St. Gregory's Parish Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

"Your Community - Your Church"

St Gregory's Parish Church

About Us:

St Gregory’s is an Anglican Church (Church of England) serving most of the town of Sudbury, Suffolk in the United Kingdom.  St Gregory’s has been in Sudbury for many centuries and continues to be a focus for the local community and is seen by many as the "Mother Church" of Sudbury. St Gregory’s aims to provide for the spiritual needs of the town and wants all who come, whether just as visitors to the building, or to join in with the worship, to feel a warm welcome.

Offering a range of Christian worship on weekdays and Sundays which is both welcoming and inclusive. St Gregory's continues to serve the local community through baptisms, weddings and funerals, and as a venue for Civic and other services, and as a church building that is open daily and provides a peaceful space for visits and for prayer and reflection.

Come and look around our beautiful and ancient building, soak up the atmosphere, and perhaps light a candle for a loved one.

Prayer requests:

Send us your personal prayer requests from our prayers page

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St Gregory's Parish Church

Visiting  Us:

The Daily Opening and Closing St Gregory’s Church
Opening daily places a heavy burden on a few and in the winter, it is a cold dark and potentially unsafe activity for a lone person to do. We are able see from the donations wireless gadget when the popular months are for visitors. Last year these were March, April, August and September. Therefore, the ministry team believes, and has agreed, that we need an off-season and on-season setting.
From February we will only be opening the church in the quiet months on Wednesdays and weekends for individual prayer between 9 and 3. Visitors making a special trip to Sudbury perhaps to see Simon’s head are advised to make an appointment via the parish secretary.

Speak to Someone:

Rector: Revd Andrew Doarks
phone: 07970495654
email:   sudburyrector@gmail.com

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Writing from the Rectory

March 2024

‘How is the date of Mothering Sunday determined?’

This was one of the questions at our recent All Saints’ Church Quiz Night. It was interesting to note that half the room were unclear on the origins and why the date moves every year. In fact, it is linked to Easter and so moves with the lunar calendar.

Easter is considered the most important ‘moveable feast’ in the Christian calendar. Whilst Christmas is exciting and we anticipate the birth of Christ, Easter was always the purpose for His coming to earth. Whilst we grieve all the havoc that humanity can wreak on Good Friday, on Easter Sunday we celebrate the ultimate gift of release from this and a relationship with our creator God through Jesus rising again.
Historically, that first Easter took place around the time of the Jewish Passover – the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The Christian calendar therefore follows this pattern and so Easter Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday following the Pascal full moon, or the first full moon after the spring equinox (March 21).

But what does this all have to do with Mothering Sunday?

Mothering Sunday is placed as the fourth Sunday after the start of Lent and falls this year on March 10th. While it can be a day of many different emotions - positive, sorrowful, full of hurt or perhaps anticipation – it dates back to a time when servants were permitted this Sunday off to return to their mother’s church. They would often collect flowers from hedgerows on the way to take as gifts and we are permitted to relax any rules around Lent fasting for the day. There is also a connection with Galatians 4:26, which reminds us that as Christians we are liberated and have a spiritual home with God. Perhaps this Mothering Sunday we can reclaim those origins and return to a church or attend as usual, remembering this freedom we now have offered to us in Christ.

If you would like to know more about the reason for Christmas, Easter and more – do consider joining our Alpha course which will be starting up after Easter on a Wednesday evening at Eden’s Project on Gainsborough Street. There will be more details in the next issue!And if you would like to form a team for the next All Saints’ Quiz Night, it is on March 23rd at 6:15pm.

Please contact Dave for more details.

Rev’d Andrew

Regular Services

Wednesday Holy communion at 11am

Thursday Meditation 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Sunday Holy Communion at 8am on the 3rd Sunday of the month and 10am every week

On the 5th Sunday of a month the service alternates between St Gregory's and All Saints churches.

31st March  - All Saints Church
30th June  - St Gregory's Church
29th September - All Saints Church
29th December - St Gregory's Church

Please join us for refreshments after the 10.00am service.

The Coffee Club Team Rota is Here

Special Services Celebrating Life Events

Weddings

St Gregory’s is here for all the significant occasions in your life.

We will be very pleased to hear from you if you are considering getting married.

To find out more about weddings,  contact the parish secretary :

parishsecretary@stgregspcc.uk or phone 07956456126

Claire is available Tuesdays 9am - 5pm by phone/email

More Details Here

Christenings

St Gregory’s is here for all the significant occasions in your life.

We will be very pleased to hear from you if you are considering a christening.

To find out more about christenings, contact the parish secretary :

parishsecretary@stgregspcc.uk or phone 07956456126

Claire is available Tuesdays 9am - 5pm by phone/email

More Details Here

Funerals

St Gregory’s is here for all the significant occasions in your life.

We will be very pleased to hear from you if you require funeral advice.

To find out more about funerals, contact the parish secretary :

parishsecretary@stgregspcc.uk or phone 07956456126

Claire is available Tuesdays 9am - 5pm by phone/email

More Details Here

Calendar of Services and Events at St Gregs

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