St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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For the holiday season of August, we change from our usual pattern of Sunday services. Please join us for the following:
Bramford – 08:00 - Parish Communion
Lt Blakenham – 10:00 Holy Communion with picnic for Lammastide
Bramford – 08:00 - Holy Communion
Nettlested – 10:00 Parish Communion
Bramford – 08:00 - Holy Communion
Baylham – 10:00 Parish Communion
Bramford – 10:00 - Parish Communion
Rev Jenny Seggar
Rev Julian Fennell
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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A Big Thank you!
The Fete held on the first Saturday in July was a great success. I must thank everyone who was involved, all the people who helped to “set up” all those who manned the stalls and those who helped clear up. But most of all to Caroline Wolton whose energy and drive – made it happen!
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 10th September.
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 January & 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.
Why not come and see if you like it?
New 4th Sunday Family Service
We've started a new 10:00am Family Service for children, their parents, and other friends. The one will be on Sunday 25th June, and we'll be thinking about Gideon.
This service will be in the Church Room, and include songs and activities.
Many thanks to all who came to the Plant Sale in May.
All who came have the opportunity for a new look to their garden, as the work off delicious treats that they enjoyed at the Coffee Morning.
Ordinarily, our services are:
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:
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 1199. There is a list of all of our vicars here >>>.
You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.
First I would like to thank everybody who took part in the wonderful Bramford Fun Day this year. I am sure that we saw more people than ever before, and certainly at time of writing we have made a little over £2,300 for church funds. Thank you everybody for your hard work – it was lovely to see the other stalls, and so many of you helping. Get thinking though, we need to begin to think in January about the next fete – so whilst it is fresh in your minds, if you have any great ideas for stalls or attractions, do let us know!
August is the time when we cut down a little on our church services, and our 5.00 service and 4th Sunday service take a bit of a rest. This is so that we can return raring and ready to go in September, so watch this space! We are really pleased with the way these new family services are taking off, and are hoping to introduce a new family friendly communion service for occasional use as part of that series.
Please read your service schedule carefully this month, there should be a service you can attend, but it may not be at the usual time or place.
One of the most exciting things we are hoping to introduce over the next few months is a new community project we have called ‘The Tabitha Project’. This was suggested by one of our 5.00 service families, and it will enable our 5.00 service regulars to reach out into the community to help others. In September we are going to launch an appeal and tell you more about The Tabitha Project, who is involved and who we are setting out to help.
As always we will be asking for donations to tie in with our harvest services, and we will be involving the school.
Finally, I have been asked to make a plea for folk to man our churches, and of course to ride in the church’s annual cycle ride day on 9th September. Each of our parish churches has a rep who is organising the rota. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our fabulous Suffolk churches, and find even the most secluded ones open, and of course, raise a little money for a good cause.
July Message from Rev Jenny
The summer is now well and truly set in, and in a church sense we are settling into the long lazy trinity season, a time when we allow our faith to bed in, and explore the life and ministry of Jesus and how it affects us. This year we are focusing on the gospel of Matthew, which is the first book we find in the New Testament. The readings are chosen for us, in a three-year cycle, and each week the gospel reading is put together with a reading from the Old Testament, and from one of the Letters at the end of the bible. If you wish to follow them, we publish the cycle each month alongside our services.
In general, these readings follow the gospel through and this means that we travel with Jesus and the disciples through the three years of his ministry, until we get to the end of November, when we look towards Advent and Christmas, which is the start of the churches year.
I have grown to really appreciate the rhythm of the churches years and the way it flavours our services, and enjoy the challenge of taking the readings we are given and trying to make sense of them in the services, and particularly in the preaching that we do as part of our worship. We try to reflect the theme in the hymns and in the prayers as well as what we say from the pulpit.
People often ask whether we re-use sermons, but in fact although the readings stay in the three-year cycle, we find that things in the community and in the church change so that the readings say something different to us each time.
Before I sign off, just a quick note to remind you that to accommodate holidays etc, we traditionally change the pattern of services during August. This year will be no exception, so please look at the service rota carefully.
June Message from Rev Jenny
June is here and already we are nearly half way through the year! We are looking forward to the Bramford Fun Day on 1st July which of course happens on the same day as the flower Show, and preparations are well under way. You can expect the usual extravaganza, and I understand that this year it will include the Scout's Famous Duck Race! If you have a bright idea for a money making scheme, then there is still time to book a stall – please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We could do with offers of cakes, and practical help, including folk to help set up and clear away. - This is not just a church fete, but a really great chance for the village to come together and spend time with each other.
On a different note – looking back at articles I have written in the past, I note that it is 3 years since we announced the launch of a new ‘5.00 O’clock service’ for families on the second Sunday of each month. From our tentative launch, this has gone from strength to strength, and has prompted us to put in another service at 10.00 on the 4th Sunday of every month which is also becoming very popular.
These services are informal, and are held in the church room, there is always a story, something to do, some great songs and a chance to chat with each other. The services are open to all, and we encourage families to come and enjoy them together. All are welcome.
Our 5.00 service this month is on 11th June at the church room at Bramford, and the 4th Sunday service is on Sunday 25th June at 10.00, also in the church room.
We look forward to seeing you.
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.