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

February / March 2023

Welcome to Bardwell Church! Our church is open every day from 9am to dusk. If you are a new visitor to our church, please, do sign the visitors book and leave us a message. Thank you.

The seasons are turning, and daylight is lengthening. Snowdrops have emerged in the churchyard and birds are returning. In no small way, they remind us of God's faithfulness to us and we are thankful.

We have now celebrated Candlemas and turn our worship from Epiphany to Lent and then to the Cross and Easter. We welcome you to all our services, whether for Pancakes in the Tithe Barn, Messy Church, Sunday worship or a work party!

Apart from the services in Bardwell, there is also a regular 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

Rector of the Blackbourne Team of Churches.

Lesley Norburn

Rev Lesley Norburn

Assistant Priest in the Blackbourne Team of Churches.

Dinkie Williamson

Dinkie Williamson

Dinkie is our Lay Elder and Churchwarden.

Julia Steed

Julia Steed

Julia is Churchwarden.

Event Schedule

Find out what's on

World Day of Prayer Service

Troston Church

This service has been prepared by the women of Taiwan.

Messy Church

Bardwell Church

Communion Service (CW)

Bardwell Church

Bring and Buy Coffee Morning, with Raffle

Bardwell Church

Supporting Bardwell Church.

Church Work Party

Bardwell Church

Soup lunch 12-2pm.

Morning Worship

Bardwell Church

Celebrating Mother's Day.

Lent Lunch

Tithe Barn, Bardwell

Supporting the West Suffolk branch of SAMS.

Saxophone Concert & Wine Tasting

Bardwell Church

Brought to you by The Sounds Saxy Quartet and wine tasting expert Lucy Fisher.

Door time: 6:30pm. Start time: 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased via the WeGotTickets website.

Communion Service (CW)

Bardwell Church

Bring and Buy Coffee Morning

Bardwell Church

Communion Service (CW)

Bardwell Church

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Coffee

Tithe Barn, Bardwell

Raffle, bring and buy, supporting Bardwell Church.

Ash Wednesday Services

Barnham Church & Honington Church

Services, with ashing, will be held at Barnham Church, 9am and at Honington Church, 7pm.


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:

Safeguarding Officer: Rev Dr Karen Burton
Tel: 07546 491388 | Email: revkarenburton@outlook.com

Assistant Safeguarding Officer: Rev Catriona Brinkley
Tel: 07525 920307 | Email: revcatrionabrinkley@outlook.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.