Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon, Stratford St Mary

Four churches united by God and his people

  • The Rectory
  • Hadleigh Road
  • Raydon
  • Suffolk
  • IP7 5LH

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 All services in our Benefice be will online for until Sunday 28th March.  These services will be posted on the Benefice Facebook page each Sunday:

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Services for Easter and for April

We are hoping to hold live services during Holy Week and to have services in all of our churches on Easter Day, but this will depend on government and Church of England guidance as well as on infection rates. 


Please check our Facebook pages and the 4Marys website for details, as well as the various weekly emails which will be circulated. 


We hope that many of you will be able to join us for the following services:


Monday, 29th March - 7pm: Compline in Holton St Mary


Tuesday, 30th March - 7pm: Compline in Higham


Wednesday, 31st March - 7pm: Compline in Raydon


Maundy Thursday, 1st April - 10am: Communion and

Stripping of the altar in Stratford St. Mary


Good Friday, 2nd April – 10am: Service from Holton St. Mary


Holy Saturday, 3rd April: Online reflective service


Easter Day 4th April - 8am: services in Higham and Holton St. Mary

10am: services in Stratford St. Mary and Raydon

The services in Higham and Raydon will be Communion services.


Sunday, 11th April - 10 am: Holton St Mary

Sunday, 18th April - 10am: Higham


Sunday, 25th April - 10am: Raydon


also Family Hour online service from Stratford St Mary


Good Friday Walk

We are unable to go ahead with our annual Good Friday walk this year, due to current restrictions. However, Geoff is developing ideas for a planned walk later in the Summer. More information will follow in due course.





THE CHURCHES IN OUR BENEFICE

ARE NOW OPEN FOR PRAYER

Stratford St Mary (Lady Chapel - accessed via churchyard) will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.


Pre-Covid Service Information

MIDWEEK COMMUNION

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/altered)

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.  

2nd Sunday    10 a.m. Holton St Mary. 

3rd Sunday    10 a.m. Higham.  

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).  

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


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