Priest in Charge and Team Vicar

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Barrow Benefice, and the Lark Valley & North Bury Team,

Thingoe Deanery, West Suffolk

This imaginative post provides an interesting and exciting opportunity working in two benefices in close proximity to the cathedral market-town of Bury St Edmunds, within a collaborative and supportive deanery, working in parishes individually-valued and loved, each respecting their unique worshipping history and practice, alongside their shared mission, as part of the new Deanery Plan.

There are supportive and willing congregations, with gifts needing further development and nurture; the management of change and church growth, with commensurate deepening of faith are important aspirations.

There are two CEVC primary schools in the Barrow Benefice, while the LVNB Team has a CEVA and CP schools, a middle and two secondary schools, also the West Suffolk College and University of Suffolk campus.

Candidates should feel encouraged and supported by being part of an established, supportive and well-resourced team ministry

The post-war rectory set in delightful and well-maintained grounds, is near the church in Barrow, from where is close access to the A14, and rapid access to all the parishes. The nearest stations are in Bury St Edmunds, and Kennett, on the Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds-Cambridge/Ely railway line.

The Rural Dean, Revd Canon Mark Haworth, who is also LV&NB Team Rector, is available for an informal conversation: Tel. 01284 755374 / 07932 160 009 / email

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The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was founded in 1914 and includes the county of Suffolk, except for an area of North East Suffolk around Lowestoft, and one parish in the county of Essex. It serves about 631,000 people living in a geographical area of more than 1,400 square miles. Out of this population, around 20,000 identify themselves with the Church of England by being members of the church electoral roll. An average of over 14,000 attend Anglican church activities weekly (20,000 including other denominations). Over 12,000 attend an Anglican service of worship each Sunday (18,000 including all denominations). A wide range of communities exists in the diocese – from small rural villages to urban centres such as Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Haverhill, Sudbury and Beccles. The region has many sites of historic interest among which are Sutton Hoo, the Saxon village at West Stow and the ruins of the old Abbey at Bury St Edmunds – famously where, in 1214, the barons of England met and swore to force King John to accept the Charter of Liberties, later known as the Magna Carta. The whole county, together with its Heritage coastline, is also a haven of delight for lovers of natural history.

The A14 provides rapid access from Felixstowe, one of the largest container ports in Europe, across the county to the A1 and the Midlands. The A12 links London with the county through to Lowestoft, and the train connection from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street takes just over one hour.

Oversight and Mission

The diocese is overseen by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Right Revd Martin Seeley supported by the Bishop of Dunwich, the Right Revd Dr Mike Harrison. The Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund, the mother church of the diocese, has been a place of pilgrimage and tourism for centuries and remains today a focal point for the Christian faith in Suffolk.

The communities of the diocese are served by 454 parishes with 125 benefices and 18 deaneries. There are 478 church buildings of which 457 are listed. There are around 117 stipendiary clergy and 44 self-supporting ministers, some 180 Lay Licensed Ministers, including 172 Readers and a few Licensed Lay Pastors and Local Evangelists and 570 commissioned lay assistants (Lay Elders) in the parishes. There are 88 Church of England Controlled and Aided schools in the diocese. The Anglican churches across the diocese seek to develop close links with other Christian denominations and to build understanding with members of other faiths. The diocese also has close ties with churches across the world, most especially with the Diocese of Kagera in West Tanzania.