Here at St John’s with St Mary’s Church Mansfield, you will find a small but eager team of flower arrangers, who are members of the Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association.

We are always happy to receive new members or the occasional eager helper to be part of the wonderful time we share together in Gods house.

There are many occasions to celebrate the lovely God given gift of flowers.  The Southwell and Nottingham Branch meet four times a year to share ideas and fellowship with demonstrations and workshops, all members and visitors are welcome to these meetings.   Members also receive a quarterly magazine ‘Faith & Flowers’.  This is a lovely magazine to receive and gives a good insight into what all of the other branches have achieved.

If you would like to find out more about us and the association please contact our Church Centre Office Tel: 01623 642338 or email: office@stjohnswithstmarys.org.uk and a member of the association will return your call.

You can also ‘control & click’ on this link to access the CEFAA website



Throughout history flowers have been brought to places of worship.  Today flower arrangers from all over the country carry on the tradition, arranging and caring for flowers in the tranquil setting of their parish churches.

The Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association (CEFAA) was founded in 1981, in the Liverpool Diocese, to help and encourage all those who tend flowers in churches and link them in fellowship and friendship.  It is open to all those baptised in the Christian Faith.  The aims are to expand interest in church flower arranging, to use talent to enrich places of worship and to use flowers as part of worship and to support what theology and creation try to teach.

CEFAA is a registered charity with a constitution that covers the work members do in churches, church buildings and at church events.  The Association is not a sponsored organisation and is non-competitive.  A quarterly magazine “Faith & Flowers” is sent to all members, containing an exchange of news, views and announcements.

The Association has its own prayer, which can be viewed and downloaded from the CEFAA website, see link below.

The Association’s branches are active in many ways: holding workshops and demonstrations on flower arranging, crafts and also other social events relating to flower arranging in parish churches and in some cathedral churches.

Branches are based on the Anglican dioceses in England although not all dioceses have their own branch.  CEFAA currently has branches in Derby; Liverpool; London; Southwell & Nottingham and York.

The Southwell and Nottingham branch of CEFAA was formed more than 25 years ago and meets at different locations around the Nottingham area in order to present an opportunity for as many members as possible to attend our meetings.