Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Clare with Poslingford

Clare, St Peter & St Paul

Is it a great ocean liner afloat on the skyline? No, it’s one of Suffolk’s great churches with ‘a small tower for a fo’c’sle and two turrets for masts’ as author Simon Jenkins once put it. This beautiful building dominates the north end of the town, reflecting the prosperity of Clare in the Middle Ages when the main trade was cloth-making.

What's special?

The exceptional height of nave and the huge aisle windows where the light streams in through the lavish arcades. 

Look out for the gallery of 15th century roof faces and try out the handsome private pews, one bearing the emblems of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

The 18th century ringers’ gotch – that’s a beer jug. Beer was once the payment for the ringers. Clare’s ring of eight is said to be the heaviest in Suffolk.

How old is it?

The present church dates back to at least 13th century but after a visit by the image-breaker William Dowsing in 1643, the heraldic glass in the east window is all that is left of the 15th century glass that once might have filled the church.


The parish of Clare with Poslingford is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Benefice Safeguarding Officer. The Diocese of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our Benefice Safeguarding Officer. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Service.

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Celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events this Advent and Christmas.

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The Revd Mark Woodrow

The Vicarage 14 High Street Clare Suffolk

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Online Holy Communion for The 2nd Sunday of Advent (5th December 2021)

5 Dec 2021, 9 a.m. for 6d
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Today is the Second Sunday of Advent Sunday and our focus this week is on the Prophets of old who foretold the coming of the Messiah.

Our readings and liturgy direct us towards Christ's birth and we endeavor to do so with a sense of alert watchfulness, and our fundamental Advent prayer remains 'Maranatha' - 'Our Lord, come' (1 Cor. 16:22).

Our readings this week come from Philippians 1:3-11, and Luke 3:1-6.

Our hymns are, 'A great and mighty wonder', and 'Hills of the North, rejoice'.

You may wish to have an advent wreath or candle to hand as we light this during our service.

A service booklet to accompany this service can be downloaded from the benefice website

A service booklet to accompany today's service can be downloaded below.

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Christmas Advent At the Heart of Christmas Eucharist/Holy Communion Recorded service Live streamed service Organ Hymns Prayers Choir Singing Family Friendly Common Worship Event held in a Vicarage

Following the major restoration work and the Christmas Fair, please note that with the exception of a funeral on the 8th December, St Peter & St Paul will be closed to the public to allow for a deep cleaning of the church to take place.

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