St Peter’s Church, Yoxford

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The Bishops’ pilgrimage from Dunwich to Bury St Edmunds, via Yoxford:
The Bishop of Dunwich (Mike) and the Bishop of St Edmondsbury (Martin) will start with a service of Holy Communion on Dunwich beach at 9am on Ash Wednesday, 1st March. They will then walk via Westleton and Darsham, arriving in Yoxford to hold a service at St Peter’s church on 7.30pm that evening. Then on Thursday morning they will hold a service of Morning Prayer at Yoxford before walking on to Sibton , Peasenhall and beyond.
Everyone will be very welcome to either service, and of course to join them as they walk through our villages.
Also the Lent groups that have been advertised in the Fisherman would love people to sign up. The list of people holding groups are on the church noticeboard, and we will be studying the Lord’s Prayer.

A little bit of our history

St Peter’s church and tower were built in the fifteenth century. There was a church in Yoxford, maybe in timber, at least as early as the reign of Edward the Confessor, but there is no record of its appearance.

Yoxford is unusual in having three large mansions within its boundaries: Cockfield Hall, Grove Park and Rookery Park. The histories of the families who lived here are commemorated in the memorials and hatchments in the church. The hatchments are considered to be the finest in Suffolk.

The pulpit dates from 1620, the font from1518 and the bells have rung out to call people to worship since1665.

By 1837, Yoxford, already a coaching stop on the London to Yarmouth road, had grown into a prosperous town. The church was extended, to accommodate a growing congregation.

St Peter’s is part of the Yoxmere Benefice of eight parishes.

Rector and Rural Dean
Revd. Christine Redgrave
The Rectory, The Street, Darsham IP17 3QA
redgrave460@btinternet.com
01728 667095

Assistant Priest

Revd. Susan Warne 01728 668410

Curate
Revd. Susan Bates

1, Oakwood Park, Yoxford IP 17 3JU

Services are at 9.30am every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month when there is a combined Benefice service in one of our parishes at 10am. Times and details of services are also published in the Fisherman and on local notice boards.

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