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

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

January Message from Rev. Jenny

December Message from Rev. Jenny

 

5 o’clock Service

The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 14th January.  In the forthcoming months, the dates are:

11th February,

18th March and

8th April     

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 27th January.  We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!

 

New 4th Sunday Family Service

Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 28th January 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 >>>.

January Message from Rev Jenny

Dear friends,

A new Year!

As you read this, it is the beginning of 2018, a new year, full of potential and hope.  As a church we have a number of new things happening as the year starts, in February we are beginning a charity coffee morning once a month.  On the first Sunday of each month, after the service we will be extending our usually social coffee time and inviting local and national charities to come and tell us what they do, and how they can serve our community.  This is open to everybody, and we hope that as we get going, local charities and good causes will come and tell us what they do and how we as a community can help.  We are starting on February 4th, at 11.30 am and would like to invite you all to join us.  We will be hearing from Victim Support, a national charity which helps those who have experienced a crime or traumatic events, helping them understand their rights and supporting them through the process.

We are also aiming to start a monthly contemplative prayer group, and a monthly bible study and discussion group, if you would be interested in taking part in either of these please do not hesitate to get in touch with me (contact details below)

Finally, an update on the Tabitha Project, our new outreach project which we launched at harvest time.  The aim was to touch those in the community who were lonely at Christmas with a gift from the children of the village. 

This was surprisingly successful, with presents given to a number of people in all our 4 communities, and contacts made which we hope will be continued.  We also gave gifts to those with no families who are resident at Baylham Care Centre, and the children from the 5.00 service came with us to have tea with them and gave them the gifts just before Christmas.  We also managed to give food parcels, from the donations that you gave to us, to families who we would normally have referred to the food bank.  Thank you.  

Blessings

Jenny

 

December Message from Rev Jenny

Dear friends,

Christmas

It is that time again!  Christmas is nearly here and preparation for the celebration is well underway in our churches, and at home.  I have been thinking a lot about how to keep things in balance this year, as a busy parish priest with family responsibilities, juggling the Christmas season can feel a little impossible, obviously my first priority is to church, or is my first priority the family celebration?  If I am not careful I end up whirling round like a rather determined Christmas elf and get nowhere!

Having talked to many of you over the years, I think that we all tend to get Christmas out of balance – some of you will spend more than you can easily afford on presents, and the postage of those Christmas cards (which gets more unmanageable every year!) some have mountains of food left at the end of the holiday, some dash round seeing relatives.  Let us help you take a little time out to remind you of why we celebrate Christmas as we do, and re-tell the story.

This year we are focusing on the Angels – the messengers who were so important in telling the story to the shepherds – and we have some lovely traditional services with the carols you will know and that wonderful familiar story told in the peace of our ancient candle lit churches.  We welcome one and all into this oasis of calm for a little Christmas R and R, and perhaps some mulled wine!

So, as you prepare, I wish you peace and love this Christmas, and hope to see you at one of our wonderful services.

Blessings

Jenny   

 


 

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.