St Mary the Virgin - Braughing SG11 2PZ
The normal pattern of services -
1st Sunday of each month 11.15 am All age Communion
2nd Sunday of each month 10.00 am Family Morning Worship
3rd Sunday of each month 11.15 Holy Communion
2nd Sunday of each month 5.45pm - 7pm, 'REFRESH' - an informal contemporary worship service.
4th Sunday of each month 9.30 am Holy Communion
5th Sunday the service is held at St Mary’s, Stocking Pelham at 10.30 am for a Benefice Holy Communion service.
Every Wednesday 9.30 am Holy Communion (said)
Refreshments are served after all our services.
Children’s events – occasional. (Please see the noticeboard, Braughing Life or contact the Church office for details).
Little Fishes and Little Fishes Church –Tuesdays in the church hall, in term time 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. (Dates are available on the noticeboard, Braughing LIFE or contact the church office)
NB Arrangements in August and around Christmas and Easter will vary – please see the notice board, Braughing Life or contact the church office for details.
We are a small village church with a warm, welcoming and faithful congregation – a mixture of ages and backgrounds, who try to live out our calling to love God, follow Jesus and be led by God’s spirit.
We have a service most Sundays and twice a month there are services especially suited for families and children. However, children are always welcome at every service – there is a small area with toys and activity sheets to colour and complete which are related to the service.
The pre-school group called Little Fishes - takes place in the church hall and there are simple craft activities and songs for the children and refreshments, with time for parents and carers to chat. For more information, please email Jean Hubbard here >>>. On alternate weeks in term time there is Little Fishes church, again in the church hall. This is church for the very young and their carers. We use puppets, shakers, singing and simple interactive story telling in this 20 minute service and afterwards there is a craft activity related to the story, refreshments and play.
We have a small, robbed, choir which is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. Children over 7 yrs and adults are welcome to join the choir (no audition is necessary) and are able, if desired, to follow the “Voice for Life” chorister training scheme. Each grade or exam is marked by a different coloured ribbon and medallion - more details in a booklet at the back of church, please email Carolina Castillo here >>>.
We also hold occasional special services such as a Healing service three times a year, a Pet service and Songs of Praise.
The church is open during the day for anyone who wishes to use it for quiet prayer or reflection. We have a House Group which meets fortnightly, a weekly prayer group, Mothers’ Union and a thriving bell-ringers team, for more information click here >>>. Other activities include occasional Alpha courses, also on the 2nd October when we always celebrate the village tradition of Old Man’s Day, which both young and old enjoy.
Once a month we hold a Bring and Share lunch in the village hall to which everyone is invited; many from the church and wider community come along with one thing to share with others. This is a very popular social occasion.
During the summer people in the church and village provide ‘Sunday Teas’ with home-made cakes and a Country Stall, helping to raise funds for the fabric of the church, click here >>> for more information.
The Friends of St Mary’s also raise funds to help us to maintain and improve our beautiful grade 1 listed building - clickhere >>> for more information.
The churchyard is beautifully maintained and many people come to visit it. Please contact the church office for information about relatives’ graves.
The Rector Rev’d Julie Gawthrope - please contact here >>> for enquiries about baptisms, weddings or funerals or if you would like to explore spiritual questions, questions of faith or receive prayer.
Living God's Love
So that God's kingdom might grow in our community, our vision is to see a flourishing, Christ-centred community, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to discover God, grow in their relationship with him and respond to his transforming love though serving others.
The Living God's Love prayer
- Living God, draw us deeper into your love
- Jesus our Lord, send us to care and serve
- Holy Spirit, make us heralds of good news.
- Stir us, strengthen us, teach and inspire us to live your love with generosity, joy, imagination and courage.