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:
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
Rev Julian Fennell
Rev Pat Wright
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:
Pick on the links below
Saturday Morning Coffee
We've started a monthly coffee morning, serving Coffee, and Tea, of course, as well as tempting morsels. The next one is on Saturday 24 October, between 10:00 and 12:00 noon.
The November Coffee Morning will be on 28th November. This month we will also be having a Christmas draw.
5 o’clock Service
Our next 5 o’Clock Service will be on Sunday 18 November, at 5:00 pm in the Church Room. This service is growing in popularity.
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 on the second Sunday of each month (except January & August), in the Church Room.
Each service includes fun, songs, a story and a exciting crafts to support the theme.
Harvest - Many thanks
Bramford School & Church Harvest Donations
At the harvest festivals held at St Mary’s Church Bramford for both the congregation and the Bramford primary school the gifts for this year where for the Ipswich Homeless Family Unit, a charity that has been in existence since 1894 serving our local community for over a hundred years. This charity is open 24-7 and 365 days a year. It caters for families, who have suddenly been made homeless. The reasons are many they may have lost their jobs and been unable to pay the rent or mortgage, some may have been abused by partners and are seeking a safe haven. The request was for dried foods such as pasta and as these people may have left in haste such things as tooth brushes and tooth paste soap and flannels. The response from the village was really outstanding. Representatives from the charity have given their grateful thanks especially to the children from the school for their magnificent response.
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 1299. There is a list of all of our vicars here >>>.
You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.
November Message from Rev Jenny
November is the time when we turn our faces backwards to remember those who fought and died for our freedom. Again on remembrance Sunday the community will come together to remember those who died in the various conflicts which have affected this country over the past 100 years.
I am writing as the news about refugees and migrants, fleeing from conflicts across the world is much on our minds. It is easy for us to dismiss this and see it as someone else’s problem, but in fact, it is likely to remain a world problem for the foreseeable future. There are a number of reputable charities dealing with the problems on the ground and attempting to help people before they have to leave their own countries, easier said than done in a climate of fear and danger.
One of the things we can do, is to hold those in need in our thoughts and prayers.
I have had a number of conversations with people asking why God would put people through this. Why does God cause war? Why does he let this happen?
Let us have no doubt in our minds that war is man-made, People cause wars, not God. God is there with those affected, with the aid agencies, with the peacekeepers, and prayer can only help.
November is also the time when we turn our eyes towards Christmas, as usual we have a full and busy programme of Christmas activities planned, starting with the various bazaars and craft fairs across the parishes. Please support these, many of them are great for the early purchase of Christmas presents and cards, and they also help us to raise funds for the ministry and mission of the church.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Blessings to you all.
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Bike or Walk Ride
May I offer a big thank you to our gallant cyclists who visited 25 Churches and those who kindly gave donations. Thank you also to the volunteers who sat in the Church to welcome those visiting St Marys. We raised £50.00 this year of which half is returned to us to aid the running and upkeep of our church.
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.