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 and there is a regular Sunday School as well as a Mothers' Union and Flower Guild. 

Please refer to the noticeboards for special services and events.

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
Tel: (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 Coffee 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
Sunday School Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Grade 1 Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Floodlighting Stained glass Guided Tours Guidebooks / notes Shop Organ Church Open Back to Church Sunday Wheelchair Access / Ramp Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets

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Church open each day from 9 a.m until 5 pm in summer, until dusk in winter.

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A Church Near You ID: 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 33/175)
CofE Church Info: (633175 33/175)
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The current editor is: Stuart Mitchell

Clare, St Peter & St Paul : High Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NY
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