Pilgrim Course – Find out more about the Christian faith


Beginning on Tuesday 13th October at 3pm, and initially running for 6 weeks in Lavenham Church, you are invited to join a small group exploring the Creeds and the Eucharist using materials from the Church of England’s ‘Pilgrim Course’.

Do I need to know a lot about Christianity?

These sessions assume that you will have a basic understanding or knowledge of the Christian faith but perhaps would appreciate the opportunity to re-explore some of key beliefs of the Church of England.

It focuses on Jesus Christ

Pilgrim aims to equip people to follow Jesus Christ as disciples in the whole of their lives.

It flows from the Scriptures

The primary focus of each session is a group of people engaging with the Bible together.

It draws deeply from the Christian tradition

In the Early Church, the Christian faith was taught by the sharing of key texts which summed up the heart of the Christian message. Pilgrim restores this approach for the twenty-first century.

It honours the Anglican way and its many streams

Pilgrim has been developed as a specifically Anglican resource which aims to cater for every tradition in the Church of England.

Last minute availability for Holy Land Pilgrimage

Jesus and Peter beside the Sea of Galilee

Jesus and Peter beside the Sea of Galilee

Unfortunately for personal reason, we have been advised that one of our group can now no longer travel with us.

This means that we now have have space for an individual (or a couple) to join us on our Advent Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

If you are free from the 24th November to 3rd December 2015 and have always wanted to visit the region where Jesus lived, worked, died and rose again, please do get in touch.

(And what better, than to return home with Christmas Gifts for friends and family from Bethlehem – the site of the very first Christmas!)

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Riders urgently needed for Sponsored Cycle Ride

Family Cycling

Following the lead theft last week, we are urgently seeking cyclists (and walkers) who are willing to be sponsored to take part in this years “Ride and Stride” on Saturday 12th September.

“The Sponsored Bike Ride, which takes place on Saturday 12th September is a marvelous opportunity for all the family to be out on the roads and lanes of Suffolk discovering the delights of the countryside, getting good exercise and supporting our ancient churches and chapels with the money you raise”, the Chairman of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Patrick Grieve said and added “The churches are your history, help to be their future.”

Routes are decided by each cyclist (or walker), incorporating stops at some of over 500 Suffolk places of worship that will be open to receive them.  Cyclists and walkers can get more details from Pam Evans by phoning 01787 247541 or emailing pam.skylark@btinternet.com

Fundraising not dampened by the Bank Holiday Weather!

Thank YouDespite the “typical” Bank Holiday weather, the spirit of generosity was not dampened, as fundraising began in earnest to raise the significant funds required to repair the damage cause by last weeks Lead Theft.

The whole community, old and young,  came together to organise and support the Bring and Buy sale in Lavenham Church, the result?    An amazing £7,059 was donated on the day!

This is in addition to many gifts, both large and small,  already sent in to the Rector during the preceding week from the surrounding area and beyond, who have been shocked that a few thoughtless individuals would target a church, for what will ultimately be a few thousand pounds worth of stolen, scrap lead, and in the process causing £10,000’s of damage.

The Revd. Stephen Earl, The Rector, said “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, and it is clear that they are not prepared for the ‘criminal minority’ to win.  Our community has come out strongly in support of our fundraising efforts, despite the weather”  he continued “we are already discussing further fundraising activities such as an Auction, Bridge Tournament, and Concerts being planned, and it is hoped that the full dates of these event’s will be published soon.”

A formal fundraising committee is about to be formed.  If you are interested in this please do get in touch with the Rector in the first instance.

A “Just Giving” Fundraising site will be up and running later this week, so that people can donate in a tax efficient way via Credit or Debit Cards.

TextGiving is already available, and people can text LVCH01 £2/£5/10/£25 to 70070.

Lead Theft at Lavenham Church

We are saddened to have to report that sometime between 10pm last night and 8am this morning a significant of lead was stolen from the north aisle roof of Lavenham Church, resulting in large amounts of rainwater e11924905_10206379250292745_1388948384095559162_nntering the building this afternoon.

John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said it was too early to know the value of the lead stolen or the cost of repairs – but early indications are it c
ould be similar to Combs’ Church (which had their lead stolen on Sunday night) which is facing a £150,000 bill.

11954768_10206379251012763_212557111113281344_nMr Howard said “The stealing of lead from church roofs is not just an attack on the church building but also the community which it serves,” he said.

“The diocese is working with Suffolk Constabulary to make communities aware of how they can frustrate thieves.”

Earlier today Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: ““[A] dedicated rural crime team, led by Pc Mark Bryant is doing an excellent job. This team, supported by Suffolk’s two dedicated rural Special Constabulary units, has a very good understanding of the negative impact heritage crime has in rural areas.

“We all have a role to play to protect our county’s beautiful churches but so often they are in remote areas so I would urge everyone to keep their eyes peeled and report any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with any information about the Lavenham crime should call Babergh west police on 101, quoting crime number SU/15/2046.

Calls can also be made to Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you would like to make a donation to help towards the eventual cost of repairs, you can send cheques payable to “Lavenham PCC” (marked ‘Roof Repairs’).

Alternatively you can give by Text Giving.   Just Text LVCH01 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070.