ENEWS 12th December 2014

The latest news and info from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. New stories in red.



Her Majesty the Queen has approved the nomination of The Reverend Canon Martin Seeley, who we will welcome as the 11th Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Currently Principal at one of the Church of England’s leading theological colleges, Westcott House, Cambridge, Canon Seeley brings a wealth of pastoral, educational and leadership experience, both in this country and in the United States and he will take up his new role sometime after Easter next year.  He previously served for ten years as the vicar of the Isle of Dogs in East London, a post once held by one of our former Bishops, The Rt Revd John Dennis.

Unsolicited Email and Data protection  Many of you may have received one or more emails from a company called Axis Corporate Ltd, which appear to have been sent on behalf of the diocese offering loans.   I can assure you that this was not the case.  No such permission was granted for the use of your email addresses for this purpose and we suspect that this information has been obtained illegally.  You should not respond to the email or accept any of the offers contained within.

Having not received a satisfactory explanation or response from this company, I am in the process of liaising with, and being advised by, the Information Commissioners Officer to make a formal complaint regarding this breach of data protection law.  I cannot make any assurances that you will not receive further communications from them, but if you should, would advise that you mark the email as ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ and block them as a sender.  Methods for doing this vary dependant on your email provider and method of accessing email, but if unsure a Google search should reveal a relatively simple way of doing so for your particular circumstances.

Although our current procedures and systems are compliant; we are, as good practice, reviewing and updating our data protection procedures.  All those whose data is published with permission, due to the position they hold on behalf of a parish, benefice or broader diocesan role, will be provided with an opportunity to review what information we hold about them and how we use it in due course.  We value the trust you place in us to store and manage this information well, which is important in enabling us to support mission and ministry throughout the diocese, and as such I apologise for any upset or inconvenience this recent issue has caused.

Kind regards,

Gavin Stone

Assistant Diocesan Secretary (Operations)

One Off Gift Aid Envelopes  You may have seen in the Envelope Systems Newsletter that HMRC are withdrawing their concession to allow parishes to use up envelopes bearing the old declarations. The new declaration was introduced in 2012, it seems reasonable to now require parishes to use envelopes with the new declaration – either by purchasing new envelopes or putting a sticker over the old declaration. Wording for declarations can be found at: http://www.parishresources.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/GAB4DecsandEnvs.pdf

Being, Leading and Developing Teams : A morning for members of church teams and their leaders on 17th January 2015 from 9am to 12.30 pm at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3PL   (Organiser : Diocesan Ministry, Education and Training Team)  Cost : Free!         

Team working is found in all forms of church life – planning worship, organising pastoral care, running Messy Church, providing refreshments after services, belonging to a PCC, and more. As parishes and benefices are re-organised, more of us are being drawn into leading the church’s ministry and mission so it’s increasingly important to know how to work together effectively, as an expression of our belonging to Christ and one another. Being, Leading and Developing Teams will inform your experience of being in a team of whatever kind, and help you to develop it further. Come with up to 7 members of your team.

Team Resources and Partners : Building relationships between church and wider community on 31st January 2015 from 9am-12.30pm at All Saints Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3QW (organiser : Diocesan Ministry, Education and Training Team)  Cost : Free!

Churches are experiencing the same challenges as many other organisations at present. As resources become stretched, it is natural to focus on what we haven’t got, and lose sight of what is actually there.  In the diocese we have begun to explore the potential of resource-based approaches to encourage a more positive outlook in mission and ministry. Some community organisations are beginning to think along the same lines in their desire to develop partnerships with others, including churches.  Teams, Resources and Partners builds on last spring’s ‘Refilling the Glass’ mornings, by rooting the resource-based approach in the Bible, theology and spirituality. The morning will be especially useful for those who want to build partnerships with other churches, community groups and organisations, in their desire to serve the wider common good. Come with up to 7 members of your team.

For more information and to book either of the above courses please contact Lesley Steed at lesley.steed@cofesuffolk.org or phone 01473 298510

Living Faith in Suffolk is a collection of free resources intended to help people to grow as Christians and to become increasingly confident in their Christian faith.  As the collection develops it will include material for use with small groups, workshops, work books and service resources, all written in varying styles and for use in different settings.  Some of the resources will be useful for those who are new to the faith, others will be suitable for different stages of the faith journey. 

All material will be available from our website: http://livingfaithinsuffolk.wordpress.com with the first resources appearing there at the beginning of December 2014.  Free taster sessions to experience some of the material in use will be held on:

· 4th February 2015, 7pm at All Saints Church Bury St Edmunds

· 10th February 2015, 7pm at St Andrew’s Church Ipswich

· 5th March 2015, 10am at Stowupland Church Hall

· 12th March 2015, 10am at Halesworth Church Hall

Each of these will consist of a 90-minute session of material from one of the currently available LFiS courses, plus refreshments.  Please contact Lesley Steed (01473 298510 or lesley.steed@cofesuffolk.org) to book.

The latest edition of the East Anglican magazine is available now. You can read this online here. To order printed copies for your parish or to submit a story please contact the new editor, Tom Warmington, via eaeditor@cofesuffolk.org

The December Rural Report has been published on our website. Click here to read it.

St Mary’s Hadleigh – up to 50 chairs available : grey metal with blue padded seat and back, in reasonably good condition.  There is no charge, but we would welcome a donation and ask you to make your own collection arrangements.  Chairs will be available from mid January 2015. Available as singles or take as many as you want. First come, first served!  To make arrangements to view, contact the church office: 01473 824987 or  office@stmaryshadleigh.co.uk

Organist/Director of Music Urgently Needed at  St Mary’s East Bergholt, Suffolk/Essex Border (depending on qualifications and experience). RSCM rates honorarium paid. Talented choir needs direction! Choral Matins monthly. 2 manual Bishop pipe organ, electric action, detached console, 25 speaking stops plus usual couplers. Modernised 2004. Contact: Rev Canon Stephne van der Toorn 01206 392646

Love singing and in striking distance of Halesworth and the Blyth Valley Team? We’ve recently formed a Team choir directed by Karen Wynne Evans. We sing at the Team Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month, and a shared Team Evensong on the second Sunday of the month. All levels of musicianship are welcome, so long as you can sing in tune!  Email The Revd Edward Rennard, the Team Rector edward.rennard@gmail.com

Ipswich Deaf Society : All services take place in the St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler St at 3.30pm, and use sign interpretation, voiceover and loop system.  All are welcome.

· 14th December 2014 (Carols) – The Revd Canon Graham Hedger

· 11th January 2015 : The  Revd Angela Oakey Jones 

· 8th February 2015 : The Right Revd Dr David Thomson 

· 8th March 2015 (Lent 3) : The Revd Robert Hinsley 

· 12th April 2015 (Low Sunday) : The Ven Dr David Jenkins 

· 10th May 2015 : The Revd Toby Tate 

· 14th June 2015 : The Revd Ali Chesworth

· 12th July 2015 : The Ven Ian Morgan

Mid-Suffolk Filling Station The Mid-Suffolk Filling Station meeting meets on the second Wednesday of every month, in Stowupland Village Hall (just off the A14 junction 50, up the A1120 to Stowupland – nearest post code IP14 4BQ).   7:30pm start.   

See http://www.thefillingstation.org.uk/category/midsuffolk/ for more details, or contact Andy Little andrewlittle536@gmail.com

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival : 28th November  – 3rd January open every day except Christmas Day Stowmarket Parish Church and Abbots Hall in The Museum of East Anglian Life – over 300 trees.  This year will be our tenth Festival and we are very pleased to be expanding into Abbots Hall in The Museum of East Anglian Life. The trees in both venues are decorated to a very high standard by local groups, organisations, schools and charities as well as members of the congregation, making it a community event by the community for the community in the centre of Stowmarket. St Peter and St Mary’s Church focuses on the Christian element of Christmas and last year had over 300 trees on display and attracted 25,000 visitors making it one of the region’s largest winter attractions. The Christmas Tree Festival which is open every day is also host to a number of other attractions and events. It is an ideal place for a Christmas outing and coach parties are welcome. Visit http://www.stowmarketparishchurch.co.uk/ for further details and opening times.

St Mary’s Church, Great Blakenham : Christmas Fayre Saturday 13th December from 10am till 12noon in the Parish Rooms.  There will be; Refreshments, Father Christmas, Raffle, Tombola, Cake Stall, Book Stall and more.  ALL WELCOME

Messy Church training day being hosted by St Marys and St Botolphs Church, Whitton on Saturday 13th December 2014 10.00- 3.30 Cost £10.00 per person.  Further details available from Maureen Bonsall email maureen.bonsall@virginmedia.com telephone 01473 710374 mobile 07762001086.

St Mary’s Church, Great Blakenham Carol Service : Sunday 14th December at 10am   We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for West Villa Homeless Families Unit at this service.   Join us for Coffee and Mince Pies after the service.   ALL WELCOME

St Mary’s, Belstead  : Carol Service, Sunday 21st December at 4.30pm – followed by mulled wine and mince pies!

Carols and Champers  : Sunday 28th December, 5pm at Wingfield St Andrew’s Church, next to Wingfield College, opposite the De la Pole Arms, Wingfield, Suffolk, IP21 5RA   Not a concert but an enthusiastic celebration of Christmas for those who love Christmas carols.


· Angels from the Realms of Glory (Old French tune),  As Joseph was a-walking (Cherry Tree Carol)

· Dans cette étable (French 17th.C),   Ding Dong merrily on high (Branle de l’officiale. French 16th.C)

· How brightly shines the morning star (Wie schőn leuchtet der Morgenstern), In dulci jubilo (English 14th.C)

· Infant lowly (Polish trad.), Joseph dearest, Joseph mine (German 15th.C)

· King Jesus hath a garden (Dutch 15th.C),  O Little Jesus, sweetly sleep (Czech trad.)

· Long time ago in Bethlehem (West Indian trad.),  Coventry Carol (Eng. 15th.C)

· Now the holly bears a berry (Sans Day Carol. Cornish),  O little one sweet (German 17th.C – J.S.Bach)
O Tannenbaum (in German, one verse only),  People look East (Besançon trad.)

· The first good joy that Mary had (The seven joys of Mary – Eng. 18th.C)

· Hark the herald angels sing (descant to be encouraged in verse 3)

Join in or sit and listen as you wish. All voices and abilities welcome. Musical instruments welcome too. If you would like copies of the music or would like to bring an instrument, contact Peter Demetriadi on peter_midpet@btconnect.com.    Champagne, wine and soft drinks afterwards

ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL’s monthly eZine publication contains lots of information about what’s going on in the Cathedral – please click on the link below to view the December edition! 


The Ipswich Wolsey Rotary Club : Rosetta has Landed, Monday 5th January at 7pm at Kesgrave High School  A presentation by Jon Pineau – Space System Engineer, Colorado USA – Instrument Team Leader. Tickets : Seniors £10, Under 16 £5 (available from Kesgrave High School : 01473 624855 and Ipswich Wolsey Rotary Club info@ryla.co.uk)  Proceeds to ‘Help Build a kitchen in Malawi’.

Community Action Suffolk : Applying for money?  Don’t miss our next free Funding Fair in Ipswich on Tuesday 13th January 2015, 10am – 2pm (including a light lunch) Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich, IP1 6DG Are you seeking funds for your group & don’t know where to start?  Would you like to meet funders and get access to other sources of funding advice?  Then this is the event for you!  This Community Funding Fair is designed for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to gain access to financial support and one-to-one guidance from local and regional funders and advisers – for further details and to book please visit :http://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/2014/12/03/applying-for-money-dont-miss-our-next-free-funding-fair-in-ipswich-on-13th-january-2015/#

Community Coffee Morning at Great Blakenham Parish Room : Saturday 17th January 2015 10am till 12noon.  ALL WELCOME  Join us for coffee, cake and a chat.

Heart for Ipswich :  Crown Him with Many Crowns   Saturday, 17th January, 2015 ‘Let your light shine’ (Matthew 5:16)  Guest Speaker : The Right Revd Dr David Thomson    Heart for Ipswich invite congregation to join Christians from across the town in an evening of celebration, inspiration and prayer at the annual ‘Crown Him’ event.  at The Orwell Centre, 114 Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, IP3 8AF, 7.00pm – exhibition, 7.30pm main service  (Exhibition continues until 10pm)

‘Crown Him’ is an opportunity for us to start the year together as the Church in Ipswich, to thank God for all He has done in our own lives, congregations, and communities, and to stand together during the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ to commit the New Year to God.

We will hear from various Christian projects from around the town and be directed in prayer for them and the town. Also, we will be led in worship by Diz Deacon and a band drawn from different churches from around the town. Furthermore, we will hear from the Right Reverend Dr David Thomson, Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese. The theme for the evening is ‘Let your light shine’.  Come along at 7pm to meet the exhibitors over refreshments and be enthused around the displays.

Advance Notice: Open the Book  : 7th March 2015 There will be a full day of Open the Book Training for both new and experienced teams and for those interested in exploring this ministry on 7th March 2015.  The venue is still being decided but it will be worth coming wherever you are based in the county.  Some national trainers are coming to join us and we hope to involve local teams in the delivery too.  We have such a lot to share and celebrate in this county with the continuing success of Open the Book in so many schools.  Put the date in the diary now.   If you would like to register your interest, please do so with Di Barker dibarker@keme.co.uk

‘Going for Growth” course at St John’s College next February For many years this has been offered in 5 Wednesday afternoon sessions and so has been restricted to fairly local clergy and other church leaders. Last February for the first time it was offered in the form of a residential to enable participants to come from any diocese. This format proved extremely successful and is being repeated in February 2015.

Further details: http://www.stjohns-nottm.ac.uk/assets/PDFs-FORMS-for-download/g4gbookingform2015.pdf

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