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

Rev. Jenny is currently on sabbatical

If you need to talk to someone, please contact the Church Wardens.  Their contact details are on the Church Wardens' page.

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: Bramford currently doesn’t have a Church Warden

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 747819

or write to:

Hot News

Pick on the links below

Saturday Morning Coffee

5 o'clock Service

4th Sunday Family Service

May Message from Reverend Jenny

April Message from Stewart  

 

New Phone Number for Rev. Jenny

Rev. Jenny has a new phone number:

01473 747819

 

5 o’clock Service

The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 9th June.  

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 25th May.  There'll be Sausages in rolls, and Bacon Baps to eat, and the chance to buy a wonderful cake for tea.

  

New 4th Sunday Family Service

Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 26th May. 

   

 

Recorded Sermons

You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.

Parish Magazine

You can download a copy of recent Parish magazines here :

April 2019 >>>

May 2019 >>>

June 2019 >>>

 

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

Dear Friends

I cannot believe that we are pretty much half way through the year.  It is going incredibly quickly.  Look out for the publicity for the usual fund-raising events, we really need your support!  Each parish has something else happening, so please go and support other parishes, it is a chance to get to know our neighbours.

I hope that by the time you read this we will have become a legal benefice (that is a group of parishes working legally together)  this should make our lives much easier, and allow us to solve some of the problems we have by sharing practice and looking at new ways of working together.  We have hit a time when the idea of the ‘parish’ is becoming more difficult to staff and run, and it is only by working as a team that we will be able to survive in these difficult times, sharing our spiritual gifts, and skills and maybe even personnel!

This idea may not be easy, but I am sure you have noticed that your church wardens and PCC are stretched, and in some cases overworked.  We really need to blur the boundaries, sharing jobs and may be even looking at sharing PCCs and church wardens.

This is much fore faithful to the ideas shared by the early church, who were small, and often persecuted, but managed to worship and meet together praising God and exploring their faith.  That is after all what we are here for.

I look forward to seeing you at some of our social events over the course of the Summer.

Blessings to you all.

Revd. Jenny Seggar

 

May Message

Dear Friends

I am sure that by now most of you will be aware that I have returned from my Sabbatical and have been working again since just before Easter.  I had a great time, and did some fascinating study, coupled with a great holiday and some fantastic bird watching in the Orkney Isles.

Many of you asked what I did for Lent, and where John and I worshipped.  We took the opportunity to travel around a bit on Sundays, which was fun, as for the Lent observances, I followed the Church of England Pilgrim season, which was thought provoking, but as a household we had a really good look at our environmental profile.  We are trying to cut down on our plastics use (easier said than done), and be much more aware of our shopping habits.

I was shocked to see plastic waste on the wild beaches of Orkney, and was deeply impressed about the steps islanders are taking to try to sort out their own small corner of the world.    Each and every one of us needs to change just a few things which will make a material difference to our impact on the world around us – from a Christian point of view we were given responsibility for the world.

I realised that my personal stewardship of this great gift had slipped.  So, we are cutting out unnecessary single use plastics, looking for green alternative for household goods, including mundane things like toothbrushes and shampoo (amongst other things) and we will be looking at green energy tariffs... we are just one household, but every little helps!

We'd like to thank everyone who came to support the Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th March, to support the Nerve Tumours charity, and all the helpers, without whom the event wouldn't have been possible.  We raised £300.  Very well done to all.  The Coffee Morning on 25th May will be supporting Christian Aid, and we will again be selling excellent cakes, as well as books and jigsaw puzzles.  We'll also have a Bring and Buy, and a raffle.

Don't forget the Ploughman's Lunches and Plant Sale on 11th May.  This is your chance to get something for your garden, as well as enjoying an excellent Spring lunch.

Blessings to you all.

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.

 

Click Here to view a map

 

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.