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

Curate:

Rev Julian Fennell

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:

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Hot News

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Bramford Summer Fun Day

Saturday Morning Coffee

5 o'clock Service

Plant Sale

4th Sunday Family Service

July Message from Jenny

June Message from Jenny

  

The Bramford Summer Fun Day – 1 July

If you haven't put the Bramford Fun Day in your diary, you might miss one of the best days in Bramford, this year.

There'll be the Cake Stall, the Barbecue, and all the other fun activities that are always so popular.  We'll have the draw for the raffle at 3:45, and the Scout's Duck Race will be at 4.00. 

 

5 o’clock Service

The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 9th July.  We will be thinking about Moses and his encounter with God in the Burning Bush. 

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.

New 4th Sunday Family Service

We've started a new 10:00am Family Service for children, their parents, and other friends.  The one will be on Sunday 25th June, and we'll be thinking about Gideon.

This service will be in the Church Room, and include songs and activities.

Plant Sale

Many thanks to all who came to the Plant Sale in May. 

All who came have the opportunity for a new look to their garden, as the work off delicious treats that they enjoyed at the Coffee Morning.

Saturday Morning Coffee

Our June Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 24th June. Why not join us for your coffee and a little treat?  I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regular Activities

The Gathering,

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 >>>.

Recorded Sermons

You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.

July Message from Rev Jenny

Dear friends,

The summer is now well and truly set in, and in a church sense we are settling into the long lazy trinity season, a time when we allow our faith to bed in, and explore the life and ministry of Jesus and how it affects us.  This year we are focusing on the gospel of Matthew, which is the first book we find in the New Testament.  The readings are chosen for us, in a three-year cycle, and each week the gospel reading is put together with a reading from the Old Testament, and from one of the Letters at the end of the bible.  If you wish to follow them, we publish the cycle each month alongside our services. 

In general, these readings follow the gospel through and this means that we travel with Jesus and the disciples through the three years of his ministry, until we get to the end of November, when we look towards Advent and Christmas, which is the start of the churches year.

I have grown to really appreciate the rhythm of the churches years and the way it flavours our services, and enjoy the challenge of taking the readings we are given and trying to make sense of them in the services, and particularly in the preaching that we do as part of our worship.    We try to reflect the theme in the hymns and in the prayers as well as what we say from the pulpit. 

People often ask whether we re-use sermons, but in fact although the readings stay in the three-year cycle, we find that things in the community and in the church change so that the readings say something different to us each time.

Before I sign off, just a quick note to remind you that to accommodate holidays etc, we traditionally change the pattern of services during August.  This year will be no exception, so please look at the service rota carefully.

Blessings

Jenny

 

June Message from Rev Jenny

Dear friends,

June is here and already we are nearly half way through the year!  We are looking forward to the Bramford Fun Day on 1st July which of course happens on the same day as the flower Show, and preparations are well under way.   You can expect the usual extravaganza, and I understand that this year it will include the Scout's Famous Duck Race!  If you have a bright idea for a money making scheme, then there is still time to book a stall – please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We could do with offers of cakes, and practical help, including folk to help set up and clear away. - This is not just a church fete, but a really great chance for the village to come together and spend time with each other. 

On a different note – looking back at articles I have written in the past, I note that it is 3 years since we announced the launch of a new ‘5.00 O’clock service’ for families on the second Sunday of each month.  From our tentative launch, this has gone from strength to strength, and has prompted us to put in another service at 10.00 on the 4th Sunday of every month which is also becoming very popular.                   

These services are informal, and are held in the church room, there is always a story, something to do, some great songs and a chance to chat with each other.  The services are open to all, and we encourage families to come and enjoy them together.  All are welcome.

Our 5.00 service this month is on 11th June at the church room at Bramford, and the 4th Sunday service is on Sunday 25th June at 10.00, also in the church room.

We look forward to seeing you.

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.