We range from the parish of Starston in the east near Harleston to the tiny redundant church of Frenze in the west near Diss. If you want to find out more about an individual church, click on the name of that church and you will go to its page.
To check services and events go to the links to the left of this page.
If you would like to arrange a baptism, wedding, or funeral, please contact the Benefice administrator, Lyn Banks at the Benefice Office in the Church Rooms, Dickleburgh (right next to the church) either in person, by phone 741994, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring her mobile 07811 133567.
If you want pastoral support she will be able to give you a contact number, or visit the Who’s who? page on this website.
The office phone number is 01379 741994 The Benefice Office is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10 - 12 am.
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Our Benefice is looking for a new Rector.
Could God be calling you to us?
If you are interested please visit the Norwich Diocesan website to apply. This website should give you some idea of what we are like, and the challenges and rewards that we present.
The churches are set in a beautiful part of Norfolk, with Thetford Forest to the west and The Norfolk Broads to the east. To the north is the fine city of Norwich, with a good provincial theatre, library, and a cathedral which has one of the best theological reference libraries in the country. Nearby are the market towns of Diss and Harleston, both having a variety of facilities, shops and schools. The secondary school in Harleston is the only Voluntary Aided secondary school in Norfolk. Between them our villages offer three open-all-hours shops, three eating places, two primary schools, as well as some lovely walks. There is a benefice walks book available in all the churches.
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Several years ago members of the benefice went on an away-day to consider what being a benefice meant to us. The vision we produced at the end of that weekend has been our guiding light ever since. It has given us a good balance between a parish identity and a benefice identity.
The Benefice Purpose:
The aim of our benefice is to worship God by supporting individual parishes to deliver the Christian message. In a changing world our Benefice will be a strong collective voice providing:
LEADERSHIP ** TRAINING ** RESOURCES
By our example and effort we will meet the needs of God’s church, and so grow spiritually and in numbers.
The dream is of a family of churches under the authority of one rector, each having its own unique style of worship and ministry, but working together to grow in discipleship, in service, and in numbers.
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We are looking for someone who can lead us forward as a benefice, without undermining our identities as parishes, and we think this statement gives us a good start. However, with the coming of a new rector we recognize that this is an opportunity for us all to face new challenges and to grow in new ways.
This southerly corner of Norfolk is a wonderful place to be. We love it dearly.
Can you love it too? If so, please apply for the information pack, and come to see us, so that we can get to know each other.
Yours in the service of Christ,
Gale (Lay Reader and Webmaster)