The Revd. Canon Nigel Tuffnell

Welcome to the 7churches Website!

This is the home of the 7churches that make up the Benefice of Redenhall with Scole. Moving up the Waveney Valley these are: St. Mary's Redenhall, St. John's Harleston, St. Peter's Needham, St. Peter & St. Paul Brockdish, All Saints Thorpe Abbotts, St. Leonard's Billingford and                  St. Andrew's Scole.

Links to what is happening in each of our churches can be found under our "WHO WE ARE" header at the top of every page of this website; Or just click on the name of the church that you want in the list above.

If you don't find what you need, please contact me or one of the ministry team. You will find our details here: Contact Details

9th April 2021 The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 - 2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will made in due course.

An Official Prayer of Remembrance for HRH Prince Philip
O Lord our Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God;
we remember before you the late Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
in thankfulness for the blessings with which you bestowed him;
for his loyalty and service to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and to our nation;
for his desire to give young people greater opportunities
through the award scheme in his name;
have mercy, we pray, on Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal family;
be gentle with them in their grief,
show them the depths of your love
and show them a glimpse of heaven;
and we pray that you give us grace that,
having these mercies in remembrance,
we may with one heart and one mind
set forward the welfare for this land and Commonwealth,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom of peace and goodwill
among all people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

Parish Donations

To support the churches listed here, just click on the name of the church that you want to support. If the church you want is not listed, please contact Nigel ( for the bank details.

  1. St. John's Harleston
  2. St. Mary's Redenhall
  3. All Saints' Thorpe Abbotts 
You can also donate via the Diocese of Norwich website where donations will go straight to the work of the diocese. You can identify your parish and that parish will have your donation credited towards its parish share.
To give via the Diocese of Norwich website visit:

Worship in Church for Easter?
We hope to open at least some of our church buildings for Sunday worship from Easter Day (Sunday 4th April). However, a final decision will not be made until 28th March. For the latest update please check here:

Online Worship
Whether or not our buildings reopen we will continue to post our online worship here: with more information here

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals                                                                                                 
Baptisms and weddings in church are suspended during the current restrictions (Tier 4). Funerals may take place but numbers will be limited to a maximum of 30 people. Music can be played but singing is not permitted.

The Foodbank at St. John’s Harleston has remained open throughout this crisis (Tuesday 14.00-14.45 and Friday 15.00-15.45). For more information see the Community Page of this website.

Unfortunately, the churches in this benefice are unable to receive Foodbank parcels directly. If you wish to donate to Foodbank please wrap your donations in a polythene bag and leave them at The Rectory, 10 Swan Lane, Harleston (next to Harleston Fire Station). They will get to the Foodbank. Please note that bringing Foodbank donations to The Rectory is an acceptable reason for leaving your house under the current lockdown regulations.
Guidance from
  • Volunteering - you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
  • Essential activities - you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.

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Learning to put Jesus first

Sharing love & Good News

In our 7 churches we seek to deepen our faith, individually and together, including through our Weekly Worship, Children's Work, Mothers' Union, Prayer and House Groups. To ensure our young people get the very best start in life we do all that we can to support our schools. Being part of a wider community we support and promote our local businesses and community organisations. Generosity is central to our faith so we seek to help wherever we can including through our support of Foodbank. We also help our community further afield through our support of Christian Aid, Compassion and other agencies in this country and around the world.


Initial enquiries about Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals should be made to the
Benefice Administrator: Helen Orford
St John's Church, Broad Street, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9AZ 
Monday to Friday 9.15am to 1.00pm
Telephone: 01379 851148

In the case of urgent Pastoral or Confidential needs or in the case of someone dying, please get in touch with one of the clergy who are on call 24/7
See Ministers


Concerns about a child or vulnerable adult? Contact the Benefice Safeguarding Officer. 

Is the person at risk of immediate harm? Phone the police on 999 immediately.

Benefice Safeguarding Officer: The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell  01379 308905 or 07443 937050

Benefice Safeguarding Policy

More Information and Advice


For details of our worship services please see our Services page.


When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted we will meet regularly at Harleston and at Scole. Also we will have a variety of  Home Study Groups and Lent Groups.   

Please contact the Rector for groups in your area.

The Benefice of Redenhall with Scole: 7 Church of England churches that serve Billingford, Brockdish, Harleston, Needham, Redenhall, Scole, Thorpe Abbotts, and Wortwell.



Tel: 01379 851148

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