About Us

The Church Community

The Church is an integral part of village life and its congregation are active in all key village organisations.

We offer a balance of traditional and less formal worship suitable for all ages and would love to welcome you to join us at our friendly and inclusive gatherings.

In addition to our regular pattern of worship, the church hosts a number of fun and fundraising events in both the church and in the village hall, ranging from an annual barn dance through to carol singing accompanied by a brass band.

As part of our commitment to the village we give a welcome pack to all new people to the village, describing the church and village activities and produce the Woodnesborough Village News a free magazine which is distributed to 600 homes and is available online.

We also run popular regular groups including a weekly Coffee Pot and a Baby & Toddlers group.

The Church as a Building

St Mary's Grade 2* listed building dates from 1182, and has some outstanding features, including a 14th century sedilia and three modern stained glass windows. Its’ spire was removed following a storm in 1745 and replaced by a wooden tower topped by a cupola; an unusual design feature which has been attributed to the influence of Dutch refugees who settled locally after escaping political and religious persecution.

Following a recent reordering we have improved heating, kitchen and toilet facilities and a social area with flexible seating.

As part of our commitment to greening the church we have recently created a wildflower meadow area to encourage wildlife diversity and are looking to increase the number of outdoor worship opportunities.

Woodnesborough Church is one of five churches in the Eastry and Woodnesborough Benefice. Please click on the link below for more information.


St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough Church Services

1st Sunday of the month 8.00am Holy Communion Service

10.00am Come and Praise - Family Service

2nd Sunday of the month 10.00am Holy Communion Service

3rd Sunday of the month  Morning Prayer (informal)

4th Sunday of the month 10.00am Holy Communion Service

5th Sunday of the Month 10.00am Benefice Service - see website

for venue www.ewbchurches.org.uk

We are a very friendly church and everyone of all ages is welcome

to our services.

The church is open every day from 9am-5pm for private prayer and


St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough Church Directory

Rector Revd Andrew Brown 01304 273836 or email [email protected]

Benefice Office: Trisha Wells 01304 611323 [email protected]

(Weds 11am-1pm Fri 10am-12pm)

Reader Hilary Baldwin 01304 613346

Church Wardens Martin Bedford 01304 617636 Alison Hilton 07460 839319

PCC Secretary Caroline Pearce 01304 619190

PCC Treasurer Roger Bailey 01304 613036

Church Flowers Linda Flower 01304 614142

Baby & Toddler Group Linda Flower 01304 614142 (Thurs term-time 9.30-11 Woodnesborough Village Hall)

Children’s Society Martin & Gina Bedford 01304 617636

Church Breakfast Ken Flower 01304 614142 (Sat 9-11 during winter months Village Hall)

Coffee Pot Hilary Baldwin 01304 613346 (Tues 10-11.30am  in Woodnesborough Church)

Coffee, Cake & Chat Hilary Baldwin 01304 613346 (Sat 10-11.30 in Woodnesborough Church)

Woodnesborough Village News Alison Hilton 

[email protected]