Holy Communion 11am
with Junior Chuch
(also on Zoom)
Open for private prayer daily 9am-3pm
The Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel
The church of St Michael the Archangel is a magnificent medieval building sited on a high scarp over looking the river Waveney. It has been at the centre of the life of the town since its foundation in 1369 and is still a thriving parish church being a place of worship and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In 1749 Edmund Nelson, who had previously been a curate at St Michael's, married Catherine Suckling, from nearby Barsham, in St Michael's. Edmund was by then Rector of a parish in Norfolk. They became the parents of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.
The church also saw the marriage of poet George Crabbe and Sarah Elmy in 1783 and is the burial place of composer William Cobold (1560 - 1639) who contributed a Madrigal to 'The Triumphs of Oriana'; in praise of Elizabeth I.
There is a large detached tower at the East end of the church. The tower contains a peel of 10 bells that are rung each week. During the summer the tower is open and visitors can climb the stairs and enjoy the view from the top. Video clip of bell ringing at St Michael’s.
St Michael’s features on a website called Angels and Pinnacles. The website is being developed by Marion Welham who is the Church Buildings and Tourism Officer for the Diocese. Click here to view the site.
Above all though, St Michael's is a living church for the 21st century. At its heart is the prayer and worship of the Christian community which meets in the building each week as successive generations have done for the past 650 years.
All are welcome to come and visit the building during the week, or to join us for Sunday worship. The church is open from 9am - 5pm daily.