THE HUNDRED RIVER AND WAINFORD BENEFICE is a group of nine Church of England parishes in the north Suffolk countryside, between Beccles and Halesworth. Each parish has its own church building and its own pattern of services and activities. However, we share a common identity as open, inclusive Christians offering a welcome to anyone, whatever their background, who wishes to travel with us.
The Hundred River is a real river that enters the sea near Kessingland. Divided into numerous streams, it meanders through our parishes, sometimes full and roaring, nowadays more often muddy and dried-up. Wainford is a memory of an ancient ford, by which horse-drawn wagons ("wains") once used to cross the Hundred River.
The nine historic parishes within our group are Weston (St Peter), which includes Ellough, Ringsfield (All Saints), Ilketshall St Andrew, Sotterley (St Margaret), which includes Willingham, Shadingfield (St John the Baptist), Redisham (St Peter), Stoven (St Margaret), Brampton (St Peter), and Westhall (St Andrew).
February 2021 Services
Services will continue via Zoom at 10.30am each Sunday for the time being.
Do please contact the Rector if you have particular pastoral needs
Reference:- 854 4574 3292
You will find Orders of Service in the Downloads section below
Some churches will be open for private prayer only on the days shown below:-
Sotterley - daily during daylight hours
Weston - daily from 9.00am until dusk
Ilketshall St Andrew - Wednesdays (10.00am - Noon)
Shadingfield - daily during daylight hours.
Redisham - daily from 9.00am until dusk
Ringsfield - daily from 9.00am until dusk
Westhall - closed for roof repairs
The Benefice YouTube Channel continues and you will find worship, songs and readings there together with other items of general interest. Please go to:-
The weekly Pew Sheet is available for download below.
REFLECTION FOR LENT 2
Abraham had to wait.
God had made a promise to Abraham that his offspring would inherit the land of Canaan. Abraham believed and waited.
God told Abraham that his offspring would outnumber the stars. Still Abraham believed and waited.
God promised Abraham that his wife Sarah would bear a son, even in her old age. And Abraham believed and waited.
Of course, there was a point at which Abraham tried to give God a helping hand by fathering a son, Ishmael with Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar. But that was not God’s way, God’s plan.
And so Abraham had to wait.
Waiting for God is hard.
It calls on us to believe Him, to trust Him, to be patient.
As we wait, we continue in our worship, in our prayer, in our meditation on His Word.
We can become frustrated, wanting to urge God into action. But He is the God of walking, He invites us to walk with Him, not run or sprint. So we have to adjust our pace to His, to walk patiently, following where He leads.
Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack: His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.
Kagera Lent Challenge 2021
We will be celebrating and enriching our link with the Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania through the Bishops' Lent Appeal. Please see the downloads section for more detail.
The monthly coffee mornings are suspended until we can safely meet again
The Parishes within the Benefice have adopted the House of Bishops' "Promoting a Safer Church" document, and have signed onto a Safeguarding Policy Statement.
Should you have any concerns regarding Safeguarding issues, please refer to:-
The Reverend Philip Miller on 01502 714786, or
Mrs Ann Hastings-Payne on 01502 711621 or Mr George Fisher on
You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown below:-
The next Deanery Synod will be on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 7.30pm.
The venue or Zoom joining details will be published nearer the time.
Date of next meeting to be advised
Households across our Benefice will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.
“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”
Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk. or see the Community Handbook in the “Downloads Section”
All events postponed until further notice