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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)

OBERAMMERGAU 2020 – postponed

Come with us to the Passion Play. This trip will now take place in May 2022. Full details can be viewed online at and quote bebp201. Contact Rev Steph for your information or to book.



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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Rev. Steph and Coco are featured in Christian Today. Read their story here.


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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 Gill, but from time to time we also have other volunteers. If you would like to come along, please contact Liz Digby on 01473 312281.




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  • Weekly Services

    St. Mary's, East Bergholt (EB)
    St. Michael's, Brantham (B)

    We are now alternating a short 10.30 Sunday service between our churches. Please note the new time. For services at St Michael’s booking with Rev Steph is essential to avoid disappointment if you hope to attend.

    Please contact Rev Steph if you need assistance.
    Prayers are being livestreamed on Facebook and you can ask to join the Worship and Support WhatsApp group by sending a message to Rev Steph.

    The Benefice now has a YouTube channel. Do have a look.

    Every Sunday a Service will be posted on YouTube

    Thurs 22nd October
    14:40 Rev Steph and Rev Eric at EB Primary assembly

    Sun 25th October - Bible Sunday
    10:30 Benefice Communion at St Mary’s, EB. Wardens will be sworn in today.

    Coronavirus Prayer
    Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
    Sustain and support the anxious,
    be with those who care for the sick,
    and lift up all who are brought low;
    that we may find comfort
    knowing that nothing can separate us
    from your love in Jesus Christ our Lord.





Our Rector is Rev Canon Stephne van der Toorn with Guide Dog (Canon) Coco.

Steph and Coco