St Mary’s Bramford

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                                                      

APRIL SERVICES

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

PARISH REGISTERS

FUNERALS

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

LECTIONARY   
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

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