Christmas at St Peter & St Pauls



Details of our Christmas Concerts and Services can be found below.                                        

Saturday 17th December                                                                                                                                 7.30pm                  Bury Bach Choir – a Christmas Celebration                                                                                                   (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)                                                                                                                                 Tickets and more information:

Sunday 18th December                                                                                                                                   4pm                          A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols                                                                                                               (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)      

Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
2pm                            Children’s Crib Service                                                                                                                                                (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)
5pm                             Family Carol Service                                                                                                                                                    (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)
11pm                          ‘Midnight’ Mass                                                                                                                                                              (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day)
8am                             Holy Communion (BCP)                                                                                                                                            (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)
9am                             Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                            (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)
10.15am                   Parish Communion with Carols                                                                                                                            (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Adult Confirmation Group


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

A Confirmation preparation group especially for Adults will shortly begin in Lavenham, if you are interested in joining then please speak to the Rector, The Revd Stephen Earl.

For information about Confirmation in the Church of England please click below.


Tower Open Days 2016

Lavenham Church (Large)

This year we are pleased to announce that Lavenham Church’s 141ft high tower will be open on two days.

Saturday 25th June – 10am to 3pm (each hour on the hour)

Sunday 26th June – 12 Noon to 3pm (each hour on the hour)

Admission:  £2.50 per adult    £1 per accompanied child

Please note that visitors climb at their own risk, and that for safety reasons numbers may be restricted.

Rector’s Study Leave 2016 – India Report & Lunchtime Presentation

Stephen Earl in IndiaNow that Stephen has returned from his extended study leave, he is keen that everyone in the parish (and further afield) are able to share with him the experiences he had in Southern India.

A copy of our Rector’s illustrated write up of his experiences in Southern India is on display at the back of the churches in Lavenham & Preston St Mary and can also be downloaded using the link below:
Rectors Study Leave 2016 – India Report


Stephen will also be giving a presentation on his time in India on Thurs 16th June at 1pm, including curry & rice lunch, in Lavenham Village Hall.

For catering purposes, please advise Mary Jackson if you are coming as soon as possible & at least one week before : Tel. 247631 or Email.

All are warmly invited.  The event is FREE, although donations will be gratefully received in support of some of the Church of South India’s humanitarian projects (specific details will be provided later)

Creative Workshop with Jonathan Boast in St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Local artist and member of Lavenham’s congregation, Jonathan Boast is hosting a ‘Creative Workshop’ at the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 14 May 2016 from 9.30am to 12 noon in the Cathedral Lecture Room

There will be an introduction by the artist on the techniques and methods of his working practice before the practical session begins.

JonathanBoast MonalithWe will then use mixed media to create a group piece, a large scale mock-up of a stained glass window based around an image of Saint Edmund the Martyr using collage techniques. Participants will use printouts of the Bury Bible and the artist will also provide photographic source materials of suffolk landscapes (linked to his present body of work) along with archival prints from around the town of Bury St. Edmunds also printouts of historical documents linked to the town as a resource for the project. Using cut and paste techniques and layering images we will work together to create the final canvas and form the image of King Edmund.

Following the session each participant will receive an stained glass style acetate print of the completed piece to keep.


Cost of the workshop will be £10 each including tea/coffee.

If you would like further information or to book, please contact or telephone 01284 748722.

Curate to leave Lavenham following his new appointment

The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, has announced this morning that that our Curate, The Revd Mark Woodrow, has been appointed as the next Priest in Charge of Stoke by Nayland with Leavenheath and Polstead, and Nayland with Wissington.

MAP LARGEMark has spent the past three years serving the people of Lavenham and Preston St. Mary, as both Deacon and Priest.

His final Sunday in Lavenham will be at Lavenham’s Patronal Festival on Sunday 3rd July.

Mark will be then be licensed to his new parishes at a special service on Thursday July 21st, further details will be available nearer the time.

Please hold Mark in your prayers, as he prepares to move into the next stage of his ministry.