Every week the linen cloths and silverware which are used on our altar are washed or cleaned by a team of dedicated helpers.
St Mary’s currently has a loyal band of ten regular ringers, who are all members of the Suffolk Guild of Ringers. St Mary’s Woodbridge houses one of the heaviest and musical rings of eight bells in Suffolk. The largest bell in the tower weighs one and a quarter tonnes, and the total weight of all eight bells is nearly 5 tonnes.
The Choir is a group of committed people of all ages. We are often supplemented by ex-choristers, who have moved away but return from time to time. We enjoy singing together and lead the worship at regular services of the church. We particularly enjoy learning challenging music for special festivals such as Christmas and Easter.
We have two teams - both dedicated to keeping our lovely church looking beautifully clean. One team dusts, the other keeps the floors clean, working independently to fit in with their own time and availability.
We are delighted to provide the venue for a wide variety of concerts throughout the year. Many events are organised by the Friends of St Mary's
The flower group provide one or more pedestal floral arrangements each week and are also happy to do the flowers for weddings and funerals.
THE FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S
Worship is the primary activity at St Mary's but we also want people to visit the church and enjoy the building outside service times.
GIRLGUIDING AT ST MARY'S
We offer opportunities for girls from 5-18 in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Young Leaders and for Adult Leaders and Helpers.
Inside Out is our new parish newsletter - we will produce four issues a year, one in March just before Easter, in June, in September and one just before Christmas. It's a mix of both church and more general news and is delivered to nearly 3000 homes throughout the parish.
Each week of term time activities are offered as part of the weekly worship within our church. Feedback from the children to the congregation at the end of the 10 o'clock service helps develop their sense of belonging. We have good links with Woodbridge guiding movement and St Mary's School pupils and parents.
The Mothers' Union is a world-wide organisation founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. It is open to all who have been baptised and support the aims and objectives of the Mothers' Union. New members are always welcome at our meetings, to join us in Christian fellowship.
ST MARY'S SHOP
St Mary’s Shop is now managed by a small team of people and thanks to our wonderful band of volunteers we are able to open on Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm and from 11am to midday on Sunday (except on the first Sunday of the month). We are very pleased to say that Fairtrade goods are again appearing back on our shelves.
SERVERS OF THE SANCTUARY
We are a group of men, women, youngsters and children who assist at services. We make sure that everything is ready before the services, assist during them, and clear up afterwards.
The sidesmen/women are our "front of house" team who play a vital role in providing a warm welcome to everyone who comes to St Mary's. They distribute the hymnbooks/order of service and take the collection
We aim for a balance between events of a solely social nature and those which could perform a dual role to produce some much-needs money for the general 'housekeeping' fund. The range of events cater for a variety of interests; Quiz, Talk & Cake, Harvest Lunch, Garden Fete etc
A small band of volunteers who, between Easter and the end of September, welcome tourist and visitors to our church and provide extra information about the building.
TIME TO REFLECT
We set up and lead discussion groups that meet regularly to discuss a book aimed at helping us to deepen and challenge our faith.