St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
Welcome to the
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:
If you want to know how to find our churches, the details are here >>>.
Special Services for you
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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 747819
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New Phone Number for Rev. Jenny
Rev. Jenny has a new phone number:
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 10th March.
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 30th March. 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 24th March and will be a Christingle Service in the Church.
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 >>>.
With this magazine needing to be written almost a month early (so we can get it in In Touch) it needs to cover quite a period of time.
Rev. Jenny is now on sabbatical and we pray that she enjoys her periods of retreat, study and relaxation. Before she left, she arranged for our services to be taken by some great friends and leaders. I'm thankful to Val for her suggestion to show who is taking each service in the calendar.
Until Rev. Jenny returns, this part of the magazine is being put together by Stewart, and Ken, who is taking over its publication from Stewart.
For those of you who missed it, we had a great Christingle Service, led by John Chenery, assisted by children and helpers from the 5oClock Service. We use our Christingle Service to raise money for The Children's Society and they showed us how The Children's Society started.
Please note that this month's Coffee morning will be on the 30th March, and the proceeds will go to Nerve Tumours UK. You can find out more their work here: nervetumours.org.uk.
We also start our Lent Course this month on 13th March.
We will meet at 7:00 for 7:30pm, in the Methodist Church. We will be learning about The Bible, using a course from the Pilgrim series, which we've enjoyed in past Lent courses. We're used to having the Bible read in services, but this may be an opportunity to learn more about it. If you want to know any more, please talk to Stewart.
Blessings to you all.
Stewart and Ken
February Message from Rev Jenny
By the time this is published I will be on Extended Study leave. I will be back in harness just before Easter. In the mean-time we have a great team of visiting clergy taking services across the parishes, including our New Cathedral Dean, the Archdeacon and several old and new friends. Queries about funerals will be handled by Revd Diane Williams our Rural Dean (Tel: 01449 720316), and the church wardens will handle general church enquiries.
This is not just time off but is a unique opportunity for me to undertake some academic study on something outside the normal sphere of parish concerns. I have always had a passionate interest in History, and will be looking at our wonderful Suffolk Born Anglo Saxon Saints, especially those connected to the Sutton Hoo royal family. The Girls in particular had a huge influence on the religious life of our country at the time, and their influence is still felt. One of them, St Ethledreda actually figures in the Bramford East Window, she was the foundress of Ely Abbey and I have been a huge fan of hers for many years. Finding her in our window was a delight, and heavily influenced what I chose to look at while away. I am hoping that we can gain some clues from our Anglo Saxon Forbears about how we can capture the excitement that they so obviously felt in their faith.
Watch this space! At the very least I should have some interesting talks to give the History Group and Network over the next little while!
In the mean-time, the vicarage will be occupied and I will still be seen around the village periodically, although I will spend some time on retreat, birdwatching, and spending time in Orkney, a favourite place of mine, catching up with friends and exploring that fascinating and ancient place.
Blessings to you all.
Revd. Jenny Seggar
Mr John Chenery
Tel: 01473 742797
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.