St Mary's Haverhill

Welcome to St Mary's Church, Haverhill, Suffolk 

Please find this weeks online services, including our Children's service below. All  other services are  to be found on our Virtual Services Page

The Right Revd Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, is delighted to announce that the next Priest in Charge of Haverhill with Withersfield Benefice will be The Revd Max Drinkwater.  Max is presently Assistant Curate of Newmarket St Mary with Exning St Agnes.  A date in respect of Max’s licensing service will follow in due course.  

 The Bishop has asked me to pass on his thanks to the parish representatives and all those involved in the process of Max’s appointment, and he assures you of his prayers.  Please pray for Max and his wife Charlotte as they prepare for their move.


***Our weekly bible studies are held via Zoom. Please message us 

via the contact us tab or our Facebook page ***

On the 16th March 2020, The Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued an historic statement to the effect that;

"All Church of England services be suspended until further notice in order to help contain the spread of the corona Virus."

Obviously, this has an impact on our Churches in Haverhill and Withersfield. I’d like us all to be clear about how this effects us.

All services on Sundays and Weekdays will not take place until the crisis has passed. This will come in to effect immediately.

Lent Groups, Café Church, Elevenses, Coffee mornings, and toddler groups will also be suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

I realise this will be a very shocking development for most of us. May people in our church will be bereft of the social contact and support our church community offers and it will take a little time to adjust. I’m very aware that isolation may become a problem for many members of our church community and I am mindful of that.

In the days and weeks ahead, myself and the churches leadership team will be exploring ways in which we can ease the isolation and anxiety with good use of technology, Christian kindness and a willingness to help others.

We are planning to set up a “Telephone Tree” to ensure that people are contacted regularly. Many of the people who usually visit the elderly and vulnerable are now themselves vulnerable. I am hoping that those of us who are less vulnerable, will be able to offer, friendship, practical and spiritual support. If you are able to offer yourself to be a part of our plans to care for our Church members who are isolated or anxious, please email me at

As the Archbishops have said;  'Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,' 

'This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly are a church for all, or just the church for ourselves.

We can all do something to help. I am certain that we will come through his crisis and God will work with us to ensure that we are not crushed. We do need to co-operate with God though, so please think how you might be able to help.

I will be trying to communicate regularly on line via Facebook and the this, the churches' website. There may be opportunities to live stream a service each week for those who have internet access. Please keep looking.

May I wish you all goodness and blessing at this difficult and challenging time. Pease, all of you, take care of yourselves then you may better care for others.

Yours in Christ Jesus

The Reverend Chris Eyden


Please make and offer of help to the Church Community of St Mary Haverhill

We can all do something to help those who are at risk or self isolating during the Corona Virus Pandemic. If you can make
Telephone Calls there is a job for you to do. If you can do simple errands occasionally, groceries or prescription collection. There is a job for you to do.If you can spend an hour or two in church occasionally, as part of a small team of people, so we can keep our church open for a few hours on a few days, regularly during the week. There is a job for you to do.
Please email me on
I will send your details to one of our team who will connect you with a person you can call or do an errand for. We will get through this crisis by loving our neighbours as God loves us.
Thank You

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 25

This worship services will be streamed live on Facebook for anyone who wishes to watch and take part in their own homes every Wednesday and Sunday, and will be available on this website shortly after.

Church will NOT be open to the public



At St Mary's Haverhill, We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.  

Our Safeguarding Officer is:
Jane Eccleston - you can contact by email at

If you have any concern about the safety of a child within St Mary's community or the safety of a vulnerable adult, you can safely and confidentially contact the Safeguarding officer who will take you concerns very seriously and after listening to your concerns, take whatever action is appropriate and necessary.

You can also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich 

Gavin Stone
Director of Strategic Planning and Communications and Head of Safeguarding
Tel: 01473 298522

Karen Galloway
Interim Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Tel: 07785 621319

To report an online concern to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, please visit the web address below:

Suffolk Police - Non-Emergency number: 101
Suffolk County Council Customer First: 0808 800 

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours) -
Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours) - Phone if you are child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours) - Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours) - Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)


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