedom to live as we wish.  So usual time (10:30am), usual place … and this year with a new much more efficient modern sound system – thank you to all of you who donated, I hope you will be able to appreciate the difference!

Keep your eye open for our Christmas services, I know it seems a little early to mention them, but I am already getting quite excited – it will be my first Christmas as a Grandmother, and I am already planning our family celebrations!

This brings me to the changed service schedule – because of staffing issues and my odd inability to be in more than one place at a time, we have had to reschedule the services on the third Sunday of each month.  Bramford will now have their main service at 9.00, and Baylham at 11.  Other Sundays have not been changed.  I look forward to seeing you all bright eyed and bushy tailed on the 18th of November at the new times!

Blessings to you all.

        Revd. Jenny Seggar

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

How to find us    

 

St Mary the Virgin, Bramford

Church Green,

Bramford

Suffolk

IP8 4AT

 

Car Parking: There is a car park

alongside the Village Hall.

 

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St Mary's, Little Blakenham

Valley Road

Little Blakenham

Suffolk

IP8 4LP

 

Car Parking: Look for other

cars parked in the field

opposite the church.

 

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St Mary's, Nettlestead

Hall Lane

Nettlestead

Suffolk

IP8 4QR

 

Car Parking: Take care when

parking on the verge

between the road and the

Church.  Cars have become

stuck here before.

 

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St Peter's, Baylham

Church Lane
Baylham
Suffolk 
IP6 8JS
 
Car Parking: Coming from 
the B1113, take the right 
turn, signposted to the 
church.  Use the car park 
on the right, before you 
get to the church on the left.

 

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 St Mary the Virgin is an Anglican (Church of England) church in Bramford, near Ipswich, Suffolk.