St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
"We are here for the glory of God; to be the body of Christ, broken and restored to reflect the Gospel in our lives."
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Breaking the Bread at Saint Mary's Church Woodbridge Suffolk

Our Church

We are a parish church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, in the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Our worship reflects the broad mainstream tradition of the Church of England, and, whilst emphasising the importance of liturgy within the catholic tradition, we aim to be inclusive in our understanding and approach to spirituality, theology and pastoral care.

Our Church is the heart of our worshipping and working life as Christian people. Here we come to concentrate on deepening our relationship with God, to break bread together, and to try our best to love others.

Here is the springboard for our mission, articulated in the following statement:

"We are here for the glory of God; to be the body of Christ, broken and restored to reflect the Gospel in our lives."

Our History

The Domesday Book records in 1086 that in "Wodebryge" there was "A church with 19 acres valued at 2 shillings". The indications are that this was a Saxon church, built probably at the close of the tenth century, so that there has been a church on this site for nearly a thousand years. The present building dates from the beginning of the fifteenth century. A leaflet and a full guide are available in the church, and visitors are encouraged to discover the beauties and memories and inspiration for the future contained in its living history.

For more on the history and fabric of this beautiful church, please go to the Suffolk Churches web-site.

Our Symbol

Sacred Monogram of the Blessed Virgin, symbol of Saint Mary's Church Woodbridge Suffolk

This symbol appears on St. Mary's Church Flag and is repeated in the flint flushwork around the base of the church tower and the south porch. It is known as the Sacred Monogram of the Blessed Virgin, and consists of the stylised letters AMR conjoined - the initial letters of Ave Maria Regina (Hail Mary Queen) - denoting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Queen of Heaven. The idea of Mary as Queen of Heaven comes from Revelation 12.1-5, and is emphasised here by the crown and overarching sky. In fact, all five letters of the name MARIA can be deciphered in this motif.

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