ST MARY THE VIRGIN BRAMFORD, ST MARY NETTLESTEAD,
ST MARY THE VIRGIN LITTLE BLAKENHAM, ST PETER BAYLHAM
New Priest in Charge
I am The Reverend Eric Falla and I am delighted to introduce myself as your new interim Priest in Charge for the Benefice of Bramford with Little Blakenham, Baylham and Nettlestead.
I am aware that you have been without a parish priest for a while and I look forward to getting to know the people in the Benefice. I am to be licenced to the Benefice on Monday 12 April by the Bishop of Dunwich, the Right Reverend Dr Mike Harrison.
I hope the service will be in church but due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will have to limit the number of people who can attend. I hope we can record the service and make it available via social media.
I believe that living the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ can be challenging but also tremendous fun, so I thank God for this opportunity.
I was born and grew up in Southend-on Sea, Essex, famous for the longest entertainment pier in the world. I am the third youngest of four, the youngest being my twin sister Sara by five minutes. My wife Vicky and I moved to Suffolk in 1993.
From the age of nine, my early years were influenced by attendance at my local church where I joined the church choir. I can look back to these days as powerful, profound and spiritually heady. As I matured, my faith moved forward in leaps and bounds.
At 16, I left school and found a job as a trainee baker in a small family bakery. where I worked for three years. Following that I worked as a milkman, bus conductor, served in the British Army, served in the Prison Service for 17 years, was the site manager in a large primary school in Framlingham for five years and, from 2007 to October 2020, I worked for our Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich based at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich.
My journey to priesthood came to fruition in 2017 when I was selected for a new training program developed by Bishop Martin called the Auxiliary Ordination Pathway (AOP), This training has formed me for parish ministry. Ordained Deacon in 2018 and Priested in 2019, I served my curacy in two churches, one in Ipswich and the other in the two-church rural benefice of East Bergholt and Brantham from where I come to serve you.
Vicky and I have been married for 38 years this year and she has supported me in my vocation as a priest in a wonderful and spiritual way. You will meet her at various events and worship.
I share with you some words offered to me many years ago by a wise priest many. They are a powerful reminder to me of the real task of a parish priest.
“My job is to help people see and feel the wonderful Grace of God
that is already at work in their lives.”
Peace and Blessings, Rev Eric
Sunday 4 Easter Sunday
10am TBA – Bramford
Please see the church noticeboard for details
Monday 12 Licencing of Eric Falla – TBA
Sunday 18 The Third Sunday of Easter (Easter 2)
10am Communion, Bramford
Revd Eric Falla’s first service
March 1: Russell Aldous, Bramford
We extend to his family our sympathy and prayers.
Floodlighting of the Spire of St Mary’s Church
March 18: In memory of Alfred Thomas Wardley (2003)
March 21: In memory of Peggy Pansy Wardley (2017)
April 7: In memory of Jim Thacker on his 70th Birthday
April 12: In memory of Tim Curran (2000)
If you would like to have the spire floodlit, please ring Stewart on 01473 462231. The requested donation is £10 for each dedication
Bible readings for our Sunday Worship are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. It is good to share the reading of Scripture with Christians – both Catholic and Protestant – across the world.
April 4 Easter Day White or Gold
Isa. 25:6-9 Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18
April 11 Easter 1 White
Exod. 14:10-end Acts 4:32-35 John 20:19-end
April 18 Easter 2 White
Zeph. 3:14-end Acts 3:12-19 1 John 3:1-7
April 25 Easter 3 White
Gen. 7:1-5,11-18 Acts 4:5-12 1 John 3:16-end