Churches in the Blyth Valley Team Ministry

Two benefices, in a new cluster, 15 very diverse and interesting parishes working together in one of the most beautiful and rural parts of Suffolk. We have 14 beautiful and much-loved churches, all listed buildings, and all, but the Hub Church of St Mary's Halesworth, located in lovely Suffolk villages. Each Church is supported by dedicated and hard-working Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils of varying sizes.

The Cluster, when fully staffed, is blessed with an allocated stipendiary staff of Team Rector (and Priest in Charge) and Team Vicar, plus a House for Duty post, and there are, in addition, three Assistant Curates, three retired clergy, two Lay Readers and eight Lay Elders. 

Address: All Saint's Church, Southwold Road, Blyford, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8JY

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, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HU

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, Suffolk IP19 0AU

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. 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, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8NG

Welcome to St Peter’s Holton. We are a small church, but a very welcoming and caring church; and we are warm in winter too, with a good heating system. As well as Sunday services, we have Morning Prayers, a quieter said service, at 9am on Fridays. The Grade II listed church lies between the old village and the 1970's development. It is a lovely round-towered church with Victorian additions and subtractions.

Address: St Margaret of Antioch's Church, Linstead, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0AD

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: St Peter's Church, Church Road, Spexhall, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 ORQ


A very warm welcome to you as you visit St Peter’s Spexhall. 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, with the Revd Jane Held and churchwardens Janet Sochon or Fred Woods available to assist with enquiries.

Address: St Peter's Church, Thorington Road, Thorington, Halesworth, Suffolk 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 of people 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, Halesworth, Suffolk 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. There are currently no weekly services held.

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 will be delighted to show you around. You might also like to come to a Sunday Service.

Address: St Margaret's Church Heveningham with Ubbeston, Church Road, Heveningham, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0EP


St Margaret's Church stands on a mound above the roadside and village street of Heveningham. Since the closure of St Peter's Church Ubbeston, St Margaret's serves both parishes.

Address: St Mary's Church, The Street, Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0PR


St Mary's Church sits in a beautiful wooded churchyard in the village of Huntingfield. The church is an 11th century grade 1 listed building, largely due to its amazing Victorian painted ceiling - a masterpiece of Victorian church decoration, with carved and coloured angels, banners, crowns and shields. 

Address: St Michael and All Angels Church, Cookley, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0LW


The picturesque church of St Michael and All Angels is situated in the middle of Cookley - a small rural village four miles south-west of Halesworth. The medieval church is set on raised ground, well back from the road, standing within its well-managed churchyard and accessed by a footpath through a village garden.

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The Revd Jane Held

Email:

jane@janeheld.co.uk
Phone: 01986 781760

Mobile: 07771 556391

The Revd Linda Berry

 

Email:

revlinda@stmaryshuntingfield.uk
Phone: 01986 798165

 

The Revd Alison Alder

Email:

alisonalder@hotmail.co.uk
Phone: 01502 478855

Mobile: 07584 416277

 

Pastoral Offices

 

Baptism, Marriage and the Funeral Office 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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CLUSTER CHURCHES
IN
THE
BLYTH VALLEY TEAM MINISTRY

BlythValley Team Ministry

St Mary's Church, Steeple End, Halesworth IP19 8LL
Telephone: 01986 875941.     Email: office.bvtm@gmail.com

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

Tel: 01986 875941 or 07752 275328. Email: office.bvtm@gmail.com

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