Welcome to the Churches of Boxford, Edwardstone, Groton, Little Waldingfield and Newton

We are still here for you! Our churches are open for private prayer. Do pop in and spend a little time with God in these ancient powerhouses of prayer filled with spiritual essence where prayers of the people have been offered for hundreds of years and continue today. Through our services, study and activities we strive to journey deeper into the heart of God and grow more caring for our world by serving our communities and recognising Christ in each other. We offer practical and pastoral support to those who need it. This includes spiritual direction, confession, pastoral services, foodbank, home communion, house blessings, healing ministry, ministry at the point of death and much more. Please do just get in touch. ‘The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it!’ John 1:5

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Powerhouses of Prayer for our Village Communities

OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

Our churches are now once again open for private prayer. Do pop in and spend a little time with God in these ancient powerhouses of prayer where prayers of the people have been offered for hundreds and hundreds of years. Because we are having to follow strict hygiene protocols to ensure that our churches are safe places for everyone, each church is opening on different days which means that at least one of or churches are open on every day of the week. Here is a schedule for when our churches are open.

St Mary’s Boxford – Everyday

All Saints’ Newton – Everyday

St Bartholomew’s Groton – Everyday

St Lawrence’s Little Waldingfield – Everyday

St Mary the Virgin Edwardstone – Everyday





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NEWS AND EVENTS

If you would like an update on the latest news and events, please visit:

our Facebook page

the Box River News

or email boxriverbenefice@gmail.com

SERVICES AND WORSHIP

We are returning to communal worship in a safe and staged manner as from 28th March 2021. We will be following strict protocols to ensure that everyone can worship together safely. Please do follow them. It is helpful if you can bring a mask with you and print off the service sheet in advance, which can be found on the Resources to Use at Home page of this website.

We will be continuing to live stream as many services as possible via Facebook and other media – a brilliant way to get your spiritual fix if you are stuck at home.

You can access our live-streamed services at www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice/ 
Copies of services that we will be following can be found here: https://boxriverbenefice.com/resources-to-use-at-home/

A Holy Eucharist will be offered on behalf of the entire benefice at 11am each Sunday during lockdowns. Whilst we appreciate that not physically receiving Communion will be very difficult for many of us, this service will still offer us the opportunity to engage in spiritual communion together. We will still be the Body of Christ as we are united together in worship through the Eucharistic Sacrifice being offered on behalf of the whole body and in our coming together as one, albeit not in the same building.

Morning Prayer Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Midweek Eucharist every Wednesday. Evening Prayer or Compline frequently.

If you are unable to access these services online, you can still pray the services with us in your homes knowing that we will be doing them together as a Church community at these times.


Reaching out in Love

If you or someone you know needs pastoral or spiritual support, please let us know by contacting:

email: rparkermcgee@gmail.com

Telephone: 01787 210434


Bring and Share Foodbank

Many people are struggling at the moment. Please support our BRING AND SHARE FOODBANK by ‘Taking what you need and leaving what you can’. You will find it located in the North Porch of St Mary’s Church Boxford.

To find out about the times of our services and other events click here: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2190/page/41895/view/


A Spiritual Hub of the Community

As the Parish Churches in these villages, we are the spiritual heartbeat of our communities. We have sat at their heart for a thousand years or more and served local people in good times and bad, offering an opportunity for the landmarks of life to be commemorated through ritual and providing spiritual nurture, education, compassion, prayer and support to people of all ages and situations.

A Continuing Christian Presence

These churches continue to provide a focal point for local Christians to gather, worship and pray, as well as an important centre for the wider community. They are a gentle and positive witness to our communities. With your help and support, they can remain strong in number and ensure that these church communities are here for many generations to come.

Come and Join In

Whilst our buildings are beautiful, a church is only as good as the people who fill it. That means we need people like you, to come and explore God with us and help us to be enriched through your presence. Church is not about a story that ended 2000 years ago, it is about a living story that continues today and into the future. A Story of a community that lives for each other in hope and love. A community who expresses that through ancient ritual and practice and modern expression. So, don’t be shy. Be a part of an eternal story of love, community, support, goodness… Come along and be a part of the greatest living story ever told!

Singles, Families, Married, Divorced, Gay, Widowed, Children, Teenagers, Millennials, Thirties-somethings, Over-Forties, Mid-life, Approaching Retirement, Retired, Golden Years, Moonlight Years… If this describes you, or even if it doesn’t, then our churches are here for you!


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