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

Every 1st Sunday at 10am


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

Latest News

November 2020

Church services are, once again, disallowed with the 2nd Lockdown, which started on 5th November.

Until further notice all services will be via the Blackbourne Ministry Team Facebook page as follows:

Every Sunday:

8am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10am: Holy Communion (Common Worship) . This will be live streamed from St Mary’s Church, Ixworth. It will also be recorded and posted on the Blackbourne Team Facebook page so that it can be watched at any time during the day!

Bardwell Church will continue to be open for Private Prayer using the Chancel entrance twice each week on:

Sundays: 9am - 1pm
Wednesdays: 12pm - 4pm

Weekday Services on Facebook:
9am: Morning Prayer, every weekday
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: https://www.facebook.com/Blackbourne-Team-Ministry-582461405611705

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

Wild Messy Church

Bardwell Churchyard

Getting ready for Christmas!

Messy Church is primarily for people who don't already belong to another form of church It typically includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar - and food. All parts are for people of all ages: adults and children. It's a church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. Children must be accompanied by an adult, although this doesn't have to be a parent.

We meet on a Saturday afternoon, from 2.30-4pm and meet about every 4-6 weeks in term time. Its a lovely family time, young and old, parents, grandparents - anyone who enjoys getting (even a little) Messy!

Communion Service

Bardwell Church

Drive-in Carol Service


By kind permission of Duke Harry. RAF Honington will broadcast the service into your car radio; hear the lessons and sing the carols! Bring your mince pies. Bishop Martin is hoping to come, too!

Christmas Eve Communion

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Christmas Morning Family Service & Celebration

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Service of Holy Communion

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All Souls Service

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This simple annual service is to remember those people in our lives who have died, whether recently or in times past.

This year’s service may be especially helpful for those who haven't been able to say goodbye to a loved one nor been able to attend a funeral.

There will be opportunity for reflection and prayers followed by a time to light candles.

Remembrance Service

Bardwell Church

Unfortunately, Covid restrictions prevent gatherings of people. People are encouraged, instead, to hold the 2 minute silence standing on their doorsteps.

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.

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.