Latest News from St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Archdeacon David’s Running Challenge

The Archdeacon of Sudbury has announced that he will race 125 miles across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to support the work of the Ipswich Night Shelter. Read more about the challenge, which involves five 10k races and five half marathons, on our website, or click here to sponsor Archdeacon David.

Growing in God

Making God’s mission to grow a priority in Suffolk. Feedback from our recent roadshows is available to download here along with a four-week bible study based on the four priorities of our vision for growth.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Tuesday 27 January. Each year we remember the Holocaust which took place between 1939 and 1945. You may wish to use the prayer below. Additional material is available from

May God, who continually shelters his people as they journey on, make himself known to us anew in the next person each one of us meets –
in the stranger, and the one we find strange; in the opponent, and the one who irritates us; and in the silence which calls each one of us ‘beloved’; so that God’s love can change even this bowed and bloodied world, according to God’s perfect will. Amen

John Betjemen Award

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) invites entries for its annual Award given in honour of Sir John Betjeman. The Award is given to celebrate excellence in the conservation and repair of places of worship. See the SPAB website for more details. The deadline is 24 February 2015.

Kagera Prayer

Please pray for Emelia, the wife of Revd Canon Darlington Bendankeha, Diocesan Secretary in Kagera Diocese. Emelia was recently admitted to the local hospital with abdominal pain and following surgery, was transferred to Mwanza Hospital where she had further surgery. She is apparently recovering now but not yet fit for discharge. Mwanza is a day long journey from their home in Murgwanza so Darlington is staying there too. Please pray for speedy healing and for their family at home. Darlington and Emelia visited Stowmarket Deanery in 2011.

An important change to marriage law

With effect from 2 March 2015, any foreign national from a country outside the European Economic Area will no longer be able to marry in a Church of England ceremony after banns or a bishop’s common licence. Instead, the couple must apply either for a superintendent registrar’s certificate from the civil registrar, or, where they have no qualifying connection with the parish and in other special cases, for a special licence from the Archbishop’s Faculty Office. A guidance note from Church House is attached and also available on the website. Marriages pursuant to applications for common licences made before 2 March 2015 are unaffected. If you have any questions about the change, please refer to the Diocesan Registrar James Hall, 01473 406270.

Statistics for Mission

The National Church of England’s deadline for the return of parishes Statistics for Mission via the diocese is Friday 30 January.  Thank you to the third of parishes that have already provided this information.  A reminder will be sent later this week directly to those currently outstanding and we would be grateful if the information could be provided by the deadline.

Volunteer Safeguarding Trainers

Do you have the experience or skills to train others in your deanery – or would you like the opportunity to develop them?  If so, we would be delighted to hear from you. As part of our commitment to make safeguarding training more available and accessible to those working on behalf of parishes with children and vulnerable adults, we are recruiting a team of volunteers willing to be trained and resourced as Safeguarding Trainers for their area of the diocese. If you would like to express an interest or find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact David Butcher, Assistant Safeguarding Officer, via 01638 718939 or


·         Generous Giving Advisor (closing date 5 February)

·         Chaplain & Spiritual Care Co-ordinator, St Nicholas Hospice Care (closing date 20 February)

·         Director of Music, St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich (closing date 9 February)


·         Click to download January’s East Anglican Magazine

·         Click to download the current Diocesan Intercessions

·         Click to download the World Development Newsletter

Forthcoming Events

Suffolk Theology Forum, Wednesday 11 February 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3PL.

The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury, will speak on Christianity and the Secular Soul.  This lecture is open to all; no need to book.  Free to Forum members; non-members welcome (entrance £5, £4 retired & students). For details contact Elizabeth Moore 01359 230 161 or

Holocaust Memorial Day, St Mary le Tower, Ipswich

There will be a short Act of Remembrance on Sunday 25 January in St Mary-le-Tower Church at 12:15pm after Morning Service. Events are being held in churches throughout the diocese. See our events page for more. To publish your event, email us.

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Tom Warmington

Communications Officer

Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

01473 298571