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
Lent, Holy Week and Easter
On Ash Wednesday, 6th March there will be Prayers with Ashing at 12 noon and Holy Communion with Ashing at 7.30pm.
This year we will be trying something a bit different for Lent- the book we have chosen is ‘The Glory of the Cross’ by Tim Chester. The book focuses on the gospel of John, to help us explore more deeply what the cross really means for us. There are short daily reflections and recommended passages from John’s gospel, along with a selection of prayers each week. I will be offering an introduction to John and to themes we will be exploring on Monday 4th March at 7pm (venue tba). I will be offering some reflection questions for you to use each week with your reading. There will be a white board and post-its in the prayer area at church for you to share your responses to the week’s readings and at 11.30am each Sunday (except for 17/3 when there is a baptism) there will be a chance to meet informally together and share our thoughts with one another. We are hoping that if you are the kind of person who worries that you will feel forced to say something in a small group, you will be able to listen and enjoy in this larger group setting. We will bring our learning together on Palm Sunday 14th April culminating in a simple Lent lunch together.
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.
May will be an exciting month for Sudbury, as we, in conjunction with our friends at All Saints, welcome Bishop Mike, Andrew Payne and the trainee lay evangelists for the weekend of 17-19th May. They will be leading various activities in the town and in our churches over the weekend including we hope a ‘Come and Sing Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat’ when the music will be led by Tom of course and a ‘Cafe Church’ with a healing and wholeness theme. We hope that you will not only come along yourselves but encourage friends and neighbours to come too.
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 for a tour, tea and sharing in Cathedral Evensong with Dean Joe and other residentiary Canons. I will be able to robe and sit in my own Canon’s stall, named for Anna, King of the Angles( nephew of Raedwald of Sutton Hoo fame).
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.
St Gregory's Fellowship Group
The Fellowship group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month unless stated otherwise in the programme.
February 2019: Our meeting is on Thursday February 21st with a talk by Andy Moore on "Colchester Zoo–History, Modern Role & Conservation Work ".
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 :
February 24th 2019 at The Brewers Arms, Polstead.
Please phone June Squirrel - 01787 312622 - 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 other days are arranged throughout the year and the dates can be found here.
2nd March - 10.00 - 12.00
Come and join us for breakfast. We meet at 8am followed by a time of prayer
A good way to start your Saturday!
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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.