St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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Special Services for you
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Rev Jenny Seggar
Mrs J Read
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:
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5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 14th January. In the forthcoming months, the dates are:
18th March 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 27th January. We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!
New 4th Sunday Family Service
Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 28th January 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 >>>.
A new Year!
As you read this, it is the beginning of 2018, a new year, full of potential and hope. As a church we have a number of new things happening as the year starts, in February we are beginning a charity coffee morning once a month. On the first Sunday of each month, after the service we will be extending our usually social coffee time and inviting local and national charities to come and tell us what they do, and how they can serve our community. This is open to everybody, and we hope that as we get going, local charities and good causes will come and tell us what they do and how we as a community can help. We are starting on February 4th, at 11.30 am and would like to invite you all to join us. We will be hearing from Victim Support, a national charity which helps those who have experienced a crime or traumatic events, helping them understand their rights and supporting them through the process.
We are also aiming to start a monthly contemplative prayer group, and a monthly bible study and discussion group, if you would be interested in taking part in either of these please do not hesitate to get in touch with me (contact details below)
Finally, an update on the Tabitha Project, our new outreach project which we launched at harvest time. The aim was to touch those in the community who were lonely at Christmas with a gift from the children of the village.
This was surprisingly successful, with presents given to a number of people in all our 4 communities, and contacts made which we hope will be continued. We also gave gifts to those with no families who are resident at Baylham Care Centre, and the children from the 5.00 service came with us to have tea with them and gave them the gifts just before Christmas. We also managed to give food parcels, from the donations that you gave to us, to families who we would normally have referred to the food bank. Thank you.
It is that time again! Christmas is nearly here and preparation for the celebration is well underway in our churches, and at home. I have been thinking a lot about how to keep things in balance this year, as a busy parish priest with family responsibilities, juggling the Christmas season can feel a little impossible, obviously my first priority is to church, or is my first priority the family celebration? If I am not careful I end up whirling round like a rather determined Christmas elf and get nowhere!
Having talked to many of you over the years, I think that we all tend to get Christmas out of balance – some of you will spend more than you can easily afford on presents, and the postage of those Christmas cards (which gets more unmanageable every year!) some have mountains of food left at the end of the holiday, some dash round seeing relatives. Let us help you take a little time out to remind you of why we celebrate Christmas as we do, and re-tell the story.
This year we are focusing on the Angels – the messengers who were so important in telling the story to the shepherds – and we have some lovely traditional services with the carols you will know and that wonderful familiar story told in the peace of our ancient candle lit churches. We welcome one and all into this oasis of calm for a little Christmas R and R, and perhaps some mulled wine!
So, as you prepare, I wish you peace and love this Christmas, and hope to see you at one of our wonderful services.
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.