Welcome to Bardwell church

The Church of St Peter & St Paul


About Bardwell Church

Welcome to the church of St Peter & St Paul Bardwell.

Bardwell Church is a member of the Blackbourne Team of Churches, within the Ixworth Deanery.

If you are ever near Bardwell, please do visit. You can be sure of a warm welcome!

Our aim is to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible in a way that is relevant to everyday life, to enable people to grow in faith, understanding and love, equip people to serve and to offer people the opportunity to meet with Jesus and discover forgiveness and new life.

Sunday Worship

Please see our Events section for dates and times


Church Road, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1AH

Our 'Give a Little' Page

Would you consider making a donation to the church?

Your support makes a big impact to our village. It pays for the annual maintenance costs of the church building and also helps to pay for our Rector, Karen, and the costs of our clergy team.

Karen plays a vital role for caring for all in our community at special times of need. She has worked particularly hard this year and continues to actively support the children and staff at Bardwell school.

Your support is especially important now as we have lost much of our normal income from various monthly events.

Thank you.

Latest News

December 2021

Bardwell Church is open every day from 9am to dusk for private prayer or reflection.

We're looking forward to celebrating Christmas, continuing to keep as ‘Covid safe’ as possible. People are encouraged to wear masks when entering the church. These can be removed when sitting in pews or over a coffee. Welcome!

We are very pleased to welcome the children from Bardwell School to the church every Wednesday morning, during term time, for their Collective Worship at 10.05 am. Parents and families are welcome too and are invited to stay for a coffee after the children return to school.

Apart from Bardwell’s services, there is a 10am service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church, Ixworth each Sunday.

On-line services, for those who are at home, can be viewed on Blackbourne Team Ministry's Facebook page as follows:

Every Sunday:
8am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, BCP).
10am: Holy Communion (Common Worship, CW) . This is the live streamed service from St Mary’s Church which is posted on the Blackbourne Team Facebook page.

Weekday Services continue on Facebook:
9am: Morning Prayer, Monday to Saturday
8pm: Evening Prayer, Monday to Friday

You don't have to be a member of facebook to join in - just follow this link to the page: facebook.com/BlackbourneTeam.

Our People

Meet the team

Karen Burton

Rev Karen Burton

Karen has been our Rector since September 2019.

Lesley Norburn

Rev Lesley Norburn

Lesley has been our Assistant Curate since October 2020.

Dinkie Williamson

Dinkie Williamson

Dinkie is a Church Warden and Lay Elder.

Julia Steed

Julia Steed

Julia has been a churchwarden since 2019.

Event Schedule

Find out what's on

Blackbourne Team Communion Service

Ixworth Thorpe Church

No service in Bardwell but welcome to this very lovely service.
Transport is available - please call 07974 983601, or email dinkie.williamson@gmail.com

Communion Service

Bardwell Church

Coffee Morning

Bardwell Church

In aid of church funds.

Candlemas Messy and Café Church

Bardwell Church

This will be a combination of Messy Church and our Sunday Family service as there will not be a service in Bardwell on 30th January. Refreshments, crafts and a short service with a parade of candles. We look forward to seeing you!

Second Sunday in Advent

Bardwell Church

School Christingle Collective Worship

Bardwell Church

Everyone is welcome - do stay for coffee afterwards!

Coffee Morning with Carols

Bardwell Church

In aid of church funds.

Carol Service

Bardwell Church

Do stay for mince pies and mulled wine. A collection will support the work of Crisis.

Carol Singing around the village

Bardwell Church

Meet at the church at 5.30pm or join us in the Dun Cow from 6.30-7.30pm.
If you live in Bardwell and would like us to visit, please call 07974 983601 or email dinkie.williamson@gmail.com

Crib Service

Bardwell Church

Come dressed as angels, shepherds, Mary or Joseph.

Christmas Eve Communion

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Christmas Day: Family service of Celebration

Bardwell Church


The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole church. Everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the church in this diocese and is in line with our Growing in God strategy. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

If you have any Safeguarding concerns, please contact our Safeguarding Officer:
Rev Sue Nutt:
Tel: 01842 890409
Email: suenutt@hotmail.com

It is our policy to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility relating to those groups who are at increased risk of harm or abuse within the church
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others

Find Bardwell Church

Location and gallery


The beautiful village of Bardwell is situated a few miles north of the medievel market town of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us at Bardwell Church


Church Road, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1AH


07974 983601

Our Big Project

Thank You

The church had a major project (Sep 19 – Feb 20) to carry out urgent repairs, conserve our precious medieval stained glass, and install new facilities. A pictorial record of the project is here. The church is very grateful for grants received from the following organisations:

Alfred Williams Charitable Trust
Allchurches Trust
Awards for All
Beatrice Laing Trust
ChurchCare (with support from the Pilgrim Trust and the Wolfson Foundation)
Churches Conservation Foundation
Diocesan Centenary Fund*
Ganzoni Charitable Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation
Harris Family Fund*
Havebury Housing Partnership
Idlewild Trust
John S Cohen Foundation
Leche Trust
Lord Belstead Charitable Trust
Miller Trust Fund*
National Churches Trust
One Family Foundation

Our Heritage (Heritage Lottery Fund)
Pargiter Trust Fund*
Saxham Trust
Scarfe Trust
Sir Frederick Hiam Charitable Trust
Suffolk County Council Locality Budget
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust
Veneziana Fund
William & Jane Morris Fund

* These funds are administered by the Suffolk Community Foundation

The church is also very grateful for a number of individual donations, for a grant from an organisation that prefers to remain anonymous, and for the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of Bardwell Church.