Welcome to Manningtree Benefice. We are so glad that you're here! This is the website for the parish churches of St. Mary & St. Michael, Mistley with Manningtree, and St. Lawrence, Bradfield, one church meeting in two locations. We believe that the church is not primarily the buildings, or the services, or the activities, no matter how good any of them are. We believe that the church is the people, messy and complicated, but loved by a good, good Father. There's loads of information on this website, and we hope you'll find everything you're looking for: we've highlighted below a few things that might be most useful, but please do get yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and take some time to find out more about our tribe! If you can't find the answers that you're looking for, please contact us and we'll be happy to help (see below or click here).  

what we do

sunday gatherings
We meet most weeks at 10.30am and 6.00pm in Mistley and Bradfield Parish Churches. You are so welcome to join us! Click above on 'Plan A Visit' to find out about times and locations.
Life Events
We are here for you in the ups and downs of life. Please contact us if we can help you, or pray for you, and see the 'Life Events' tab for info on Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
Join the adventure
This is greatest adventure that we will ever know, and we want to invite you to join us as we explore our faith. Click above on 'Explore Faith' to find out more, and check out the blog for news of our current Alpha course.

If you are interested in the latest news from the Benefice, take a sneak peek at our blog. You have nothing to loose!


  If you have questions, either for yourself, or to feel better equipped to answer others, then Alpha is definitely for you. If you are searching for something but aren’t quite sure what it is, Alpha is also the answer. If you feel like the church-going that you’ve experienced so far hasn’t really hit the nail on the head […]

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Christmas starts with Christ…

So it’s finally here. It came fast. See here for more info about everything that’s on in the Manningtree Benefice over the next week, and in amongst the hustle and bustle and turkey and presents, let’s not forget that Christmas starts with Christ.  We hope you have a very happy Christmas!

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Christmas in the Manningtree Benefice

    It has been a mad couple of months since Rev’d Chris Hills retired, so I’m really sorry that the blog got a little neglected…! Christmas is upon us, and we’ve got loads on. First up, this coming Sunday we have our services of Carols by Candlelight. These are traditional style services of readings […]

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Manningtree Benefice Church Office, c/o The Rectory, Church Hill, Lawford CO11 2JX
Get in touch
E-mail: info@manningtreebenefice.co.uk Phone:07436 398801