St Mary's Church

West Bergholt

A warm welcome to St Mary's, West Bergholt.

St Mary's is a small but lively Church of England community in the Essex village of West Bergholt. We seek to share the heart of God with the heart of the community, through joining with people in their spiritual journey. We do this through accessible worship, opportunities to learn together and to serve in God's strength and with His guidance.

The church is open each weekday for Private Prayer from 9am to 3pm - please follow the Social distancing and Covid guidelines - thank you.

Finding a new Priest in Charge

We are pleased to be able to formally announce the good news that, subject to appropriate DBS clearance, the Revd Heather Wilcox has been appointed as Priest in Charge of West Bergholt with Great Horkesley, Langham with Boxted, and Wormingford & Mount Bures with Little Horkesley.

Heather is currently the Team Rector for the Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team Ministry and Rural Dean of the Depwade Deanery in the Diocese of Norwich. She worked in nursing for 15 years prior to her ordination in 2008. Married to Geraint and with two grown up children, Megan and Luke, and a dog, Benji, Heather enjoys spending time with the family, taking walks and being creative.

We hope that Bishop Roger will be able to license Heather to her new responsibilities in November and we will confirm this in due course."

First & Third Sundays - Holy Communion or Morning Worship Services

Our Holy Communion or Morning Praise Services are now on the first and third Sundays and are Gathered Services as well as online via Zoom. For September the services will be:

10am on 5 September (Holy Communion) and

11.15am on 19 September (Morning Praise & Baptism (Gathered only)

All are welcome to join us. Please contact the church office - lwb.gb.gh.parishes@gmail.com for the zoom joining details.

Second Sunday - Messy Church - 10am

Messy Church is our all age service with fun, family-friendly activities and informal worship and songs.

For September this is on 12 September and this will be a Gathered Service

Fourth Sunday - Cafe Church - 10am*

On the 4th Sunday of the month @ 10am we meet for informal worship & a short talk with separate activities for children.

This is now a Gathered Service and all are welcome

Coffee and biscuits will be served before the service from 9.45am.

Each Tuesday - Morning Prayer - 9am

All are welcome to join in this service of Morning Prayer

Please contact the church office - lwb.gb.gh.parishes@gmail.com for details.

Wired Youth Group

Aged 11-18? Wired meets once a month on a Friday @ 7.45pm in the church hall - this has been on hold but more details will be updated shortly as to when the group will re-start.

Thursday Open House Coffee Mornings

Starting again from 9 September - meeting 9am-11am - all are welcome.

Thursday 5T's Club

(5Ts stands for Together on Thursdays for Tea at Two-Thirty!)

This will be restarting on 9 September - all are welcome!

Caring for our Churchyard at St Mary's

Please click here to view leaflet for St Mary's Churchyard guidelines.

Please click here to view the General Churchyard Regulations Handbook.

Safeguarding Policy

We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, vulnerable adults and victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse. The PCC has adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England's website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Gill Partridge who can be contacted via the church office on 01206 243683.

Events and News

Church Diary

Pattern of Sunday Morning Services

1st Sunday @ 10am - Communion Service

2nd Sunday @ 10am - Messy Church

3rd Sunday @ 11.15am - Communion Service

4th Sunday @ 10am - Praise on 4 Cafe Church

5th Sunday - Joint 3 Parishes Service at either West Bergholt, Great Horkesley, Langham or Boxted Churches

This pattern varies at Easter & Christmas time & on Remembrance Sunday - please check on the separate Christmas and Easter Services page for more details.

How to find us