The Six Parishes of the Saxon Shore Benefice

"The United Benefice of Hunstanton St. Mary with Ringstead Parva St. Andrew,
Holme-next-the-Sea St. Mary the Virgin and Thornham All Saints,
with Brancaster St. Mary the Virgin, with Burnham Deepdale St. Mary
and Titchwell St. Mary, with Choseley",
which is the official name of this Benefice, is rather a mouthful and so the name
"The Saxon Shore Benefice"
was chosen for these churches on the north west Norfolk coast.

The new Priest-in-Charge for our Benefice

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt. Rev'd Jonathan Meyrick, has announced that the Rev'd Susan Bowden-Pickstock, currently serving in the Ely Diocese in a rural multi-parish benefice as curate, will be taking up the post of Priest-in-Charge of the Saxon Shore Benefice.

The Licensing and Installation service will take place at 7 p.m.on Monday 13th October in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Old Hunstanton. All parishioners in the Benefice are welcome to attend.

She brings with her a heart for mission, great skills in communication, experience in the building of communities, in schools work and in finding new ways of reaching the church out into the community. She is a 'people person' with energy and creativity and much looks foward to living and working amongst us. We look forward very much to her moving to Brancaster Rectory and taking up her duties among us all.

The Wardens of the Saxon Shore Benefice.

A blue line!

Our Curate

Revd. James Monro

The Revd. James Monro is curate of the parishes of the Saxon Shore Benefice. He took up his post in July 2012 when he returned to Norfolk from Street in Somerset.

Contact details:
Revd. James Monro
Manor Cottage,
Church Place,
PE31 8LW

Tel: 01485 518342

"Ordination at Norwich Cathedral"
Information and photo by kind permission of the Diocese of Norwich

Revd. James Monro (front row left - with the cross showing) after his ordination with the Bishop of Norwich

WITH THE BISHOP: The Rev. James Monro (front row left - with the cross showing) after his ordination
with the Bishop of Norwich at the Petertide ordinations which took place on Saturday 30 June 2012

A Letter from the Curate, Rev'd James Monro...

September 2014

The recent commemorations marking the start of World War I brought home to me two paradoxical facts: how little our world has changed in the past century, and how deceptively peaceful Western Europe has been for almost seventy years. We see daily the horrific events unfolding in other parts of the world, but often find it strangely difficult to connect with the suffering of others elsewhere.

Our churches are part of our comfortable lives in the Britain of today, and yet if we who belong to them are part of the worldwide Church, we should feel very uncomfortable indeed. Christians are suffering perhaps the most violent martyrdom and persecution ever today, particularly in Syria and Iraq.

The long catalogue of historical and recent actions by Western powers is certainly having negative outcomes for the church in the Middle East. Yet these words that Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night before he was killed give us food for thought: “An hour is coming when those who kill you will think they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me”.

The pictures of long lines of refugees fleeing across a barren landscape, or the cathedral in Mosul going up in flames should tear our hearts open in prayer. These images should also move us to help practically, perhaps by supporting charities such as Open Doors or the Barnabas Fund that bring aid to those suffering for their faith.

Rev'd James Monro, Curate

Last updated 02/09/2014
The Curate's September Letter to the Benefice from Rev. James Monro.
The Licensing and Installation of our new Priest-in-Charge of the Saxon Shore Benefice.
Services throughout the Benefice during August and September.