Our next Messy Church in a Bag will be available on 22nd August, and our Messy Church Zoom will be on Sun 30th at 11.30am
We are delighted that 4 of our 5 churches have opened for private prayer, Wimpole will be open on Wednesdays 10 – 12 from 5th August. If you visit please use the sanitiser and comply with social distancing.
We have begin to have services in our churches again, this coming Sunday (2nd Aug) we will have Morning Prayer at 9.30am at Arrington and Croydon. We cannot yet sing hymns but it is good to be back together again. We ask everyone attending to wear a face covering and to use the sanitiser on entry, and to maintain social distancing.
Bishop Stephen’s reflection for this week is here
Food Boxes are still in the church porches for those who are in need, if you need food please help yourself, there is no need to ask. Please remember to wash your hands before and after you visit as this is the best way to keep yourself safe.
We are able to conduct weddings again, though there are still restrictions. Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be.
Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond. If you would like to discuss a future wedding do get in touch.
Wayne Talbot is blogging about what we can do with our new Mission Project ‘Living Food Banks’ here I’m feeling quite inspired by some of his ideas.
David Newcombe is using some of his lockdown time to help us understand a little more about our faith. He begins by looking at some of the heresies which the Church has had – and still are around today. You can read them here
During this difficult time when our church buildings are closed to our usual services, we are still a church; meeting virtually for prayer services and fellowship, loving our neighbours by offering practical support to the vulnerable, and caring for our communities. The work of our church is reliant on people’s generosity, a generosity that is a hallmark of a lived-out faith and a testament to it.If you would like to make a donation please click here
Welcome to the Benefice website
Welcome to our website. Whether you are a visitor, or work in the area, a local resident or a member of one of the congregations a very warm welcome will await you in any of our churches.
The Orwell Group Benefice is part of the Diocese of Ely
The Benefice has five churches covering five parishes and we are here to serve you whether you are a regular church attender or not. As rural parishes, many of our congregations have members of various traditions worshipping together, be they Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, or whatever, and all are welcome. After all we all worship the same one God.
Our church buildings are old and worship and spiritual development have been going on formally for at least a thousand years if not more, even if the buildings have changed.
That does not mean we fossilise, and as social changes occur around us we endeavour to respond to the challenges that are presented. This web site will offer you only a taster of what can be found in each parish and if you have questions or recommendations you can always email me using the form in the Contact Us pages or perhaps you would prefer to drop into one of our services.