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).
January 2021 Services
The Benefice Council has decided to cancel in Church Worship until further notice due to the increased risk posed by coronavirus.
There will be weekly worship via Zoom each Sunday at 10.30am
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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 until February 2021
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 EPIPHANY 3
As part of the build up to a wedding, I always ask that we have a rehearsal, usually the evening before the great day. It’s a chance for the ‘principal players’ to come together and run through the choreography of the Wedding Service. It’s also a chance for me to lay down some ground rules – the time of arrival for the groom and best man; the job of the ushers; the arrival time of the bridal party to ensure photo’s can be taken and the service to start on time. One of my ground rules is that, on the day, the bride and groom do nothing else except get up, have a shower, get dressed, maybe have a glass of wine (but only one!), and travel to the church. Everything else to do with the reception, the place cards, the DJ, how Aunt Maude is going to get to the reception venue should already be sorted or delegated to others. This is to help them focus on the really important part of the day, the wedding service in church and the vows they are to make in the presence of God and their family and friends.
The Bible often uses the image of the church being Christ’s bride. The bride is being made ready for the arrival of the bridegroom.
We, as Christ’s church, are being made ready, ready for Christ’s return. “… For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." Revelation 19: 7-8
As with planning a wedding, especially over the last year, there are challenges, trials, joys. But, as Peter says:
“These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7
As we prepare for the time when we come out of this lockdown and restrictions are lifted, may we be ready; ready to praise His name, to declare His glory and give Him all the honour.
The church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is His new creation By water and the word;
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride,
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.
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