Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Debenham

Debenham, St Mary Magdalene

The Benefice of Debenham and Helmingham


We are a benefice of seven parishes. Six small villages or hamlets, each with a church building, gather round the larger village of Debenham. Debenham has a population of about 2500 people, schools, shops, cafes, a pub, and a leisure centre.

Other denominations which have a presence in the the villages are the URC, Baptists and a free church called The Forge. We share a happy relationship in Christ.

As a Benefice we are prayerfully trying to hear the voice of God as we are called to look to our future pattern of Christian worship and presence.

We have a rich heritage. Six of the churches are from Medieval times and Debenham shows signs of Saxon building. So worship and pastoral care have been a blessing for centuries in our parishes.

We are pleased to announce that the church is now open daily.

We are committed to our church being a safe and welcoming place for all peoples. If you have any safeguarding concerns or questions, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, David Carruthers on 01728 860508 [email protected], or the Rector, Revd Susan Bates on 01728 860222 [email protected]. Further information can be found at

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Revd Susan Bates

The Vicarage, 6 Raedwald Way, Debenham Stowmarket IP14 6SN

Holy Communion (CW)

Every Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 1hr
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High Street

A modern service with prayers, Bible reading, reflection and music.

Eucharist/Holy Communion Common Worship Event held in a Church

St Mary's Debenham are collecting donations for Suffolk Refugee Support

28 Aug 2021, midnight