Parish Church of St Mary The Virgin, Earl Stonham

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The Parish Room is still closed.

Please feel free to contact any member of the ministry team - contact details may be found HERE or in The Recorder and Ten Village News.

Welcome to St. Mary’s

The church will be open for private prayer on Sundays between 12 and 4pm. For now, services will remain on Zoom.

You are very welcome to enjoy this special place to sit quietly, collect your thoughts, pray, or give thanks or seek comfort in these still challenging times .

We have carried out a risk assessment provided by the Church of England, but for everyone’s safety please follow current NHS guidance as well as these simple rules
  • Do not come in if you think you might have COVID-19 or have recently come into contact with someone who has.
  • Stay two metres apart at all times from anyone not in your household.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided before you enter and leave, and once you have shut the mesh doors behind you.
  • Do not touch any other items or surfaces.
Please note that there is no lavatory or hand washing available in the church.
Not all areas of the church are open, but there is room to sit in the pews on the south side of the church. Remember 2m/6ft distance !
Please take a ‘post it’ note from the table and leave it where you sit so others know where not to sit Feel free to contact any member of the Ministry Team for any pastoral matters, or the Churchwarden on 01449 711816 for anything related to the building
A Prayer for Our Time
Our Father, who art in heaven, you do not impose yourself on us, but you promise that when we call to you in faith, you will answer. We come to you now realising we need your help and protection more than ever at this time.

We ask for your forgiveness for the times we have forgotten you and not loved you with our whole heart, as you ask us to do. You also ask that we love our neighbours as ourselves. Forgive us for when we have wronged others and put our own interests first. Please help us to become the people you wish us to be.

We pray now that, as we put our trust in you, you will give us the wisdom, strength, resources and protection we need to overcome the physical, emotional and financial impact of the virus. Help us protect and care for the most vulnerable in our families and community.

We pray for your wisdom, strength, resources and protection for those in authority making decisions and those working in the emergency and care services as they seek to protect and care for us.

In the name of Jesus, your Son, our Saviour, we pray.


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Parish Room

St Mary's, Stonham Parva

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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.
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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.

The Earl Stonham Ministry Team regrets to announce that the services and other events listed below for Easter Week will not take place because of the restrictions placed upon all of us in the efforts to control the effects of Covid-19.

For more details, please contact any member of the Ministry Team listed below.
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Click or tap HERE to view larger version of our Easter program

If anyone is unable to get to Church at Easter, or any other time, and would like Holy Communion at home, please contact any of the names below. Similarly, if anyone would like a visit in hospital, or at home, we are happy to help.

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

Collection at St Mary's

Collections are donated to named organisations each month.

If you would like to see how much was raised and where it went, please click or tap here.

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 future meetings will be published here when they are available after repairs have been completed.


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
The Parish Safeguarding Officers
Mrs Frankie Wicks
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Karen Galloway
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

Safeguarding information updated 1 August 2019


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