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).
Our Rector, Revd Philip Miller and our Associate Priest, Revd Claire Kiddy, welcome you to our Benefice Website
Claire has specific responsibility for the parishes of Brampton, Stoven, Westhall and Redisham.
Do please contact Phil (Tel: 01502 714786) or
Claire (Mob:07469 718695) if you have any pastoral needs.
Following the easing of lockdown restrictions our approach to worship has become more relaxed - you will find details in the "Welcome" document 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 - daily from 9.30am - 5.00pm
The Benefice YouTube Channel continues and you will find worship, songs and readings there together with other items of general interest. Please go to:-
Please see links to Facebook pages run by Phil and Claire below.
Hundred River & Wainford Benefice
Brampton St Peter's & Stoven St Margaret's
Westhall St Andrew's
Redisham St Peter's
The weekly Pew Sheet is available for download below
REFLECTION FOR ADVENT SUNDAY
You cannot fail to notice that Christmas is approaching; decorations and festive fare have festooned the supermarket shelves for some weeks. Indeed, it seems people are in a rush for Christmas Day to be here now. This impatience is a reflection on how our consumer society fuels a desire for life to give us what we want, when we want it. This is a shame as it so often leads to disappointment. Observing Advent is a way of avoiding this trap.
Advent is about waiting. This does not sound either appealing or practical to some people. It conjures up visions of standing in a queue or waiting for a hospital appointment. But Advent waiting is active: it is about anticipation and expectation, and practical steps are needed to achieve this. So, how are we to wait and be ready for Christmas some might ask?
We wait with anticipation to celebrate once more the incarnation. We ponder on the amazing truth that our all-powerful God loves us so much He came to be with us. We prepare ourselves to meet God, a helpless tiny baby born in a time of political upheaval and a long way from home. We do so, knowing that this tiny baby, the Prince of Peace, will end His earthly life on a cross, crucified by those He came to save.
We wait expectantly because we know that the story didn’t end at the cross but opened up a way to new life. Our sins are forgiven and the way to eternal life is promised to all who believe and trust in Him. In the fullness of time Jesus will come again, we don’t know when that will be but we know it will happen. This is another amazing truth to ponder on.
Through faith we have hope in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World, born to be with us. During Advent, as we balance quiet times of praying and reading of scripture with our preparations for Christmas, may our hope in Jesus shine out in our lives and may others be drawn to the light.
as we begin our Advent Pilgrimage,
grant us the courage to hope.
Hope for Your presence,
hope for Your peace,
hope for Your promise.
Our Diocese has recently released a video describing some of the community work being carried out throughout Suffolk. Please follow the link below to view.
The Coffee Caravan will be visiting on Thursday 4th November and Wednesday 8th December between 10am and noon (weather permitting).
An evening of Christmas Music - Friday 3rd December at 6pm
Annual Carol Service - Wednesday 15th December at 6.30pm
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 one of the following:-
Reverend Philip Miller on 01502 714786
Reverend Claire Kiddy on 07469 718695
Mrs Ann Hastings - Payne on 07884 584106
You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown below:-
The next Deanery Synod will be held at St Luke's Church Beccles on Tuesday 16thNovember 2021 at 7.30pm.
Date of next meeting - Thursday 11th November 2021 7.30pm at Shadingfield Village Hall
Harvest Prize Bingo - Westhall Village Hall
Monday 18th October at 6.30pm
The Annual Christmas Fayre is planned for Saturday 27th November.
10am to 3pm at the Village Hall