Two into One

Published on: 21 November 2022

When does ‘B&B’ speak of hospitality, warmth and welcome but not of ‘bed and breakfast’?

To solve this riddle, you need to know that one ‘B’ stands for Briston and the other for Briningham, until recently two distinct benefices in the Holt Deanery. Their merger gathered momentum with the arrival of Priest-in-Charge, Trudie Morris. She’s listened intently and acted incisively; she’s opened her home daily for worship and weekly for supper; she’s paired parishes needy in particular ways with parishes who have the resources to help. Everyone has been brought together, existing relationships strengthened, and new ones nurtured.

It’s a human tendency to resist change and stay in safe and familiar spaces but the ten parishes of Briston and Briningham have bucked the trend. By God’s grace, communication and collaboration are creating a new united benefice, a new hospitable space in which all belong, all are welcome. No wonder they’ve decided to call themselves the B&B Benefice!

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