Welcome

A very warm welcome to our website, especially if this is your first visit. We hope that some of the things we do will appeal to you … and may help you connect with God.

Our Rector

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The Revd Dr Amanda Jane ‘Mandy’ Elmes is Priest in Charge of the three parishes of Langham with Boxted, West Bergholt and Great Horkesley .

Read Mandy’s report of the 2016-2017 year in Langham and Boxted village churches:

LwB Rector’s Report 2017

Operation Christmas Child – Shoebox Appeal 2017

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It’s that time of year again for you to fill your empty shoeboxes with gifts for children in the poorer parts of our world. Last year Langham & Boxted sent off an incredible 130 shoeboxes and we hope to match that again this year (or even increase it)! Simple gifts such as gloves, soap, toothbrushes, colouring pencils and toy cars can make such a big impact, and there are some wonderful stories to read about the children who received the shoeboxes on the Samaritan’s Purse website: Shoebox Stories

Want to know more? Come along to the service at St Peter’s, Boxted on Sun 24 Sept @ 9.30am to hear a special talk about the Shoebox appeal. I can promise you it will be inspiring!

If you would like to take part in the appeal, please bring your completed shoeboxes to St Mary’s Church, Langham on 19 November @ 9.30am, or contact Claire Arculus clairearculus@aol.com

Confirmation Classes – starting Tues 17 October, 6.30pm for young people and 7.45pm for adults

Have you been thinking about getting confirmed, or would like a refresher course on the basics of the Christian Faith? Rev Mandy Elmes is holding  Confirmation classes at the Rectory in Church Close, West Bergholt CO6 3JZ on the following dates (6.30pm for young people & 7.45pm for adults):

Tuesdays 17, 24 & 31 October and  7, 14 & 21 November

Please contact Rev Mandy Elmes for more details or to book your place: revmandyelmes@btinternet.com or 01206 240906.

Sunday Services: Pattern and Style

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Our principal Sunday service is held at 9:30 am and alternates between St Mary’s, Langham and St Peter’s Boxted. It is usually a ‘Common Worship’ Eucharist which is partly sung to a simple setting. Having a single main service helps to bring our two villages together.  This service lasts for 70 minutes.

Every third Sunday, there is an early morning 8.00 am Eucharist at St Mary’s. This quiet traditional service uses the Book of Common Prayer (1928). There is a short sermon, and the whole service lasts 40 minutes.

Children’s Group

Our Sunday Group for children aged 11 and under meets during the 9.30 a.m. Eucharist Services for a variety of Bible based activities.  We aim to have fun and learn more about God at the same time.

Family Services

On the third Sunday of each month there is a more informal All Age Family Service which lasts 50 minutes.  Baptisms sometimes take place during this service.

Refreshments 

After the 9:30 a.m. services there are always free refreshments, when people stay to chat and enjoy each others’ company; newcomers to St Mary’s or St Peter’s find this a good opportunity to get to know everyone.

Fifth Sundays

When there is a fifth Sunday in the month we often hold a joint service with the churches in Great Horkesley and West Bergholt.  Check key dates section for details.

Good Neighbours Scheme

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Home Groups

Two home groups currently meet.  One in the afternoon on the first Tuesday of each month.  The other in the evening on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  All are welcome to join.

Pictured above a home group regular meeting of fellowship and study. The group were working their way through the series 'Glimpses of God'
Pictured above a home group regular meeting of fellowship and study. The group were working their way through the series ‘Glimpses of God’

Open the Book

We have a group of people who go into Boxted St Peter’s C of E School to tell Bible stories using the Open the Book scheme.   For more information about Open the Book, click on: http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/about-bible-society/our-work/open-the-book/.

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Church Youth Work

The youth work continues throughout 2017. Note, We now meet at the Boxted Methodist Church Hall. Read more here.

PCC Priorities

The Parochial  Church Council (PCC) has set Five Priority Areas for the growth of the Church in Langham and Boxted:

Grow in our personal faith.
Increase our Sunday attendance.
Engage with our young people.
Help our community in practical ways.
Keep our finances on a secure footing

The PCC welcomes comments and feedback. If you have ideas, please contact a Churchwarden.

What are We About?

Our two beautiful churches of St Mary’s, Langham, and St Peter’s, Boxted, aim to provide Christian worship and teaching which enables everyone to encounter God. On a Sunday you’ll meet people of all ages and from many church traditions – and none. We unite as a family at the Eucharist as we share bread and wine together and are always delighted to welcome newcomers – especially those who are trying “church” for the first time.

Our music blends the traditional and contemporary. We successfully combine the fun of children playing simple musical instruments with more formal liturgy. We feed our souls, our bodies and our relationships as we study God’s word and as we chat over coffee and eat cakes after our morning service.

We do all this so that the Gospel may be preached, the faith may be taught, and that everyone may come to know the love of Jesus.

What do We Believe?

Each week at the Eucharist we proclaim: “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to take away our sins so that we might have peace with God. We believe that Jesus rose bodily from the grave on the first Easter morning. We believe that he will one day return this world, and that in the meantime we can know him through the power of God’s Holy Spirit within us.