Rector of the Bacton Benefice

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Bacton, Cotton, Old Newton, Wickham Skeith and Wyverstone


The Parishes of Bacton, Cotton, Old Newton, Wickham Skeith and Wyverstone seek a new Rector who will:

  • Inspire our communities and congregations with their enthusiasm and drive

  • Lead our spiritual development and growth with compelling worship

  • Nurture the hospitality, thanksgiving, fellowship and welcome in our churches

  • Build relationships characterised by Christ-like love, mutual care and respect

  • Fully engage in the pastoral life of our delightful villages in the heart of Suffolk

We offer: 

  • A strong cohesive group of parishes with individual identities but a common purpose to support their Rector after a long vacancy

  • A group of committed Churchwardens supported by active PCCs

  • An exciting opportunity to build on the work of a talented Ministry Team

  • The chance to make a major impact on rapidly growing villages with new housing developments

  • A comfortable four bedroomed Rectory with spacious gardens

 For an informal conversation please contact The Right Revd Dr Mike Harrison, the Bishop of Dunwich on Tel: 01473 252829 / email:    


Closing date: 6 December 2019 / Interview date: 20 December 2019

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Our diocesan vision is to be ‘Growing in God’, aiming to grow ‘flourishing congregations making a difference’. This vision was accepted by Diocesan Synod in 2014 and since then we have been focussing on four key priorities:

  • Growing in Depth: responding to the call of Christ in every part of our lives
  • Growing in Number: drawing the contacts we have into the life of God’s kingdom
  • Growing in Influence: reaching beyond ourselves in our impact on the wider world
  • Growing Younger; building churches whose age-range reflects our communities

Parishes are encouraged to use a simple Mission Action Planning tool to help us all to focus on these priorities and how they might be worked out in each different context. We are trusting God that this vision, underpinned by a commitment to Christian stewardship, will bear fruit as we look to the future.

As part of this vision, we have recently received Strategic Development Funding for two major projects: Inspiring Ipswich, overseen by the Archdeacon of Ipswich which aims to grow the church in Ipswich though church planting and reaching out to those who live in the town, and ‘Growing God in the Countryside’, overseen by the Archdeacon for Rural Mission, which focusses on developing Rural Resourcing Churches and nurturing and discipling new Christians through small Lightwave groups.

We have also been part of a pilot scheme exploring how we can use our church buildings more creatively both for those who worship regularly and for the benefit of our communities and many churches have benefitted from this.

We are broadening our vision through a growing partnership with the Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania, with fruitful visits and links being established.