Welcome to the Manningtree Benefice

This is the website for the mission and ministry of Manningtree Benefice: St. Mary & St. Michael' Church, Mistley with Manningtree and St. Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, including service, group and event information, contact details, media, and information about Mistley Church Hall (Mistley Institute).

We're working towards making this our main website, so please forgive any slight maintenance issues we might have in the next few weeks. If you can't access the information that you need, or you can't find it, do contact the Church Office on info@manningtreebenefice.co.uk or 01206 392200.


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Thursday, 17 December 2015


Hi friends! Happy nearly Christmas!

This Sunday we have our services of Carols by Candlelight. They'll be at 4.00pm at Bradfield (along with our Methodist friends!) and 6.00pm at Mistley.

Please note that Mistley's service particularly will be mainly candlelit, including the use of hand-held candles. If you would feel safer not holding a candle, please bring a torch instead!

But that's not all: oh no! Christmas starts with Christ, and definitely does not end with our carol services. Please come along to our services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Take a break from all the rest of the festivities to remember what it's really about. 

Our Crib Services (3pm, Christmas Eve at both Mistley AND Bradfield) are suitable for all-ages, retelling the Christmas story along with songs, a craft, and a biscuit on the way out. 

Our Christmas Communion (11pm, Christmas Eve at Mistley) is a formal-style late night service. 

On Christmas Day, we'll be joining together (10.30am at Bradfield) for a Christmas Family Celebration with Communion. 

Please do join us for any and all of the services to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Following Christmas, there will also be a joint service of Family Christmas Communion, Sunday 27 December, 10.30am at Mistley, but no normal early 8am service of Communion.

Happy Christmas!