St Gregory's Church is not only for Sundays
Many Other Activities are enjoyed on other days
This Page highlights the latest news and reports about current activities
Interested to know more? then come along and see us.
Things to look forward to
Holy Week and Easter
In Holy Week we will welcome back Andrew Payne for an interactive meditation in church on Wednesday 17th April, as well as having compline on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will follow our normal pattern of services but on the evening of Saturday 20th we will have a quiet Easter Vigil service of prayers and readings to help us go deeper into the meaning of Easter. On Easter Day we will begin with the service of Light at 8am and then share breakfast together before the Liturgy of the Eucharist at 10am. This is a slightly different way of doing things, which we hope will allow those who like a reflective space to enjoy Saturday evening and on Easter Sunday morning recognises that Dawn might be a little over-ambitious and that we want to share this together as a church family. We do of course welcome your comments and thoughts.
Beginning on 24th April there will be another chance to follow the short course ‘Faith Pictures’ on Wednesday evenings led by Andrew Payne and some of those training as Lay Evangelists. This course is designed to make the process of speaking about our faith less daunting and will be held in conjunction with our friends at All Saints.
At the beginning of June, we host a celebration for David Stranack of 50 years as a priest. David will celebrate and preach at our main service, after which we will host a lunch where we hope to welcome guests from earlier parts of David’s ministry. From celebrating the fruits of 50 years of priestly ministry to the beginning or ordained ministry in one month! On 29th June our new curate, Tom Mumford, will be ordained Deacon in the Cathedral at 11am. On Sunday 30th June our morning services will welcome Tom and members of his family as he begins his ministry among us, there will be a lunch after the service for us to mingle and share more informally.
On Sunday 7th July we are off to the Cathedral sharing in Cathedral Evensong with Dean Joe and other residentiary Canons. Cheryl will be able to robe and sit in her own Canon’s stall, named for Anna, King of the Angles( nephew of Raedwald of Sutton Hoo fame).This trip includes a reflective pilgrimage around the Cathedral, tea, as well as Choral Evensong and lasts from 2-5pm. Places are limited to 30 people so please watch out for the sign-up sheet at the back of church. There is no cost for the Cathedral though we should make an offering as a church, however depending on who comes we may need to hire transport. If you are coming and would be happy to give others a lift, please indicate.
Another slight change we will be making to the pattern of services is that 4 times a year, when there is a 5th Sunday in the month the 10am Service will be a Songs of Praise Service to which we hope you will invite friends and neighbours. There will be a short service of Communion in the Chancel afterwards for those who wish to attend and of course the 8am Service will be unchanged. We hope that this will be an opportunity to welcome people into the life of St. Greg’s in a way that feels less confusing than a eucharist for those who have little recent church going experience. We will review how this has gone at the end of 2019 and decide whether to continue this pattern or not.
Mission Weekend -17th - 19th May 2019
There are several opportunities to help as well as to bring friends and neighbours to the events that we are running. A number of trainee Lay Evangelists will be leading and speaking at the events, as well as Bishop Mike, Canon Dave Gardner and Capt. Andrew Payne.
Wednesday 15th May
6pm -7pm Hour of prayer for the mission at the Rectory
Thursday 16th May
Preparatory prayer walking round parts of Sudbury, meet 1.15pm at Wetherspoons in North Street.
Friday 17th May
10am Communion Service- Lay Evangelists will be sharing their testimony during our communion service, please bring friends and neighbours.
6pm Prayer at the Rectory
7pm A meal for single people at the Kohinoor Restaurant, cost £10 per head. Come and hear Bishop Mike talk informally about the value of single people to God and how we can share that good news with single friends (feel free to bring your single friends too). Places are limited for this so please book early with Cheryl to avoid disappointment. Remember a third of the households in Sudbury are single adult households.
7pm-9pm "Grill a Christian" - a pub event at the Comfortable Cow.
Saturday 18th May
8.00am-9.30am Churches Together Prayer Breakfast at All Saints’ Church Hall.
There will be a market stall with information about Christian activities in Sudbury all day with a live link to the Ministries Fair.
4pm-6pm Come and Sing ‘Joseph and his amazing technicolour Dreamcoat’ at St. Gregory’s with Tom Cogan. Fun for all the family.
Sunday 19th May
There will be Lay Evangelists speaking at All Saints’ and St. Gregory’s services
3.30pm We join with our friends from No.72 for a Cafe church with a healing theme at the snooker hall in North Street.
We need people to organize and serve refreshments at the ‘Come and Sing’ and at the “Cafe Church’, please let Cheryl know if you can help.
St Gregory's Fellowship Group
The Fellowship group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month unless stated otherwise in the programme.
April 18th - Jason Salisbury will give a talk on "Suffolk Farmhouse Cheese"
We meet at 2.30pm in the Common Lands Room (Ground Floor) at The Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury.
Our 2019 Programme is now available at the back of the Church and can also be viewed on the Fellowship Group Page
Irene Harding-Payne - 01787 377102
Avril Gardiner - 01787 377406
Ann Newport - 01787 371518
Pam Arbon - 01787 373316
Singles lunches take place on the last Sunday of the month. Open to all those who live on their own.
Different venues are chosen each month and transport can be arranged.
The group meets at the chosen venue for a 12.30pm lunch
The next lunch is :
April 28th at The Assington Country Kitchen, Assington,Essex
30th May at The Bull Hotel, Long Melford.
Please phone Sue Ayres - 01787 310219 - to book a place and order your meal.
Happy Hour Concerts 2019
Once again Tom Cogan is organising concerts on the summer.
Saturday 4th May
Stephen Mitchell - piano
Elaine Henson - Mezzo Soprano
Saturday 1st June
Mark Saberton - Baritone
Tom Cogan -piano
Saturday 6th July
Please come along and support these concerts. They are free to attend but a donations are welcomed.
There is a coffee morning every Friday from 10.30am in the church.
Coffee mornings on the first Saturday of the month, 10.00 - 12.00 are arranged throughout the year and the dates can be found here.
4th May - St Gregory's Church - hosted by Graham
1st June - 5 Salters Hall Mews - hosted by Joyce Hollins
6th July - The Rectory - hosted by Cheryl
3rd August - 6 Canterbury Road - hosted by Eileen and Bob Bird
7th September - St Gregory's Church - hosted by Amber Jones
Come and join us for breakfast. We meet at 8am followed by a time of prayer
A good way to start your Saturday!
|20th||Freedom Fellowship (formerly living Waters)|
|4th||St John's Methodist Church|
|11th||St Mary's Glemsford in the Old School Hall|
|18th||All Saints Church Hall|
|25th||Sudbury Baptist Church|
|1st||Suffolk Road Church|
|15th||St Andrew's at Wells Hall Old School|
|22nd||Great Waldingfield Church|
|29th||Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford|
|20th||Sudbury Baptist Church|
|27th||St Gregory's Church|
Church Flowers at St. Gregory's
I feel very privileged in heading up a team of such talented and supportive flower arrangers at St Gregory's. The number of people involved has increased over the last twelve months which means that at Festival times we are able to decorate even more of this lovely building. The wonderful facilities which we now have in the tower make the work that we do so much easier. There are so many people who visit the church and we hope that the flowers which are regularly in the church and in the porch help to make them feel welcome, as well as give pleasure to the congregation.
I should add at this point that we wouldn't be able to do what we do if it wasn't for the generosity of so many of the congregation who donate money towards the cost of the flowers, both for the festivals and throughout the year. The Team is extremely grateful for those donations as we rely on them completely to achieve the results that we do. In the past year there were quite a few weddings and the flowers for these have been enjoyed by many.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who help, in whatever way, to make the church look so lovely and to earn The Team so many compliments.
Remember if you would like to help with the arranging at St. Gregory's do contact me or speak to one of The Team.