Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon, Stratford St Mary

Four churches united by God and his people

  • Oaks Farm House
  • Hadleigh Road
  • Holton St Mary
  • Suffolk
  • CO7 6NW

01473 312046
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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.

SUNDAY SERVICES (currently suspended)

What kind of services?

The 10 a.m. service is usually Common Worship Holy Communion, but we sometimes have baptisms or other events during that service.  

The evening service in the churches is a said Book of Common Prayer service of Evening Prayer with a short sermon.  During the vacancy these services will be lay led.

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. Stratford St Mary

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).  5/6.30 p.m. Higham.

On 5th Sundays in 2020 we shall be reverting to a Benefice service, rotating round the parishes (see below for locations).

Due to Covid19 all services in the Benefice have been suspended until further notice.  We will keep you updated as and when there is any new information.

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where we hope to have our Zoom link to services available soon.

Please find below the link inviting you the Zoom Family Hour service on Sunday 26th July at 10.00 am. This is the last one before the summer break so I hope as many of you as is possible will be able to join us.


My thanks to the Family Hour Team who have kept these services going throughout the lockdown and beyond. We hope to announce tomorrow where these services will be held in September but it has been lovely to have many more of you joining our regulars in these services over the past few months.

Here are the lyrics to the Kids’ Blessing which we will be using at the service and which I hope you will want to join in with.

The Kids’ Blessing


The Lord bless you and keep you,

Make his face shine upon you

And be gracious to you

The Lord turn His face toward you

And give you peace. (x2)


Amen (x6)


The Lord bless you… (x1)


As we receive, we agree, Amen.


Amen (x14)


May his favour be upon you

And a thousand generations

Your family and your children

And their children and their children (x4)


May his presence go before you

And behind you, and beside you

All around you, and within you

He is with you, He is with you


In the morning, in the evening

In your coming, and your going

In your weeping, and rejoicing

He is for you, He is for you


He is for you He is for you (x4)


Amen (x6)


May his favour… (x1)


May His presence…(x1)


In the morning…(x1)


He is for you, He is for you (x5)


Oh (amen amen)


Amen (x6)


May his favour…(x1)


May his presence…(x1)


In the morning…(x1)


He is for you (x12)




All are welcome in any of our churches open between 10.00 am and 4 pm. as follows:


Monday: Higham

Tuesday: Holton St Mary

Wednesday: Stratford St Mary (Lady Chapel - accessed via churchyard)

Thursday: Higham

Friday: -

Saturday: Stratford St Mary (Lady Chapel - accessed via churchyard)

Sunday: Raydon


Within the Benefice we are grateful for continued support / donations that are vital in helping us keep our churches going.

If you would like to maintain your usual level of giving to any of the Benefice churches, but are unable to because of the suspension of weekly services, you could either send a cheque (made out to the church of your choice) by post to Frances Torrington, the Benefice Administrator at Oaks Farm House, Holton St Mary, CO7 6NW

and she will pass it onto the relevant church or you can make a payment directly to the church of your choice by either contacting the Churchwarden of the church or Frances Torrington (01473 312046) for bank details. 

Three churches in our Benefice are part of the Parish Giving Scheme and if would you like to learn more about this scheme please contact Frances Torrington.