Clare, St Peter & St Paul, Clare

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This large and beautiful church holds a dominant position in the town.  It portrays the importance of Clare in the Middle Ages.  Look for the heraldic glass in the east window - all that remains after Dowsing's iconoclastic visit in 1643.  The chantry screen, the gallery in the south aisle and the ringers' 'gotch' are of interest.  The ring of eight bells is the heaviest in Suffolk. 

The church is open for visitors every day and there is a well-stocked shop and bookstall.  The 'Friends of Clare Church' holds regular fund-raising and social events to support the fabric of the church and The Society for Music in Clare Church, SMICC, organises a series of concerts throughout the year.

Clare Parish Church belongs to the Stour Valley Benefice and the Rector is The Reverend Stuart Mitchell.  The choir sings at every principle Sunday service.There is an active branch of the Mothers' Union and Flower Guild. Messy Church meets every second Sunday at 2.30 but please check if you are travelling some diatance to visit.

Please refer to the noticeboards for special services and events.

Level access to the south door which has limited width followed by ramp. Level access by the West Door for services or by arrangement for visitors. please use the contact page.

Parking available around the church in Clare. The nearest car park is at Clare Country Park a five minute walk with moderate incline.

You are most welcome to the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Clare and to all of the churches in the Stour Valley Benefice.

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Rev Stuart Mitchell, Rector
The Vicarage, High Street
Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NY
(01787) 278482

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Parish Eucharist
Parish Communion, sung service led by choir. Quiet room at back of church for children / parents to "chill out". Children's corner with colouring sheets and books. Toilet. Incense at some services. Family Communion on 3rd Sunday particularly appropriate for young families. Baptisms and wedding enquiries to Rev Stuart Mitchell 01787
The 10.30am Eucharist service on a 5th Sunday of the month is held at other churches in the benefice.
Every first second third fourth and last Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Incense


Mid-week Communion
A weekly service to which all are welcome and have the opportunity to engage in a quiet act of worship without music or sermon. (No service on Wednesday 28th December 2011)
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour



(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight

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Church Open Church open each day from 9 a.m until 5 pm in summer, until dusk in winter.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2115
Built: 13th Century
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Duchy of Lancaster Diocesan Board of Patronage Jesus College Cambridge Lady Loch
Archdeaconry: SUDBURY (332)
Deanery: CLARE (33201)
Benefice: The Stour Valley (33/280CW)
Parish Legal Name: Clare with Poslingford (330175 )
CofE Church Info: (633175 33/175)
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The current editor is: Stuart Mitchell

This page was last updated on Tuesday 29th August 2017
Clare, St Peter & St Paul : High Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NY

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