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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Our Church Community

We believe that loving our neighbour isn't just about looking beyond our church walls. We want to grow together, love each other more, and be more like a family than ever before! Life Groups We believe that these small groups are where we learn and grow together as a church. We'd love to encourage you to join a life group - one that suits you!
  • Home Groups - several different groups, mainly with a focus on Bible study, discussion and prayer.
  • Christian Buddies - bible study and fellowship in the middle of Manningtree
  • Good News - discovering, new or once again, the story of our faith.
  • The ALPHA Course- looking at what we believe. Ideal if you're new to church.
  • SHAPE Groups - looking at our God-given gifts and talents, and finding out how to use them.
  • The Start Course -  another course looking at what we believe, particularly for those who have little or no experience of church.
  • Julian Prayer Group - a group for silent, reflective prayer.
Please contact us for more information on any of the above.  

Baptisms, Thanksgivings & Confirmations
We regularly hold baptism services in the Benefice. For more information on baptisms, see here. We are also really happy to have thanksgiving services. They can both be held for children, or adults. We also have the opportunity several times a year to hold or be involved in confirmation services. If you are interested in any of the above, please contact the Church Office.