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The church of St Mary the Virgin, Mendlesham, a village near Stowmarket, Suffolk, is an Anglican parish church in the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, under the pastoral care of Bishop Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough.
St Mary's is a very special building - a reminder of the presence of Jesus Christ within the Community, a sacred space where we encounter God in silence and in worship and which resonates holiness. It is a centre of care; a place where the sick are healed and sinners (and that is all of us) find forgiveness. It is also a place where the community gathers to mark important stages of life and an outstanding architectural beauty.
All are welcome to visit, pray, join our congregation in worshipping Almighty God or simply enjoy this beautiful place.
The church is open every day from 9.00 am until about 5.00 pm.
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Christian Aid Week:
May Fiesta: Sunday 6th May & Mendlesham Street Fayre: Monday 7th May
Fr Philip crowned the statue of Our Lady and then Amy as May Queen and Poppy and Lily as her attendants at the 9.30 Parish Mass, which was followed by a procession around the village in honour of Our Lady. After Fr Philip offered a prayer of blessing for the village at the village sign, Paul generously offered drinks at The King's Head.
On Monday our May Queen and her attendants took part in the procession at the annual Mendlesham Street Fayre, when hundreds of people visit the village.
The church and armoury were open, teas were served and many people stopped to pray or light a candle in the peace of the Holy Cross chapel.
We continue to work with Stowmarket Churches Together, alongside some local businesses and the Council in supporting the Stowmarket Foodbank, to provide emergency food parcels for people experiencing crisis in Stowmarket and the surrounding areas throughout the year.
There are two red boxes in St Mary's Mendlesham near the porch door for people to contribute dried and canned foods, plus tea, coffee and toiletries.
Volunteers work with local organisations to identify individuals and families who can benefit.
It is good to know that many people in the village are giving regularly so that the boxes fill rapidly. Please continue to donate to this worthwhile project.
To read more about the work of the Stowmarket Foodbank and the items urgently needed this week click here