About Us.

St John the Baptist is one of six churches which make up the Somerleyton Benefice.
 
Built mainly of flint and with a typically East Anglian round tower, the wonderful interior was designed by Sir Ninian Comper, and was described by John Betjeman as the "golden church".
 
We are a Forward in Faith parish, and are under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Richborough.
 

The church is open every day from 8am to dusk.

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Lound Worship

We support a number of charities by having a regular collection for them.
In addition we assist Christian Aid to help for disaster relief.

The Music
Our organist, John Robbens , gave the following appreciation of the
music used in our services.
When The Rev Dr Shields was the Rector of Lound he helped to set the
pattern for  the service music currently in use, He was a Doctor of
 Music, an accomplished organist and a keen musician.
Service Pattern, Where we usually have a Sung Eucharist on the first
three Sundays of the month there are also seasonal and special services
 also Group services and Festivals  throughout the Church Year..
The Hymns. The Hymn book in use is the English Hymnal, originally
edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams; sometimes augmented by Hymns
Old and New, produced by Kevin Mayhew.
The Communion is sung to the setting by  Sir Sidney Nicholson, who
was a distinguished member of the Royal School of Church Muaic.
There are exceptions as follows:  the Kyrie Eleison and Creed are sung
to Merbecke, and the Lord's Prayer to a setting by Joseph Lees. The 
'Nicholson' is a lovely singable setting and the congregation of thirty
or so members know it and sing it well. It is a joy to accompany it.
The Psalms. These are sung sometimes to a Responsorial setting and
sometimes to the Parish Psalter settings,
The Organ by Harrison and Harrison, has a detached console,
surmounted by a very imposing array of pipes at the West end of the 
church. The action is Exhaust Pneumatic  (slow to speak) to two
manuals and pedals. There are eighteen speaking stops. 

John Robbens was our organist for many years, and he  carried on  
until he was over 90, not only playing our instrument  but other organs
in the group.  We  felt a great loss when he died , full of years,  and
his memorial service in Somerleyton  filled the church with people  
grateful for his kindness, humour and love of music.

We are lucky to have found a new organist Kevin Turner who is 
kind enough to attend most services, and follow the long-standing 
music arrangements. Franky Sayer and Gill Williams  are also
organists who help  out as required especially when services
are held during the week. We are lucky too that Miles Campbell
who helps organise the wafers, candles, and incense  for our   
 services,  is also a licensed server so that members of the
 congregation are able to take communion in a more co-ordinated 
procedure,  and there is little delay for the rest of the service 
to be completed.

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