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St. Mary's Church
Church Street


There are a number of regular christian worship services in St Mary’s throughout the year. Seasonal Services take place especially at Easter and Christmas.

Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals are all part of the regular life within the church as well as Civic Services.

For dates and times of all services throughout the Benefice see CALENDARS


Changes to our monthly Sunday worship pattern

The year of 2015 was incredibly packed with major projects in so many areas:

  • St Mary’s Vision Plan launched in April
  • The Hadleigh Deanery Plan agreed in November
  • Phase Two of the internal re-ordering of St Mary’s began in November
  • The Porch Project’s first satellite project in Great Cornard started in December


As a result of the Vision Plan, and the Deanery Plan, the PCCs of all three churches have made some changes to our regular monthly service plan. These come into effect from February 2016.

Hadleigh is the process of taking on Lindsey Parish Church as a ‘Festival Church’ and although the legal aspects will take many months to complete, we are working informally as though it already has! Services at Lindsey will be, as the name implies, held on major festivals only (Christmas, Easter, Harvest etc. etc.). 

Please see the descriptions for each act of worship so that you know what to expect. My prayer is that this new structure will allow us to settle down but also allow the Spirit of God to enliven our worship together, as individual communities, as a benefice and as a deanery.




Every Sunday at Hadleigh: 8am Said Eucharist (BCP)



What can you expect?

A rich and diverse offering of worship


Said Eucharist (BCP) – Hadleigh at 8am only

A said service of communion using the Book of Common Prayer (i.e. there are no hymns). Held in the Lady Chapel it is a formal but quiet and reflective service including a shortened sermon – lasting around 40 minutes.

Sung Eucharist (CW)

A communion service with hymns and a sermon with liturgy from Common Worship. In Layham & Shelley we sing the Gloria. In Hadleigh many of the communal aspects of the liturgy are sung to a range of different musical settings.  Clergy and ministers are robed. On the fourth Sunday of the month Layham & Shelley alternate hosting the service, so please keep an eye out for where it is. 

Morning Worship

The structure of Morning Prayer from Common Worship is used with seasonal variations. In Shelley, lay elders and those authorized by the Dean lead an informal service. Ministers/leaders are often not robed. In Hadleigh selected services will include baptism – those months are identified on the website (on the Baptism page). The new authorized baptism service will be used.

Informal Worship – Hadleigh at 6pm only

A new regular opportunity for worshipping informally using traditional and contemporary music. Initially starting in the Prayer Chapel and finishing by 7.30pm. There is no sermon.


Bistro Communion – Hadleigh at 10.45am only

A very new inclusive act of worship for everyone. Informally sitting around tables in the church nave using the structure of Common Worship Communion but presented creatively and differently each time. Bread will be baked and offered from the community and everyone is invited to bring mini bottles of wine and/or non alcoholic drink to be offered during the service. Those leading will not be robed and people of all ages are invited to take part in leadership roles. Music of all traditions and types. Our diocesan bishop has fully endorsed this new service and is coming to lead us in September. 

Deanery Eucharist - every FIFTH Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the following venues:

30 October 2016:  Stoke by Nayland

29 January 2017:  Stratford St Mary

30 April 2017:  Hintlesham

30 July 2017:  Bildeston 

On fifth Sundays we are all invited to join together in worship to express our unity as a Deanery with God at our heart.  There will therefore be only one service in the Deanery on those Sundays, at the church listed above.  Please note the change of time from 11 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.  Refreshments (but not lunch) will be offered after the service, and we encourage you to stay on to get to know people from the other villages across our Deanery

Shortened Eucharist – Hadleigh at 12.15pm only

A short communion service, beginning at the preparation of the table. Using Common Worship liturgy with no hymns or sermon – lasting about 15 minutes.


Regular worship in Hadleigh continues as usual during the week:

Wednesday, 7.30am Morning Prayer, Eucharist and Breakfast

Friday, 10am Café Church Communion


While some parts of the services are always the same, others change. For example, two or three Bible selections may be read. These change each Sunday. Certain of the prayers also change, in order to provide variety. Parts of the service that change are printed in the service leaflet provided.

The Church of England invites to Holy Communion all baptised persons who are communicant members of other Churches, which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and who are in good standing in their own Church. Those prevented by conscience or the rules of their own Churches from receiving the Blessed Sacrament are invited to receive a blessing.

St Mary's Hadleigh has permission from the bishop so that children can receive Holy Communion before they are confirmed. This is so that they are fully included in the life of the church. When they reach an age at which they understand more about the experience they can make their own choice to be confirmed.


Finding Us

Parking  (shown in blue)

On street parking in the town is limited.

Off street parking (free but take a ticket) 

Parking in the Churchyard is very limited and is by permit from Benefice office only. - Disabled drop-off is by arrangement.


Public Transport

There are regular bus services between Hadleigh and Ipswich, Sudbury and Colchester and connections to the surrounding villages.

For up to date information on bus services go to the 'Suffolk On Board' website.