The Parish Church of
This magnificent, grade one listed, building, mentioned in Simon Jenkin's 'England's Thousand Best Churches', stands at the heart of the village. It was first built between 1170 and 1220 and there are some fine Norman remains from that period outside the east end of the church.
It was rebuilt and extended about 1220 and contains interesting additions and modifications from many periods since, including a contemporary sculpture of St. Bartholomew above the porch and a 'Crown of Thorns' aumbrey light by a well known local artist. It has a very fine musical acoustic and was much loved by the composer Benjamin Britten, several of whose church parables were first performed here. It still hosts a variety of concerts, including the Aldeburgh Festival.
The church is open every day for visitors and those who desire a quiet space for prayer or thought. There is an 8am Eucharist – Book of Common Prayer – every Sunday and an 11am Service most Sundays, varying between Sung Eucharist, Family Service and Village Service. Morning and Evening Prayer are said most days (not Mondays) in church and there is usually a Eucharist on Wednesday mornings at 10am.
Please see 'The Link' Magazine (delivered free monthly to every home), weekly pew sheet or 'Village Voice' for details, or contact the Rector:
The Revd David Murdoch
Team Rector of the Wilford Peninsula Orford Rectory
St Bartholomew's News
On Saturday 16th November in Orford church there will be a Liturgically Danced Eucharist to Britten's Missa Brevis with the St Edmundsbury Singers. Guest Preacher The Ven Ian Morgan, Archdeacon of Suffolk. 5pm start, no booking necessary.
Christmas 2013 services in Orford:
Tues 24th Dec (Christmas Eve) 4pm Orford Crib service & 11.30pm Midnight Mass with Blessing of the Crib.
Weds 25th Dec (Christmas Day) 11.00am Orford Christmas Morning Service
Sun 29th Dec 8am Holy Eucharist & 11am Holy Eucharist for all five parishes