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We are delighted that the Rev. Rachel Cornish is now working amongst us as our new Priest-in-Charge for the Alde River Benefice.

St Peter's Church has its origins in the 13th century and has been added to in many ways over the following centuries. Whilst not an architectural 'gem', it has warmth and a welcoming feel; a typical country Church, set within its hedged churchyard and surrounded by farmland in east Suffolk. St Peter's receives many visitors who come from across the world. Those who visit often comment on the sense of peace and of a well-loved place with an obviously active congregation.

St Peter's is open during the hours of daylight and facilities include an accessible toilet and tea/ coffee making supplies and equipment.

St Peter's Blaxhall is part of the Alde River Benefice, with the churches in the villages of Benhall, Farnham with Stratford St Andrew, Great Glemham, Little Glemham, Snape and Sternfield. Most months, services at St Peter's comprise a service of Holy Communion at 11.00am on the second Sunday in the month and a Praise and Worship service at 9.30am on the 4th Sunday. However, there are occasional months when the service arrangements are slightly different and the calender of services on this site for the appropriate date should be consulted for definitive information. Visitors are always most welcome.

The next 'big' event in St Peter's Calendar is the annual Harvest Festival on Sunday 8th October. Following the 11am service at St Peter's there will be a Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall (tickets from Sheila Scopes on 01728 688178) and then the auction of harvest produce, the proceeds of which will go to charity. All, regulars or visitors alike, will be most welcome.

A recent 'big' event in St Peter's Calendar was the Confirmation, on Sunday 10th September, by Bishop Mike - Bishop of Dunwich, of 4 members of the Smith family. Parents Allan and Angie, and two of their sons, Liam and Sean, were confirmed in a service in St Peter's at 7pm. We are delighted that they have fully joined the Church family.

The Bishop of Dunwich with Rev. Rachel Cornish and Angie & Allan, Liam and Sean Smith 

The popular annual Blaxhall Festival, including the Patronal Service, was held over the weekend of 1st / 2nd July. The Flower Festival held within St Peter's had the theme of 'Butterflies' which linked with the large numbers of wild flowers and attendant butterflies to be found within the Churchyard at this time of year. The Festival had a diverse programme of music and other activities, both within the Church and in the Churchyard. This included handbell ringing workshops, table tennis and various children's activities. The marquees in the Churchyard served a wide range of refreshments including lunches. The complementary annual Blaxhall Art Exhibition  held in the nearby Village Hall at the same time, had an extensive range of work for sale from an eclectic mix of artists. There are some images from the Blaxhall Festival pasted below.

A new Network, the 'Friends of St Peter's Church' was launched during the Blaxhall Festival. The 'Friends of St Peter’s' has been established to create a network of those who are interested in being regularly kept informed about St Peter’s and its activities. Friends’ receive:

• A periodic Newsletter
• Invitations to Special Events, such as the Festival
• A copy of the Annual Report & Financial Statement
• An invitation to major Services (eg Easter, Harvest, Christmas)
• Information about opportunities where you might be able to help with developments at St Peter’s.
There is no charge for joining the 'Friends'. Anyone who is interested in joining the 'Friends' should contact the PCC Secretary, as per the 'Contact Us' Tab above.
Below please find another of our favourite images of St Peter's, taken during Advent in 2016 when a new star had been installed on the flagpole and two additional external floodlights had also been commissioned. St Peter's is floodlit in the evenings from Advent Sunday until Candlemas. At the Candlemas Service the interior of St Peter's is illuminated by candle 'chandeliers' which provide a unique atmosphere for this special service. See further below for an image from the 2017 Candlemas Service.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Mike Cowling
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IP12 2DZ
07747 866617 (Secretary to Parochial Church Council (PCC))

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Holy Communion
A service of Holy Communion using the Common Worship form of service. There will be refreshments after the service. All are most welcome.
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 9:30 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings Floodlight
Church Open St Peters is open during the hours of daylight.Tea and coffee making facilities and supplies are available, without charge.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2320
Style of worship: Services are mainly Common Worship with occasonal Book of Common Prayer. Each month there is a service of Holy Communion on the 2nd Sunday and a Praise & Worship service on the 4th Sunday.
Our Patron: The Right Hon Edward Francis North, Earl of Guildford Diocesan Board of Patronage PW Hope-Cobbold
Archdeaconry: SUFFOLK (333)
Deanery: SAXMUNDHAM (33306)
Benefice: The Alde River (33/276CT)
Parish Legal Name: Blaxhall (330464 )
CofE Church Info: (633464 33/464)
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The current editor is: Mike Cowling

This page was last updated on Sunday 24th September 2017
Blaxhall, St Peter : Church Road, Blaxhall, Suffolk, IP12 2DW - St Peter's stands in its country churchyard, 2 miles east of the A12, surrounded by farmland, in the western part of the village, adjacent to the settlement known as Stone Common. The main part of Blaxhall village is 1/2 mile to the east, along Station Rd

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