St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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We hope you find the following pages useful:
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:
Rev Jenny Seggar
Mrs J Read
Mrs F Tew
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
You can phone us on:
Tel 01473 748914
or write to:
Pick on the links below
The Village Fun Day will be on Saturday 7th July.
Can you HELP us on the day?
Either to set up.
Or to man stalls etc.
Or to clear away
If you can help, please contact either Caroline, or Stewart on 01473 462231
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 8th July. This will be the last one this Summer. We'll restart again on Sunday 9th September.
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.
The next Coffee morning will be on Saturday 23rd June. We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!
New 4th Sunday Family Service
Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 24th June and will be in the Church Room. The July 4th Sunday Service will be on Sunday 22nd July.
Our new 10:00am Family Service is for children, their parents, and other friends and includes songs, a story and activities.
Nettlestead Church are planning a 'Bell Themed Flower Festival, on the theme, "BELL‑isima". This will be on the 4th and 5th of August, and is in aid of the repairs to the church roof. The poster is here >>>. You can find the church here >>>.
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 >>>.
As I write this at the beginning of June, my mind is turning to parish finance. I have just attended a deanery synod meeting with a run down of who has paid what so far to the Diocese. We fought hard for a reduced share last year which we received, and it feels as if we are nicely on track to meet our targets, thank you all so much for your hard work – we must not relax, as the money we give is vital to the running of the diocese.
It feels as if this money disappears into some kind of whirling black hole, but in fact every penny we raise is used very wisely. The Diocesan Office deals with our buildings, mission and ministry support, legal matters (of which there are many), communications and a raft of other things all of which are extremely necessary and support our work here in the parishes.
I do feel sometimes as if this is much of my focus and was mulling over just what the finance of the church has to do with our basic work of spreading the gospel. Unfortunately, Ministry costs, even Jesus had a small group of people (interestingly mostly independent women) helping to finance his ministry – after all, the disciples had to eat!
Everything we do in ministry costs someone something, our hospitality, our buildings, our ministers, craft activities for our children, safeguarding, weddings, funerals and baptisms, our wonderful 5.00 service, … … … honestly, the list is endless – this is not a whinge, it is fact, just as our homes cost to run. The money comes from those of you who attend church, and our fundraising activities. So, even though it feels thankless, we could not spread the gospel, or tell our stories, if we did not have money coming in.
One of the hardest things I have to do is ask all of you to look at what you give, many of us do not review our giving year to year, and of course, our costs have risen with inflation. We will all need to review this and adjust our giving if the church is to continue to flourish.
Revd. Jenny Seggar
June Message from Rev Jenny
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
How to find 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.
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.