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Doing Parish Church Well

Our 475 parish churches provide amazing opportunities for mission and our visited by many people beyond the regular Sunday morning congregation.

How can our particular setting provide opportunities for mission?

One size does not fit all and in Suffolk there is a wide range of contexts and demographic makes ups in which we remain committed to offer opportunities for appropriate mission.

Many are in Rural settings and The Arthur Rank Centre produces many ideas and resources suitable for the countryside 

Similarly some of our housing estates provide particular opportunities to share our faith within a whole life approach to mission 

Suffolk is the fifth fastest growing county and new housing developments both large and small are planned in many parishes. Early planning can help to make the most of these new communities.


How can we grow when we have not got a Vicar?

Vacancies in parish churches are part of the natural life cycle of the life of the local church. These need not be times to retrench but can provide an opportunity to grow!  When the vacancy isannounced, the Church Wardens will automatically be sent a copy of the CPAS handbook 'Growing through a vacancy’, which offers 15 practical steps for a healthy church vacancy.  They will also be given the opportunity to order copies of the guide for their PCCs.  Many useful resources for use before, during and after the vacancy are also available on the CPAS website.