Kersey Church and Shrine
Caring, sharing and a little bit daring
We are a village church to the west of Ipswich with people coming from the villages and towns all around Kersey. We're open, welcoming and very inclusive.
Our services are just lovely and the people even more so. Honestly, you'll fit right in. There are no reserved seats, no special codes, or strange ways of doing things. If you want to meet God and some really friendly people, come along one Sunday and join us. If you'd like to chat about getting married, send us an email, and if you'd like to just chat, well we're good at that.
We have a thriving Friends Of St Mary's group that put on events like dinner dances, classical concerts, the best Jazz in Suffolk and lots more.
The Ukrainian flag is flying outside St Mary's. Use this as a reminder to pray for the people of Ukraine. Oppressed, invaded and with their freedoms crushed.
Lighten their darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend them from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
From time to time we fly a flag at St Mary's Church. Flags can be surprisingly polarising things, as we've discovered! Never-the-less there are occasions such as royal events, saints days, Diocesan days, Pride month, or international events when a flag is a visible reminder to thank God, celebrate our diversity, pray for a group of people or just be old fashioned joyful!
Anyone in the parish can request a flag be flown and when a flag is flying there will be an explanation here within 48 hours. Sometimes you may need to give us time to log on first after hoisting it.
We've spent the last three months responding to the crisis by doing so much for our communities: raising money for hospital staff welfare; making hundreds and hundreds of virtual visit telephone calls; distributing meals twice a week, keeping everyone stay connected with our four videos a week; and sadly helping many people say goodbye to their loved ones.
But we need to make sure that the church can stay open and for that we need your help. It's really simple and it's something we do together, please can you take part by making a monthly contribution? It's super easy but completely changes the prospect of your church staying open and serving the community. The government will also add 25% to your contribution if you pay tax. We can stay open with your monthly giving, thank you!
To give a monthly gift just call the Parish Giving Service on
0333 002 1271
To keep your chosen Church open quote the reference:
Kersey Parish Church - 330633057
We follow the Diocesan Guidelines https://www.cofesuffolk.org/safeguarding and keep updated through regular training. Each Parish has a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy and our volunteers who work with young people or vulnerable adults are DBS checked or are in the process of being checked and receive Safeguarding training. We review the Safeguarding Policy and our safeguarding practice each year. If you have any concerns at any time about safeguarding in our parishes please contact the Vicar Rev Crompton-Battersby firstname.lastname@example.org or use the link below to report your concern directly.