Welcome to Manningtree Benefice: the united Anglican Parish Churches of Mistley with Manningtree and Bradfield with Horsley Cross, meeting at St. Mary & St. Michael, Mistley, and St. Lawrence, Bradfield.
We are a diverse church family, made up of people from many church backgrounds with different faith-experiences, with a wide range of ages and abilities. We really value the variety in the church family, and we know that church isn’t a one-size-fits-all package, so we do our best to provide that same variety in our worship, in opportunities for making friends and growing relationships, and in opportunities to learn and grow in faith. We don’t always get it right, and we don’t always agree, but we are doing our best to love each other, to serve our communities, to share the story of Jesus, to grow in faith, and to do it all for the glory of God.
We have moved towards an every-member-ministry model of church, where roles and responsibilities are shared. Therefore we have a big, enthusiastic (sometimes exhausted!) team who work incredibly hard to organise and resource our mission and ministry. See here for more information on who’s who!
We also run a Church Office where we run most of the day-to-day administration of the Benefice. If you contact us, you’re most likely to speak to the Office, as we field any questions or concerns that we can deal with. If, however, you need to speak to someone about personal or pastoral issues, we’ll be happy to put you in contact with the right people. See here for more information on how to get in contact, and if you’re looking for the blog, it has been completely moved across here (with some issues…we’re working on them!)