St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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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
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5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 18th March. 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 24th February. We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!
The March Coffee Morning will be on 24th March.
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 >>>.
I hope by the time you read this that spring is well on the way. I am writing this in February watching snow falling outside the vicarage window, even so, bulbs are pushing their way out of the earth, promising a good show of spring flowers. As I write we are just about to enter Lent, most of which spans March. Lent is a time of austerity and self-examination when we take a serious look at our faith, and our lives, it leads us to Good Friday, and the foot of the Cross, then on to the burst of glory which is Easter day (on 1st April – yes really!) this is a very special time for Christians, as the resurrection changed our relationship with God, giving us access to his grace, and forgiveness, and to the promise of eternal life for those who believe in him.
These ideas lie right at the core of our faith, and allow us to love and forgive others, knowing that God loves and forgives us. During Lent we spend time exploring our faith during the lent courses, it is not too late to join in, however, there are a number of ways to explore your faith, if you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us.
An update on church security – due to a number of church burglaries over the last few months, including notably Whitton, I would just like to personally reassure you that all our silver and records have been moved to a safe place, so that nothing of value is being kept in the church safe until we are really sure that the danger is over.
As a community, you are really good at looking out for your churches, please continue your vigilance. If you see anyone carrying anything suspicious out of the church, or any unusual activity at night, please do not hesitate to contact the police, calling 999 immediately. It is tempting to see theft from a church as being victimless, but actually it affects the whole community, the silver that was stolen from Whitton has been used for generations to help them celebrate the joy of their faith – in some of our churches that silver is surprisingly ancient and should stay in its right place, serving the community as it always has.
There are several things I need to mention this month, some more positive than others. Firstly, the positive – Many of you contributed to ‘The Tabitha Project’ before Christmas, and I am really pleased to report that we gave 18 gifts to those who you identified as being lonely, in our communities, gifts which were given in person by the children involved in the project and which were much appreciated. Loneliness is a huge problem in our community, and it is up to us to spot those around us who might need encouragement to talk to others, or need our help. Thank you again. We were also able to give a couple of food parcels to families in need, from the donations that you made to us. Watch this space for more Tabitha action later in the year.
Less positively, there have been a number of major thefts from churches in the area recently, so we may not be opening our doors on such a regular basis for prayer and reflection. I am sure that you will have heard that St Mary’s Whitton had their safe stolen, and in fact two people have recently been arrested for that particular crime, but it is part of a growing trend at the moment. If the church is locked when you want to go in, you only have to call at the vicarage, and I will be pleased to unlock for you, and we will leave a number where other keys are available. I hope things will settle down soon and we will be able to leave the church open more regularly.
To finish positively it has already been a lively year, we have finally finished the building project at Baylham, hopefully by the time you read this the organ will be well on the way to being put back in place and we hope to have a celebration and blessing service soon, and the Bell Project at Nettlestead has been started. St Mary’s Nettlestead only has one Bell which was cast in 1618 – to celebrate it’s 400th anniversary, it has been lowered and is being refurbished, and rehung, so we really hope that its lovely mellow sound will chime across the village again later this year.
Finally, believe it or not, Lent starts on 14th February, so our lent courses will begin on Wednesday 21st, at 7.00 at the vicarage. At time of writing I have not yet finished planning the lent course, but will let you know as soon as it has been decided. We usually have a good evening sharing experiences and exploring different aspects of our faith. You do not need any experience to take part, and all are welcome, please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to find out more.
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.