Higham, Holton, Raydon, Stratford

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On the third Wednesday of each month there is a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service at 10 a.m. in the Parish Room at Stratford St Mary (green building in the middle of the village), followed by refreshments.


What kind of services?

The monthly 8 a.m. service at Higham from April to September inclusive is a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service with a short sermon.  

The 10 a.m. service is usually Common Worship Holy Communion (but see exceptions below).  

The evening service in the churches is usually a said Book of Common Prayer service of Evening Prayer with a short sermon; Holton sometimes uses Common Worship Daily Prayer instead.

10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (October-March) or 6.30 p.m. (April-September) services rotate around the parishes.  In principle, the pattern is as follows (but please note that the schedule may vary - especially in December - depending on special events, so please check individual dates):

1st Sunday    10 a.m. Stratford St Mary (SSM) Family Communion in the church.  5 p.m./6.30 p.m. Holton St Mary

2nd Sunday    10 a.m. Higham. 5/6.30 p.m. Raydon

3rd Sunday    10 a.m. Holton.  5/6.30 p.m. SSM

4th Sunday  10 a.m. Raydon (Holy Communion) + SSM Family Hour with refreshments and activities for children in the Parish Room (green building in the middle of the village).  5 p.m. Higham (April - September inclusive Higham has an 8 a.m. Communion instead of 5 p.m. Evensong)

On 5th Sundays everyone in the Deanery is invited to go to one of the churches in the Deanery for a Deanery Eucharist at 10.30 a.m., followed by refreshments.


18th:  10 a.m. Holton Baptism of Emily-Rose Ellis (preacher Nicola Tindall).  5 p.m. SSM

25th:  10 a.m. Raydon (preacher Richard Appleton) + SSM Parish Room.  5 p.m. Higham


4th:  10 a.m. Higham.  5 p.m. Holton

11th:  10 a.m. SSM Mothering Sunday Service (led by Nicola Tindall).  5 p.m. Raydon

18th:  10 a.m. Holton Baptism of Annabelle Evans.  5 p.m. SSM

25th:  11 a.m. Raydon Palm Sunday Service + Baptism of Alfie + SSM Parish Room.  5 p.m. Higham

26th:  6.30 p.m. Holton Compline

27th:  6.30 p.m. Raydon Compline

28th:  6.30 p.m. SSM Compline

29th:  6.30 p.m. Higham Maundy Thursday Liturgy with Stripping of the Altar

30th:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk of Witness starting at Holton St Mary and ending at Stratford St Mary with final liturgy at 2.30 p.m.  A light lunch will be provided at Higham.  Everyone + dogs welcome!

31st:  7.30 p.m. Higham Easter Vigil


1st:  10 a.m. SSM + Holton Easter Sunday Service

8th:  10 a.m. Higham.  6.30 p.m. Raydon (led by Nicola Tindall)

15th:  10 a.m. Holton (led by Revd Janice White).  6.30 p.m. SSM

22nd:  8 a.m. Higham.  10 a.m. Raydon + SSM Parish Room

29th:  10.30 a.m. Bildeston Deanery Eucharist