Five lovely Suffolk churches in the West of the County and situated just a short distance from Bury St Edmunds

Serving our communities and sharing God’s love and generosity

Thank you for visiting our website and welcome

Perhaps you are looking at our website because you are thinking of coming to church for the first time, or you might be returning after a period of being away.  Maybe you have just moved to the area or are visiting; maybe you want to explore more about the Christian faith or ask questions about a special service, or maybe you are just looking – whatever the reason, you are very welcome!

Our benefice includes five lovely Suffolk churches, each with its own unique identity, and history that extends beyond 1,000 years!  They are lovingly cared for by the people in the parishes who are all committed to keeping the churches in the best possible condition for both now, and for future generations. Our churches are open each day – offering a place of rest and reflection, a chance to pray and the opportunity to discover more about our work and the worshipping family of Christ.

Our services work on a rotation system and usually there is at least three Holy Communion services every Sunday morning (please see the monthly service listing for further information). We also have a short service of holy communion on a Tuesday morning at 0930 in Barrow, and Evening Prayer on a Thursday at 5.00pm which is by Zoom.  Other services are also available such as a Pet Service, Taize, Songs of Praise, and Family Services. And of course, baptisms (christenings) and weddings. Our churches welcome children and families and we provide areas where children can play safely.

We are a very busy benefice committed to serving our community – from offering food to those who need additional support, or microwaves, slow cookers, warm clothing, and other forms of help.  This, we believe, is sharing the love of Christ with our neighbour – we serve and reach out to all in love and generosity.

We are here for you.  If you feel lonely or just keen to have a chat, give me a call. We can and will pray for you. If you need additional support, then make contact.  And if you would like to join our family then you would be most welcome.

We hope you will find what you are looking for on this website.  Do feel free to make contact if you need any further information.

With every blessing,

Revd Lynda
Rector

The Rev’d Lynda
Photo: © Keith Mindham Photography

Reaching out in Love

If you or someone you know needs pastoral or spiritual support, please let us know by contacting

The Rev’d Lynda

Email: revlyndasebbage@gmail.com

Telephone: 01284 811280

OUTREACH

The Barrow Benefice has a history of outreach. From coffee mornings to supporting charities such as Water Aid, Tearfund, the Children’s Society, EACH and St Nicholas Hospice Care and Tayfen House. Find out about Pub Church and our Big Breakfast together with our Community Pantry, A Hardship Fund, Warm Rooms and a Microwave & Slow Cooker Project

ECO CHURCH

What our benefice is doing to help save the planet

One of our many challenges, as members of Eco church, is to limit our waste by adhering to the principles of reduce, re-use, recycle – sometimes referred to as the ‘Three Rs’ of recycling. Find out more how you can get involved and how we can all help to save our planet

OUR SERVICES

Our services take part over the five churches that make up our Benefice and you will be made very welcome. We also hold special services such as a Pet Service and of course at times such as Harvest Festival. Please take a look here at our Services for more information.

OUR SPECIAL SERVICES

If you are looking for our FULL LIST OF Services, they are listed separately

Prayer for Israel and Palestine

Credit © Embrace the Middle East

OUR LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

If you are looking for our Services, they are listed separately

ECO CHURCH NEWS – No 120 Best native plants for attracting birds Part II

Planting native shrubs is a great idea for encouraging and supporting wildlife, such as insects and birds. Two ...
Our Tabletop Sale raised over £300 for Church funds

Our Tabletop Sale raised over £300 for Church funds

Our Tabletop sale was held last Saturday in Barrow Village Hall. We had 19 stall holders, a pop-up café with loads ...

ECO CHURCH NEWS – No. 119 Best native plants for attracting birds Part I

Planting native shrubs is a great tactic for encouraging and supporting wildlife. Shrubs will attract large ...

ECO CHURCH NEWS – No. 118 Carbon Markets

There has long been concerns that carbon markets do little to mitigate the climate crisis or the destruction of ...

ECO CHURCH NEWS – No. 117 Calculating your carbon footprint

What is our carbon footprint? Think of your carbon footprint as your personal impact you leave on our planet. ...
Bishops’ Lent Appeal for Kagera

Bishops’ Lent Appeal for Kagera

Following Bishop Martin’s trip to Kagera in the summer of 2023 and because of the forthcoming curates’ trip to Kagera in February 2024 led by Bishop Mike, we (as in the Bishops) have decided that in Lent 2024 the theme of our Bishops’ Lent Appeal will be ‘Faith in Action – Transforming lives in Tanzania.’

ECO CHURCH NEWS – No.116 Phase Out or Phase Down

Fossil fuel burning is the overwhelming cause of the climate crisis. CO2 emissions must half if to have a chance ...
Message from Rev’d Lynda – January 2024

Message from Rev’d Lynda – January 2024

Dear Friends, Yet another year has swept by, and how quickly too!  As I sit and write this letter, we have just ...
Our Beautiful Churchyards

Our Beautiful Churchyards

If we are in a Christmas church service, in the deep midwinter, away from the cold and darkness outside, we can ...

ECO CHURCH NEWS – No. 115 Make your own bird feeder

With a little creativity you can give your plastic bottles a new purpose—support our Reduce & Reuse Plastic ...

Carol Singing Results

Our carol service and carol singing in Barrow has raised £326.60 which will be going to support the essential work ...
Christmas Message from Bishop Martin

Christmas Message from Bishop Martin

The continuing war in Ukraine, the war between Israel and Hamas in the land of Jesus’ birth, continuing conflicts ...
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SPECIAL EVENTS

Our churches provide the perfect place for your special day

whether a wedding or a baptism

For an informal chat to find out more