St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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Rev Jenny Seggar
Rev Julian Fennell
Mrs J Read
Bramford: Mr C Elsdon & 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
You can phone us on:
Tel 01473 748914
or write to:
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Saturday Morning Coffee
We've started a monthly Saturday coffee morning, serving Coffee, and Tea, of course, as well as tempting morsels. The next one is on Saturday 26th November, between 10:00 and 12:00 noon.
The Christmas Bazaar will be on the 3rd December. Val's famous lunches will be served between 12:00 Noon and 2:00 pm.
Christmas Tree Festival
Following on from last year's success, we will also be having our Christmas Tree Festival. This will start on 3 December.
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 20th November. We will be considering the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.
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*.
Each service includes fun, songs, a story and exciting crafts to support the theme.
*except November when we meet on the third Sunday, and January & 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.
An afternoon gathering for anyone who would like a social get-together.
We meet at 2:30 p.m., in the Parish Room. come along and meet old friends, ... or make new ones.
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 1299. There is a list of all of our vicars here >>>.
You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.
December Message from Rev Jenny
Well it hardly seems like five minutes since last Christmas and here we are again! In fact, the batteries in my wonderful Christmas jumper are still working so providing they last out December I will wear it at the crib service on Christmas eve!
However, we still have the whole of December to go – this is the time of year we know as Advent – it is a time of waiting and preparation, not just the physical preparation that we are used to, buying presents and cards and food, but it is also a time of spiritual preparation, a time when we prepare for the coming of Christ into the world, and into our lives.
So how does the church prepare? Well we have special readings and prayers in our services which lead us towards the events of Christmas, and we send some time thinking about what this might mean for us. We will also be planning the Christmas services. Each year we give Christmas a theme – this year we will be focusing on the shepherds – if you would like to come to our services as shepherd please do (children and adults!). We will also be circulating the Posada figures again around the village, the church community and the school, so watch out for them.
We look forward to seeing you over the festive period.
November Message from Rev Jenny
November is a time when we remember those who have fought and died for our freedom. As usual we will be holding our main Remembrance Sunday service on November 13th at St Mary’s in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, and the Local History Group will be holding an exhibition in the Church room after the service. It is a dilemma for Christians, as there is a fine line between glorifying war, and remembering with thanks the sacrifices made by others on our behalf. We work really hard to keep the right side of that line, giving thanks for those who serve today for our freedom, as well as those who fought in wars long past.
November is also the time when we start looking seriously towards Christmas – we have our traditional Bazaar with the WI, including lunch in the church room on Saturday 3rd September, which also kicks off our Christmas Tree Festival, so that will be quite a weekend. For us it really begins our Christmas preparations, and is always a good time to start Christmas shopping!
We will also be reminding everybody about our Harvest appeal which keeps going until Christmas, this year we are collecting for FIND – Families in Need, the charity who runs the food bank which serves our villages. As Christmas approaches it is even more important that we support them. You can give at the church, or just buy something extra when you shop at the Co-op, and remember to put a few treats in the basket! Believe me, the families that receive your gifts will be genuinely grateful.
St Mary the Virgin, Bramford
Car Parking: There is a car park
alongside the Village Hall.
St Mary's, Little Blakenham
Car Parking: Look for other
cars parked in the field
opposite the church.
St Mary's, Nettlestead
Car Parking: Take care when
parking on the verge
between the road and the
Church. Cars have become
stuck here before.
St Peter's, Baylham
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.
St Mary the Virgin is an Anglican (Church of England) church in Bramford, near Ipswich, Suffolk.