Boxford, St Mary, Boxford, Sudbury

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The Church of St Mary Boxford is part of a group of friendly and welcoming rural village churches, known as the Box River Benefice, which also includes: St Mary the Virgin, Edwardstone; St Bartholomew, Groton; St Lawrence, Little Waldingfield; and All Saints, Newton.

Across the group of five churches we try to provide a mix of services, including:

  • A monthly informal family Café Church service at Boxford on the first Sunday of the month. Children are especially welcome to this service.
  • Mid-week informal short communion services on Wednesdays, which are followed by coffee and time for a chat. These are held in Mary's House, which is a delightful church-owned cottage in the centre of Boxford village, a couple of doors away from the Post Office. It is also open to anyone on the other weekday mornings for tea or coffee for a small donation. More information is available in the link in the Pages and Links sidebar to the right.
  • Mid-morning Sunday services, one or two each week, one in Boxford on the first to the third Sundays and on the fouth Sunday of alternate months, one in Newton on the fourth Sunday, and one on the first, second and third Sundays in one of the other three churches. These services are in modern language and are usually followed by refreshments.
  • Choral Evensong once a month, and Matins on alternate months, in traditional language, are held at St Mary's Church.
  • An 08:00 Book of Common Prayer communion service, which is also held monthly at St Mary’s Church throughout the year and monthly at one of the other four churches in the Benefice on a rotating basis during the months April to September.

Boxford has a robed choir and an active team of bellringers, both of which welcome new people, whether adults or young people, and training can be given in bellringing. The choir sings at all main services, except the informal family service. Mid-morning services normally last about an hour, family services a little less, and early morning services last about 40 minutes.

If you are new to the Village and come to one of our services, please do make yourself known to a sidesperson so that you can be properly welcomed.

Details of all the current month's church services, together with information about other church and village events, are available online in the pages of the local Village Newspaper, the Box River News. Please see the link in the Pages and Links sidebar to the right. A copy of the current month's Service Rota for the Benefice can also be found in the Pages and Links sidebar to the right.

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The Revd. Judith Sweetman
The Rectory
School Hill
Boxford
Sudbury
C0105JT
01787 210091 (Priest in Charge) or 07931 043 926 (Michael Gray - Assistant Churchwarden)

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Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival Services in our Benefice are for all the family and are informal celebrations and thanksgiving for the fruitful bounty of the land and the hard work and dedication of all those who strive to ensure that we have enough to eat. Please join us in giving thanks to God for these things.
Sunday 24th September 2017 at 3:00 PM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly
 
The Christening of Kenton Linghorn-Barker
A special moment in the life of Kenton and his family as they are welcomed into our loving Church.
Saturday 30th September 2017 at 12:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
 
Autumn Concert for Choir and Organ
The concert is in aid of the restoration of the church organ at St. Mary's which is in need of some TLC. The concert programme will include a wide variety of styles of music, from those familiar in church, to operatic items. Together with organ transcriptions of well known pieces known in their orchestral form. The St. Mary's church choir together with guest soloists will give us items from musicals of the past 30 years, not only from this country but also Italy. The organ music will be familiar but will not include major works by Bach and his contemporaries. We hope some will surprise you. Entry on the door £10.00 per person.
Sunday 8th October 2017 at 3:00 PM for 1½ hours
 
The Wedding of Matthew Smith and Amie Lumley
A special moment in the lives of Matthew and Amie as they take their vows and make that deep and personal committment to one another that is marriage in the company of their families and friends and have bestowed upon them a Christian blessing of their union.
Saturday 28th October 2017 at 1:30 PM for 1 hour
 
An East Anglian Miscellany
This is an evening of poetry and music with poems about the people, places and nature of East Anglia. Mervyn Linford will read his own poems and original songs and music will be provided by The Limericks, with Colin Whyles playing piano, guitar and concertina and vocals by Amanda Goosby and Colin. Entry on the door at £10 per person, which includes cheese, wine and nibbles. All proceeds go to the church funds.
Sunday 29th October 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1½ hours
 
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Sunday

Holy Communion
A service using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. There are no hymns but there is a sermon.
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Cafe Church
This is a friendly, informal and welcoming service without Holy Communion. We sit together at small tables, rather than in the pews, so it is easy to attend for both families with young children as well as people on their own. You will be welcomed with fresh coffee and a selection of cakes and pastries. The Minister is not robed. The songs or hymns in the service are accompanied by guitar or with music played on a CD. There will be a short interactive talk and you are welcome to join in with this but only if you wish to. There will also be related activities for children and toys and books are available for them in the Children's Corner as well.
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
Resumes Sunday 1st October 2017
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
A service using the modern language of Common Worship. Our Choir leads the singing and there is a sermon. The service is followed by refreshments in the Church.
Every second and third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Matins or Morning Worship
This fourth Sunday service alternates between the familiar morning service of Matins set in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer, which is held on even numbered months, and a more informal non-eucharistic service of Morning Worhship using the liturgy of Common Worship, which is held on odd numbered months. Our Choir leads the singing and there is a sermon. The service is followed by refreshments in the Church.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Resumes Sunday 22nd October 2017
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Evensong
This service is the familiar evening service set in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. Our Choir leads the singing and there is a sermon.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer

Wednesday

Holy Communion
This is a short informal service said in the modern language of Common Worship. It is held in the church owned Mary's House in Swan Street just round the corner from the Post Office. The service is in the form of a group gathered together around a table in the comfortable surroundings of a domestic sitting room. The service is followed by refreshments served in the room.
Just occasionally this service has to be cancelled. If you are traveling any distance, please contact Revd. Judith in advance using the Contact Us link on this site.
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Common Worship

Thursday

Village Prayers
This is a friendly informal service of prayer with Revd. Judith. We meet for fellowship and to pray for those who are ill, for concerns in the Village, and the wider world. Please let Revd. Judith know the names of those you would like prayed for, or of any situations of concern to you. Confidential messages can be left on 01787 210091 or emailed to Revd. Judith using the Contact Us link on this site.
Just occasionally this service has to be cancelled. If you are traveling any distance, please contact Revd. Judith in advance using the Contact Us link on this site.
Every Thursday at 5:00 PM for 40 minutes
Ends Wednesday 27th September 2017.
Resumes Thursday 26th October 2017
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Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival Services in our Benefice are for all the family and are informal celebrations and thanksgiving for the fruitful bounty of the land and the hard work and dedication of all those who strive to ensure that we have enough to eat. Please join us in giving thanks to God for these things.
Sunday 24th September 2017 at 3:00 PM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly
The Christening of Kenton Linghorn-Barker
A special moment in the life of Kenton and his family as they are welcomed into our loving Church.
Saturday 30th September 2017 at 12:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
Autumn Concert for Choir and Organ
The concert is in aid of the restoration of the church organ at St. Mary's which is in need of some TLC. The concert programme will include a wide variety of styles of music, from those familiar in church, to operatic items. Together with organ transcriptions of well known pieces known in their orchestral form. The St. Mary's church choir together with guest soloists will give us items from musicals of the past 30 years, not only from this country but also Italy. The organ music will be familiar but will not include major works by Bach and his contemporaries. We hope some will surprise you. Entry on the door £10.00 per person.
Sunday 8th October 2017 at 3:00 PM for 1½ hours
The Wedding of Matthew Smith and Amie Lumley
A special moment in the lives of Matthew and Amie as they take their vows and make that deep and personal committment to one another that is marriage in the company of their families and friends and have bestowed upon them a Christian blessing of their union.
Saturday 28th October 2017 at 1:30 PM for 1 hour
An East Anglian Miscellany
This is an evening of poetry and music with poems about the people, places and nature of East Anglia. Mervyn Linford will read his own poems and original songs and music will be provided by The Limericks, with Colin Whyles playing piano, guitar and concertina and vocals by Amanda Goosby and Colin. Entry on the door at £10 per person, which includes cheese, wine and nibbles. All proceeds go to the church funds.
Sunday 29th October 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1½ hours

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Church Open The church is open every day from 09:00, and sometimes earlier, normally until about 17:00, though it may be locked at dusk in the winter months. You will always be welcome, just to visit or for prayer and quiet reflection in this sacred space.
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Priest in charge: The Revd Judith SWEETMAN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2190
Built: C14thC15th
Architect: David Whymark
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Diocesan Board of Patronage Hon TR Lindsay The Lord Chancellor Peterhouse College Cambridge
Archdeaconry: SUDBURY (332)
Deanery: SUDBURY (33205)
Parish Legal Name: Boxford (330285 )
CofE Church Info: (633285 33/285)
Short URL: acny.uk/2190/
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The current editor is: Judith Sweetman

This page was last updated on Saturday 16th September 2017
 
 
 
Boxford, St Mary : Church Street, Boxford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 5DU - (in the centre of the Village at the junction of Church Street, School Hill and Stone Street Road)

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