Holy Week in Lavenham and Preston St Mary

Holy Week and Easter

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.  We now come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world.   Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.  Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.”  (Introduction to Palm Sunday)


Wednesday 1st April (Wednesday of Holy Week)

11am to 2.30pm         FREE Children’s Easter Activity Day – Lunch Provided (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Thursday 2nd April (Maundy Thursday)

7.30pm                        Choral Eucharist with foot washing (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Friday 3rd April (Good Friday)

12 noon                         Peoples Passion (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)

2pm                               Devotional Service observing “the Final Hour” (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Sunday 5th April (Easter Sunday)

6.30am                         Easter Sunday Dawn Eucharist  (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)

8am                               Holy Communion (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

10.15am                        Parish Communion followed by Families Easter Egg Hunt (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

6pm                               Holy Communion (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)

Parish Retreat to Walsingham – England’s Nazareth – 17th-18th October 2015

Walsingham Shrine Arial

Pilgrims have made the journey to Walsingham since the 11th century, after a vision of Mary, the Mother of Jesus appeared to the Lady Richeldis in 1061.

Join with The Revd. Mark Woodrow for the whole weekend or for just a day, as we explore all that one of England’s holiest sites has to offer.

  • Accommodation and Full Board Cost for the Weekend is £74.95  

(Deposit of £30 required on booking)

  • Day Cost for Saturday is £10.25 (Lunch) or Sunday is £13.95 (Lunch & Tea)  

(Full Payment Required on booking)


For more Information:   email: revdmarkwoodrow@gmail.com  or telephone: 01787 247959


Gift Day – Saturday 7th March 2015

Dear Friends

At Lavenham Church we serve many people in many ways: giving the opportunity for worship to those attending our regular services; sharing the joy of a couple coming to be married or a family bringing their child for baptism; comforting the bereaved.   To all these and many more we seek to be a channel of God’s love to those looking to our church for help and encouragement.

Our impact is also felt well beyond the church building itself, sometimes to those who may not normally look to the church for help.  Through our outreach into our community, often in partnership with others, we are constantly seeking to meet the needs of the marginalised and vulnerable in our society.

All this is possible because of the continued commitment of time, skills and energy which people bring to our church and also the financial support given over the years by many in our village.  And this is why I am asking for your help today.

Like every household our church needs to keep up with the cost of living. While we are as careful as possible with our funds, our outgoings like heating, insurance, our clergy and many other day-to-day costs mount up.   You may not realise that this comes to a staggering £2,215 each week. We receive some money from funeral and wedding fees and also from fundraising during the year, but the vast majority comes from our church members, our visitors, and from our supporters in the village itself, each one giving faithfully to ensure that our church continues to be here, today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

In order for us to sustain our historic grade one listed church building, a sacred place that has been at the heart of our village for over 500 years, to continue to support our community, to develop our work with young people, and to be able to welcome the many visitors who visit the village every year we need to bridge our anticipated income shortfall of just under £200 a week.

As custodians of such an integral part of our villages history we also have a duty maintain the fabric of the church, and whilst we are fortunate that there are no immediate structural concerns, however, our architect has identified that the building will require close to £200,000 of structural repairs and maintenance over the next few years, but with your support this figure is achievable.

 So I am asking of you one or two things:-

  1. Join our Regular Planned Giving Scheme by completing a monthly standing order form. *
  2. Give a one off gift for the work of the church. *

In both instances if you pay income tax or capital gains tax please complete the ‘gift aid’ declaration as this will increase the value of your gift to us by 25% at no additional cost to you.

May I thank you in anticipation for responding to this request, hoping and praying that you will join us in supporting our church’s ministry.

You are invited to bring your gift to church on Saturday 7th March from 9.30am to 12.00pm where you can join us for coffee, climb the tower (weather permitting) and find out more about what’s going on at the Parish Church.  If you are unable to join us for our Gift Day, by all means put your gift/response through the letter-box at The Rectory, in advance or afterwards.

If you would like any more information or want to talk this through, please do contact me.

With every blessing.


The Revd Stephen Earl


* Please complete your details below and we will be in touch to provide you with the necessary information

Lavenham Parochial Church Council is a Registered Charity No. 1131642         

Advent Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (24th November to 3rd December 2015)

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Travel with The Revd Mark Woodrow to the Holy Land and let the Bible come alive as me meet the people and see the places of the gospel stories.

The Holy Land is unique in offering so many highlights and contrasts in such a compact area.   On our journey, we will visit place of pilgrimage and also meet the local Christian community, offering them our encouragement as we hear of the challenges they face.

Our pilgrimage is planned for late November, when the weather should be cooler and the sites quieter and ideal for touring.  Visits will include Jericho, Nazareth and Capernaum, with free time for relaxation and reflection.   We will walk along the Via Dolorosa, have the opportunity to float on the Dead Sea and ascend the Mount of Masada by cable car and sail on the Sea of Galilee.

A highlight will be the opportunity of celebrating Advent Sunday with Christians in St Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem, having visited the site of Jesus’ Nativity in Bethlehem the previous day.

We are confident that this comprehensive, full-board pilgrimage will not only be enjoyable, but also a spiritually enriching experience.

For more information or to book please see the attached documents.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015 (Final Brochure)

Holy Land Pilgrimage Booking Form

Jesus and Peter beside the Sea of Galilee

Jesus and Peter beside the Sea of Galilee

Lent and Easter in Lavenham

From the earliest of times Lent has been a time of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which alms-giving has traditionally been added.

Now is the healing time decreed

for sins of heart and word and deed

when we in humble fear record

the wrong that we have done the Lord.

(Latin, before 12th century)

Lent was also the traditional time when candidates for baptism were instructed in the Christian faith, and the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.

Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence, and it became the practice to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross, a practice which we continue on “Ash Wednesday” (18th February 2015).   Our churches also reflect the penitential feel of this season, with Purple/Violet vestments and frontals being used, and flowers and decorations being removed.

As Holy Week approaches, the atmosphere of the season darkens, the readings begin to anticipate the story of Christ’s suffering and death.

Before on Easter Sunday, the church celebrates the resurrected Christ with great joy and hope.

We look forward to meeting you at any one of the events which take place in the benefice, be it our Ecumenical Lent Course, Lent Lunches or special services.

Advent and Christmas in Lavenham

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It has been some time since we last updated this page, but that doesn’t mean that our church has stood still.   Indeed we are busier than ever, especially as we approach Advent and Christmas.

On this site we have added a new page called “Forthcoming Events” which will give more details of specific events taking place in Lavenham church (or in our sister church in Preston St Mary) and would encourage you to check there regularly.

In addition we have added more details of our service times in Lavenham, together with information for those planning to visit us.

We also now have 2 Facebook Pages!   Please search “Lavenham Church” for our main page, “Lavenham Church – Families and Children” for our page for our younger members of the community and their parents and grandparents.

And talking of Children, do keep a special eye out for some of our new events aimed specifically at Families and Children, such as our Crib Service and our travelling Posada!

In the meantime, if you would like information about any of our churches activities please contact one of the clergy or church wardens.