St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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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
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 748914
or write to:
Pick on the links below
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 9th 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 & 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 22nd September. We'll be cooking Bacon Rolls!
New 4th Sunday Family Service
Our 4th Sunday Family Service this month will be on Sunday 24th June and will be in the Church Room. The July 4th Sunday Service will be on Sunday 23rd September.
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 >>>.
It has been a wonderful summer, if you happen to like hot weather, and plenty of sunshine, I must admit that it has been a little over hot for me, and the challenge at the vicarage has been keeping cool and not allowing the house to become too airless – with the issues we have had with burglaries in the village, and a new vicarage cat who had to keep in during the better weather, this has been quite a challenge!
On the up side, it has meant that we have had some wonderful church events this year, a fascinating Heritage Day at Baylham, fete and dog show at Little Blakenham, the village fun day at Bramford, and last but not least, the bell themed flower festival at Nettelstead. All of them were well supported by their communities, and we were able to catch up with many of you.
During September we have the Ride and Stride (used to be the church cycle ride), which is a great opportunity to go and have a proper look at some of our gems of churches, especially those which would normally be kept locked.
Now, we start to look towards Autumn, and the events leading up to Christmas. Keep an eye out for your parish harvest celebration towards the end of September, Remembrance Services in November, and of course, the various festivals which are happening towards the end of November.
At Bramford in particular, we are holding a Christmas Wreath festival, and the usual bazaar on the same day – there will be more information about this, but as well as selling our usual wreaths, we are hoping to display wreaths made out of all sorts of inventive things – I am plotting one made out of tea bags which I will call ‘More Tea Vicar!’ – see what you can come up with! (the more the merrier!)
If you would like to find out more about the wreath festival, or any of our events, do not hesitate to get in touch, you can call or email me. I look forward to seeing your wreaths displayed in the church!
August Message from Rev Jenny
I am not one of those who enjoys the hot weather particularly. I must be a Viking by genetics I think, as I am much happier in the cool weather. I am deeply envious of those women who achieve crisp elegance whatever they are doing – I begin to look red and crumpled in June, and only stop in September. I don’t wish to appear churlish, as I know many of you love the heat, but instead of sitting soaking up the sun, you will usually find me somewhere cool with a cup of tea!
One of the things I have been meaning to do is have my genetics tested to see if this is right – I understand that it is amazing, and if the adverts on Ancestry.com are to be believed we learn amazing things about our heritage.
All I know, is that I act like my father, and look like my mum’s side of the family, my siblings and I share a very irresponsible sense of humour, and my daughter and I like watching the same kind of television programmes.
As Christians we believe that we are a family drawn together by faith. We are a fairly dysfunctional family but then all the best ones are. Rather than Genetics we share the heritage of our bible and the promises which Jesus gives us of love, grace and eternal life. All this gets lost in church tradition and human prejudice. Hence the splits in our dysfunctional family.
The basic principles of Christianity are really simple, love those around us and love God. If we follow those basic rules, then the petty arguments between denominations over doctrine and tradition are meaningless.
We are one body, baptised in one spirit whatever our petty differences. Time to put these aside and work together so that we can build that body into a functional community which can really support those in need and reach out into the wider community in times of need.
Revd. Jenny Seggar
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.