Eds & Ips eNews: with news of our new Bishop’s Consecration


New Year’s Honours

A priest, a town pastor and a church organist were among the names from our diocese recognised in the New Year’s Honours list this year. The Reverend Sue Nutt, from Barnham, said it was a “huge surprise” to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Barnham and Bury St Edmunds. Also awarded the BEM were Jo Copsey who works as a Street Pastor in Bury and Bob Pegnall, organist and choir director at St Mary’s Woodbridge.  Read more on our website.

11th Bishop of St Eds & Ips

On 20th November it was announced that the Reverend Canon Martin Seeley is to be the 11th Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Many people will be keen to know when he will arrive to take up this role and we hope the following information will be helpful. The first step is for our cathedral’s college of canons, when so directed by HM The Queen, to ‘elect’ him as our next bishop, and this will be done in the next few weeks. He will leave his current post as principal of Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge at the end of March. Just prior to his consecration, his election will be confirmed by the Archbishop’s Vicar General, normally in a service at St Mary le Bow church in London and at this point he will receive the Archbishop’s charge and assume the legal powers of Diocesan Bishop. He will then be ordained and consecrated as a bishop on 14th May at Westminster Abbey. This is the moment at which he enters the ‘order’ of bishops, following which he will pay homage to The Queen. Thereafter, he will be enthroned at the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds and take up his public ministry among us. The date for the enthronement will be finalised as soon as the Crown Office has given a date for homage and when this is known, further information will be released.

Living Faith in Suffolk

A collection of free resources intended to help people to grow as Christians and to become increasingly confident in their Christian faith. 

All material is available from our website with more being launched during the year. Free taster sessions to experience some of the material in use will be held on:

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

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

· 5th March, 10am at Stowupland Church Hall

· 12th March, 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.

Animal Friendly Church

The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals is awarding ‘Animal Friendly Church’ certificates to churches which practise and promote a compassionate attitude towards God’s creatures. See www.aswa.org.uk for details.


· Click to download January’s East Anglican Magazine

· Click to download the January Rural Report

· Click to download the January Cathedral E-zine

Forthcoming Events

Organ Recital, Sunday 11 January, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur will be performed on the magnificent Harrison and Harrison organ at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, by Cathedral Director of Music, James Thomas. The recital starts at 5 pm and is free of charge with a retiring collection.

Singalong Messiah, Stratford St Mary, Saturday 7th February.

Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome. Rehearsal at 3pm and the performance at 7pm.  Cost for singers £5; cost for audience £10.  Please bring your own copy of the score (Watkins-Shaw edition) and some food if you wish to eat before the performance (we will supply hot drinks).  For further information please contact Revd Rosalind Paul (01473 310677 or rosalind.paul@yahoo.co.uk).  

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Winter Study Day, Saturday 7th February at 10.30am at Haughley Park Barn.

Speakers include Dr James Bettley, editor of the latest edition of Pevsner’s Suffolk; Matthew Champion, director of the Suffolk medieval graffiti survey and Marion Welham, Diocesan Tourism Officer. The cost, including lunch, will be £10 per person. Contact shct@btconnect.com or 01787 883884.

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Tom Warmington

Communications Officer

Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

01473 298571