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The Rev’d 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 2017-2018 year in Langham and Boxted village churches:
New Afternoon Family Service at St Peter’s, Boxted – Sunday 13 May @ 4.30pm
We are launching a new Sunday afternoon family service which will take place on the 2nd Sunday in each month @ 4.30pm. The first service will be held at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 13 May, and will be an informal service where we share food, worship, and explore the theme “Thy Kingdom Come.” Please do come along, it would be great to see you there. This service is in addition to the Sunday morning family services on the 3rd Sunday in the month – more details below.
Blessing of the Animals Service at St Mary’s, Langham – Sunday 24 June @ 3pm – outdoors, in the sun we hope!
Bring your pets to church to be blessed at an informal service of thanksgiving for the pleasure we have from animals of every kind. To be followed by Afternoon Tea and a chance to watch bell-ringing in the tower and try it for yourself. Pets of all sorts are welcome but please keep them under control (or caged) and clear up after them in case of “accidents”. If you plan to bring a horse please contact a church warden in advance for arrangements. (Tel: 272599 or 230918).
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.
Sunday Morning 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. Our next Family Services are Sunday 20 May at St Mary’s, Langham @ 9.30am and Sunday 17 June at St Peter’s Church, Boxted @ 9.30am.
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.
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.
Services in Rev. Mandy’s other parishes of Great Horkesley & West Bergholt
After the 9.30am services at Langham and Boxted, Mandy goes on to take a second service at one of her other churches in Great Horkesley & West Bergholt. Please click on this link for full details of services in all her parishes.
Good Neighbours Scheme
Two home groups currently meet and welcome new participants. One in the afternoon on the first Tuesday of each month. (Contact Angela Mclauchlan 01206 272275) The other in the evening on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. (Contact Carola and Don Markham 01206 617429)
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/.
Pictured above: Belshazzar’s Feast
Church Youth Work
The youth work continues throughout 2018. We meet at the Boxted Methodist Church Hall. Read more here.
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.