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
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 13th May. In the forthcoming months, the dates are:
10th June and
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 26th May. We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!
On Saturday the 12th May in the Church Room, Bramford between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm in St Mary’s Church room, we will be having a Plant and Book Sale, in conjunction with our ever popular Ploughman’s Lunches. The lunches will be served between 12.00 and 2.00 pm, and the Book and Plant sales between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm.
New 4th Sunday Family Service
Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 25th February and will be in the Church Room.
Our new 10:00am Family Service is for children, their parents, and other friends and includes songs, a story and activities.
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 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
May Message from Rev Jenny
I cannot believe how fast this year is going!
It amazes me how this happens as we get older, particularly as I am usually thinking 3 or 4 months ahead of what is actually happening! At the moment I am focussing on the Village Fun Day. As I write plans for this are going really well and we have the basic things in place – there will be all the usual attractions, and some new ones!
We could always do with new stalls and attractions, so if you have any bright ideas, do not hesitate to get in touch. We also need new people to help us set up and pack away. The more the merrier – if you can help, get in touch with Stewart McGinty, he will be glad to hear from you!
The Fun Day is a lovely opportunity for us to come together as a community these opportunities are few and far between, and we need to take advantage of them.
Community is actually a very fragile thing, it takes work to build, and work to keep it alive and healthy. In these days of mass communication our communities are changing. For our young people they are online and not physical, we keep in touch with social media groups such as Facebook and Twitter. We are losing touch with our physical neighbours, often not knowing their names or their routines. It is time we began to change that. Over harvest last year, we began a new community group called the Tabitha Project, which is aimed at building up links in the community. We started off small, but we hope that as time goes, Tabitha will help us all to reach out to those around us.
There will be a Tabitha Project stall at the fete, we hope to raise interest in building community here in our village, so that we can get to know each other just a little better.
Revd. Jenny Seggar
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.