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St Mary's Church Tower
The Rector and congregation of this fine medieval church welcome you to their friendly and regular services, or just to look around. The church is generally open during the day-time for private prayer and reflection, and also for the appreciation of its architecture and other points of interest.

Our Priest-In-Charge is Jackson Crompton-Battersby. 

Under the Local History page on this website is a sub page for the History of St Mary's Church (click this link to go there) with further information about our beautiful Grade I listed church building.

New church members are always welcome. If anyone is interested in bell ringing, flower arranging, assisting with fund raising or any other church work then the parish clergy or any of the St Mary’s Church officials would be pleased to hear from them.

Kersey is in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and is part of the Benefice with Aldham, Elmsett, Hintlesham and Chattisham.

Please click here to visit the Kersey Church website www.kind.church/kersey for more information about the life of Kersey Church.

Kersey St Mary’s PCC will publish their minutes whenever possible and can be found by clicking the link here https://kind.church/pccminutes

Sunday Services each month

1st Sunday 9.00 am said Holy Communion

2nd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion (CW)

3rd Sunday 11.00 am Cafe Church

4th Sunday 4.00 pm (winter) or 6.30 pm (summer) Evening Prayer

5th Sunday refer to the newsletter

Tuesday Service 9.30 am Holy Communion or Morning Prayer
Services are held on most Tuesdays in term time and details are printed each month in the Newsletter.

For more information on services please go to the church website as mentioned above or contact the Churchwardens or refer to the Kersey Newsletter.

Church Fundraising

St Mary's Parochial Church Council hold various fundraising activities every year. Events will be advertised in the Kersey Newsletter. 

St Mary's Church Officials

Church Clergy

Rev Jackson Crompton-Battersby

The Rectory, Hadleigh Road, Elmsett, Ipswich, IP7 6ND
e-mail: rev@kind.church
01473 657349

www.kind.church

Churchwardens

Mrs Rachel Wells

Vacancy

01473 822230

 

Elder

Mrs Julie Boast

01787 249511

Secretary

Mrs Linda Newbigging

01787 210137

Treasurer

Mr Colin Grannell

01473 829074

Weddings:

For all enquiries about weddings at St Mary’s Kersey, please contact the Vicar:

Rev Jackson Crompton-Battersby 01473 657349 rev@kind.church

Floodlighting for St Mary’s Church, Kersey

You can ask for the Church to be floodlit to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or for any other personal reason. The cost is £5 per night or £20 for 5 consecutive nights.

Forms are available in the church and should be completed and returned with payment to the address on the form. Please give 48 hours notice. Alternatively, if you have any queries please contact the Churchwarden.

Bell Ringers

Friends of the Bells of St Mary's Church

Kersey Church has 8 bells ranging in weight from 3cwt to 14 cwt. Practice night is every Thursday from 7.45pm until 9.15pm, to which beginners, learners and experienced bell ringers are most welcome. At present Kersey is very short of ringers so please come and give it a go. There is 30 minutes ringing before every morning Sunday service.

The object of the Friends of the Bells is to promote support for the maintenance and repair of the bells of St Mary’s Church, Kersey and the associated fabric of the bell tower. Membership is open to all; including people from outside the village who are interested in bell ringing. The Friends of the Bells is run by a committee of which the incumbent is an ex-officio member.  Further details from:

  • Chair Mr R Banks Tel: 01787 210366
  • Tower Captain Mr N Whittell Tel: 01473 822616
  • Tower Correspondent Mrs K Banks Tel: 01787 210366

Friends of St Mary’s Church Trust (FOSM)

The Friends of St Mary’s Church Trust was set up in 2019 to help raise funds to protect, restore and develop the fabric of our beautiful church building in Kersey. This is in addition to a similar trust to specifically protect and maintain the eight church bells.

Friends of St Mary’s is separate to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) but works very closely with them. The PCC takes care of the everyday running of the church. The Friends of St Mary’s Church Trust looks after the structural needs of the church as a building of architectural and historical beauty.

The Trust has already helped to fund repairs to the West doors and the area under the bell tower, giving a more dramatic welcome to visitors with a spectacular view down the nave to the vestry. The future focus is to restore both the North and South entrance porches to their former glory, as well as opening the passageway up to the top of the bell tower to access the incredible views across Suffolk. The view from the top of St Mary’s Church is reportedly in the top three ‘highest viewpoints’ in Suffolk.

The Trust raises funds in a variety of ways. Classical concerts, music evenings, jazz nights and other events held in Kersey throughout the year, as well as relying on the generosity of both residents and visitors alike to make simple donations to this great cause. For details of forthcoming events please visit the events page of this website or go to www.kind.church/fosm

If you would like to know more about the work to protect the fabric of the church building, or indeed become a member or a ‘friend’ of the Trust and make a donation, please contact:

Church Flowers

Flowers are arranged in the Church on special occasions such as Easter, Whitsun, Harvest and Christmas. If flowers are required for weddings, funerals, etc. the arrangers are usually asked to help out. In addition, a meeting is held once a year, just before Easter, to plan the flower rota and also to choose a position in the Church where each arranger is responsible for the flowers during the year.

Further details from Mrs Rachel Wells Tel: 01473 822230