This website is the Home of East Bergholt & Brantham Churches. This benefice has two beautiful churches, St Mary the Virgin in East Bergholt and St Michael the Archangel in Brantham. They are busy places of worship and in their different ways provide a tranquil place for reflection and an atmospheric place for celebration and worship. The churches are open every day and anyone is welcome at any of our services.

We are part of the Church of England which means our people have a wide range of views on everything! We recognise we are not all right all of the time and are willing to work closely together to share our experiences of God and journey together over the hard places. Here you will find someone to listen, friendship, laughter and, we pray, new insight into God’s love for you. We long for everyone to grow spiritually and experience the glory of God. We offer regular courses for those who are just beginning to explore the idea of faith in God. Children are very welcome at our services, though there are some services that are more suited to families than others.
We look forward to meeting you. When Jesus walked out of the pages of the Bible into my life a whole new world opened up for me. I pray this will happen for you too.

Rev Steph (Rector)

(01206 392646)


Heavenly Father,

we pray for the residents of East Bergholt and Brantham,
that they may come to know your generous and enfolding love.
We also pray for ourselves, that we may play our part in your mission to help all people,
especially those around us, to come to know your love and grace.
We pray this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen

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St Mary’s Church will be holding a wedding/flower festival at the end of July 2016.  We would like to hear from anyone who was married at St Mary’s church and still has their wedding dress and would be happy for this to be displayed n the church for the duration of the festival.  We would also like to have a photo of your wedding day, clearly showing the bouquet as the flower ladies at the church will be making arrangements using (as far as possible) flowers that were in the bridal bouquets.  We are sure this will be a spectacular event and will hopefully show the different fashion in bridal gowns across the decades.  So far we have wedding dresses from the 30’s, 50’s, 60’s, 80’s and 90’s, but we do need more.  We would also be grateful for any dressmaking dummies you may have to loan for the festival.  If you have a dress, or a dummy to loan or need more information, please contact Liz Digby on 01473 312281.



This summer gardens will be open in East Bergholt. There will be free parking at the High School and a free hop-on hop-off bus to take visitors round the village. The gardens, three tea venues and an Art show/sale will be open from 11.00 am to 5.00pm. Entry price is £6, accompanied children free. Entry tickets (£6) and programme/guide with lucky draw entry (£1) available on the day from High School car park, gardens, tea venues and East of England Co-Op store in centre of village. Money raised is for St. Mary’s Church East Bergholt Preservation Society Charity to support the maintenance of the historic parish church and its unique bell cage. Enquiries to Val Ayton (secretary) 01206 298692 or ebchurchpres@gmail.com


Interested/more information contact Sara Eley 01206 298385 or
Valerie Ayton 01206 298692, e-mail v.ayton@sky.com


Bank Holiday Market Monday 30th May from 10:00 till lunchtime.



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St Mary’s has been running a Toddler Group for about 4 years now.  It has grown in number and strength and is now an established part of our church calendar.  We meet every fortnight on a Friday morning between 9.30 – 11.30 am.  The play is informal.  There are lots of toys, puzzles, and books and also lots of noise!!!  We meet in the West End of the church, which is carpeted and very warm during the winter months.  We offer tea and coffee to mums/dads and carers and at 10.30 the children have a healthy snack and drink after a very short prayer.

We have a small team of regular helpers – Liz, Chris, Carrie, Janet and June, but from time to time we also have other volunteers.  Our Toddler Group Christmas Party will be on Friday 4th December between 11 and 1 pm.  If you would like to come along, please contact Liz Digby on 01473 312281.  You are welcome to join us, even if you haven’t been to toddlers before.

Our meeting dates after Christmas are fortnightly from Friday 8th January 2016.


  • Sat 25th June
    17:00 Ordination of Rev Matthew and Rev Claire at Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. Congregation to be seated by 16:30

    Sun 26th June
    08:00 Holy Communion (BCP) with healing, St. Mary's, EB
    11:00 Benefice Communion with Rev. Matthew presiding, St. Michael's, B.
    The banns of Rosie and Kevin to be read.

    For more details of services and events, see the latest Pew Sheet





Our Rector was installed by Bishop Nigel as an Honorary Canon in the seat of Anselm Abbot of St Edmund at the cathedral on Sunday 29th September 2013.IMG-20130929-00360

Dr Matthew Ling is our curate.