Churches in the Blyth Valley Team Ministry
Two benefices, in a new cluster, 15 very diverse and interesting parishes working together in one of the most beautiful and rural parts of Suffolk. We have 14 beautiful and much-loved churches, all listed buildings, and all, but the Hub Church of St Mary's Halesworth, located in lovely Suffolk villages. Each Church is supported by dedicated and hard-working Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils of varying sizes.
The Cluster, when fully staffed, is blessed with an allocated stipendiary staff of Team Rector (and Priest in Charge) and Team Vicar, plus a House for Duty post, and there are, in addition, three Assistant Curates, three retired clergy, two Lay Readers and eight Lay Elders.
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The Revd Jane Held
Phone: 01986 781318
Mobile: 07771 556391
The Revd Linda Berry
Phone: 01986 798165
The Revd Alison Alder
Phone: 01502 478855
Mobile: 07584 416277
Baptism, Marriage and the Funeral Office are collectively known as the “Pastoral Offices”.
In the Blyth Valley, we operate an ‘Open Door’ policy. All who have a kernel of faith, however small or tentative they feel it is, are invited to avail themselves of the ministry of the Church. In an ideal world, we would hope that those who come for Baptism and Marriage would have an awareness of the Church’s teaching and go through a period of preparation. However, we do not live in an ideal world: neither did Jesus. He accepted all who came to him and invited them to journey towards God’s kingdom. We seek to meet people where they are, because we believe that in the Pastoral Offices God’s grace is at work. In God’s time, not ours, we believe that his radical acceptance of each human being, which is focussed in the Pastoral Offices, will draw those who participate into a close and living relationship with him and with his Church.