Sunday 31st July Seventh Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday we have one in person service:

10am Polstead Gospel Oak Benefice Service

Masks are no longer required, but are still recommended for the time being.

The link below will take you the worship page of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral  where you will find the times and links to their online services (and service sheets), which can also be accessed through their Facebook page.

Notices and Diary Dates

Sunday 31st July, 10am, at St Mary’s, Polstead
All are welcome to join this wonderful service which has been held annually at St Mary’s since 1902 to celebrate St Cedd’s mission to spread Christianity around East Anglia. Traditionally held outside, the
BOXTED METHODIST SILVER BAND will be playing too! 
Refreshments served afterwards.

Tomorrow, Monday 1st August, 7.30pm
Our hardworking Benefice Ministry Team consisting of Revd Stéphane and Revd Val, our Licensed Lay Readers: David Rowe(L) and Derek Johns(W), our Commissioned Lay Elders: Jane Addis(S), Lucy Bartlett(P), Jim Bond(L), Kath Hunt(N), David Pryor(N), Adam Sedgwick(S) & June Smith(S), also Jane Gurden(L) and Helen Schalin(N) will meet tomorrow to discuss – for example – the church services, safeguarding, community pantry, festival services, etc.
If you wish to raise a topic please contact one of the Ministry Team and it will be discussed.

Bishops Martin says….Bishop Mike and I will attend the Lambeth Conference which runs until August 7th. Please pray for the conference. It is an opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones, and to learn from the life and wisdom of the church across the globe. It is also, inevitably, an opportunity for disagreement and division and I ask you to pray that we somehow focus on what unites and not what divides. Please pray especially for Mike who has ended up being the co-facilitator of ALL the plenary sessions with Bishop Rose Okeno of Kenya.
Will be held at 10am in Stoke Church on Monday 8th August
This is a Foundation Level training which is the next one up from Basic Level.  It is mandatory for Churchwardens and PCC members or anyone working with young people or vulnerable adults. Many people will have completed this online, but this is an opportunity for anyone to have face-to-face training.  Contact Jane Addis to book a place (01787 210834) or Open to all our parishioners.  Smaller group training of up to six people can also be arranged.

Friends of St Matthew’s are still on the look-out for a few more flower arrangements on the theme ‘My Suffolk’ for the Flower Festival in St Matthew’s Church on 10 and 11 September, to coincide with the ‘Ride & Stride’. We would be delighted to hear from you if you are willing to supply a flower arrangement or if you might like to sponsor one! Please contact Jane Gurden on 07909 875892. There will be a competition (with small prizes) for children, with all the materials provided in the church so that they can make an imaginative arrangement of their own and leave it on display for all to see. Please save the date!. 
There are now two Communities Pantries, in St James’ south-west porch and the main porch at St Mary’s Stoke, stocked with food and household items which can be donated directly to the pantries or financial assistance be given. If you would like to make a financial donation, please contact Jane Wilson at
for bank details.

We will gladly accept any surplus, good condition books you have – fiction, thrillers, reference, biographies, children’s, cookery, etc – which you might like to donate to Wiston church.
4 books for £1  Take a walk along the footpath and call in!

EVERY Wednesday 10-12noon Coffee/tea is served in St James’ Nayland.  Do pop in and enjoy a hot drink, delicious cakes and a chat.

From Monday 7th March we will be holding a short weekly Holy Communion service in St James’ Nayland at 10am.  All are welcome!  We would also like to start running a baby/toddler group in the church after the communion service to give parents and carers the opportunity to meet and relax over a cup of coffee in the church.  If you would be able to help with refreshments and a warm welcome
please get in touch w
Stéphane or Helen Schalin (07717 766683

The Pew Sheet can be found here
Weekly Pew Sheet

I’m sorry there is no Children’s Worksheet this week, there has been a change in the publisher’s permission to use this content, hopefully this will be resolved soon.

Community pantry & Financial Assistance Fund

Thank you for all the items generously donated to the community pantry. Currently, we do not need any more tinned tomatoes or beans. But we do need fresh veg and fruit, long-life milk, butter, cereal, tea and instant coffee, toiletries, toilets rolls and cleaning materials, also pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, sugar, tinned fruit, crisps and cereal. 

Please keep spreading the word that this is a resource for anyone in our villages, whether their need is occasional or regular. There is also a fund for those in need of financial assistance, perhaps with school uniforms and shoes, essential or unexpected bills. Please do feel free to contact Rev Val Armstrong who can assist you in complete confidentiality, Tel: 01206262812 Email: It is also possible to have a delivery arranged for those unable to get to the Community Pantry in Nayland, again please contact Rev Val about this.

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