The “Bybrook Benefice” was originally formed as a group of eight churches in 1999. Since then, there have been a number of changes to the Team which is now made up of the ten parishes listed on the previous page. Because of the number of parishes, each with their own beautiful building we have been looking at how we can make the Team operate more efficiently, and in 2015 we have divided the churches into three clusters.
A cluster, put simply is a small localised group of parishes which join together to share resources and events. One of the great benefits of clustering is that ministry can be focused and tailored to suit each of them separately rather than attempting to do this across the whole Team.
The Team is supported centrally by a part-time administrator and a safeguarding officer for child protection and vulnerable adults. Each parish has its own PCC and in most cases at least one churchwarden. The Team clergy work mainly within a cluster for regularity of contact, and our Licensed Lay Ministers support the parishes across the whole Team.
Some of the churches are beginning to see some growth, and we are excited about what God is doing here at the moment, and what he will do here in the future.