The Benefice

Benefice Information and Statistics

At present all four Churches have the same common pattern of worship of services, both of the Eucharist and family style services. Two of the churches use BCP for Evening Prayer. As a Benefice we come together for a Group Eucharist Service on the fifth Sunday in the month. Some people are happy to travel to other Churches when there is no service in their Parish, others prefer only to worship in their own Parish Church. We are prepared to respect the traditions of the past w hile meeting the needs of a Church that is growing spiritually and in maturity

All four churches relate well to one another with many bonds of fellowship and friendship. We try to support each others social functions wherever possible. The Joint Council works well together to co-ordinate the Christian life of the Benefice.

All four Churches are large and in a reasonable state of maintenance.
All of the Church organs have been refurbished and apart from needing regular service and cleaning are all in good working order.
All four of the Churches have a regular organist.
We have many people who offer excellent commitment to a wide variety of initiatives in the Church.
None of the present offices in the churches are vacant.
All four churches pay their Parish Share in full.

Bagthorpe is maintained by the Norfolk Churches Trust which arrange occasional services. Bircham Tofts is ruined and only the foundations of Barwick remain. Bircham Newton is maintained as a daughter Church with occasional services. Southmere is ruined and the ruins, following boundary changes are probably located in Docking Parish.

Benefice Statistics 2007

Docking Bircham Sedgeford Stanhoe
Baptisms 6 6 - -
Marriages - 1 1 -
Funerals 18 5 8 1
Electoral Roll 49 34 41 38
Normal Sunday Attendance 25 12 17 17

Docking Benefice
Consolidated Receipts & Payments Accounts
For the Year Ended 31st December 2007

General Fund Receipts £ £
Planned Giving and Donations 12,872
Collections at Services 24,169
Income Tax Recovered on Gift Aid 6,030
Fund Raising Events 12,841
Grants 800
Legacies 37,000
Bank and Other Interest   9,119
Fees   3,383
Total Receipts for the Year   £106,214
General Fund Payments    
Donations to Charities   3,832
Parish Share 36,966
Fund Raising Expenses 957  
Clergy Expenses 1,906  
Church Running Expenses 11,253  
Light, Heat & Water 2,616  
Major Repairs   25,092
Total Payments for the Year   £82,622
Excess of Receipts over Payments   £23,592
General Funds at 1st January 2007   115,701
General Funds at 31st December 2007   £139,293
Restricted Funds at 31st December 2007   56,645
Total Benefice Funds
at 31st December 2007
Represented By:-    
Investments   206
Cash at Bank   26,960
C.B.F. Church of England Deposit Fund Account   168,772

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The Bishop of Lynn

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King's Lynn

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