We offer a range of services across the Benefice to ensure that you are able to access the worship you need on any given Sunday or on other days of the week.
Please note that during Covid-19 restrictions, our services may vary to what is laid out below.
To find out about the times of our services and other events click here: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2190/page/41895/view/
Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion, Mass)
The Holy Eucharist is the most important service of the Church. It is rich in symbolism and prayerfulness. Children are most welcome. Every Sunday the Holy Eucharist is celebrated at least once in the Benefice, but often there are two to choose from. On normal months the cycle of Holy Eucharists looks like this:
On the First Sunday of the month, the Holy Eucharist is offered in traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer at 8am (Boxford) and in normal contemporary language at 9.30am (Little Waldingfield).
On the Second Sunday of the month, the Holy Eucharist is offered at 9.30am (Groton) and 11am (Boxford).
On the Third Sunday of the month the Holy Eucharist is offered at 9.30am (Edwardstone) and 11am (Boxford).
On the Fourth Sunday of the month a Family Eucharist is celebrated at Boxford at 9.30am and the Holy Eucharist is also celebrated at 11am at Newton.
If there is a Fifth Sunday, the Holy Eucharist is offered in a Joint-Benefice service which rotates in turn around the different churches.
Every week, there is a midweek Eucharist held at 10.30am at Mary’s House, which is a Church-run Community Centre in the centre of Boxford Village (opposite the village store)
Simple Midweek Eucharist
A simple, reflective midweek Eucharist to help us to re-centre and settle. It takes place most Wednesdays at 10.30am at the Benefice’s Community Space – Mary’s House, 5 Swan Street, Boxford.
During Covid-19 restrictions it will be held at St Mary’s Boxford in due to the space required
Family and All-Age Services
Family and All-Age Services are a chance to experience church in a more informal way. Children are most welcome at any of our services and don’t be afraid to talk them through what is happening, especially in the Eucharist. But this service is certainly easier to let you child be free. Family and All-Age Services are not intended to replace other forms of worship, indeed they cannot, but it is a good place to start. It will introduce you gently into the life of the church, and we hope that, in time, you’ll feel the need for something deeper. We certainly hope so, and that is exactly what this is designed to do. Worship should never be confused with entertainment, that’s not what we are here for, but Family and All Age Services will, we hope, be enjoyable and thought-provoking, providing space and comfort ideal for those early ventures through the church door. Family and All-Age Services are held on the Fourth Sunday of the Month at St May’s Church, Boxford.
Forest Church is a fresh expression of church drawing on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside – and it is also drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places.
Forest Church isn’t just normal church happening outside, instead it attempts to participate with creation. And it isn’t just a fellowship group doing an outside activity, we aim to learn, worship, meditate, pray and practice with the trees, at the spring, in the outdoors…
We are hoping to start Forest Church in May 2021. This is all very exciting and we are doing our best to get everything in place to begin. Watch this space as things develop.
Morning, Evening and Night Prayer
On many Sundays we also offer a range of opportunities for morning and evening worship. And each weekday we hold Morning and Evening Prayer in one of our churches.
Morning Worship is slightly more informal than usual Sunday services. They offer a chance to reflect and rejoice in a prayerful way with the rest of the community. Morning Worship happens on occasions when there is no Eucharist. Please look at the monthly schedule to find out when and where.
BCP Mattins is a service of traditional 17th Century language, which provides a deep spiritual richness. It takes once every two months on the First Sunday of the month.
BCP Evensong is a rich traditional evening service that inspires in the late evening. BCP Evensong takes place every First Sunday at 5.30pm (Boxford) and occasionally at the other churches in the Benefice (see monthly notices).
Compline Taize Night Prayer, Celtic Evening Prayer and Healing Services take place (depending on the seasons) at least once a month, but in the summer more frequently. They are always on the second or third Sundays at 5.30pm and rotate around the churches of the Benefice (see monthly notices).
Morning Prayer – We say Morning Prayer everyday at 8.30am. In ordinary times, you would be invited to join us in person, but when restrictions are in place to stop us from gathering, then you can still join us online at http://www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice
Evening Prayer – We say Evening Prayer most days at 5.30pm, as often as the demands of the diary allows. As you can imagine, in a benefice of 5 churches, other demands can get in the way, but we offer Evening Prayer as often as we can. In ordinary times, you would be invited to join us in person, but when restrictions are in place to stop us from gathering, then you can still join us online at http://www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice
Compline or Taize Night Prayer – We also sing Compline or Taize Night Prayer as often as possible at 9pm (again as demands allow). This will be streamed from the Rectory and you can join in live through http://www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice
Theological Reflections and Thoughts for the Day – We will occasionally stream reflections, usually at midday, through http://www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice