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St Mary's Church, Bures

The Village

Bures is a rural village of about 1,600 inhabitants, situated in the east of England between the small market town of Sudbury and the larger town of Colchester.

The people of the village come from all sorts of backgrounds, but generally the community is a fairly prosperous one, with some farming families, and many professional earners of whom quite a number commute to London.

Our church

St Mary's Bures is one of three churches which make up our benefice and occupies an old 14th century building in the centre of the village. It has been well maintained, and there have been alterations to the tower to make rooms for Young Church groups, meetings, crêche, etc.

The main Sunday service is at 10.30 a.m.,  The music is provided either by an organ with choir or by a music group - usually both. There is also a Book of Common Prayer Communion service at 8 a.m. on the first and third Sundays with no music.

On the second Sunday of the month, we have two services at 10.30 a.m., a service of Holy Communion and an informal service known as 'Second Sunday' which starts with coffee and pastries at 10  for 10.30  a.m. and is held in the school hall.  If you are not familiar with church, this service is the one for you. 

On Wednesday mornings we have a short informal service of Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. lead by one of the church elders.  This is followed by a coffee morning.  Once a month there is a service for pre-school children and their carers, 'Stepping Stones'.  Once a term we have an evening of informal worship, 'Come Together'. 

There are two half-hour prayer meetings, on Wednesdays at 9.15 a.m. and Saturdays at 8.30 a.m.

For more information go to our services and meetings page.  Here you will also find the times of services in the churches in our other two parishes of Assington and Little Cornard.

There are seven home groups which meet to study the Bible and to support one another in our Christian faith.  To find out which group might suit you, please contact Virginia Hill,

Our Hopes for the Future

Whilst the congregation in Bures is active and growing, the mission of the church is to all people. In this troubled world we are constantly considering ways of making our prayer, worship, study and service more effective and relevant — to help us all understand better the love of God and his call to follow Him.

We hope to broaden the activities of those already in church, with more people involved in home groups and prayer groups, in teaching and leading worship, in visiting and prayer for healing.

Latest News

On Sunday 6th April the Rt Rev. David Thomson, the Bishop of Huntingdon and the temporary Bishop of our diocese, preached to a full congregation.  We were all delighted when he announced that the Rev. Steve Morley will be joining us in July as our new vicar, along with his wife Angela.  Steve will be inducted on Tuesday 22nd July.  Please click here to listen to the Bishop's sermon.

Please browse our website to discover what’s happening in our church.



Every month we post on this website a daily Prayer Diary. If you would like prayer please email us and tell us.

Click here to see this month's Prayer diary.


The Alpha course  is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith.  It’s relaxed, non-threatening, low key, friendly and fun.  

Click here for more information on this course.

Our Clergy

            Assistant Clergy:                        Mary Cantacuzène & Jo Goymour

Holiday Club in action

The north porch

Visit to our link church the Friendship Church in Russe, Bulgaria (see EPIC)

Parochial Church Council:  Andrew Boyce, Kate Buckle, Fred Goymour, George Barnham, Katy Goymour, Virginia Hill, Chris Tomkinson, Bill Box


PCC Secretary:  Sue Ryman

Deanery Synod Members: Lynda Lee,  Derek Wolsten-Croft

Churchwardens:                                  Dick Gould, Alan Ryman

Treasurer:   Charlotte Scott

Readers                                          Murray Emerson, John Symons


EldersAndrea Carter, Sue Emerson, Sylvia Gaspar, Virginia Hill, Sarah Pryor, Josephine Robinson, Sue Ryman, Elizabeth Tozer, Jenny Wright

  Worship Leader: Sue Emerson
  Trainee Ordinand: Tricia Box
  Trainee Reader: Andrew Clifft

 Our church  is  linked to:

The Church of England


  Diocese of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich


Bures village websites  


Bures Primary School