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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.


29th:  10.30 a.m. Deanery Eucharist, St Mary's Hadleigh


5th:  10 a.m. SSM. 5 p.m. Holton

12th:  10.50 a.m. Remembrance Services at all parishes.  Revd Rosalind at SSM

19th:  10 a.m. Holton (Nicola Tindall to lead and preach).  5 p.m. SSM

26th:  10 a.m. Raydon + SSM Family Hour.  5 p.m. Higham (led by Richard Appleton)


3rd:  10 a.m. Higham (Nicola Tindall to lead and preach).  5 p.m. Holton Advent Carol Service led by the Marenzio Singers

10th:  10 a.m. Holton (Richard Appleton to lead and preach).  4.30 p.m. SSM Christmas Carol Service.  6.30 p.m. Raydon Christmas Carol Service

17th:  10 a.m. SSM Family Nativity + HC (Parish Room).  4.30 p.m. Higham Christmas Carol Service.  6.30 p.m. Holton Christmas Carol Service

24th:  10 a.m. Raydon Crib Service.  11.30 p.m. Higham Midnight Mass

25th:  10 a.m. SSM (Revd Rosalind) + Raydon (Christine Cousins)

31st:  10.30 a.m. Deanery Eucharist Stratford St Mary