Welcome to our website.
We are a small rural benefice in North East Hertfordshire, covering an area that includes Barkway, Barley, Reed, Buckland, Chipping, Nuthampstead and Newsells. Our nearest towns are Royston and Buntingford, but Cambridge is also within easy reach.
Our active churches are in Barkway, Barley and Reed (Please click on the service times tab at the top of the page to find out the times of our services); there is a redundant church is Buckland, where occasional services are held.
As Christians, we seek to worship God and live out our faith in our communities and beyond, in word and action, through loving God and loving our neighbour.
We would very much like to welcome you to join us for worship or for any other activities in the benefice.
The Reverend Ruth Pyke became our Rector at her institution in Barley Church last autumn.
Ruth is married to The Reverend Canon Richard Pyke, who has recently retired as the Team Rector of the Bishop’s Hatfield Team; they have 4 grown up children and two grandchildren.
Before becoming the Children’s Work Adviser, she was Priest in Charge in the parish of Caddington, and served in curacies in Watford and in St Albans. Ruth also taught music and RE in primary schools in Hertfordshire before ordination. Ruth was previously the Children’s Work Adviser for the Diocese. Please remember Ruth and her family in your prayers as she goes about her work in the benefice.
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