Knodishall Parish Church – St Lawrence’s – IP17 1TP

The Parish of Knodishall-cum-Buxlow is situated in East Suffolk adjacent to the Heritage Coast.   It is a rural parish of approximately 880 people, 1½ miles south of the small town of Leiston (population 5500) and 3 miles east of Saxmundham (population 5000).  

Knodishall is a very vibrant village and has a busy Playgroup, a successful Primary School, a Village Hall (very well used for various clubs, sports, education and leisure classes, private and public functions, fund-raising events, fetes, etc), a busy fruit and vegetable Nursery, active Village Pub, popular Village Shop, a garage (showroom), and a residential Care Home.

The church can hold a maximum of approx. 90 people and is used for one service each Sunday, and for baptisms, weddings and funerals.   It has also hosted art exhibitions, sales, and on occasion concerts (the latter being challenging since there is very limited space in the chancel.   Our church lacks toilet facilities (but as at October 2021 plans for facilities have been submitted, we are hopeful that this may change very soon) …. 

At present we have one Church Warden and two Elders, and an active PCC which meet on a regular basis.  

Due to age and the residential profile only a small number of people are actively involved in the running of the church.  However, these people willingly clean, arrange flowers, prepare the altar and church for services, read lessons, lead intercessions, act as sidespersons, and manage our finances and Gift Aid arrangements.

Our aim continues to provide services which inspire, encourage, and meet the needs and wishes of our parishioners, which we feel is somewhat achieved by the variety of services each month.

Congregations are enhanced when we have special services which include  :     

Remembrance Sunday – the War Memorial stands in the churchyard and this service is attended by veterans, several non-regular church attenders, and the Knodishall Brownies, who actively participate in the presenting of flags and placing poppy crosses around the Memorial as names of those from the village who gave their lives are read out.   A very poignant part of this service is the playing of the Last Post as recorded by the Leiston British Legion Band.

Mothering Sunday – when everyone present at the service has the opportunity to light a candle in memory of their mothers, and the candles are placed on the altar.

Carol Service – a favourite time for readings and carols in our candlelit church, and after the service an opportunity to stay and chat, whilst mulled wine and refreshments are served!   



Any donations – small or larger amounts are all greatly received to help keep our church doors open and the building preserved.

Bank transfers to:
The Knodishall PCC
Sort Code 20-98-07 A/c No. 60519537 Ref: Donation

Cash or cheques (made payable to The Knodishall PCC) placed in a donation box in church