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

 

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 748914

or write to:

Hot News

Pick on the links below

Saturday Morning Coffee

5 o'clock Service

4th Sunday Family Service

Plant Sale and Lunches

June Message from Rev. Jenny

May Message from Rev. Jenny

 

5 o’clock Service

The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 13th May.  In the forthcoming months, the dates are:

10th June and

8th July     

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 26th May.  We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!

  

Plant Sale and Lunches

On Saturday the 12th May in the Church Room, Bramford between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm in St Mary’s Church room, we will be having a Plant and Book Sale, in conjunction with our ever popular Ploughman’s Lunches. The lunches will be served between 12.00 and 2.00 pm, and the Book and Plant sales between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm.

 

New 4th Sunday Family Service

Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 25th February 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 >>>.

June Message from Rev Jenny

Dear Friends

As from a couple of weeks ago, I have served as Priest in charge, here in these parishes for 7 years.  Although I was not the first female Priest in Charge in Nettlestead, Little Blakenham and Baylham, I was in Bramford.  The first parish priest recorded on the board of past Vicars was a gentleman named Galfdr de Horewode, who was licensed on 5th November 1299.  Believe it or not I am number 49! (according to those records)

I am daily reminded of this when I go into the vestry and see pictures of my predecessors – some of whom look quite disapproving!  It is a great prompt to remember that we are part of a long and important heritage, a stream of praise and prayer, well over 700 years in that building, and at least 900 in the village (we are mentioned in the Dooms Day Book)!

The sad thing is that we do not know who built our wonderful building, or exactly what the original saxon church looked like, and we can be certain that we would not have recognised the services they used, or even the English that they spoke, but the basic ideas of the faith were just the same then as they are today.

It is very tempting for us to see ourselves and our church in isolation, and forget that we are part of something much bigger and older.  We have brothers and sisters of all denominations spread across the world and are part of an ancient church with ‘branches’ potentially in every community in this country.

We just need to have the confidence to let people know what we are about and what we do.  It is time we stopped being diffident about who we are, yes of course our faith is personal, but if we do not tell others who we are and what we do, it should come as no surprise that our churches are empty.

If you are curious, come and see who we are and what we do, we have a variety of services to suit young and old, everybody is welcome.

Revd. Jenny Seggar

May Message from Rev Jenny

Dear Friends

I cannot believe how fast this year is going! 

It amazes me how this happens as we get older, particularly as I am usually thinking 3 or 4 months ahead of what is actually happening!  At the moment I am focussing on the Village Fun Day.  As I write plans for this are going really well and we have the basic things in place – there will be all the usual attractions, and some new ones!

 We could always do with new stalls and attractions, so if you have any bright ideas, do not hesitate to get in touch.  We also need new people to help us set up and pack away.  The more the merrier – if you can help, get in touch with Stewart McGinty, he will be glad to hear from you!

The Fun Day is a lovely opportunity for us to come together as a community these opportunities are few and far between, and we need to take advantage of them. 

Community is actually a very fragile thing, it takes work to build, and work to keep it alive and healthy.  In these days of mass communication our communities are changing.  For our young people they are online and not physical, we keep in touch with social media groups such as Facebook and Twitter.   We are losing touch with our physical neighbours, often not knowing their names or their routines.  It is time we began to change that.  Over harvest last year, we began a new community group called the Tabitha Project, which is aimed at building up links in the community.  We started off small, but we hope that as time goes, Tabitha will help us all to reach out to those around us.

There will be a Tabitha Project stall at the fete, we hope to raise interest in building community here in our village, so that we can get to know each other just a little better.

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.