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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.
Facilities for children and those who are disabled: please see 'How to Find the Church'
Mendlesham Summer Festival 2018
(Patronal Festival of the Assumption)
Friday 17th August & Sunday 19th August
Friday 17th August
7.30 pm: Blessing of our own Real Ale, Sung Mass. Preacher: Fr Adrian Ling, Rector of All Saints' Kings Lynn
Procession of Our Lady, Benediction.
9.20 pm (approx): Fireworks* to music, Beer Tent with our own real ale + wine and soft drinks.
Sunday 19th August
9.30: Parish Mass
2.00pm: Jazz in the Churchyard with ‘Jazz Galore’ + Beer Tent, Hot Dogs, Tea & Homemade Cakes, Tombola, Bouncy Castle and games for children
*Fireworks obviously dependent upon appropriate weather and ground conditions
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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