St Mary The Virgin at Earl Stonham

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St Mary's, Stonham Parva

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Special Events

Rogation Sunday
26th May

Sunday 26th May is Rogation Sunday when we pray for the growing crops and the forthcoming harvest. Traditionally people ‘beat the bounds’ of their village but now we have a gentle walk followed by tea.

We shall meet at the Parish Room, next to Earl Stonham church, at 3pm, with children and/or dogs, and walk along the footpaths to Stonham Parva Church to meet another group from Stonham Aspal for a very short open air service including planting seeds in flowerpots. Then we shall all walk back to the Parish Room for afternoon tea. (If the weather is not good we shall walk back to Earl Stonham Church for the service). Non-walkers, please just come to tea from 4.30pm onwards.

Thy Kingdom Come

A series of daily services in neighbouring churches from Ascension Day to Pentecost.

31st May to 8th June

Programme here

Evensong at Earl Stonham

Unless repairs are completed at Little Stonham Church, the annual service of Evensong will be held at Earl Stonham Church
6.30pm on 30th June.

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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.

For more information, follow the link to Suffolk churches web page.

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 - 11.00am Morning Prayer
  • Third Sunday in the month - 11.00am Holy Communion
  • Fourth Sunday in the month - 10.30am Together on Sunday. Coffee and Cake from 10.30am, then service at 11.00am.
  • Fifth Sunday in the month. Shared service across the Benefice. e.g. 30th December, 10.00am at Gosbeck.
  • 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

Parish Room

Situated near the Church, the Parish Room is favoured with an adjacent car park and easy access. The hire charge is £5.00 per hour including heating and use of crockery, etc.
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To hire, contact Frankie Wicks on 711222.

Meetings at St Mary's Church, Stonham Parva

Also standing within the Parish of Earl Stonham is the beautiful little church of St Mary the Virgin at Stonham Parva. It is maintained by the Church’s Conservation Trust. Again there is more detail about the building on the Suffolk Churches web site at

We like to use it for worship on a few Sundays each year. Sadly, the structure has become unsafe since a beam fell from the roof, and the church has had to be locked until repairs are effected. We are waiting for a response from the Conservation Trust before work can begin.

The dates for meetings in 2019 will be published here when they are available.


Rev. Philip Payne
[email protected]
01449 711684
Local Lay Minister
Frankie Wicks
01449 711222
Henry Stanford
01449 711742
Jane Porch
01449 711809
Mark Parry
01449 711816
Lay Elder
Jane Porch
01449 711809


The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Who will you talk to if you observe or are told about Safeguarding concerns?

Priest in charge
Rev Philip Payne
01449 711684
[email protected]
The Parish Safeguarding Officers
Mrs Frankie Wicks
01449 711222
[email protected]
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
David Butcher
07785 621319
[email protected]
In case of emergency where harm may come
Or for non-emergencies
Concerns of harm
Suffolk County Council Customer First
0808 8004005
If against a member of the clergy:
The Diocesan Bishop
C/o Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
01638 718939
0808 800 5000
0800 1111
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Women’s Aid and Refuge Crisis National Helpline
0808 2000 247
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