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.

At present we hold a Benefice Zoom service at 9.30 each Sunday. This is a short, informal service without Holy Communion. The link is can be obtained via

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At 11 am each Sunday we have a service of Holy Communion in St Mary's, Debenham. We are socially distanced, we wear masks and we disinfect our hands on entering and leaving church. It is good to be able to meet together to give ourselves into God's love and to be sent out to share in God's love throughout his world.

We are planning a series of quiet Evening services that will be enriched by times of silence. The first series of four weeks is in September: Thursday September 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 7.00pm. More details later.

We are looking forward to our Harvest Festival service in the grounds of Helmingham Hall on the afternoon of September 27th. More details to follow.

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

Get in touch

Revd Susan Bates

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

[email protected] postponed due to the pandemic

Every First Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 1hr

High Street

A relaxed family friendly service for the young and not so young. The service starts at 10am with breakfast from 9.30am.

Fresh Expression of Church All age/Family Refreshments Family Friendly Event held in a Church

A list of services and events for September 2020

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