Gt Finborough, St Andrew, Gt Finborough

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St Andrew's stands near the centre of the village in the former grounds of Finborough Hall. This is at least the third church to have stood on this site.

Not many churches escaped unchanged in Victorian times. Some had only minor modifications but what started out as necessary repairs to St Andrew's gradually became a total rebuilding by the architect R. M. Phipson. Only the south porch was retained, and even that did not escape unscathed.

There is some car parking available in the road in front of the church. St Andrew's has six bells, tenor weight 12 cwt.

Families are always welcome to all of the services, but those more suited to their needs have been specially highlighted.  Please join us for our monthly coffee mornings in the Chestnut Horse on the second Tuesday of each month between 9.30 and 10.30am

The building is the focus of our church community which gathers week by week to engage with God’s Mission of love to the world.  Will you join us on our journey and perhaps make it yours?

We give shape to our work by following the 'Five Marks of Mission' adopted by the Anglican Church worldwide, and seek to show them both in our communal and individual lives. They are to:

  • proclaim the good news of the Kingdom
  • teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • respond to human need by loving service
  • seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenging violence, injustice and oppression and working for peace and reconciliation
  • strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth

We have strong links with Gt Finborough Church School catering for children from 4 to 11 from this parish. We welcome enquiries for Weddings and Baptisms which should be made to the Priest-in-Charge.

You will be most welcome to join us in our worship or at any of our events detailed in the Finborough newsletter or by contacting the Priest-in-Charge or Churchwarden who will be happy to help.

We are in a benefice with Onehouse, Buxhall, Harleston and Shelland and linked with the churches at Combs and Little Finborough, who you will find have a similar focus for their work.

Priest-in-Charge:  The Revd Chris Childs (01449 673280)

Curate: The Revd Rachel Cornish (01449 257622)

Churchwarden: Mr Nigel Brown (01449 675344)

Secretary: Mr Paul Goodchild 

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The Revd Chris Childs
Combs Rectory
135 Poplar Hill
01449 673280

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Morning Worship
A service of morning praise with hymns and a short homily.
Every fourth Sunday at for 40 minutes
Holy Communion
Every second and third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
A said service of Evensong with hymns and homily. This service does not take place in January and February.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer


Coffee morning
Please join us for our monthly coffee mornings in the Chestnut Horse on the second Tuesday of each month between 9.30 and 10.30am. The Chestnut Horse is on The Green, Great Finborough, Stowmarket IP14 3AT.
Every second Tuesday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour


Evening Prayer
A short service of evening prayer said using the daily prayer book for the Church of England.
Every Thursday at 4:30 PM for 20 minutes
Common Worship


Messy church
We are just starting to have this service regularly each month on a Friday afternoon. Please contact the Priest in Charge for the date each month or check out our website or facebook page.
Friday at for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
Other information
Priest in charge: The Revd Christopher CHILDS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2078
Built: 1875
Architect: R. M. Phipson
Style of worship: Informal country parish
Our Patron: Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Archdeaconry: IPSWICH (331)
Deanery: STOWMARKET (33106)
Parish Legal Name: Great Finborough (330124 )
CofE Church Info: (633124 33/124)
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The current editor is: Rachel Cornish

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 30th May 2017
Gt Finborough, St Andrew : Church Road, Gt Finborough, Suffolk, IP14 3AD

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