St Michael’s is a friendly Church of England parish offering a wide range of styles of worship, from our informal Parish Praise service to the traditional sung Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer).
We try to offer something for every Christian. We welcome families and have creche and Sunday school facilities for all ages at the 10:00 am Parish Communion service.
The church is notable for the magnificence of its siting, crowning the hill above the fording place of the River Stort. It is unusually large, 52 metres long and with a spire 56 metres high, visible for miles around. The parish has been associated with the Bishops of London since before the Norman conquest and, until the nineteenth century reorganisation, the living belonged to the Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Although there was probably a Saxon, and later, a Norman church on the site, the only surviving fragment is the font. The church seems to have been completely rebuilt in the early fifteenth century and it was altered and restored in both the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.