St Mary's

A Brief History

St Mary the Virgin is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1066, with three Saxon nobles, Alflet, Ulmar and Ulric each recorded as having a share of the church. There is evidence of the site being used as a sacred place by the Romans. Cinerary Urns have been found. Little is known of the site's occupation prior to that period, but sacred sites tended to be used for generations. The church has an entry in Simon Jenkins' 'England's 1000 Best Churches' and is noted for its magnificent hammer beam roof.

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Worship at St Mary's

The church is used for regular Sunday Worship, Church Festivals and gatherings of a community nature. Other events are held in the adjacent Parish Room, which is available to groups of good standing and its use is actively encouraged. The Parish Room is used by many local societies and community groups throughout the year.

Regular services at St Mary's

  • First Sunday in the month - 11.00am Informal Holy Communion
  • Second Sunday in the month - 8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer). 11.00am Morning Prayer
  • Third Sunday in the month - 11.00am Holy Communion
  • Fourth Sunday in the month - 11.00am Together on Sunday. Coffee and Cake from10.30am, then service at 11.00am.
  • Fifth Sunday in the month. Only one service in the Benefice held at 10.00am. The churches take turns to host this.
  • Mid-week Holy Communion in the Parish Room, second and fourth Wednesdays at 10.00am.
  • Every Tuesday we have Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m

Summer Services at Stonham Parva Church

The beautiful Church of St Mary the Virgin at Stonham Parva is maintained by the Church’s Conservation Trust and is open every day. We use it for worship on a few Sundays each year and these are the dates for this summer (2018):

Sunday June 10 6.30pm Choral Evensong (no morning services at Earl Stonham that day.)

Sunday July 8 11.00am Morning Prayer (no Morning Prayer at Earl Stonham that morning)

Sunday July 29 10.00am Holy Communion (all 8 parishes)

Sunday August 12 6.30pm Songs of Praise

Parish Rooms

Adjacent car park and easy access. £5.00 per hour including heating and use of crockery, etc.

To hire, contact Frankie Wicks on 711222.