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St Mary, Boxford, Church of England


St Mary is part of a group of friendly and welcoming rural and village churches, known as the Box River Benefice, which also includes: St Mary the Virgin, Edwardstone; St Bartholomew's, Groton; St Lawrence's, Little Waldingfield; and All Saints', Newton.


Who to contact

Box River Benefice
01787 210434

The Benefice is currently vacant and in interregnum. Please use the contact details for the Rural Dean for all enquiries.

Where to go

St Mary's Church
Church Street
CO10 5DU
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Area served
Venue Website
Parking details
There is on street parking around the church, but there is no church car park or public village car park.
Boxford is on bus route 91/91C, the Sudbury - Ipswich via Hadleigh service, currently operated by Beestons. There are no services on Sundays or Bank Holidays. The nearest railway station is in Sudbury, 7 miles away.
Restrictions to access
The two main entrances to the building, through the north and south porches, both have steps into the interior of the building. Wheel chair access is available by arrangement through the west door.

St Mary's is a large medieval Church of England building capable of accomodating between 250 and 300 people. Regular services are offered on Sundays but it is also available for booking for suitable events such as choral or classical music concerts.

It is noted for its good acoustics and has a fine nineteenth century organ. It is used as a regular venue for some of the Suffolk Villages Festival concerts.

Days & Times

This church and the other churches in the group are normally open every day of the year. For details of services see our Church Near You web site.
Time of day

Other details

Cost Details
There is no fee for Christenings although donations are always welcomed. Fees are charged for Weddings and Funerals. Enquiries are welcome. Please see the contact details on this page for the Rural Dean
Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
Wheelchair Access

Across the group of five churches we try to provide a mix of services, including:

  • A monthly informal family All Age style service at Boxford, which we are currently developing into a Café Church service. Children are especially welcome to this service.
  • Mid-week informal short communion services on Wednesdays, which are followed by coffee and time for a chat. These are held in Mary's House, which is a delightful church-owned cottage in the centre of Boxford village, a couple of doors away from Boxford Stores and the Post Office. It is also usually open on the other weekday mornings to anyone for tea or coffee for a small donation. More information is available on our Church Near You site, the link for which is on these pages as the Venue Website.
  • Mid-morning Sunday services, two each week, one in Boxford the other in one of the other four churches. These services are in modern language and are usually followed by refreshments.
  • Choral Matins  on alternate months and Evensong every month in traditional language, which are held once a month at St Mary's Church.
  • An 08:00 Book of Common Prayer communion service, which is held monthly at St Mary’s Church throughout the year and at the other four churches in the Benefice on a rota basis monthly between April and September. Our Church Near You web site has all the the details. Use the Venue Website link on these pages to access it.

Boxford has a robed choir and an active team of bellringers, both of which welcome new people, whether adults or young people, and training can be given in bellringing. The choir sings at all main services, except the informal family service. Mid-morning services normally last about an hour, family services a little less, and early morning services last about 40 minutes.

If you are new to the Village and come to one of our services, please do make yourself known to a sidesperson so that you can be properly welcomed.

Details of all the current month's church services in the Benefice, together with information about other church and village events, are available online in the pages of the local Village Newspaper, the Box River News. This publication serves all of the five villages in our Benefice. The church pages are usually in the middle of each edition of the Box River News and a link to this Newspaper appears on the home page of the Boxford Village Hall website which can be found at http://www.boxfordvillagehall.co.uk/



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