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 Saturday coffee morning, serving Coffee, and Tea, of course, as well as tempting morsels. The next one is on Saturday 23 January, between 10:00 and 12:00 noon.
Christingle Service Sunday 31 January
Our annual Christingle Service (for children and parents) will be at 10:00 on Sunday 31 January, at St Mary’s church, Bramford. If you’ve not been to a Christingle Service you’ve missed out on a great service.
5 o’clock Service
Our next 5 o’Clock Service will be on Sunday 14 February, 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*.
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.
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 >>>.
February Message from Rev Jenny
I am writing this at the beginning of January, with the Christmas Chocolates still hanging around and stray bits of wrapping paper appearing from under the sofa. As you read this we will be looking at the beginning of Lent, as Easter is early this year. Ash Wednesday is on 10th February, and we begin our traditional Lent Course on the 17th. This year we are focusing on Prayer. The Lent courses are open to anyone, so if you are interested please do not hesitate to talk to either myself or Revd Julian, and we can tell you a little more (no religious experience necessary!)
Prayer is an important part our spiritual lives, which ever faith or denomination we are. It allows us to top up our spiritual batteries, keep up communication with God, and reflect on what we should be doing in our lives. All of us need to practice, and to learn more, and the great thing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it.
On more mundane matters, just to keep you updated, things are coming along nicely with the heating problems in the church, and the wiring difficulties. Although neither will be finished quickly, we hope to be both safe and warm by the autumn. All of this is proving expensive, so any help that you can give us with fundraising will be very gratefully received.
We have already received a number of welcome donations, for which we thank those of you who have contributed. We hope though to put on a number of fundraising activities, and of course our coffee mornings will still be happening. These have proved really popular, it is a chance to chat, and to enjoy homemade cakes, and a cup of coffee. As well as bring and buy, books and cakes and preserves on sale.
We look forward to seeing you there, a member of the clergy team is always there and available to chat.
In December we introduced prayer for healing to the first communion service of each month at Bramford. This has been well received and is proving popular. We will also be offering prayer for healing at the Ash Wednesday Service at 7.00 on 10th February at St Mary’s Bramford. Please do not hesitate to contact Revd Julian or myself to find out more.
Blessings to you all.
January Message from Rev Jenny
Happy New Year to all of you.
At the beginning of each year I like to do a personal review of how things are going. I am not going to share that with you, but I do feel that this would be a good place to update you on a few things which have been on our minds as a church.
I hope, that by the time you read this, our new roof alarm will have been installed, with a new CCTV cameral in the church. This is a step we have taken reluctantly following the vandalism we suffered during 2015. It will simply monitor comings and goings and will not disturb anyone who wishes to use the church for devotions. I have had a great many comments about the church being closed over the winter and we hope this will enable us to open the church during the day again. We will be changing the opening and closing times, but will let you know what they are.
We have also been working hard to repair the church heating, I hope that by now we will have receive quotes, and will be able to get a new system in place over the next few months. At the moment we are applying for grants to help us defray the cost.
We hope that you will be patient whilst the work is going on.
On a different subject, our ‘new’ five O’clock service, aimed at children and families was really successful, we hope this year to continue to develop it, and may be even take it out to the villages. At the moment it happens on the second Sunday in the Bramford church room, if you would like to join in, or are curious about what happens, please do not hesitate to come along and give it a go!
Blessings to you all.
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.