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












Come to a short atmospheric presentation of the Nativity (not longer than 30 minutes) in a realistic location. Dress suitably as we will be outside NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER! Boots advisable. No seating will be provided. A torch might be needed. Uneven ground.


VENUE: Richardsons Farm cow barn, Gaston Street, East Bergholt.  Our thanks to George Harris for making this possible. Park along Gaston Street or Elm Road. No Parking on the farm. The entrance will be marked with a Welcome to Bethlehem sign.  50 TICKETS ONLY.

Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation for tickets £5.00. All the profits will go to the Ipswich Night Shelter.

TO BOOK: Tickets available from Fountain House Tearooms in East Bergholt.
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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.

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  • Sun 4th December
    08:00 Holy Communion (BCP), St. Mary's, EB
    10:00 Benefice Holy Communion, St. Mary's, EB

    Wed 7th December
    09:30 Holy Communion (BCP), St. Mary's, EB

    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.


Rev Matthew was priested on Saturday 25 June. Please see photo below.