Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon, Stratford St Mary

Four churches united by God and his people

  • Oaks Farm House
  • Holton St Mary
  • Ipswich
  • Suffolk
  • CO7 6NW

01473 312046
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Who are we?

We are a Benefice of four different parishes - Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon and Stratford St Mary - who were brought together by the Diocese some years ago.  Each church maintains its own unique, historic identity within its own village, and its PCC and finances are dealt with separately from the other churches.  But we are more and more functioning as one worshipping community, with our worship rota containing one morning and one evening service a month for each church.  Please see our Services page for where the services are held month by month.

Personnel of the Benefice

Rector and Bishop Nigel

The Rector and Bishop Nigel Stock (Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) at the Rector's installation at St Mary's Church Stratford St Mary in October 2009.

The Rector, Revd Rosalind Paul, came to the Benefice that year from a curacy in Cornwall.  She will be leaving the Benefice on 26 November 2018 to take up a post as Canon Pastor at Wells Cathedral in Somerset.

Readers

Readers are allowed to lead many services in our churches, and they are an invaluable resource to our communities.

Nicola Tindall (01787 212340)

Elders

In this Diocese, Elders are those who have offered, and been trained, as worship leaders and pastoral visitors (including being able to take Holy Communion to people in their homes).  In our Benefice, we have 5 Elders:

Higham:  Martyn Carr (01206 337 325), Peter Snelling (01206 337590)

Stratford St Mary:  Christine Cousins (01206 322530), Janet Dewey (01206 322148), Sandy Ranson (01206 322156)

In addition, Paul Torrington (Holton) and Geoffrey Horrex (Raydon) are licensed to assist at the altar, and Christine Cousins (01206 322530) is licensed to take Communion by Extension.

Churchwardens (till April 2019)

Higham:  Martyn Carr (01206 337325) and Hugo Parker (01206 337234)

Holton St Mary:  Richard Noel (01206 298276) and Paul Torrington (01473 312046)

Raydon:  Geoffrey Horrex (01473 310422) and Simon Tennent (01473 310320)

Stratford St Mary:  Jonathan Dewey (01206 322148)