Churches in the Blyth Valley Team Ministry

The Blyth Valley Team Ministry is made up of 11 distinctive churches, spread out of a large area around the market town of Halesworth. Below you will find links to each of our churches. If you would like to contact one of the staff at the Team, please visit the Contacts page.

The church of All Saints, Blyford was appropriated to Blyford Priory before the year 1200 by Ralph de Criketot.  It retains some fine specimens of Norman architecture.

Address: St Andrew's Church, Bramfield, IP19

St Andrew’s Church follows BCP worship for it’s three Sunday services which are the first Sunday in the month Evensong at 6.30pm changing to 3.30pm in the winter, third Sunday Matins at 11.15am and the fourth Sunday, Holy Communion at 11.15am.

Address: St Mary’s Church, Chediston, Halesworth IP19

Our village church welcomes all who wish to come and pray or share in worship; whether as individuals wanting a quiet space, or together at our services that take place twice or three times a month, and for special festivals and occasions. 

Address: St. Mary’s Church, Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8LL

We have a warm and inviting church that has served the community for centuries, which is steeped in history and sits at the heart of the Blyth Valley Team Ministry which is made up of 11 Churches. St. Mary’s has an active, and welcoming worshipping presence to those in times of joy, trouble ,for weddings, baptisms, funerals and to celebrate Christmas, Eastertide and Harvest.

Address: St. Peter’s Church, Beccles Road, Holton, Suffolk IP19 8NG

Welcome to St Peter’s Holton. We’re a small church, about 25 people at most Sunday services, but a very welcoming and caring church; and we’re warm in winter too, with new heaters. As well as Sunday services we have Morning Prayers, a quieter said service, at 9am on Fridays, attended by a handful of people. 

Address: St Margaret's, Linstead, Suffolk

There are normally two services a month, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. However these do vary and details of forthcoming services will be found both on the notice board in the porch and in Blyth Valley Times, the parishes’ magazine. 

Address: Spexhall St Peter, Church Road, Spexhall, IP19 ORQ
A very warm welcome to you as you visit St Peter’s Spexhall online. We are a small rural church located in a wonderful hidden corner of the Suffolk countryside. We really enjoy our church life, which we see as part of the community life of the village as well as an expression of our faith. Small in number we are big on welcome, and you will find the Revd Jane Held and Fred Woods there for you whatever you need. 

Address: Thorington St. Peter, Thorington IP19 9JG

The church is the focal point of the village as we have no pub, school, or village hall, but we have three authors and a famous boxer as residents. We are very small in number and would love to see a coach load turn up on the second Sunday of every month when we celebrate parish communion followed by a cup of tea or coffee and a chat to get to know one another better.

Address: St Andrew's Church, 2 Halesworth Road, Walpole, IP19 9AZ   

Walpole derives its name from a combination of the Anglo Saxon pol-a pool and weala-a foreigner-a Britain, and in the Doomsday Book is spelt Walepola. This church obviously occupies a very early site though the earliest work to be seen today is Sa
xon. 

Address: St Peter's Church, Church Lane, Wenhaston IP19 9BJ   

The Church is open daily, please check with the churchwarden for opening hours (01502 478855). Visitors are most welcome.

Address: St. Andrew's Church, Lodge Lane, Wissett, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 OJQ

The beauty of St. Andrew’s is it’s simplicity. It exudes peace, light and spiritual wholeness and for centuries couples have found Wissett to be the perfect country Church in which to marry. The Church is open during daylight hours for you to visit or contact a Churchwarden who would be delighted to show you around. You might also like to come to a Sunday Service.

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Meet the Team

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Revd Edward Rennard

Team Rector

edward.rennard@gmail.com
01986 872602

Revd Jane Held

Curate

jane@janeheld.co.uk
01986 781760

07771 556391

Pastoral Offices

 

Baptism, Marriage and the FuneralOffice are collectively known as the “Pastoral Offices”.

 

In the Blyth Valley, we operate an ‘Open Door’ policy. All who have a kernel of faith, however small or tentative they feel it is, are invited to avail themselves of the ministry of the Church. In an ideal world, we would hope that those who come for Baptism and Marriage would have an awareness of the Church’s teaching and go through a period of preparation. However, we do not live in an ideal world: neither did Jesus. He accepted all who came to him and invited them to journey towards God’s kingdom. We seek to meet people where they are, because we believe that in the Pastoral Offices God’s grace is at work. In God’s time, not ours, we believe that his radical acceptance of each human being, which is focussed in the Pastoral Offices, will draw those who participate into a close and living relationship with him and with his Church.

Baptism in water in the name of the Holy Trinity (God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the means by which a person becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. In Baptism, he or she turns from sin (“falling short of the glory of God”) and turns towards the life and love of Jesus Christ in the company of others.

Church weddings are not just for currently active ‘church people’. We believe that church is the place to get married, rather than in an hotel or a hot air balloon! This is because the church building is God’s house, where for many hundreds of years couples have come to seal their love in his presence and in the presence of family and community.

If you are reading this, it may be because someone close to you has died or is dying. It may be that you are dying, or simply that you wish to make advance provision for your Funeral Service. It is important to understand that it is part of the ministry of the Priest, when asked, to be with the dying to comfort them and to prepare them for death. 

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Called to demonstrate the Love of God through Worship and Outreach

BlythValley Team Ministry

Blyth Valley Team Ministry
St Mary's Church, Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL

Tel: 01986 875941. Email: office.bvtm@gmail.com

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 1pm