• A prayer for the season





    Merciful God,
    in Christ you make all things new;
    transform the poverty of our nature
    by the riches of your grace,
    and in the renewal of our lives
    make known your heavenly glory;
    through Jesus Christ our Redeemer
    who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God now and for ever.
    Amen






We are a Team of eight parishes (Bardwell, Barnham, Euston, Fakenham, Honington with Sapiston, Ingham with Ampton & Gt & Lt Livermere, Ixworth with Ixworth Thorpe, Troston) with eleven church buildings in the Ixworth Deanery of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. We are situated in a rural part of north Suffolk and midway between two major East Anglian towns, Bury St Edmunds and Thetford. The Blackbourne Team was established by a Pastoral Scheme in 1992 as an amalgamation of three existing benefices.


Our aim is to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible in a way that is relevant to everyday life, to enable people to grow in faith, understanding and love, equip people to serve and to offer people the opportunity to meet with Jesus and discover forgiveness and new life.

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Where are we?

The Team takes its name from the Blackbourne River, which rises near Ixworth and crosses into Norfolk from the parish of Euston, there to be swallowed into the Little Ouse. The river was a vital element in the farming scene of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries since it powered no fewer than five mills, one of which still grinds corn.

The villages within the team are served by a wide variety of minor roads and lie mostly between two A-class highways running more or less south to north, one coming from Bury St Edmunds and the other from Ipswich, meeting at Thetford over the county boundary in Norfolk. The Icknield Way long-distance footpath crosses the Team area at its northern end and there are many other footpaths along historic routes linking ancient settlements.