The six parishes in the Beck Row Group serve seven villages in an arc to the north, east and south of Mildenhall in north-west Suffolk where it borders Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The combined population of these parishes at 2011 was approximately 10,000, which we estimate has grown to 14,000 and is still growing in Beck Row, Eriswell & Red Lodge.
The successful candidate is promised a varied, interesting and challenging role as the parish priest to a mixed group of semi-urban and rural parishes. He or she will be the Priest in Charge of the Beck Row Group and reside in the vicarage in Beck Row.
Moreover, it is envisaged that in due course the Beck Row Group will join with another 10 parishes in the Mildenhall Deanery and become part of a newly formed Forest Heath Team. The other principal components of the Team will be –
The town of Mildenhall;
The Lark and Lee Group, which is formed of the parishes of Barton Mills, Freckenham, West Row and Worlington;
The Dalham benefice, which is formed of the parishes of Dalham, Gazeley, Higham, Kentford and Moulton.
Each of these will have their own full-time priests, one of whom will be designated the Team Rector.
For an informal conversation please contact The Right Revd Dr Mike Harrison, the Bishop of Dunwich Telephone 01473 252829 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead the benefice ministry and pastoral teams by working with parishes to develop a shared vision and plans for Growing in God; encourage lay participation in services; identify and develop people’s talents.
Be a good teacher, leader and pastor who will inspire and invigorate church members, and will build and extend the pastoral team.
Share the Christian faith with people of all ages and work with parishes to widen the age profile of congregations through building on some of the initiatives already implemented.
Strengthen and encourage links with young people, families, the middle aged and newly retired and help to expand outreach, pastoral care and visiting capabilities for those in need such as the elderly, lonely and isolated.