St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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Rev Jenny Seggar
Rev Julian Fennell
Mrs J Read
Bramford: Mr C Elsdon & Mr S McGinty
Little Blakenham: Mr S Wright
Nettlestead: Mrs J McCarthy
Baylham: Miss H Ritchie
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Tel 01473 748914
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5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 15th January. We will be considering the Three Kings and their Gifts, as we are in Epiphany.
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*.
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.
Saturday Morning Coffee
Val will be cooking Bacon Rolls, as well as her other tasty delights, on Saturday morning, the 28th January. Why not join us for your coffee and a little treat?
Our February Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 25th February. I look forward to seeing you there.
The next Book Sale will be on Saturday the 11th February. Why not come and find a bargain to read while the evenings are still dark.
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 >>>.
February Message from Rev Jenny
At the beginning of February, it seems a long time since Christmas, but as I write this, we still have our Christmas decorations up and are trying to ignore the last Christmas Chocolates. I am also starting to plan services for the year, and look at new projects that we can become involved in as a church and community. After several year's discussion at Little Blakenham, we have taken the decision, with the agreement and support of the Bishop to suspend our regular legal services, and re designate the church as a ‘festival church’. We hope that this will be a really positive move, as the monthly services in the church have not been well attended for many years. Instead we will hold 4 or 5 specially planned ‘festival’ services each year alongside other events. This gives us the freedom to explore and have some fun, so watch this space!
At Bramford we are putting some more unusual services in with our standard weekly communion, our 5.00 service has proved really popular with families, it is great fun with storytelling, crafts, songs and time to socialise – come along and give it a look! We are also hoping to relaunch our 4th Sunday 10.00 service this month to provide a link with the 5.00 service. We hope that it will provide a cross over between the two, being held in the church and appealing to all ages. Again come along and give us a try.
Church in your community is really changing, we have our traditional services, but we are also keen to try new things and provide worship for anyone who wishes to explore their spiritual side. With a view to this, several people have mentioned to me that they would like more regular opportunities to explore their spirituality in small groups, I am happy to look at putting together small groups for prayer or bible study and discussion, so please let me know if that is something you might be interested in.
January Message from Rev Jenny
Is this year going to be your Epiphany moment?
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from your local Church.
Next month I will have been your Curate for 3 years, (doesn’t time fly), and it’s a time when we reflect on the year that has just past, making all sorts of New Year resolutions which may well be forgotten by February.
In church, at the beginning of January, we have Epiphany the time when the wise men came to see Jesus to pay homage to his birth and brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh. They came from the world outside following the star to where Jesus was born, and acknowledged that he was a very special baby not just to his earthly parent’s but, for the whole world.
His birth over two thousand years ago, had changed not only the lives of those ancient Kings who came to visit him, but to millions who have since found, in that new born baby, hope, love and peace, all the things he came to give, not just to those ancient people and shepherds who saw him in that stable at the back of the Inn, but to all of us today.
The light which came from that stable might well have been candles, but it represented the dawn of a new age, as the Angels declared to the shepherds, this infant is 'a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord’. The Birth of Jesus - a Great Light as those words from the prophet Isaiah told of the coming of the Prince of Peace, and the light and life he would bring, (Isaiah 9:2) The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
So, this January, as we ponder at the Christmas story and the meaning of Epiphany, why not light a candle to remember the good or possibly the sad things last year brought you, and in the silence of the candlelight, feel the love, peace and hope Jesus came to bring on that first Christmas morn, and who knows, you too may experience an Epiphany moment.
Happy New Year from Julian
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.