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with any changes. If you wish to notify us with a change, please
contact the Town Clerk.
Saxmundham has the following
Church in Church Street,
(There are also churches in Kelsale and Carlton offering a different
style of service.)
Reformed Church in Rendham Road,
Army has an outreach group each week in Saxmundham.
Pentecostal Church meets in the Gannon Rooms in Station Approach.
The following website
contains additional information about other churches and chapels
in the area.
John The Baptist, The Parish Church of Saxmundham
The Parish Church is
there for everyone in the community of Saxmundham and beyond, irrespective
of age, colour, creed or background. Our role in the town is defined
by our mission statement:
and love God and make Him known."
We aim to achieve this
through Worship, Teaching, Prayer, Contact and Participation.
God lies at the centre of our church life and we try to make our
worship relevant to the community that we are and that we serve
through a range of services both traditional and informal, adult
and child orientated. All of our services seek to encourage full
and active participation by all those who attend, providing a point
of contact with the Lord whom we worship.
The Parish Church
in January 2003.
and learning about God is vitally important, if our understanding
and therefore our relationship with Him is to grow. We find that
this is best achieved in peer groups with children meeting in various
groups on a Sunday morning (10.30am) and adults on midweek evenings
in several homes in the town. Baptism preparation, confirmation
preparation and marriage preparation are also seen as important
opportunities to learn about God and his purpose for our lives.
for the people of Saxmundham and the world in which we live is a
priority. Also through the year teams of church members visit homes
offering to pray for any needs or concerns or worries.
is achieved through the church shop 'At the Cross Roads' which maintains
a Christian presence in the High Street, providing books and cards
and a place for anyone to meet and chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
The church magazine 'Contact' which is posted into every household
also provides an important link with the town.
We seek to be fully involved in the life of the town and its people
by taking part in local events, helping, encouraging and supporting
each person in their journey through life.
Services at part of the
benefice of Saxmundham with Kelsale-cum-Carlton. For details
of service times and other information please see the church notice
board or contact the Rector.
Revd Andy Wolton
for a history of the Parish Church.
United Reformed Church
The United Reformed Church
in Rendham Road is one of more than thirty such fellowships in the
Ipswich and Colchester District of the URC. The Chapel was founded
in 1850 as a Congregational Church and so celebrated its 15Oth anniversary
in Rendham Road.
In terms of churchmanship,
this is very much a non-conformist Church in the best sense of the
word. The worship that takes place each week centres on the preaching
of the Word; it is believed that by so preaching the Gospel in an
uncomplicated way the Church gives the opportunity for its congregation
to find faith in God through Jesus Christ.
During the last five years
of the twentieth century, partly as a result of careful stewardship
over many years and partly with thanks for a generous legacy, extensive
refurbishment of the premises has been carried out. The Sanctuary
has retained its distinctive 'Chapel' style but is bright and welcoming
while the hall behind is widely used by organisations and individuals
who find that its facilities match their requirements.
The fellowship is not
part of a pastorate having an ordained minister but it is hoped
that this will be addressed in the future. As a United Reformed
Church, the responsibility for running the Church rests with the
Church Meeting which delegates many of the practical aspects of
its affairs to a group of six Elders and the Treasurer. This Elders'
Meeting decides the future direction of the Church in terms of its
spiritual life and outreach.
All who feel drawn to
do so are welcome to worship at the URC. Normally services are held
at 11.00am on a Sunday morning with the Sacrament of Holy Communion
being observed on the first Sunday of each month. Additional Services
to mark the major Christian Festivals and other special occasions
are advertised on the notice board outside the Church and in the
monthly newsletter. About half of the services are conducted by
a locally based, nationally accredited URC Lay Preacher and this
provides for some continuity of style and content. The remaining
services are led by Ministers and Lay Preachers from a wide geographical
area and spread of theological background.
The congregation is concerned
for people from all backgrounds who live in the town and surrounding
The Salvation Army Hall
in the High Street has now closed and been part demolished because
of its unsafe condition, but Woodbridge Salvation Army does run
group each week in Saxmundham.
We are a fellowship of
Christians who believe that Jesus is able to change lives because
he has changed ours. We meet to worship God and encourage one another.
Elim is an international denomination with churches all over the
Where are we? Sundays
6:30pm at The Gannon Rooms, Station Approach. For all enquiries,
Tel: 01728 604299 or 01728 833755.
They also hold a regular coffee morning in
the Market Hall, High Street, Saxmundham on most Wednesdays from
10am until 12 noon.