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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5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 7th May. We will be starting in Babylon, and thinking about Nehemiah.
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 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.
This service will be in the Church Room, and include songs and activities.
The Plant Sale will be on Saturday 13th May, and will include the usual delightful lunches, in the Church Room, between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.
If you've any spare plants, please bring them along – all donations are welcome. The proceeds go to the maintenance of the church building.
Saturday Morning Coffee
Our March Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 27th May. Why not join us for your coffee and a little treat? I look forward to seeing you there.
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 1199. There is a list of all of our vicars here >>>.
You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.
This year I celebrate my 6th Anniversary as Priest in Charge of these parishes. It has gone very quickly, and I still feel like the New Priest! Since we came here though, my daughter has completed GCSEs, A levels, and is about to complete her Dissertation for her degree, she has learned to drive and has turned from a teenager into a confident young woman. A thought provoking reminder of how time has passed! We have achieved great things in the church too, our 5.00 service and attached family service, our work with the school, and the slow steady building up of links with the community to name but a few.
I hope by the time you read this that St Peter’s Baylham will be well on the way to building the toilet and kitchen over the wonderful crypt we found last August, we are very excited about the plans which will mean that the church will be useable by the community, and as a place of retreat and refuge by other churches if they wish.
As we are heading towards summer, keep your eyes on the various summer fundraising events that are being undertaken this year. Each of our church communities needs to raise money not just for our wonderful ancient church buildings, but so that we can function as an organisation. We are always so grateful for the way that our villages support us, especially as our costs have risen as have everybody else’s over the last few years. Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to catching up with you all over a cup of tea!
April Message from Rev Jenny
Easter is the major Christian festival of the year, celebrating the stunning events surrounding Passover something like 2000 years ago. I am often asked what actual proof we have of the resurrection, but in fact, all we have is the wonderful accounts in the gospels. It would be tempting to think that if it happened today then we would have all the proof we needed, but the fact is that it happened in away from observers, in the quiet of the tomb.
The witness accounts we have are from those who were considered to be unreliable, in fact all we can say is that whatever it was that happened was so stunning that it sparked off a wave of faith which is still rolling around the world, and inspiring people today.
You will see from our service schedule that we have a full week of events, as we follow the story pretty much in real time. It is worth dipping in and out of the week, the highlights will be the lovely Maundy Thursday communion service with its vigil afterwards, the walk of witness, and reflection on Good Friday, and of course Easter Sunday. Little Blakenham church is also holding a spring flower festival in the church, with a New Fire service on Holy Saturday evening.
In the week after Easter, we will be celebrating Easter with the school, who will have been on holiday for the two weeks before the Festival, do come and join us.
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.