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

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

February 2021

There cannot be any Services in Bardwell Church during February.

Bardwell Church is still able to open every day from 9am to 3pm for private prayer or reflection. Please enter the church as normal and follow the instructions in the porch.

The 10am service of Holy Communion will continue at St Mary’s Church, Ixworth each Sunday. This will be a 30 minute service.

On-line services for those who are at home can be seen on Blackbourne Team Facebook page:

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.

Phone in Services: These are shortened Communion services: Wednesday 11am (BCP) and Thursday 11am (CW).

To join, phone 0333 0164 757. Listen to the instructions and when prompted to enter your room number press: 35422675#. When prompted to enter your PIN number, press: 6149#.

Join us for a short course on ZOOM!
We are going to hold an evening course over 6 weeks, starting on 15th February learning about our faith together on zoom. A chat, a video and some discussion together. No pressure, no such thing as a silly question, just friendly exploring and learning together. If you would like to join in, please email Tony tony@theredmans.co.uk.

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


Messy Church

Until we’re able to meet again, have a look at ‘Messy Church at Home’ on the Messy Church website: messychurch.org.uk for ideas of activities this month.

The theme ‘Be stil and know that I am God!’ from Psalm 46 is being used for Lent (which starts 17th February). Ideas for this theme can be found here. See also their Facebook page.

Don’t forget! Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) is 16th February. Have you tried tossing pancakes?

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Service of Holy Communion

Bardwell Church

All Souls Service

Bardwell Church

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, 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.