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01473 527499

St. Mary's Church
Church Street


Tree of Memories

We are priviliged to be able to minister to those who have been recently bereaved.

If you would like a funeral to be held in one of our three churches, or for one of our ministry team to lead a service at one of the local crematorium, please speak to your chosen funeral director who will make the arrangements on your behalf.

Should you not have chosen your funeral director, you might like to contact one of the following:

Fathing Singleton & Hastings, Ipswich - Tel: 01473 272711
G Gwinnell & Sons, Hadleigh - Tel: 01473 824440
Hunnaball of Ipswich - Tel: 01473 748808
Kingsbury & Saunders, Hadleigh - Tel: 01473 823117

Our weekly notice sheet mentions by name all those who have recently died. This enables the church community to pray for family and friends at this sad and difficult time. One of our ministry team will visit you to make practical arrangements for the funeral. The service will often include a tribute, a bible reading and perhaps poetry, as well as hymns, prayers and a short address. Two weeks after the funeral we will post a card to you and, if you would like, will arrange to visit you.

If you are arranging to get together family and friends after the funeral, we are pleased to recommend a local catering company:

Angel Delights

www.angel-delights.com or email info@angel-delights.com
Tel: 01473 823657 or 07900900329

St Mary's Church is available, after a funeral or memorial service if you would like to serve refreshments there, rather than relocate to another venue. Please contact the administrator for details.

For costs see Benefice Fees 2016 at Downloads/General Information.

Each year in late October/early November, around the season of remembrance (All Souls), an invitation is sent to invite you to a service of thanksgiving and remembrance for those who have died. This is a very special service and valued by many people. We automatically invite those who have lost a loved one over the last two years, but the service is open to anyone to wants to share in this opportunity.

The Story of the Fire Lily

For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. [John 5:21]

The crackling flames rise skyward
As the waving grass is burned,
But from the fire on the veld
A great truth can be learned.
For the green and living hillside
Becomes a funeral pyre,
As all the grass across the veld
Is swallowed by the fire.
What yesterday was living,
Today is dead and still,
But soon a breathless miracle
Takes place upon the hill.
For, from, the blackened ruins
There arises life anew
And scarlet lilies lift their heads
Where once the veld grass grew.
So once again the mystery
Of life and death is wrought.
And man can find assurance
In this soul-inspiring thought,
That from a bed of ashes
The fire lilies grew,
And from the ashes of our lives
God resurrects us, too.


Prayer is the bedrock of all that happens here.

We hold together many different traditions of prayer at St. Mary’s, St. Andrew’s and All Saints, and in addition to corporate prayer during liturgical services we offer:


Fridays 9.30 - 10amSouth Chapel    Extemporary Prayer for our Church community and beyond.  We pray for the on-going work of the benefice.


During Café Church which follows prayer ministry for individuals is  available.

Tuesdays 4.30 pm for an hour. Silent Prayer at Salvation Army Hall, Duke Street.


We join with our friends from other Churches.


Sundays after 10.45 Eucharist.  Healing Ministry in Lady Chapel.


Prayer Diary.  Daily prayers for our community - a copy available for everyone.  Please ask either Welcome team or office.


Those who are now unable to attend church, who are  housebound or in residential care are prayed for regularly, again on Friday mornings.


At various times prayer and home study groups meet.


Contact office for up to date details of days and venues.


During the year we offer Retreat Days. 


Last year we held a successful Painting and Prayer day at a nearby village church and church hall, led by our own ministry team and local artists.


During the week we offer ongoing prayer for our work with children and young people.


Porch Project, Frogs, Tadpoles, Open the Book and St. Mary’s school.


We especially remember them from where we are, maybe at home or work, at the time they happen.


At the entrance to the South Chapel, reserved for quiet prayer, there is a candle stand for those who may wish to light a candle in memory of someone dear to them or to pray for a particular concern or situation.    


Inside the South Chapel there is a book in which to write requests for prayer.  These are prayed for on Friday mornings.


For any special requests for prayer please contact Joyce Willis via the Benefice Office 01473 527499    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.











Prayers for the Morning in Lent

God who lives in the depths of the universe

We worship you.


God who calls to us in the depths of our hearts and souls,

joining in our weeping and our laughing,

our sorrow and our joy,

full of kindness in the deep silences of our painful places,,

speaking into the anxious centre of our struggles,

yet also dancing with us in our delight

and sharing our celebrations:

We worship you this day.


You may wish to light a candle as a symbol of your continuing  journey, 

which is always lit by the light of Christ.

The candle is lit.


You may wish to hold a cross, or to gaze at a picture of a cross

as a symbol of the costly love of God 

which lies beneath and within all of life,

even at the end point of our hopes and faith

as we try to survive with joy in the deep waters of life.

Dear God, as we enter the journey of this day, 

the invitation into a time of reflection, 

we grieve our human failures as we face some parts of our lives.

Here, in this time of being with you, the Christ,

help us to search down into the realities of who we are 

and what we do or fail to do.  

We know that we can never earn the costly grace which you offer us.


Silent Reflection



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