Saxmundham, St John the Baptist, Saxmundham

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A church built of stone and flint with a tower has existed in Saxmudham since 13th Century, and is a significant building in the town including being featured on the town sign.

The building has been modified over time, including the addition of a North and South aisles during Victorian time.

Recents changes have been made to the building to make it more flexible for worship and community uses inclunding installation of screens for projection of hymn words and in 2014 the installation of a new gas-fired blown air heating system that is proving very efficient in heating the building and us!

We have a variety of worship services over the month in the parish and benefice. We are welcoming to visitors and regulars alike.

We also help run a foodbank, under the umbrella of the East Suffolk Foodbank that is linked with the Trussell Trust.

We have tea and coffee after most services.

Our logo is about a church family which offers a welcome. We offer it whatever your situation because we know that every member of a family has different parts to play and different ways of playing them. Some prefer traditional ways of being church while others are more at home with the fresh ways in which church is being expressed today, and under the services and events tab here you will get a feel for what that means across the St John's family.

Being church is about much more than Sunday worship. Whether in our homes, in our workplace or place of study, in our relationships or in our communities, Christians are called to live following the example and teaching of Jesus Christ. Sunday worship is where we are equipped afresh to live that life and serve others.

Please do look at the services and events, visit our website and then visit us in person to find out more. We'd welcome the chance to welcome you!

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11

Please do join us if you are in the area.

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Rev Andy Wolton
The Rectory, Manor Gardens, Saxmundham. IP17 1ET.
01728 602687 (Rector of Saxmundham with Kelsale cum Carlton)
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Holy Communion BCP
8am Holy Communion following the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion Common Worship
Holy Communion following Common Worship. Mix of Traditional Hymns and Modern Worship Songs, with live organ where possible. Words projected on screens, but with hymn books available for all to use as a personal choice.
Every fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1½ hours
Refreshments Common Worship
Family Service at Saxmundham Primary School
Family Service / All Ages Together in Saxmundham Primary School, Brook Farm, Saxmundham. All words to songs projected on to a screen, so no books are used. Toddlers area available for parents and their children to sit together.
Every first Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Coffee and Doughnuts (CAD) Cafe church, Saxmundham Primary School
At Saxmundham Primary School, Brook Farm, Saxmundham Informal opportunity to learn from God through contemporary film clips and discussions round table in an informal way, with the Bible verses to help us to understand our world today. No singing happens.
Every third Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Refreshments
CAD Xtra - cafe style with worship, Saxmundham Primary School
Caf style church, with coffee and doughnuts (hence CAD) available throughout. Explore the Bible through contemporary film clips and discussion, but with the Xtra opportunity to sing to God in response to what has been discussed. Words projected on to screen, so no books used.
Every fourth Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Refreshments
Benefice event on 5th Sunday alternates between Kelsale and Saxmundham
Benefice Holy Communion will alternate between Saxmundham and Kesale, when there is a 5th Sunday in the month.
Every fifth Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1½ hours
Refreshments Common Worship
Morning Praise Common Worship
Morning Praise using Common Worship. More informal with a music group playing modern worship songs and choruses. All words projected onto screens, but hymn books are also available to use at your personal choice.
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1½ hours
Refreshments Common Worship
Holy Communion
Holy Communion following Common Worship. Traditional Hymns sung, with live organ. Words projected onto screens, but with hymn books available for all to use as a personal choice.
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1½ hours
Refreshments Common Worship
Evening Worship
Evening Praise following Common Worship.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

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

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

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

Church Open During the hours of daylight.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Andrew John WOLTON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2327
Style of worship: Open Evangelical
Our Patron: Church Pastoral Aid Society
Archdeaconry: SUFFOLK (333)
Deanery: SAXMUNDHAM (33306)
Parish Legal Name: Saxmundham (330478 )
CofE Church Info: (633478 33/478)
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The current editor is: Tony Gibbs

This page was last updated on Wednesday 24th December 2014
Saxmundham, St John the Baptist : Church Street, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1ES - On the hill off of Church Street on the road towards Leiston, near Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets..

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