New – Children and Kid’s “Swap Shop”

As a way of helping families make their money go further, and to help reduce our environmental impact, we are delighted to introduce our very first Children and Tots Swap Shop.

On the first Wednesday in December (4th) we will be hosting a Swap Shop in St James’ Church in Nayland from 10am to Noon (alongside our well established Coffee, Cake and Conversation).

It is an ideal opportunity to bring along any clean, good quality clothing, toys’ or baby equipment that you no longer use and allow others to take them away and give them a second life. Hopefully you can also then find something larger or more age appropriate for your child(ren) to take away with you.

As it is happening in the first week of December, hopefully it will be a great chance to recycle last years Christmas Jumper or Party Dress which they have outgrown, without having to spend a fortune buying a new one this year.

This event is FREE (Donations Welcome) and EVERYONE is invited, so feel free to share.

As an added Bonus you can also enjoy some wonderful homemade cakes together with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

It is hoped that if this first Swap Shop is popular we will make it a regular monthly event.

Nayland Church Fete 2019

This coming Bank Holiday Monday (27th May) sees the return of our Annual Nayland Church Fete on the Recreation Ground behind the Village Hall (CO6 4JH) .

There is so much going on this year that we have extended the opening times from 1pm to 4pm just so that you have the chance to see and do everything!

In addition to the Classic Car Display, the £150 Top Prize Raffle, the ever popular Children’s and Adult’s Sports and Tug-O-War,  NEW THIS YEAR we are introducing  “Have a Go Archery” with White Dragon Archery, that is on top of all of the stalls listed below!

Glass and China
Kitchen and Picnic
Pictures & Soft Furnishings
Bric a Brac
Jewellery & Handbags
Good Condition Ladies Clothes
Garden Tools/DIY
Bottle Tombola
China Smash

Cakes and biscuits
Ice Creams
Strawberries and Cream Teas
Hot Dogs & Burgers
Beer Tent
Pimms Tent

Last year over £14,000 was raised again which was used towards the improvements to St James’ Church, providing a new servery and accessible bathroom.  More work is planned in the coming years to make the church an accessible asset for the whole community.

Adults – £3
Concessions – £2
Children – Free

Ample Free Parking (follow local signs)

We look forward to seeing you all there – but thank you in advance to everyone, visitors, sponsors, volunteers who make this event happen.


Record Breaking Fete!

Despite the Bank Holiday Monday weather not being the best, this years church fete in Nayland was the most successful ever!

After expenses it raised £13,893.66 with a further £199.00 being raised by “The Friends of St James’, Nayland”; and £850 by St Mary’s, Wiston.

With substantial restoration works currently underway at St James’ such a wonderful total will certainly go some way to helping with the significant costs involved in maintaining our church for future generations.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who came, donated or helped we really couldn’t have done it without you!


Nayland Church Fete – Mon. 29th May 2017


Our Traditional village fete will once again be held in the beautiful medieval village of Nayland on this upcoming Bank Holiday Monday:

Come along and:-

  • Admire the Great Classic Vehicle Display
  • Take part in adults and children’s novelty sports and Tug of War.
  • Shop for plants, books, vintage, gifts and more.
  • Enjoy sideshows for all ages including Splat the Rat, Bouncy Castle, Welly boot throw, China Smash and face painting.
  • Feast on hotdogs, homemade cakes, strawberries and cream and ices.
  • There will be a raffle with a £150 first prize Great fun for all

All proceeds to St James’ Church Fabric Fund.

Gates Open 1.30pm – Stalls Open 2pm

Adults £2
Concessions £1
Children 50p

Free Parking

For more information please contact:  Lorna Burgin (

Saints Alive! it’s Messy Church for All Saints Day

messychurch-logoMessy Church – Sunday 30th October
4-6pm at Village Hall, Stoke by Nayland

Following on from slaying all the giants last month we’re back!

Come and join with other families, children, parents and grandparents as this month our theme is SAINTS ALIVE!  

Why not bring your friends and neighbours and get messy with activities, crafts and family friendly worship followed by tea.

#AllAreWelcome #MessyChurch

Confirmation – the next step on the journey


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

It is hoped to start a confirmation group in the benefice for older children and adults in the Autumn.   If you or your children are interested in joining then please speak with The Revd Mark Woodrow or use the form below.

For information about Confirmation in the Church of England please click below.



Set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made famous by artists such as John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough,  we are 5 churches serving the parishes of Stoke-by-Nayland, Polstead, Leavenheath, Nayland and Wissington.

We welcome residents, as well as visitors from around the world, who seek space to hear God in their busy lives, our churches are open to those of faith or none.

We welcome you and want to share life’s milestones and events with you; to celebrate Christenings and Weddings with you; and to offer you pastoral support and hope during the sad times when Funerals for loved ones need to be organised.

We have embraced our Diocesan Vision and are working together so that we can have flourishing congregations that are making a difference to their communities.

We are committed to our four priorities of Growing in depth, number, influence and younger.

  • Growing in Depth – responding to the call of Christ in every part of our lives
  • Growing in Number – drawing contacts we have into the life of God’s kingdom
  • Growing in Influence – reaching beyond ourselves in our impact on the wider world
  • Growing Younger – building churches whose age range reflects our communities


We look forward to welcoming YOU!