at St Gregory’s Church
Welcome to our events review of special moments that we have enjoyed over the past few months. As always a big thank you to everyone who supported these events. Please take note of our news page for current meetings that are in our diaries for the next few months that may interest you and where you will be most welcome. If we can help, advise or let you have more information about our events then let us know by contacting the appropriate person in the features below.
Pilgrimage to Ely
On Saturday 14th October 28 people took part in a pilgrimage to Ely Cathedral. We celebrated the Eucharist at the High Table , followed by lunch in Powchers Hall. The afternoon started with a pilgrimage walk around the Cathedral , culminating in the Lady Chapel. We had time to look further around the cathedral - or the town- before we attended Sung Evensong. Harvest Festival was taking place the next day and the cathedral was alive with displays of local produce, animals, machinery and people all reflecting the wonderful harvest of the area.
The harvest tea was delicious!
The floral arrangements in the church were wonderful.
Thank you Tom for arranging the entertainment
Harvest High Tea
Sunday 24th September in St Gregory's Church
In a new venture for the church, Harvest was celebrated not only with services in the morning, but with High Tea in the afternoon. About 80 people joined together to enjoy the sandwiches, scones and cakes and many thanks to the young people who acted as waiters and waitresses for the afternoon. After the meal Tom Cogan organized an array of entertainment including Anne Chorley on the flute, the choir singing "The Owl and The Pussy Cat", David Phillips talking about the Suffolk dialect and Cheryl reciting a poem by John Betjeman entitled "Blame the Vicar". Thanks must go to Maggie Cogan who organized the event and to her willing helpers. A retiring collection was taken for Water Aid - our Harvest Charity.
Volunteers to clean the church
We tried to get into every nook and cranny!
Many hands make light work!
After all the hard work on Thursday 3rd August there was a reward of tea and cakes!
There was a duster on the end of the pole!
Some of the dusting was done sitting down.
Sunday 10th July 2017
Today we said a fond farewell to Rev. Helen Mitchell who has been at St Gregory's Church for the last eight years. After the service Nick Webb spoke of her time at the church and how she had supported us all with her great faith and love of Christ.
Helen was given a wall hanging containing photographs of her time with us at St Gregory's as well as a keepsake box filled with the thoughts, good wishes and prayers from members of the congregation. We all wish her and Robin all the very best when they move to Petersfield.
Ordination at Bury St Edmunds
Lynda Sebbage, standing beside the Bishop, who was our Reader, was ordained as a Deacon on Saturday 24th June 2017. We all wish her well in her future ministry.
Prayer Walking Sudbury
‘Thy Kingdom Come’
During the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost a small but faithful band went out every day to pray for a different section of our town, including the industrial estates and shopping areas as well as residential areas. Prayer Walking has been described as ‘prayer on site with insight’. As we go, we ask God to open our eyes to the needs of particular areas as we ask for God’s blessing and protection for them.
It was a privilege to pray for our town in this way, and I certainly saw parts of the town I hadn’t visited before. I am also grateful to those people who, while being prevented by infirmity form physically walking with us, prayed for us and with us in Spirit. The effects of prayer walking are not necessarily immediate or dramatic, but I believe God has been working with us during this time so that we can serve our community even better.
Here are photos of the intrepid band at the end of a couple of our days of walking. Despite appearances, Margaret Tracy was the only person who committed to walking every day with Cheryl which was much appreciated, she just managed to avoid having her picture taken by always being the photographer!
Confirmation Service on the Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple.
5th February 2017
Four candidates, Ellen,Susan, Amy and Samantha were confirmed by The Right Revd Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich at a service at St Gregory's church.
24th December 2016
This year our crib service included a nativity play. There was a chance for all children who wanted to join in to be either a shepherd or an angel. The story was told from the perspective of the shepherds, and we also gave every child who attended a knitted sheep to help us remember the story and the loving care of God for all of us. Many thanks to all who took part. As you can see Libby Grace Warne who played baby Jesus remained entirely calm, despite being the centre of attention.'
3rd December 2016
The Revd. Canon Nicholas Moir led the day of retreat at the church. He based his reflections on poems including "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He charged us with seeing things from a different perspective through the line.... "ah! bright wings" from the Hopkins poem. About 20 people took part in the retreat through out the day, which gave time for quiet reflection "in stillness and silence"
We will remember them.
Flowers for the Remembrance Service
November 13th 2016
All Saints Day
4th November 2016
An Angel for All Saints Day
Joy and Chloe , two members of the junior church, made this angel to celebrate All Saints day
In memory of
A new cross for St Gregory's Church
At the beginning of the service on 9th October 2016 the family of Stuart Attride presented the church with a wonderful, new wooden cross. Stuart was a member of St Gregory's Church for many years until his death last year, and one of his duties was as Crucifer, and the cross was dedicated in his memory.
A Joyful Occasion
During the morning service on July 10th 2016, Ellen, was baptised. It was a very special event for her as she made her baptismal vows surrounded by her family and friends.
New Priest in Charge at St Gregory's Church, Sudbury
Over two hundred people from across Sudbury and the diocese, and including friends from around the country, attended the installation of the new incumbent at St Gregory's Church, Sudbury. The Revd Canon Cheryl Collins was licenced by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, The Right Revd Martin Seeley on Tuesday 5th July. Cheryl's appointment is due to the vacancy left by The Revd Canon Greg Webb who sadly died last year. Cheryl, an East Anglian born and bred, comes to Sudbury with a wealth of experience having been among the first women to be ordained priest in 1994, and latterly from Suffolk Heights. Bishop Martin paid tribute to the late Revd Greg Webb whose work and contribution in the parish was recognised and onto which, Cheryl is committed to continue to build upon. Cheryl is very keen to immerse herself into the life of both the church and the town and looks forward to meeting as many people as possible: "I am longing to know Sudbury and its residents and really look forward to getting to know the community, the various organisations, groups, businesses and residents." We all wish Cheryl a long and very happy ministry here in Sudbury.
Sunday June 12th 2016
Libby Grace Warne, aged 5 weeks, was christened
and slept the whole way through!
A Special Visitor
Sunday 12th June 2016
We waved the flags, sang the national anthem, and had lovely birthday cake made by Avril, whilst singing Happy Birthday! Helen had a larger than life size cardboard cut out of the Queen and used it in her short address – great!
All welcome! of course we welcome all to our services here at St. Gregory's Church and spotted at our Friday communion service were two special characters.
In the picture we see Sam and her owner attending the service,
They are regular members of the congregation at our church and we are pleased to report that they were both on their best behaviour.
Sunday March 27th 2016
Christ is Risen!
About thirty people attended the 6.30am service which began around a fire at the entrance to the church.
After the gospel reading the congregation processed to the alter, where a communion service was held.
Following the service a wonderful breakfast was enjoyed by all.
On Saturday 5th March 2016 to Celebrate Mothering Sunday our volunteers were on hand to make up many bouquets of flowers.
The bouquets to be given out during the 10am service on the Sunday 6th March for the celebrating of Mothering Sunday.
Described as hard at work, but having fun!
The Confirmation Service took place on December 6th 2015 at the Bures Church
Pat Bright, Janice Martin, Sue Standley, Iris Risby and Jamie Gibbons were confirmed by Bishop Martin and Sue Bird reaffirmed her baptism vows at the Deanery Confirmation service at Bures
It was attended by many of our congregation who came to support them as they affirmed their faith.
Commissioning and Recommissioning
The Commissioning and Recommissioning of Lay Elders described as "A ministry that belongs to us all" took place on Sunday October 18th 2015.
Our Lay Elders were commissioned by the Archdeacon David Jenkins at our 10 o'clock service.Two new elders were commissioned and seven re-commissioned to continue the work of ministry in the community.
The Archdeacon stressed the importance of the whole congregation noticing when people were lonely or needed a listening ear or practical help
Harvest Festival with Donations to the Storehouse
Harvest Festival and Back to Church Sunday on 27th September 2015 was a great success with donations being made to Storehouse.
After the service the congregation joined together for a bring and share lunch and thoroughly enjoyed their time together.
Prayer 48 - 12th / 14th June 2015
A Great Success
Prayer 48 was a great success with many children and adults visiting the church to attend the services or to sit and pray. Helen has written a letter about the weekend which can be found by selecting "Prayer 48" in our archive pages. Here are just some images of the weekend.
The Communion Service that took place on Sunday June 7th 2015 was presided by Bishop Martin Seeley.
The communion service on Sunday June 7th was presided by Bishop Martin Seeley. This was his first service in his new diocese and he also gave the sermon. Bishop Martin is now the 11th Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
His ordination as a Bishop took place on Ascension Day, Thursday 14 May 2015, during a service at Westminster Abbey that was attended by a congregation of more than 1,000 people. Bishop Martin said "I am thrilled to be coming to a diocese where the church is so engaged with the life of the whole community."
The Coffee Morning on Saturday May 2nd 2015 was described as a good crowd
Irene Harding-Payne hosted the coffee morning on 2nd May 2015 there was a good crowd.
Jenny Baird had a plant stall which was a great success
and there was a queue of visitors waiting to climb the 121 steps to the top of the tower.